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The Game Rugby League Rules Ideas and Areas of Inprovement


It can only be a knock-on if the ball hits the ground after going forward from your hands. Would eliminate looking for a little knock on into when players contesting the ball in the air and also if your briefly lose possession in a tackle.

And get rid of 7 tackle sets.

And make it a 50-20, or a 20-50. Would be easier to kick and would open the game up more.


Modify the 40/20 and 20/40 and just make it a general ‘40 in and out’ advantage kick. So you can basically kick a 40/20 anywhere from your own half, as long as it goes 40 metres, lands in and then goes out.

When teams are playing from their own half, they suddenly have three attacking options. Dummy half runs. Long kicks. Lateral ball passing to open gaps.

Teams that don’t drop one or two defenders back to cover potential kicks will be penalised. It rewards attacking from your own half over simplistic ball possession.
Isnt this still allowed
I remember a game years ago Peter Wallace tried to take a drop kick to convert a try and the ref stopped him. He then tried to decline the kick and was told he had to take it. Want to say it was late 00’s (Wallace was in his first stint at Penrith). Afterwards teams were told they could decline the conversion immediately but once they opted to take it they had to take it.


First Grade
Time off when the ball is out of play. Winding the clock down for conversions, kick offs, scrums and drop outs is f**ked. Stop the clock when ball is out, you have 60 seconds to convert, kick off, pack and feed scrum or drop out. If you take longer, oppostion gets ball on halfway.


I would make a rule that if the attacking player walks off the mark to play the ball, then no defending player can be called offside (or at very least not square at marker).

There is a similar rule already in place (which is never applied).
If a player with the ball deliberately runs at/makes contact with an offside player who is actively trying to avoid getting involved, they are "brought into play", and are allowed to make the tackle.


In the day and age of concussion, a 6 man bench is needed. Far too many games are being decided by players getting wiped out for 15 or more for an HIA.

Bench makeup would likely include 2 props, a backrower, hooker, half and backline utility to cover most injuries.

And no double movements- if you can get the ball down over the line with the defence either trying to hold you up or strip the ball, good on you and you should be rewarded.


Had a thought while watching the Eels v Rabbits game. There was a two man tackle, and both ended up on the wrong side of the play the ball so we're out of play, but 2 other Eels players who had no involvement in the tackle went to marker. Thought it was a bit unfair that the Rabbits player dominates the tackle, yet still has 2 markers Infront of them.

Got me thinking what the impact would be if
a) it was illegal for a player to be marker of they weren't involved in the tackle;
b) all players involved in the tackle must take the position of marker

Couple of things immediately spring to mind.

You would see wider use of the football on the back of gang tackles, as the defensive line is shorter than usual, yet the ruck area is more congested.

And on the back of one on one tackles, you'd probably see more direct running or dummy half scoots.

Would probably see an increase in flop penalties too as players would be keen to involve themselves on one on one tackles.

Might also act to deter gang tackles.

Anyway, it would be a nightmare to officiate, and I'm not sure it would fix any particular issue in the game currently.

What do you reckon? NRL worthy? Or pure Topball?


How about a rule that for a knock-on to be called, the ball actually has to fall to the ground.
The reason for that is that we often see a kick hoisted to the corner and one or more players from each side goes up for it. But the ball bobbles between them and a knock-on is called, even though the attacking team might otherwise have scored a try.
It happened to the Broncos on Thursday, when a great looking try was called back because the ball bobbled in the way I described.
With my rule amendment, the try would have been allowed to stand.

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