Rugby Australia has signed off on the trial laws it hopes will make its new Super Rugby AU competition a more entertaining product.
RA confirmed the changes on Friday morning, 24 hours after it had locked in the draw for the 12-week tournament which kicks off on July 3, after weeks of discussions with a “select panel” of coaches, players, administrators and referees.
There are seven law trials in total, two of which will be used in New Zealand Rugby’s Super Rugby Aotearoa, which starts on Saturday, while the other three Australian trials pertain to kicks around the field and an attacking team that has a player held up over the goal-line.
The 50/22 and 22/50 kicking laws will see a lineout awarded to the team that kicked the ball [the ball must first bounce before going into touch], while a kick that is grounded behind the defending team’s in-goal will now result in a goal-line drop-out, rather than a 22-metre restart.
A player will no longer be able to call a mark when a ball is kicked from within that 22-metre portion of the field, either. However, a mark will be able to be called from within the in-goal.
A player who is red-carded will now be able to be replaced after 20 minutes while any match that is drawn at full-time will have two five-minute periods of “Super Time” to