Scrums, player agents and budget in V’landys’ sights as NRL begins review

Scrums, player agents and the NRL's finances will be in Peter V'landys' sights as the game undergoes a major review of its 2020 season in the coming months.

The ARLC chairman said December will be one of the NRL's 'busiest months of the year' as it looks to alter a number of aspects of the game – with V'landys particularly eager to see a change in scrums next year.

With the Origin series now done and dusted, V’landys is now eager to turn his attention to a long list of discussion points, including current concussion protocols, initiatives and participation levels. Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Dragons star Jack de Belin was the first player to be stood down over the rule which was introduced by the NRL in early 2019. The Rugby League Players Association believes the policy was introduced in breach of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

V'landys said the game will also being getting "more expert advise" over the NRL's concussion policy, after NSW skipper Boyd Cordner was allowed to play on after a head knock in Origin I.

Locked out of Queensland, the ARLC boss watched Origin III at home with his young son and labelled the head knock on James Tedesco as "quite confronting".

"[My son] was crying his eyes out because his favourite player is Tedesco, he's completely obsessed with him and god it was terrible when he got knocked out," V'landys said.

"But these things happen in a game."

The review will also likely see the confirmation of the six-again rule and the one referee policy, which were introduced for the 2020 season.

"Without a customer or without a fan, you don't get the wages you get now and our players are well paid, a lot of people in the game are well compensated but that doesn't come easy," he said.

"You've got to make sure the people that are paying to watch you, continue to watch you."

V'landys was also eager to include into next year's season a rule that was trialled at the end of the regular season, which allowed the bunker to review all live try-scoring decisions and intervene before the conversion is taken.

"Everyone liked that one, as it sped up the game," he said.

As well as the rules, the NRL will also take a good hard look at its finances which V'landys admitted were "catastrophic" during peak COVID-19.

"What COVID showed was that we need to have emergency funds," he said.

"The good news is that each day, our situation just kept getting better.

"Having 50,000 [at Origin III] has helped out finances…so are in a much better spot."

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