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Wayne Pearce, ARL comission, kicking rule changes, seven-tackle set for kicking into touch

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 want to have it,” Pearce told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“My view is that there’s a difference between a player running into…

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