Group One Rugby League takes firm stance on punching
GROUP One Junior Rugby League has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to player behaviour on the field.
At a recent Under-15 match a melee erupted with 11 players either being sent off or cited for breaching the NRL Code of Conduct.
There are stiff penalties for players who throw punches or enter the field from the team bench unauthorised under the NRL Tough Love in League Rules introduced in 2012.
Although this incident is rare in junior rugby league, it will not be tolerated. Fighting is not part of our game and will be treated with lengthy suspensions when it occurs.
The 11 players were suspended for a combined total of 44 weeks.
Group One Junior Rugby League has a joint cross code agreement with Far North Coast Rugby Union, which suspends a player from both codes. Working co-operatively, we are determined to eliminate this sort of behaviour.
Players need to think of the consequences before deciding to throw a punch.