The Varsity Cup, known for its law innovations to improve the game, has introduced a law innovation in 2023 to add more ball-in-play time.
Former Test referee Nigel Owens says the 20-minute red card law trialled during the upcoming Rugby Championship is similar to dropping fines for speeding.
Tappe Henning, the Vodacom United Rugby Championship’s head of match officials, says World Rugby needs to be cautious when it comes to finding a compromise between the red card and protecting the integrity of having 15 players against 15.
Former Test referee Nigel Owens says World Rugby’s plan to implement a 20-minute red card would “allow acts of thuggery to flourish”.
Referee Ben O’Keeffe, who will officiate the second Test between the Springboks and British & Irish Lions, sent off Wallabies wing Marika Koroibete for this tackle on France No 8 Anthony Jelonch in Saturday’s series decider. What are your thoughts on the decision?
Wasps boss Lee Blackett has taken aim at victims of dangerous tackles for what he deems an exaggeration of the impact of said tackles in order to have opponents sent off.
Fiji and La Rochelle centre Levani Botia received the first-ever red card in a Champions Cup final after this horrendous tackle on Toulouse fullback Maxime Medard.
Former All Blacks wing Sir John Kirwan has blasted World Rugby’s red-card protocols, suggesting the sanction should be removed from the game as it ruins the spectacle for fans.
Mariette Adams and Dylan Jack debate whether referees should allow a red-carded player to be replaced after a certain period of time.