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NRL confirms proposal for single-referee system this season

The NRL’s Project Apollo innovations committee has decided to put just one referee on the field for the first time in more than a decade.

NRL Head of Football Graham Annesley told James Willis “the unique situation of this year” makes for a good opportunity to trial a single-referee system.

The move is predominantly a cost-saving measure, but the NRL say it’s also what the fans have been asking for.

“If the Commission approve it … it would initially be for this season, to see how it goes and … make [an] assessment.

“There has been a lot of debate about it… there’s been a lot of people saying it can be confusing between two referees from time to time, and we need to have a look at that and see how it plays out.”

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