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2019 NRL season rule amendments

December 19, 2018 11:45 am
2019 Telstra Premiership draw

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 says the changes were aimed at increasing “ball in play” time and improving player safety.

Zero tackle reports, the new rules for 2019 will include a reduction of the scrum clock – reducing from 35 to 30 seconds, a reduction of the drop-out clock – reducing from 30 to 25 seconds.

Any player sent to the sin bin or sent off will be required to run from the field of play, taking the most direct route to the dressing room.

Failure to do so may lead to Clubs being breached and fined under NRL Rules and/or offending players may be charged with Contrary Conduct under the NRL Judiciary Code.

Annesley also confirmed that no change would be made to the number of interchange players for season 2019.