Reports have emerged this morning suggesting that the Super League clubs discussed cutting the number of interchanges allowed in each game at a meeting last week.
Currently, clubs are permitted to make ten changes in a match and that has been the case since 2012 with the reasoning being that it encouraged coaches to make more use of their matchday seventeen. This proposal would also bring the game in this country in line with the rules in force in the NRL where, since the start of the 2016 season, clubs have been able to make eight changes.
When the sport Down Under changed their regulations, they suggested that it was a move to safeguard the sport from being dominated by speedy giants who could only play in short bursts. Instead, they believe that fewer interchanges provide more of an opportunity to the smaller, more skilful and agile players to influence the game.
While the change hasn’t been confirmed, League Express explained that the reduction in interchanges could come into play for the 2019 season. Whether that is solely in Super League or within the Betfred Championship and League One remains unclear.