Anti-tampering rules set to be scrapped

The NRL has announced its intention to remove the existing anti-tampering rules for players coming off contract.

Next month's meeting of club chief executives will be used to canvass whether a new regime should be implemented or whether the concept of an anti-tampering date should be dropped entirely. The anti-tampering rules prohibited clubs from approaching players coming off contract until after June 30 that year.

NRL chief executive David Gallop says the current anti-tampering rules can only be enforced if clubs take time to make official complaints rather than through media accusations. Gallop says rather than seeing the same accusations made each year he thinks it would be better removing the June 30 date for future seasons.