NRL trials radical rule changes for final round
The NRL will experiment with a number of radical rule changes including reducing the number of scrums and having forwards only pack down in scrums as part of a host of changes to be trialled in "dead-rubber" games this weekend.
Rules be tinkered in the Brisbane and Cowboys on Thursday night and Warriors and Manly on Sunday.
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Among some of the changes include;
- Referees signalling six again for 10 metre infringements instead of a penalty.
- Scrapping of scrums any time the ball is kicked into touch. A play the ball restart will occur. Tap restarts remain for 40/20 or 20/40 attempts.
- Only players nominated as forwards on the team sheet can pack down in scrums.
There will also be a change to the way the bunker is used. Once a referee awards a try it will not be referred to the bunker. Instead the bunker will review the try in the background while the conversion if being set-up without stopping the game.
If the bunker finds the on-field decision of try is wrong then the bunker will advise the referee to change the decision before an attempt has been made.
Any on-field decision of no-try may still be referred as is this case at the moment.
Originally published as NRL trials radical rule changes for final round