The Rugby League Players’ Association sent its players a text message encouraging them to voice their concerns over rule changes publicly after the high shot crackdown in Magic Round. An unprecedented 14 players were sent to the sin bin and three were sent off in a record weekend for the NRL, with a number of players now facing lengthy bans after the weekend of carnage. Newton denied the message was meant to be deceitful or undermine the NRL over their position on the crackdown. They took on board and understood how players the players felt. “They’ve committed to a strategy moving forward to ensure players feel part of some of the decision making.