World Rugby’s high-tackle technique warning will be trialled in this year’s Super Rugby tournament.
When two high-risk tackle technique warnings have been issued by a referee, a player will automatically receive a one-match suspension.
The high-tackle technique warning was trialled at last year’s World Rugby U20 Championship and reduced concussions by more than 50%.
Reducing the tackle height to the waist is also part of the package of law amendments in a bid to reduce injuries to both the tackled player and tackler while also encouraging more offloads.
Other amendments to be trialled in various competitions across the world are:
– 50:22 kick – If the team in possession kicks the ball from inside their own half indirectly into touch inside their opponents’ 22 or from inside their own 22 into their opponents’ half, they will throw into the resultant lineout. This law will be trialled in this year’s Varsity Cup.
– The introduction of an infringement (penalty and free kick) limit for teams. Once a team has reached the limit, a mandatory yellow card is given to the last offending player as a team sanction.
– The awarding of a goal-line dropout to the defending team when an attacking player, who brings the ball into in-goal, is held up.
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