Judiciary needs fixing, says players boss
Wednesday 5 Dec 2012 1:37 p.m.
The tackle that landed Andrew Hore in hot water (photosport file)
Rugby's judicial system is clunky and in need of an overhaul, according to the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA).
A spate of inconsistent rulings during the month-long northern hemisphere Test series was criticised by IRPA executive director Rob Nichol following its annual conference in Dublin.
New Zealand players' boss Nichol said the system to rule on foul play, and its outcomes, "let the game down".
"Unfortunately, as a result the public and the players battle to buy into the judicial process," Nichol said.
IRPA will propose new initiatives to the International Rugby Board to make the system more relevant.
It suggests the television match official (TMO) for Test matches plays a role in citings and that recently retired players are placed on judiciary panels.
IRPA also wants a new sanctioning system introduced, with a suspension scale based around relevant games, rather than a number of weeks.
Presently, players can serve their ban on weeks they weren't going to be playing anyway, or when there are lower level matches on offer such as pre-season games.
All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore was banned for five weeks for striking Welsh lock Bradley Davies last month but will serve three of those weeks during the Highlanders' Super Rugby pre-season campaign.