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The Forward Pass: What is the NRL’s Radical New Rule?

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg announced a surprise new rule for the rest of 2017.

‘Tackle Billy Slater and it’s an automatic penalty.’

“The Slater Rule” is a reaction to Sia Soliola’s five-week suspension.

‘Everyone loves Billy the Kid. He’s the bushy jockey done good and extremely marketable. We need to protect him, even a light tap can be dangerous. It may result in more soft tries for Slater, but that’s great for the news highlights.’

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Canberra coach Ricky Stuart blasted the new rule, ‘This is a typical overreaction by the NRL. Poor Sia’s a gentle soul, he was a scapegoat because it was Slater. Anyone else and the NRL wouldn’t have cared. Go on, fine me again for speaking the truth!’

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Depending on its success, the new rule may be extended to include superstars Cam Smith and Johnathan Thurston from 2018.

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