The National Rugby League (NRL) has unveiled a new judiciary system to deal with on-field incidents, following Sia Soliola’s hit on Billy Slater on the weekend.
“In the past we’ve been unable to find a consistent way for the judiciary to assess the severity of offences” a spokesperson said.
“We think a system based on how cranky Joey is might be more measured than our previous systems of ‘trial by media’ and ‘is origin on?'”
The system has already been deployed following Sia Soliola’s hit on Billy Slater with Joey giving it a rating of ‘cheap shot’. This attracts a minimum 4 week suspension, with an additional 2-4 weeks for playing for the Raiders.
It’s understood that if the system is effective it could be deployed for other matters, including selection of the New South Wales coach and off-field indiscretions.