The controversial changes come as a surprise to Cronulla Sharks coach John Morris

“I think the thinking behind it certainly has merit: they want to get the ball in the game [and] Bring back the free-running rugby league. “

Sharks coach John Morris said a challenge for his team would be a challenge for his team.

A number of NRL coaches and senior rugby league figures have criticized the rule change over the past few days and many have expressed frustration that the last season has already seen two rounds of play.

Morris acknowledged that it would be difficult to handle the change less than two weeks before the season resumes.

“It’s going to be a challenge for us,” he said. ‘We didn’t have much time to prepare for it. But whatever it is, we are moving forward. “

On Thursday, Ricky Stewart drew attention to those who were upset by the controversial rule change and put his support behind ARLC boss Peter V’Landes after listening to fans.

Stuart told the Herald: “I will support what Peter and the Commission want to achieve because I don’t like the way our game is going.

Canberra coach Ricky Stewart has put his weight behind the ARLC change. Credit: AAP

Morris said he wanted more clarity on the rules announced within 24 hours, but the coaches have not yet been briefed on what the explanation for the violation would be.

“There are still a lot of questions in the air,” he said. ‘We are still waiting to find out what the indicators are going to be. One ref doesn’t bother me too much, but the rules change again for six, it’s really big. “

Shark star Josh Dugan resumed training after a negative test against COVID-19 on Friday. Cronulla prepared for eighth-grader Chad Townsend, even after displacing his thumb after being caught in a teammate’s jersey.


Morris said the epidemic adapted to the rapid changes in his players, depending on their ability to comply with the new rules.

“One of the things I’ve learned from these is that you have to be able to adapt fairly quickly and you have to make some kind of emergency plan and the boys are used to it,” he said. “I think we’ve broken the shackles a bit to keep up with the change.”

Sarah is a reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.

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