MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos speaks with the umpires following a contentious ball up decision during the round four AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on April 14, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Connolly reveals ruck shake up that just might work

Former Fremantle coach Chris Connolly has revealed his unusual plan to counteract the current confusion surrounding the ruck nomination rule.

As it stands, players must nominate to contest every ruck stoppage around the ground, with club’s already finding ways to exploit the new rule.

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In round two, Richmond’s Shaun Grigg (who had been contesting several ruck duels in the minutes prior), cleverly caught out Brayden Maynard, as the young Pie was called for shepherding out Grigg, which saw the Tigers veteran kick an important goal to help his side win the game.

On Good Friday, Bulldog Josh Dunkley exposed the rule as well, although vision showed teammate Marcus Bontempelli nominating himself first, which means in that instance, it may have just been a poor call by the umpire.

But Connolly’s radical plan should stop players from exploiting the rule, although it does have potential to break down with an injury to a ruckman.

“You must nominate two ruckmen in your team and one will be in the team or on the bench,” Connolly told RSN 927.

“(They contest) all of the stoppages and that just clears it right out.”

Under Connolly’s suggested plan, the two nominated ruckmen would have to contest every stoppage throughout the game, and the team would be penalised if anyone bar those two players took part in a ruck contest.

While it may have its flaws, anything’s better than the current rule, right?

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