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‘It’s a contact sport’: Nathan Cleary hands NRL reality check over Magic Round crackdown – Wide World of Sports

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Penrith Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary has handed the NRL a reality check over their touted crackdown on foul play that saw an unprecedented number of players punished by officials.
In a response aimed at the worrying rise in players suffering concussion after head knocks, the ARLC issued a directive to referees this week to come down hard on any contact with the head or neck.
NRL boss Peter V’landys promised the crackdown would spectacularly kick-off at Magic Round, and true to form, the league’s…

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