The NRL is set to make the most of several dead rubber clashes in Round 20, with several potential rule changes to be trialled.
The NRL is set to make the most of several dead rubber clashes in Round 20, with several potential rule changes to be trialled.

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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Jaxon Paulo was awarded a try despite his foot clearly going into touch. Picture: Fox Sports.
Jaxon Paulo was awarded a try despite his foot clearly going into touch. Picture: Fox Sports.

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.

 

The NRL will also overhaul scrums with only forwards allowed to pack in. Picture: NRL Photos.
The NRL will also overhaul scrums with only forwards allowed to pack in. Picture: NRL Photos.

 

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


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