RL to trial 'challenge'
New idea will be put to the test in Australia on Saturday
Last Updated: August 31, 2012 9:37am
Decisions could be challenged in the future
Rugby league is to follow tennis and cricket by giving players the chance to challenge decisions by officials.
Australia will trial the 'captain's challenge' in a reserve-grade Toyota Cup match between the Gold Coast Titans and Manly Sea Eagles at Skilled Park on Saturday.
Only the captain may make the challenge but each team will nominate an alternate captain in case of interchange or injury.
Incidents expected to be challenged include alleged ball-stealing but captains will not be able to contest video-refereeing decisions or rulings on forward passes.
"It is something that has been used overseas and which has been discussed as an option in our game for many years," spokesman Nathan McGuirk said.
"Referees coach Stuart Raper and a sub-committee including current referees has developed the model with a view to ensuring there is minimal impact on the speed and flow of the game.
"It is important to try new ideas and I think that this is a real opportunity to trial something that has been debated around rugby league for a number of years."
The captain's challenge system will restrict teams to no more than one unsuccessful challenge in each half.