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Dragons' message runner under scrutiny

Wayne Heming 13/03/2011 03:53:13 PM Comments (0)

He was the coach when the premiers won the World Club Challenge last month but Steve Price could find himself offside with NRL officialdom after testing the limits as an on-field message runner.

The St George Illawarra assistant coach was spoken too several times by an NRL official about the amount of time he spent on the field at Skilled Stadium delivering messages to players in Saturday night's 25-16 win over the Titans.

A match official confirmed Price would be included in his report along with other issues associated with the game which featured a controversial try when a defender attempting to reach the ball collided with the referee.

The NRL will use eagle cam and the match officials' report to see whether Price spent too much time on the field.

Under the rules Price could be fined or even suspended if deemed in breach of what's considered acceptable time to deliver a message to players.

Runners can give individual messages to players but not team messages and must leave the field immediately they've done so.

At times Price seemed to coach the players.

The NRL acted on 19 cases last season with various runners fined or warned.

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