29 Aug 2014

NRL to trial centralised video refs

12:15 pm on 29 August 2014

The National Rugby League is set to trial a centralised video referee system next season amid the ongoing discontent surrounding refereeing decisions.

The head of football Todd Greenberg says the NRL aims to test what they're calling a "central command centre" mid-way through the 2015 season which could even deliver match review charges as well as match decisions.

Todd Greenberg

Todd Greenberg Photo: PHOTOSPORT

While insisting he's happy with the standard of refereeing despite the complaints this season, Greenberg admits there's room for improvement and says having a smaller group of video referees involved could help.

Greenberg sent a team to the US last year to research the costly centralised review technology used in both the NFL and NHL.

While saying trials will likely proceed next season he won't speculate when it could be officially introduced.

Greenberg says one of the main advantages would be the real-time decisions, with coaches possibly informed straight after the match who of their players have been charged and with what.