Super League I

Super League I

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Super League I

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The year 1996's Stones Bitter Super League I was the official name for the 102nd season of top-level rugby league football, and the first year of Europe's new championship: Super League. It is also the first season of rugby league to be played in summer. The competition featured all eleven teams from the 1995–96 Rugby Football League season plus one expansion club, Paris Saint-Germain.

Rule changes

Four new rules were introduced for the inaugural Super League season:
  • Scrums were now to be set 20 metres from the touch-line, with the aim of creating attacking opportunities.
  • At the restart after a try has been scored and the conversion attempt has been taken, the side that scored will now kick off to the other team. Greg McCallum, the director of referees' coaching, also noted that this convention was "in line with most other sports" and "that is significant when we come to promoting the game in America and Asia".

In an attempt to "clean up" the ruck:
  • At the play-the-ball, the side not in possession was barred from striking for the ball.
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