The NRL rule for 2023 is unchanged


The NRL has announced there will be no rule changes until the 2023 season, although a number of new amendments and clarifications will be made.

After years of tinkering with the fundamentals of the game, fans will enjoy a year without major changes, with “Tweaks” designed to address issues arising from these rule changes.

At the top of the list is the change to the offside rule in scrums, which was flagrantly violated by almost every team last season and has now been clarified.

Last year he was again penalized by six teams for standing deliberately offside to weaken attacking opportunities at low cost – and now he will be penalized with a full penalty by the officials. Attacking teams will have the option to re-set the scrum or take a penalty as usual.

Holding the ball in scrums has also been banned, meaning attacking teams can no longer deliberately hold opponents offside.

Referees will now have the power to apply the full penalty for repeated offsides in the designated area to call six more times, such a non-calling sin requires the bin, although they can use it. is considered necessary. They will also now call hold and release with one call instead of two separate calls.

The bunker has also been overhauled, with two new options to deal with.

First, they change the grounding rule to include incidents where the ball makes contact with a player’s forearm or wrist. If there is no real separation, this is now given as a test.

Second, Bunker will now intervene in the game as a whole, and if there is foul play to report, the TV officials will step back from their role to ensure greater fluidity in the game.

The captaincy call has also been changed. Teams can now challenge the decision when the referee calls a stoppage, rather than after a structured restart as in the past.

Teams may still compete after the last play of the half, but not if the referee calls full time or half time.

Concussion Subs will now be available after two players pass HIA, instead of the previous limit of three. This is widely welcomed by clubs, many of whom have privately complained about the high bar required for concussion replacements.

“While relatively minor, these changes will improve three elements of the game – player safety, presentation of the game for fans and compliance with offside requirements,” NRL Elite Football executive managing director Graham Annesley said.

“We have carefully considered the 2022 season, including consultation with NRL clubs, the RLPA and other stakeholders.

“The bottom line is that current implementations make the game faster and smoother, but some minor issues needed to be addressed.

“These changes will allow clubs and players to clarify certain issues, while providing more entertainment and transparency for fans as the game evolves into 2023.”

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