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Dublin: 11°C Wednesday 30 September 2020

Just when you thought it was safe to be a hurling goalkeeper, they're changing the penalty rules again

Anthony Nash has an awful lot to answer for.

Could three men on the line become a thing of the past?
Could three men on the line become a thing of the past?
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

WITH THE INTRODUCTION of the so-called ‘Nash Rule’ during last season, the number of goals scored from penalties dramatically reduced with eight of the last 11 taken not resulting in direct goals.

In response, under proposals flagged today by the GAA, an amendment to the rule is to be trialled during upcoming pre-season provincial hurling competitions in Munster and Leinster.

The new rule will see just just one player – the goalkeeper – stand on the line. While the penalty taker can still not advance the ball past the 21m line, the absence of the additional two defenders on the line should see a higher percentage of goals scored or – at the very least – attempted.

The proposal was brought forward by the Hurling 2020 Review Committee, chaired by former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy.

- Originally published 17.29

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