THERE will be no immediate return of scrums to domestic rugby league.

With the public health backdrop remaining uncertain amid the pandemic, the RFL's Laws Committee has agreed to revisit the issue in a month.

However, scrums remain a part of the international laws of the game and will remain in play for the Rugby League World Cup.

Medical and scientific evidence regarding protracted close contact were key when the initial decision was made to suspend scrums from the restart of the 2020 season.

In deciding to defer a decision, the committee considered the level of risk against the potential impact on fixtures across the Betfred Super League, Championship and League 1.

The Laws Committee did, however, seek approval from the RFL Board to remove the recently-introduced ball steal law with effect from next season.

Members were unanimous in their view that the law be rolled back to its 2021 interpretation and that the RFL should lobby the International Rugby League for the law’s removal from the international game from 2022.