Posted: 22 November, 2016 by Footy Newsroom

AFL & Coaches Eye Off Rule Change

That time of year!

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The AFL are keen to discuss the "third man up" with the potential of creating a rule that does away with the tactic.

Coaches will attend the annual laws summit on Friday where the ruck contest will be high up on the agenda.

Statistics show that a third player contesting stoppages has increased significantly over the last 6 years - with 2016 an all-time high of 13.2% of contests.

A discussion last year did not reach a concensus on the issue. reports that while some coaches believe a "third man up" actually benefits congestion, there is no apparent link and it is seen as an uneccessary danger to ruckmen.

Geelong's Mark Blicavs leads the way in the competition with an average of 6 contests per game as a third player.

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