NRL open to change if new rules to make game more entertaining don't work

The NRL has promised to be agile on new rules after a number of players expressed concern over the increased speed of the game and its toll on their bodies.

On Thursday chief executive Andrew Abdo said the early rounds of the season will be a litmus test and he is prepared to make changes should the new laws have an undesirable impact.

"Like any change, you have to monitor and we'll adjust if we need to," Abdo told AAP.

"The first few rounds will be critical for us to gather data.

"Ultimately the objective is to create free-flowing football for fans, but we also have to balance that out and make sure we still maintain the fabric of the game and the different skill sets of the different players.

"It's a delicate balance."

The addition of a six-again for 10-metre infringements and a tap restart instead of a scrum when a player finds touch have been added to up the tempo from last season, which was already a noticeably faster game than in previous years.

The tweaks have caused concern for some players after an increase in injuries in 2020, although they cannot be solely attributed to the added pace of the game.

For Canberra co-captain Josh Hodgson, the concern is less about the rules and more about how they were introduced.

The NRL's innovations committee developed the new laws and included senior players Damien Cook and Luke Keary in the discussions, as well as coaches, referees and administrators.

However, Hodgson believes there should be better consultation with playing groups before testing rules in a match for competition points.

"It's important that we all move in the right direction for the players and the game," he said.