Three law variations will be trialled in the Rainbow Cup starting next week, Red Card Replacements, Captain’s Challenge and Goal-line drop-outs all come in to affect for the tournament.
Alan Gilpin, CEO of World Rugby, said: “We applaud PRO14 Rugby and the respective clubs for their enthusiasm to trial a number of law variations in the Rainbow Cup. The addition of another top competition to the World Rugby law trials programme will provide invaluable data and feedback to determine future advances to game spectacle and player welfare.”
David Jordan, Tournament Director of PRO14 Rugby, said: “Our Sports & Regulatory Committee have been very proactive in identifying opportunities to introduce game innovations and we’re looking forward to implementing these trials during the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup. We know these laws also have their origins from the Player Welfare Symposiums and our belief is that we will see a positive impact on the game overall.”
Replacement for Red Card player after 20 minutes
For red cards the offending player will be removed from the field for 20 minutes. After this time the team can replace this player with one of their nominated substitutes. The player who is given the red card will not be able to return to the pitch.
The Captain’s Challenge is aimed at enhancing the accuracy of decisions already under the remit of the match officials. Each team is allowed one captain’s challenge in the match. These can be used for try-scoring and foul play incidents, or to challenge any refereeing decision in the last five minutes of a match.
For held-up over the line, knock-ons that occur in goal or when the ball is grounded by a defending player in the in-goal area after a kick through, the defending team will take a drop-out from anywhere on the goal line.
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Great to see the Hurricanes getting creative with the new goal-line drop-out rule in Super Rugby Aotearoa. pic.twitter.com/KHKLynTmhj