Ward backs rules change proposals

London Broncos coach Danny Ward says he would welcome the introduction of the six-again rule from Australia and he believes it would suit his side’s style of play.

The sport’s Laws Committee last week recommended that the rule is introduced in this country following a generally positive reception Down Under.

And Ward can see the benefits that it provides.

He said: “I really like it – it’s been very positive in the NRL.

“The games I’ve watched it makes it so much quicker, it’s not as stop-start.

“It will obviously benefit some teams more than others, but I’d like to think it would suit the way we play.

“We’ve got some speed in our team and I think we could benefit from it around the ruck.

“You’d have to learn how to defend against it as well, because teams will try and burn you down the middle and you’d have to be able to cope with that.

“But I think it’s pretty exciting, so let’s bring it in over here.”

Ward is also not against the scrapping of scrums permanently after that measure was also recommended in line with public health advice.

He added: “It seems a strange one to limit that contact when there’s so much everywhere else in the game, but if it does reduce the rate of infection then we have to look at it.

“I can take or leave scrums – there’s not much in them for me.

“Perhaps a quick turnover could be the way forward.

“We’re always looking for ways to make the game better, quicker and easier on the eye and also for neutrals to understand.”