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Rugby Football League to drop controversial ball theft rule after just one season |  Rugby League News


Super League laws were changed at the start of the season to allow a player to steal the ball from an opponent if his teammates give up the tackle in time; the rule was copied from the NRL but created confusion and difficulties for the referees

Last update: 10/06/21 9:15 am

The Rugby Football League is set to drop the controversial ball theft rule after just one season.

Laws were changed at the start of the season to allow a player to steal the ball from an opponent if his teammates give up the tackle in time.

The rule, copied from the NRL, created confusion and all kinds of difficulty for the referees to decide whether the players had fallen from the tackle before the ball flew.

Now, the governing body’s law committee will seek approval from RFL’s board of directors to remove the rule at the start of the 2022 season.

A spokesperson said: “Members unanimously felt that the law should be reduced to its 2021 interpretation and that the RFL should pressure the International Rugby League to have the law removed from the international game from 2022. . “

The committee also considered returning the scrums to the national game, but decided it was still too early and agreed to revisit the matter in a month’s time.

Scrums were removed from matches when the Super League season resumed last August in an effort to reduce the number of close contacts during the coronavirus pandemic.

Scrums remain in international law and will be used during the end of season World Cup.

The 12-member Law Committee includes head referee Robert Hicks, Wakefield coach Chris Chester, RFL chief match officials Steve Ganson and former UK internationals Paul Sculthorpe and Kris Radlinski.

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