21. January 2022

‘Time to consolidate’: No more mass NRL rule changes but six-again tweak looms

Peter V’landys has given a robust trace the NRL received’t pursue one other low season of mass rule changes but has forecast a tweaking of the six-again rule to penalise groups who give away cynical set re-starts of their territory.

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman V’landys is due to obtain a report this week from the NRL’s session periods with the 16 golf equipment a couple of vary of points, together with potential rule changes after a file season of blowout scores.

V’landys has been rugby league’s prime canine for 2 years and through that rime, the NRL has seen the introduction of the six-again idea, the captain’s problem, two-point discipline targets and further bunker evaluations, together with plus a discount in scrums.

V’landys on Sunday forecast the NRL wouldn’t see any main rule changes this summer season but the ARLC chairman mentioned would space that may come beneath scrutiny is the six-again choice, to tackle groups conceding set re-starts early within the sort out depend when an opposition workforce is attempting to carry the ball out of their finish.

“A lot of the coaches have said when they’re stuck in their own half it’s not much of an advantage [to receive a six-again],” V’landys mentioned. “It is one area that has been mentioned that we will certainly look at. It could be that it might not be a six-again when you’re in your own defensive end, and instead a penalty.

The NRL will resist another off-season of mass rule changes.

The NRL will resist another off-season of mass rule changes.Credit:Getty

“None of this has been approved, but it has been raised and it will all come under consideration when we see the final report. But from my understanding, the Commission would prefer to consolidate this year rather than make a lot of change.”

Premiers Penrith gave away the highest percentage of their six-agains within the opposition half en route to successful their first title in 18 years.

The problem has been a bugbear of followers who’ve watched gamers intentionally gradual the ruck or stand offside realizing they received’t concede a territorial benefit with a full penalty.

Despite critics claiming the sport was inflicting an excessive amount of fatigue and main to uncompetitive matches, V’landys mentioned a fan ballot on the NRL web site earlier this 12 months confirmed 65 per cent (of more than 22,000 respondents) mentioned the pace of matches was “just right”.


In the identical ballot, 54 per cent of more than 23,000 voters mentioned the six-again idea was a optimistic addition to the sport.

It will imply the rule – launched in the course of the COVID-enforced shut down of the season final 12 months – received’t be going wherever, regardless of staunch opposition in some quarters about its impact on the sport.

“We’re going to consolidate this year,” V’landys mentioned. “You’ve bought to pay attention to the followers, and I really feel numerous the followers overwhelmingly just like the rule changes which is why we would like to consolidate. We want it to mattress down.

“People now discover the captain’s problem a part of the sport, and as soon as they get bedded down and turn out to be par for the course they neglect about it and recognise it’s simply a part of the sport.

V’landys, fellow ARLC member Wayne Pearce, NRL chief govt Andrew Abdo and head of soccer Graham Annesley will talk about the findings of the overview with golf equipment – together with match overview and judiciary suggestions – earlier than taking them to a gathering of the NRL’s improvements



The ARLC will log off on any rule changes after its assembly in early December.

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