Sam Burgess has been cleared to play for Great Britain in the second Test against New Zealand this Saturday, but even his relieved coach admits that something needs to be done about the international disciplinary system.
"It's not worked well for many years," said Tony Smith after Burgess was told he had no case to answer. "It's been a controversial part of our game and we need to find a system that fits right."
The Great Britain coach said it was right that there should be a reluctance to suspend players from Test matches, but added that there might be a need to be "more liberal with the sin bin".
He said such a punishment would have been more appropriate for Burgess's tackle on Fuifui Moimoi, who was himself cleared of using his elbow on the British player later in the game.
"It's great to have him available. He did some good stuff last week for us," said Smith, who did not rule out changing a winning team, now that Kirk Yeaman, Danny McGuire and Kevin Sinfield are all available.
Burgess's reprieve will not improve relations with the Kiwis, who were criticised by Great Britain for having trainers and water-carriers on the field too often on Saturday.
"It was an appalling set-up job to let Adrian Morley free last week and this one just leaves me gobsmacked," said Andrew Chalmers, chairman of New Zealand Rugby League, last night.
Harlequins have revealed their new management structure, following the departure of their chairman, Ian Lenagan, to take over Wigan. The former London Broncos director, Keith Hogg, is taking over as chairman, with Paul Brown, who previously ran one of the capital's most successful amateur clubs, the South London Storm, as chief executive.
Lenagan is allowed to retain his 65 per cent shareholding for a maximum of two years and 25 per cent thereafter, so he will continue with his support for the club.Reuse content