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NRL 2021 rule change trial in Tigers vs Bulldogs game, kicking to touch proposal torched

The NRL is pushing for a radical rule change and want it to feature in the Tigers’ and Bulldogs’ final game of the 2021 season.

The NRL will consider punishing teams who kick into touch by rewarding the opposing team with a seven-tackle set.

ARL commissioner Wayne Pearce, who heads up the game’s innovation committee, said the rule change would be discussed at a meeting next week, with the dead rubber between the Tigers and Bulldogs mooted as one game to trial it in.

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Barring the 40-20 and the 20-40 – which has never been used at NRL level – every kick into touch would lead to a seven-tackle set.

“At the moment, when a ball gets kicked into touch, there’s a turnover and the team can have it in the middle of the field or wherever they…

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