According to John Pierik in the Age this morning, the AFL Rules Committee has decided that the “third man up” tactic is endangering the traditional role of the ruckman and will therefore be banned. Apparently what is to happen that each team has to nominate the ruckman who will contest the hitout, and if either team fails to nominate a player, the umpire will nominate someone instead.
This was considered necessary because the use of the third man up tactic had “reportedly” increased from 8.5% to 13.2% in the last two years.
So what that means is that because about once in every 8 ruck contests, someone goes third man up, the AFL has decided that the rules need changing.
Well done, guys! Great to see you earning your pay.