Captain’s challenge to be introduced at RL World Cup

Players in Betfred Super League and the Championship will get to use the captain’s challenge in the World Cup.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 12:13 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 12:14 pm
Captains Josh Jackson of the Bulldogs and Clinton Gutherson of the Eels speak to the referee after a captain's challenge during the match between the Parramatta Eels and the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL

The ruling, which gives each team one opportunity for their captain to challenge the referee’s decision, was introduced into the NRL ahead of the 2020 season but has not yet been transferred into the English game.

It is one of several changes approved by the board of International Rugby League (IRL) ahead of the World Cup in England in October and November.

The recommended changes to the international laws of the game were proposed by the Laws Advisory Group, which is chaired by IRL match official manager Stuart Cummings and has been working to harmonise the laws world-wide.

Cummings, former head of referees at the Rugby Football League, said: “This has been a long and complicated process but we have an excellent outcome and now the international laws can be applied uniformly.”

Other law changes include the implementation of the 20/40 kick, the six-again rule for minor infringements and the shot clock for scrums and drop-outs.

Scrums, which were retained in the NRL, are currently not used in the English game but it is hoped to re-introduce them as the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.