If there is anything consistently obvious about NRL fans, it is that they have strong opinions on the game of rugby league and are never backward in coming forward when it comes to expressing them.
There will, once again, be plenty to discuss in 2022. Further tweaks to rules, a continued spotlight on referees and the level of consistency they achieve, as well as the methods adopted by coaches in order to maximise their teams’ successes, will all come under the close attention of the media and fans alike.
Such issues will create drama, fury, cries of injustice and even apathy and disinterest in some. However, the greatest game of all never fails to deliver and after two years of inconsistency, fear and apprehension, a fully-attended season looms on our doorstep.
Few solid conclusions will be drawn from the trials, all teams were a little cagey with selection and historically, Round One is a completely different kettle of fish.
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Fans will begin to see the implications of the new directive around the six-again rule, trainers will be under scrutiny after the controversies of 2021 and the eternal discussion around refereeing consistency will be revisited as soon as the first authoritarian whistle is blown.
There are a host of issues that NRL fans want to be resolved, elements of the game they would like to see improved or removed entirely and a stack of personal disagreements that will once again frustrate them in 2022.
So what are the biggest issues when it comes to the upcoming NRL season?
Use theEdge of the Crowd2022 NRL Fan Survey below to have your say and let’s find out exactly what is on the minds of people on the cusp of a new season.
We will collate the results in an article next week and hopefully shed light on exactly what people are thinking as the competitive kick-off approaches.