Sanzaar to continue 20 minute red card law trial in Rugby Championship

  • If a player is red-carded he may be replaced after 20 minutes by another player.
  • A player receives a yellow card and is sin-binned for 10 minutes. If the same player then returns to the field after serving their 10 minutes suspension and subsequently receives a second yellow card, which equates to an automatic red card. After a further 20 minutes the red carded player can be replaced.
  • A player who has been tactically replaced can return to the field to replace a red-carded player. Note if a team has unused replacements still sitting on the bench it does not have to use them to replace a red-carded player before the use of players who have already been substituted tactically.
  • Any red-carded player cannot return to the field under any circumstance.

Sanzaar will continue to use the 20-minute red card law trial for the upcoming Rugby Championship.

All Blacks replacement prop Angus Ta'avao, who suffered a cut face when he made a dangerous tackle on Ireland midfielder Garry Ringrose, was red carded during the second test in Dunedin on July 9.

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All Blacks replacement prop Angus Ta’avao, who suffered a cut face when he made a dangerous tackle on Ireland midfielder Garry Ringrose, was red carded during the second test in Dunedin on July 9.

The law, which wasn’t used during the All Blacks’ 2-1 series loss to Ireland in New Zealand recently, has been conducted throughout the Super Rugby competitions from 2020, as well as the Rugby Championship last year.

The decision should please All Blacks coach Ian Foster, who was understood to be a proponent of the 20-minute red card law when it was presented to a World Rugby committee in June.

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Despite the likes of Dave Rennie and Eddie Jones, who coach Australia and England respectively, also supporting the law change, a World Rugby committee elected to stop it from going to a global trial.

If the 20-minute trial had been conducted during the series against Ireland the All Blacks would not have been compromised in the second test in Dunedin, which they lost 23-12, after replacement prop Angus Ta’avao was sent off for a dangerous tackle. on Garry Ringrose.

Wallabies lock Darcy Swain was shown a red card by referee James Doleman during the test against England in Perth on July 2.

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Wallabies lock Darcy Swain was shown a red card by referee James Doleman during the test against England in Perth on July 2.

Sanzaar CEO Brendan Morris commented that all members – Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – were in favor of 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 15 versus 15,” Morris said.

“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 15 on 15, which is what our unions, broadcasters and fans are telling us is important.”

Morris said Sanzaar stands alongside World Rugby’s work on managing foul play and player welfare and will conduct a formal research project during the Rugby Championship, 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.”

‚ÄúThis 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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