World Rugby be­gins tri­als of new laws

Pretoria News - - SPORT -

WORLD Rugby have in­tro­duced a set of law amend­ments which will be tri­alled at var­i­ous tour­na­ments this year in a bid to im­prove player safety and re­duce the risk of in­juries, the govern­ing body said yes­ter­day.

The tri­als were ap­proved for the four-year law amendment re­view cy­cle that be­gan af­ter the 2019 World Cup fol­low­ing an anal­y­sis by the Law Re­view Group last March and sev­eral unions ex­pressed in­ter­est in op­er­at­ing one or more of the tri­als. Pre­vent­ing dan­ger­ous high tack­les re­mains a high pri­or­ity for World Rugby as they look to re­duce the num­ber of con­cus­sions.

The High Tackle Tech­nique Warn­ing will now be tri­alled in Su­per Rugby. The other amend­ments are: * 50:22 kick – If the team in pos­ses­sion kicks the ball from in­side their own half in­di­rectly into touch in­side their op­po­nents’ 22 or from in­side their own 22 into their op­po­nents’ half, they will throw in to the re­sul­tant li­ne­out.

* The in­tro­duc­tion of an in­fringe­ment (penalty and free-kick) limit for teams. Once a team has reached the limit, a manda­tory yel­low card is given to the last of­fend­ing player.

* The award­ing of a goal-line dropout to the de­fend­ing team when an at­tack­ing player, who brings the ball into in-goal, is held up.

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