Super Rugby tweaks laws to entertain fans

Super Rugby Australia will implement seven law changes next month designed to speed up the game and entertain fans.

New South Wales Waratahs Coach ROB PENNEY
New South Wales Waratahs Coach ROB PENNEY Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

SOME OF THE SEVEN LAW CHANGES FOR SUPER RUGBY AU:-

- When an attacking player carrying the ball is held up in the in-goal or knocks the ball on, play will restart with a goalline drop-out rather than a 5m scrum.

- A red carded player can be replaced after 20 minutes rather than the team playing one short.

- A kick from within the defending team's 50m area that goes into touch in the opposition's 22m area having first bounced in the field of play, will result in a lineout throw to the kicking team rather than the defending team.

- There will be two five-minute periods of extra time in the event of a drawn game after regulation time. First points scored wins the match as compared previously to a drawn match after 80 minutes.


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