ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys admits he made a mistake with failing to consult the players ahead of the introduction of the NRL’s crackdown on high contact.
V’landys told SEN Radio that it had been an error not to discuss the changes with the players before this year’s Magic Round, though he did stress that the ARLC did not mean to disrespect them, highlighting that the rule interpretation was changed only in the players’ interests.
“Hindsight’s a great tool, you can do everything in your life better,” V’landys said.
“I make mistakes every day and I’d love to get my chance again to reverse them. In this instance, yes, we could have done things better.
“We should’ve probably consulted the players more rightly.
“The irony of the situation is, we respect the players so much that we took the hard call to protect them.”