On Thursday, the RFL released the proposed changes which will be put to a vote at next month’s board meeting, including adopting the ‘six again’ rule which has been implemented in the NRL and scrapping scrums for the rest of the year.
Hull Kingston Rovers boss Smith and his fellow coaches had a meeting recently where the general view was to keep watch on the longer-term effects the ‘six again’ rule on games in Australia, while he expressed concerns it would not achieve the aim of making the game safer.
“I think the consensus – although not everybody’s view – was let’s keep watching for a little while and see what comes from the NRL and what trends happen over a number of weeks,” Smith told the Golden Point Vodcast.
“The other thing we have to consider is at the back end of our year when we’re possibly playing multiple games in a week, do we really want to make our game faster when we’ve got a bigger workload for our players?
“From my perspective, it would be let’s not rush into it, and let’s consider our circumstances before making a rule change which could have a big impact on player welfare and injuries if the game is sped up too much with these multiple games coming.
“I’m not sure how it makes it any safer by speeding it up. I think it possibly will have the opposite consequence for our players.”