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A big welcome to all our members and fans around the world for the start of the 2013 season…

To ensure NRL supporters better understand the rules in our game, including some of the key changes for 2013, together with NRL Referees Elite Performance Manager Daniel Anderson have produced five simple videos with various examples to hopefully assist in explaining the obstruction rule, the tackle, grounding the ball, the role of the video referee and the shoulder charge.


The onus is on the attacking players or ‘block-runners’ not to initiate contact with the defenders...more

The tackle

We have highlighted different methods that impede the immediate release of the player in possession and could result in a penalty....more

Grounding the ball

A player who has had possession or touches/touched the ball and knocks the ball forward must regain possession....more

Video Referee

In all try scoring situations, the on-field official will be required to make a ‘live’ decision....more

Shoulder Change

Is where a defender, without attempting to tackle, grab or hold the ball-carrier using the arms or hands, makes direct physical contact using the shoulder or the upper arm....more

For more info on our rules, fans can access the 2013 Laws of the Game booklet here

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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