NRL 2019 Rule Adjustments
18th December 2018
The NRL today announced changes to the rules which will come into effect from the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership season. Head of Football – Elite Competitions, Graham Annesley said the changes were aimed at increasing "ball in play" time and improving player safety.
The new rules for 2019 will include:
Mr Annesley also confirmed that no change would be made to the number of interchange players for season 2019. But he said further assessment will be conducted throughout the first half of next season, before a decision is made on any future reductions for 2020 onwards.
Mr Annesley said the amendments were designed to reduce the amount of stoppage time in games, increase the time the ball is in play and simplify operational practices and procedures. The increased penalties for dangerous contact to neck and head follows a rise in the number of crusher tackles last season. "There is clearly an unacceptable risk of injury from these tackles and we believe we need to have an adequate deterrent in place to improve player safety," Mr Annesley said. "We have a world-class competition, with the 2018 season the closest in more than a decade," Mr Annesley said. "But we can always improve and our aim with these rule amendments is to continue to deliver exciting and engaging matches for players, fans, broadcasters and all our stakeholders."
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