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NRL Bunker changes

The NRL has adopted procedural changes to Bunker operations which will provide a more simplified approach to decision making.

The primary basis of the change is a reduction in the number of Bunker officials involved from two to one effective from Round 19, commencing Thursday.

“Earlier this year the change from two on-field referees to one has simplified officiating, resulting in a high standard being maintained so far this season. Referees have demonstrated increased confidence to make their own decisions,” NRL Head of Football Elite Competitions Graham Annesley said.

“Similarly, by reducing the number of people involved in the review process, we feel Bunker officials will also feel more confident in making decisions without consultation, thereby avoiding potential conflicting views or doubt that may on occasions be created by the involvement of a second review official.

“Importantly though, these changes will be invisible to our Clubs and fans on game day. The primary expectation of everyone involved in the game is to see the Bunker make prompt, accurate decisions.

"They have no interest in what happens behind the scenes so they will notice no difference during games other than what we believe will be improved decision-making.

“Along with all other aspects of officiating and football related matters, these changes will be reviewed at the end of the season for further Commission input and approval.”