SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Jack De Belin of the Dragons watches on from the bench during the round 14 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on June 11, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The NRL have decided against shortening the interchange numbers, and have instead confirmed they will remain at eight per team per game next season.

The last change to interchange numbers was back in 2016, and have decided to stick with eight changes per game after looking back at data from the past three seasons.

Dr Kevin Norton, who is a professor in exercise science at the University of South Australia, took the data to the competition committee, to show how the game had changed since the interchange numbers went down from 10 to eight three years ago.

They initially hoped for a faster pace to the game when the interchange numbers were cut, and it looks as though their current formula is working well, although some have called for a further reduction to six changes per side.

Head of elite football Graham Annesley wants the NRL to get on the front foot more often during the season, and has spoken to CEO Todd Greenberg about a weekly press conference that increases the transparency between the NRL and the fans week in, week out.

“One of the things I spoke to Todd about was that I felt we needed to be a bit more on the front foot and be in the debate more,” Annesley told

“There is always going to be debate around decisions that are made on and off the field and I felt we needed to be a bit more proactive in that so I suggested to him that in the interests of transparency and leading the debate we should conduct a regular Monday briefing after each round of football.


  1. Blah blah blah.
    Getting rid of Archer was a start but the only way they will truly get this Once great game back on track is to sack Greenburg.
    With out a doubt he is the worst CEO in the history of Rugby League.
    He is the main reason the game is in the mess it is in today.

    • Agreed. As per my comments on the Tony Archer story.

      Reg Reagan
      November 15, 2018 at 10:18 am
      The root of all problems in the NRL start and end with Todd Greenberg. If you want to cure the disease you need to attack it at it’s source otherwise the infection will continue to spread no matter who you throw in lower down the hierarchical chain.

      • My biggest grievance with the game is wingers who can’t mark up in defence and take the inside man letting the opposing winger to stroll over untouched. Can’t blame Greenberg for that
        Everything else seems to be his fault.

  2. Very disappointing. At 8, the interchange rule is one of the biggest blights on the game. The sooner they get it back to 6 the better. And while I’m on my soapbox, get rid of the trainers on the field – if they’re not needed for the defending team they’re not needed for the attacking team. Also, why is there always time off for any injury? Unless it’s serious and in the way of play, why not go back to the old practice of play on or get someone else to play the ball? Fair dinkum, it’s getting like Balmain in ’69. Oh, and another thing, why allow all players to talk to the refs? Only the captain should be allowed to say something to the ref. They’re lucky Keith Page isn’t around now, he’d send off any player who said something to him other than the captain. Sin bin where are you? And I don’t like golden point either, there’s nothing wrong with a draw. Golden point is our version of penalty shoot out; I hate it.

  3. So what was Dr Kevin Norton’s opinion, you started to explain his views then changed the subject without actually saying what his recommendations were, all you said was that the current formula is working well and that’s it, bad writing here Steven Marson, i thought the whole point of reducing the interchange was to bring in fatigue and allow the smaller speedy guys to come into the game more, but no mention of that in the report, injuries occur when players are fit and not fatigued and less interchange would have been a good solution to that, bad decision by the NRL and agree Greenburg has to go, just explain yourself better Steven in future.

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