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RFL reveal what happened in meeting with Super League players

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After a string of Super League disciplinary controversies, meetings have been held between the RFL and players as well as a separate meeting with coaches.

A lot has been made about these meetings and now RFL official and former Super League referee Robert Hicks has addressed how the meetings went.

Hicks said: “That led to coaches and players meetings yesterday. I don’t think it’s right for me to betray confidences and disclose things that were said in those meetings but they were extremely positive.

I think it’s great for the sport that the governing body and the players are able to have those types of conversation and the same with coaches and I know it’s one of Phil Bentham’s real key drivers going forward is to be open not only to players and coaches but also to you as the media so I would hope we’ll be able to do this a lot more going forward to give you more of an insight into why decisions were made.”

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This came as Hicks continued to stand by the decision to take a harsher stance on head on head contact despite the uproar which surrounded the red card for Fa’amanu Brown for Hull FC and Warrington Wolves in Round Two of Super League.

He underlined the number of contacts that emerge week to week. he said: “There have been over 7,000 tackle events in rugby league in the first two rounds of Super League and we have had three charges for head-on-head collisions.

“That’s a minute percentage of the number of times people are involved in tackles. And obviously we then had the new Brown one which we clarified. So I actually don’t think that this is as big an issue as it first appeared, but we have now got that clarity.”

The RFL have amended the rules around head contact moving forward. This is to prevent a similar scenario emerging again akin to the Brown incident.

Of course, that is no consolation to Hull FC after they lost to Warrington Wolves in a game that hinged on Brown’s sending off.

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