World Cup 9s to debut 20-40 rule in October

The 20-40 rule will be introduced at this autumn’s World Cup 9s tournament in Sydney.

The World Cup takes place over the weekend of 18-19 October at Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium.

The traditional 40-20 rule will still stand and teams will be rewarded with an attacking scrum feed as normal.

And now teams will be able to reap the same reward with a long kick from inside their own 20 if it bounces out beyond their opponent’s 40.

If the rule is a success at the World Cup 9s, NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg admitted the league would consider bringing it into the NRL competition.

He told “It’s something I’m sure the competition committee could look at.

“I think it’s got a particular variable here for Nines footy.

“The concept is if you’re pinned in your own 20 and you’ve got the ability to take a risk, you get a significant reward.

“It will be interesting to see how much of it is utilised and the preparedness of the players to take those risks.”

As well as the new 20-40 rule, there will be a 25-second shot clock on drop-kicked conversions. Golden Try will be played in the event of a match drawn after regular time.

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