Rugby Championship: SANZAAR to continue with 20-minute red card trial

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SANZAAR have announced that the 20-minute red card law trial will continue to be used as part of this year’s Rugby Championship.

This will see a player replaced after 20 minutes by another player if they have been red-carded.

Full support from competing nations

SANZAAR issued a press statement which said all four of the Rugby Championship‘s competing nations – Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – fully support the law trial which was previously used in Super Rugby competitions in 2020, 2021 and 2022 as well as the 2021 Rugby Championship.

SANZAAR CEO Brendan Morris said: “This is a great decision for the Rugby Championship and follows on from its application in Super Rugby. All the SANZAAR national unions – Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – are fully behind 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 fifteen versus fifteen.

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

“SANZAAR stands alongside World Rugby’s important work on managing foul play and player welfare and will conduct a formal research project across the 2022 Rugby Championship period 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.

“This 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.”

Red Card Law Trial

– If a player receives a red card he may be replaced after 20 minutes by another player. The 20 minutes from when a player receives a red card to when they may be replaced is measured as “game time”. This follows the same measurement of time already in place for a yellow-carded player in the sin bin (sin bin clock is stopped when the game clock is stopped).

– A player receives a yellow card and is in the sin bin for 10 minutes. If the same player, then returns to the field after spending their 10 minutes on the sidelines and subsequently receives a second yellow card, it will serve as 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 (eg: number 23) 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 (eg: number 12).

– Any player who has been red-carded cannot return to the field under any circumstance.

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