Dual All-Australian Leigh Montagna says the AFL must consider scrapping a recently-introduced rule in the wake of extraordinary vision of some boundary umpires waiting 18 seconds for two rucks to nominate.
The AFL ahead of the 2017 season introduced a new rule where one player from each team had to nominate for a ruck contest, usually by putting their hand up. It was brought in to outlaw the ‘third man up’ and help ease congestion at stoppages.
The rule has received strong criticism across the past six seasons from pundits, who believe it patronises players.
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But on Fox Footy’s First Crack on Sunday night, dual All-Australian David King had a separate bugbear with the rule, pointing out how long it was sometimes taking umpires to recommence play as they wait…