Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes has exploded about one of the AFL’s new laws, claiming the game is “turning into Auskick”.

Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes has blasted the AFL over their new man-on-the-mark rule, claiming the governing body are “turning the game into Auskick”.

Among a host of laws introduced for the 2021 season, a player on the mark will only be permitted minimal lateral movement. If the defending player moves off the mark in any direction prior to “play on” being called, a 50-metre penalty will apply, while the defensive team is also unable to substitute the player on the mark.

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Cornes unloaded on the AFL.

“The biggest concern around this is the AFL is turning into Auskick,” Cornes said on SEN’s SA Breakfast.

“Already, we’ve had the most ridiculous rule that has ever infested the world of an AFL football game and that is you have to nominate two ruckmen, one from each team, before a ruck contest.

“The umpire, before he throws it up, ‘Who’s up?’ You’ve got to put your hand up as if you’re playing Auskick, where you change the ruck around and you’ve got to nominate.

“Now you’ve got this ridiculous command. An umpire blowing the whistle, motioning with his hand and saying ‘stand’ to a grown AFL footballer.

“It’s almost comical that our game, via the rule changes, is turning into what you would see on a Sunday morning at Auskick.

“That’s no disrespect to the Auskick kids. Obviously at that age you do need a bit more command from your umpires.

“You don’t need it at AFL level and what it’s going to cause is complete confusion.

“Some rules have been okay in the game, and I’m not convinced this is going to be one of those.”

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The two other rule changes have seen the maximum number of interchanges drop from 90 to 75 per match, and the mark at kick-ins set 15 metres from the centre of the kick-off line toward the centre of the ground, up from 10 metres.

A new rule will also be implemented in the VFL and East Coast second-tier competition, a hybrid league created after COVID-19 destroyed the NEAFL. A minimum of three players from each team will need to be stationed inside 50 at every kick-in and boundary throw-in.

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