The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) today approved a variation to the “Six Again” rule which will allow referees to re-start the tackle count if markers are not square or break early at the play the ball.
The Commission today met and determined while the new rules had been effective in enhancing ruck speed, teams are looking to use markers to gain an unfair advantage.
Referees will retain the right to issue a full penalty and place players in the sin bin for persistent ruck infringements and professional fouls.
ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys AM said the change would ensure free-flowing rugby league continues.
“We have observed an increasing trend of markers either not standing square or breaking early and placing themselves in an off-side position.
“Rather than direct referees to blow more penalty stoppages we believe this variation will ensure free flowing rugby league continues to the benefit of our fans,”he said.
“The introduction of the “Six Again” rule has added to the spectacle of the game and the Commission will continue to be dynamic and agile to ensure we keep the game as entertaining as possible.”
The variation to the rule will be effective immediately.