Remove NRL divers from game: Parker

Brisbane captain Corey Parker has called for the NRL to remove players who stay down to milk penalties in order to discourage the act.

The topic of diving formed part of Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson’s Anzac Day post-match rant, in which he accused the bunker of attempting to play the role of the match-review committee.

Parker believes any player who remains down after being hit high should be forced off the ground as a deterrent based on the NRL’s concussion laws.

“I would suggest that if a player stays down because he has been hit high, wouldn’t he be having to leave the field to some degree?” Parker told Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast.

Parker openly criticised players who remain on the ground in an attempt to milk a penalty, and said such decisions should be taken out of the hands of the bunker.

“I think it’s a really really poor look on the game. I don’t encourage it, nor will I encourage it,” he said.

“Players are well aware that if you get remotely hit within the face region and you’re staying down, it’s going to go upstairs, they’re going to slow it down … and they’re going to come up with a decision.”

Instead, Parker believes the decision should be left for the match review committee on Monday, an idea which has already won the support of NSW captain Paul Gallen.

“If the two referees and the two touch judges on the field don’t see anything wrong with the tackle, when they’re generally within metres of it, it should be play on,” Gallen said.

“It will stop this happening.”

Under NRL rules, the bunker can only rule on foul play which they believe to be reportable offences.

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