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NRL coaches back judiciary, MRC reviews

AAP logoAAP 28/11/2016 Steve Zemek

Coaches have thrown their support behind a review of the NRL match review committee (MRC) and judiciary following a season of constant turmoil.

The NRL on Monday met with all 16 coaches as the head office continues to battle a push by clubland to oust ARL commission chairman John Grant.

Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor described the talks as productive and said the coaches presented a united front on a number of issues including the MRC, grading of charges and the bunker system.

The NRL has put together a working committee to review the match review committee and judiciary with both expected to undergo a significant overhaul.

The committee, which includes Canterbury coach Des Hasler and Gold Coast Titans chief executive Graham Annesley, is due to report back in January.

The inconsistency of the MRC and a disconnect between it and the judiciary caused consistent problems 2016.

"We talked about match review committee and judiciary and some changes there," he said.

"They were good conversations."

Also on the agenda were the concussion policy, the 2017 schedule, the interchange and shot clock with the meeting's recommendations to go before the ARL Commission.

Coaches are also pushing ahead with plans for a coaches' union, an idea championed by Sydney Roosters' coach Trent Robinson.

Taylor said coaches and their families deserved support because of the ruthless nature of the business.

"That's something that we're very keen to get happening, to get some support for coaches, not just head coaches but also assistant coaches," Taylor said.

"Everyone's got families to support and it'd be great to know we have some backing in and around the side of the game which isn't great.

"That's how cut-throat it can be - you can have a job one day and not have one the next."

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