The 20-minute red card and 50:22 are among the many variations of the law that were given the green light for the rugby championships to kick off on Saturday.
The 20-minute red card and the 50:22 kick have both received rave reviews in their Super Rugby trials and can now be used in the rugby championship after World Rugby approved SANZAAR’s request for their implementation in the tournament.
New red card laws mean that a hard card player can be substituted after 20 minutes, and a player who has been tactically substituted can return to the pitch to replace a red card player, however, teams must have used their assigned substitutes. . While the 50-22 kick will see the team that hit the ball in touch from the inside of their half in their opponent’s area 22 considering the throw-in.
The red card replacement was brought to light last month after Wallabies wing Marika Koroibete received a red card in the first minute of the third litmus test against France. His sinbinning meant his team were forced to play with just 14 men for 76 minutes.
The Wallabies would win the clash, as coach Dave Rennie was furious with the decision and questioned the acting skills of France captain Anthony Jelonch.
“It was terribly milked, wasn’t it,” he said. “He obviously feels he has contact with the head, then he grabs his face, which is far from the point of impact and he is delayed for five seconds.”
The tournament will also feature goal line abandonment, which will see defending teams kick the ball from their try line if a player is held up or if the ball moves into the end zone.
There will also be adjustments around the ruck, which will put more emphasis on sanctioning cleanses that target or deposit their weight on the lower limbs.