Ex-Leeds Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey calls for Super League to bring in controversial rule

It’s always interesting to see what former rugby league players have to say on the current climate in the sport.

One of the most vocal of those former stars if ex-Leeds Rhinos prop Ryan Bailey – who also had spells with the likes of Warrington Wolves, Castleford Tigers and Leigh Centurions before retiring in 2019 after failing to play a game at Featherstone Rovers.

With the England international against the Combined Nations All Stars taking place over the weekend at Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium, there were a whole host of eager eyes waiting to see what would unfold.

And, for the most part is was a great encounter, with England eventually running out 18-4 winners after tries from Jake Wardle, George Williams and John Bateman whilst Ken Sio replied for the visitors.

However, during that game, though, Bailey noticed a potential avenue for a rule that is used in the NRL to be brought in in Super League.

That is the captain’s call.

This rule enables the captain of a side to challenge a referee’s decision at any point during the 80 minutes – though only one can be used if the call is not overturned.

With officials’ jobs getting harder with the amount of rules and regulations to look out for as well as the breakneck speed of the game in the modern era, things can get missed.

And, with the captain’s challenge introduced, it would enable the players to put their words into action by challenging a decision for the good of their team.

It’s safe to say Bailey is a fan.

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