THE hooter will no longer signal the end of play in Super League and National League matches this year.
Timekeepers will be told to sound the hooter at the end of the 40 minutes in each half but referees will allow play to continue until there is a stoppage and then blow his whistle.
In the past, the hooter was sounded at the first break in play once the time was up.
RFL match officials director Stuart Cummings said: "There were a few problems last year when the timekeepers were supposed to sound the hooter when a tackle was completed but occasionally made mistakes.
"We wanted to clear that up. When the hooter sounds, the referee will raise his arm and blow his whistle to end the game when the ball next goes out of play."
Meanwhile, the St Helens development team have organised a "Question of Saints" evening to assist in fund-raising for their next Australia Tour in October 2006.
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