I'm 53 years old and can remember back when I played and watching the great teams of the 80's and 90's. It was a great game.
Surely it wouldn't be too hard to bring back.
Holding the ball.....none of this prior opportunity crap, you get the ball and try to kick it or handball it to another of your teammates. You get caught with the ball after a reasonable time, bad luck....Holding the ball....free kick to the opposition.
Push in the back......if you are going for the ball and the opposition pushes you in the back....Free kick, you can't do that.
Around the neck......If you are tackled above the shoulder, Free kick...You can't do that.
No ruck nominations.....if the ruckmen are not able to get to the bounce....bad luck.....someones gotta go up and if its the nearest tallest player, so be it.
No deliberate out of bounds....momentum killing bastard of a rule that is too open to interpretation by grandstanding umpires.
Protected zone....[censored] it off completely.....Ask Harmes how well it's working.
Dropping the ball......If you are tackled and the ball spills out, free kick to the tackler......or if the opposition get the ball, Advantage.......
Fix this up and we will have a great game again, not the frustrating shadow of its former self that we endure now.