THE Rugby Football League's Laws Committee has recommended that scrums be removed from the game for the reminder of the year and to adopt the NRL's "six again" rule.

The recommended changes to the game could come into force when the sport is targeting a return at Super League level in August having been suspended since mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Such changes are believed by medical experts to reduce the potential spread of the virus.

"These recommendations will now be considered by Betfred Super League, Championship and League 1 clubs, ahead of possible implementation at the next RFL Board meeting in early July," said an RFL statement.

As well as ditching scrums, the RFL are considering the "six again", as seen in the NRL since its restart late last month.

The rule sees the majority of ruck infringements penalised by a restart of the tackle count, rather than leading to a stoppage in play with a penalty.

RFL chief executive and chair of the laws committee Ralph Rimmer said on the RFL's website: “These are major recommendations, but these are unprecedented times, presenting the game with unique challenges.

"The Committee recognised the importance of consulting widely within the game before the recommendations are put to the RFL Board, and that process has already started.

"But we believe Rugby League is well-served by its agility, in terms of being able to consider and implement such significant changes.

“The recommendation to adopt a number of the rule changes that have been introduced in the NRL in 2020 will also assist in the important process of aligning the rules across both hemispheres.”