Canberra Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson is seeking clarification on the NRL's new ruck rules, questioning whether teams can claim the penalty instead.
The NRL Commission has amended the rules for ruck infringements, allowing referees to restart the tackle count rather than slow the game down by awarding a penalty.
Referees will still have the power to issue a penalty or place players in the sin bin for repeated infringements or professional fouls.
Hodgson looks set to benefit from the rule change as it will create cleaner and faster rucks, leading to more free-flowing football.
But the Raiders co-captain has raised concerns on whether teams can chose to take the penalty instead, if they're in a better position to do so.
"I'm sure there will be a teething process with it, there'll be things that don't go quite to plan along the way," Hodgson said.
"The question that sprung to mind for myself was about when you probably want a penalty, are you able to take that penalty or is it six again?
"If you're 20 yards out from your own end on tackle four, you get six again but you'd probably rather kick for touch and get another 20 or 30 metres.
"Another one is, if you're six points up in a pretty close game with not long left on the clock and in distance for a penalty goal, can you claim the penalty?
"Those things probably need clearing up, but then itself, it'll probably speed up the game, make rucks cleaner and as quick as possible."
The rule change will open the door for Hodgson to work his magic around the ruck, allowing him more time and space for play making.
The 30-year-old hooker expects there'll more opportunities for the dummy-halves, but says it's all speculation until the season resumes.
"It's going to be really interesting and as a dummy-half, it will probably create more opportunities than what we normally see," Hodgson said.
"I think it also probably puts more pressure on yourself to be defensively good. But it's all speculation until we have a few games to get the feel of it."
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Hodgson will be able to test the new rule change when the undefeated Green Machine meet the Melbourne Storm on May 30.
The NRL is yet to reveal where they match will be played, but the Raiders will probably be sent down to Melbourne for round three.
Canberra narrowly beat the Storm twice late last season on their way to the grand final, both victories at AAMI Park.
"It's always tough going down to Melbourne and it's good to see where we're at after an extended period on the sideline," Hodgson said.
"It's always a battle against Melbourne, it's always a physical game. We usually have a good game against each other, we had a few really tough games against them last year.
"So it'll be a good one for the spectators after not having anything to watch for a fair few weeks."