23 Jul 2017

NRL looks at Stuart outburst

6:35 pm on 23 July 2017

Veteran coach Ricky Stuart looks set to come under NRL scrutiny after his five minute outburst against referees following the Canberra Raiders 20-14 loss

Canberra Raiders head coach Ricky Stuart. Former Australia Kangaroos and New South Wales State of Origin head coach.

Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Canberra coach claimed he received 47 text messages about the officials after his team went down to the Melbourne Storm, and called for referees and their boss Tony Archer to face the media over their decisions.

It's understood the NRL will pore over the five-minute rant, as they consider whether the Raiders coach will face the 11th fine of his 14-year coaching career.

They will also have to determine how it compares to other rants delivered by Michael Maguire, Trent Barrett, Nathan Brown and Des Hasler, given no coach has been fined this year.

"The best thing the NRL has done is just keep fining me and fining me and whacking the hell out of me, so I don't say anything," Stuart said in his press conference.

"Why doesn't the NRL come out and make public some of the communications between the referees, the bunker, and the linesmen?

"Why don't the NRL get the referees to come in and answer some of these questions too?

"Then we'll start fixing some things in regards to what's going on in interpretations, inconsistencies."

Stuart has been fined a total of $120,000 since his first head-coaching role with the Sydney Roosters in 2002, with his most recent fine a $15,000 sanction in May 2015.

"I'm accountable. I've got to sit here every friggin' week and answer questions. Let's make everyone in the game accountable," Stuart said.

"Those poor bastards in there - my players - they're accountable every week."