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International rugby league is bringing back the biff

Sporting News Sporting News 26/10/2016

Danny Brough, Sam Burgess, Jesse Bromwich and Cameron Smith with the Four Nations trophy at Anfield. © Martin Rickett/Press Association Danny Brough, Sam Burgess, Jesse Bromwich and Cameron Smith with the Four Nations trophy at Anfield. International rugby league is bringing back the biff!

The automatic sin-bin rule introduced to the NRL after Paul Gallen's punch-up with Nate Myles in the 2014 State of Origin won't be implemented in the Four Nations or next year's Rugby League World Cup, reportsFairfax Media.

"The rules we'll be playing under, the international interpretations, are very similar to Super League," Four Nations tournament director Jon Dutton told Fairfax.

"It's up to the referee to decide whether it's a sin bin offence or it's a penalty. It's not mandatory, no."

Plenty of players, Gallen included, have been vocal about wanting the NRL's sin-bin rule relaxed.

After a spiteful Sharks-Titans game earlier this year, Gallen said being able to throw the odd punch would lead to fewer all-in shoving matches.

"Honestly, think about how many times you’ve seen a footy fight where a bloke has actually hit him, I can think of the Andrew Johns one and myself with Nate Myles," Gallen said on Triple M.

"No one ever lands a punch.

"I think it (constant scuffles) looks a whole lot worse than a couple of blokes having a crack at each other than 10 or 20 blokes running in, pushing each other and getting involved.

"I think it looks terrible. It's a bad look for the game."

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