Wane seeking assurances of rule changes

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

SHAUN Wane is to seek clarification about the rules which next month’s World Club Challenge will be played under following changes to the laws Down Under.

The NRL confirmed over the weekend a series of new rules for the upcoming season.

They include zero tackles from 20m restarts, abolishing scrums after 40/20s and kicks out on the full, greater leeway on allowing quick taps and stricter laws governing when captains can speak to the referee.

The changes have been brought in with less than a month before Wigan face Australian premiers Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge.

A spokesman for the Rugby Football League said the WCC match will be played under international rules – the set of criteria laid out by the Rugby League International Federation which includes the use of just one referee, rather than two, referees.

But Wane is well aware that, more than a year ago, the NRL outlawed the shoulder charge – and the technique was subsequently banned by the RLIF just days before Leeds faced Melbourne in the WCC.

He is taking steps to ensure the Warriors’ preparations aren’t disrupted by any late announcements over rules changes for the WCC.

Wane said: “It’s something we’re aware of and are looking into. We want to make sure we train to the same set of rules which are going to be used in the World Club Challenge.”

Meanwhile, an RFL spokesman said there were no plans to emulate the NRL’s rule changes in Super League and the Championship.

He added: “The NRL has kept us informed of the new rules, and while we’ve no plans to introduce them here, we will be monitoring their changes.”

Warriors travel to St Helens in their final friendly this Friday, ahead of their opening Super League game at home to Huddersfield a week later.

Meanwhile, Wigan fans who had pre-purchased tickets for last Sunday’s postponed match at Workington can claim a full refund from the DW Stadium ticket office.

The game – a testimonial for Paul Prescott – was called-off because of a waterlogged pitch and may be rearranged for next year.