Raiders boss calls for crack down on on field trainers

Canberra Raiders chief executive Don Furner has called for the amount of time trainers spend on the field during matches to be reduced.

The Raiders were unfortunately hindered in the NRL Grand Final by a charged down kick ricocheting off a Sydney Roosters trainer, which set up the field position for the tricolours first try.

The incident created a lot of discussion about the issue and Furner, who has been a big advocate of action being taken long before the incident, has pushed for action, with chief executives of the NRL clubs now set to sit down and discuss policing it more closely.

“I’ve raised it a number of times. It’s been a pet hate. It doesn’t need to be in the game, but it’s crept in and stayed in. I’ve said it well before the incident [in the grand final],” Furner told WA Today.

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“That rule is archaic and was made when trainers weren’t spending half their time on the field. Regardless of what happened on the weekend, it’s been a blight on the game for a long time.”