IT appears that after another NRL season of consistent inconsistency from the bulk of the refereeing ranks, the NRL may be about to trial a new way to find that elusive quality week in week out.
League Unlimited has learned that the NRL is moving on an idea to have a regular season game officiated by a pair of referees using an interchange format.
While information at this stage is sketchy, the likely game will feature a pair of teams out of finals contention, so no contending team could point to ?inconsistency? costing them a lucrative playoff birth.
Games that fit the profile from Round 25 include South Sydney vs. Cronulla and the Wests Tigers against North Queensland. With all four teams mathematically eliminated from mid-September action, it gives the NRL the opportunity to trial their less experienced referees under an interchange format.
Not surprisingly, the most consistent referees this year are indeed the only three fulltime referees employed by the NRL. Bill Harrigan, Steve Clark, and Tim Mander are clearly a cut above their part-time counterparts and the NRL may use this experiment to possibly pair off the part-timers for the coming seasons.
Even if this experiment is indeed a one off, you have to give the NRL marks for trying something to get consistency back into rugby league.
ST George Illawarra Dragons winger/fullback Amos Roberts has reportedly agreed to terms with the Brisbane Broncos for 2004.
A relieved Bronco coach , Wayne Bennett , has been able to name his star fullback in his starting line up for Sundays game against the N.Z Warriors in Auckland.Darren Lockyer has been out injured the last few rounds and his absence did not bode favourably on the Broncos scoreboard !
RADISSON Maine Wests Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his team for the game against the Penrith Panthers, on Saturday 23 August 2003 at Penrith Football Stadium. Kick off is at 5.30pm.
WITH his National Rugby League season officially over injured Melbourne Storm five-eighth Scott Hill has set his sight on a bigger and better return in 2004.
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang will be looking to a refreshed and rejuvenated squad for this weekends clash against the Wests Tigers at Penrith on Saturday afternoon.
TIME is running out for patrons to cement their name or business forever in the Dragon's LEGEND'S WALK at OKI Jubilee Stadium.
ASHLEY Harrison returns to the Allight South Sydney Rabbitohs for this Saturday night?s clash against the North Queensland Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.
THE Dragons have made two changes this week, with former international centre Mark Gasnier back after a month on the injury bench and a 12th NRL rookie named for the important round 24 Telstra Premiership clash with the Storm at WIN Stadium on Friday night.
STACEY Jones does not figure in the Warriors lineup named by coach Daniel Anderson for Sunday's NRL clash with Brisbane at Ericsson Stadium in Auckland.
NEW Zealand Warriors centre Clinton Toopi has entered an early guilty plea to a high tackle charge and will escape suspension because of his clean record.
SYDNEY Roosters captain Brad Fittler confirmed he was likely to miss Sunday's National Rugby League home clash with Manly with a shoulder injury.
ROOSTERS winger Chris Walker has expressed an interest in following former Brisbane Broncos teammates Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuqiri into the rugby union ranks.
SHATTERED Melbourne star Scott Hill refused to believe his stalling National Rugby League career was in jeopardy after ruling himself out for the rest of the 2003 season.
PENRITH boosted its ranks for the 2004 National Rugby League season with the signing of four promising youngsters.