Posted on Thursday, 28 Jul 2022
SANZAAR confirmed on Thursday that it will be reintroducing the 20-minute Red Card law trial for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship (TRC) 2022 in which a Red-Carded player can be replaced after 20 minutes.
This trial, which all four SANZAAR National Unions fully support, would be a continuation of the law trial conducted throughout Super Rugby competitions in 2020, 2021 and 2022 as well as the Castle Lager Rugby Championship in 2021.
SANZAAR CEO Brendan Morris said: “This is a great decision for The Rugby Championship and follows on from its application in Super Rugby. All the SANZAAR national unions – Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – are fully behind the extension of the red-card law trail. As a group, we firmly believe the integrity of international matches is very important and that wherever possible matches must be a contest of fifteen versus fifteen.
“Within the context of the games' laws, SANZAAR believes that a 20-minute Red Card allows for a significant deterrent to deliberate acts of foul play, while it also protects the contest of fifteen on fifteen, which is what our unions, broadcasters and fans are telling us is important.
“SANZAAR stands alongside World Rugby’s important work on managing foul play and player welfare and will conduct a formal research project across the 2022 TRC period with all comparative findings to be shared with World Rugby at the end of the season. The aim is to gather the necessary information that allows the 20-minute red card trial to be accepted into the full laws of the game in the future.
“This season we are very excited to be bringing international rugby back to fans across all of our home territories for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic with an innovative new mini-tours format as we are committed to exploring ways to continually improve the competition,” added Morris.
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Issued by SA Rugby Communications on behalf of SANZAAR