Junior rugby league is set for a massive shake up in 2019.
A report from The Courier Mail, has detailed how the game will introduce a new rule set for the grassroots of the sport.
According to the report, a 12 month trial conducted in Queensland’s junior rugby league competitions, will see U/6’s play a modified game of Tag League with tackling banned.
The youngest age group will also undertake a year-long tackle safe course to prepare for U/7’s where tackling will be reintroduced into the game.
Premiership points, semi-finals and grand finals will also be abolished for U/6’s through to U/12’s.
Kids will be playing simply for fun, in a bid to retain junior players beyond the age of 13.
If successful, the changed rule set will be rolled out nation-wide in 2020 by the NRL.