“Totally flawed” – Nigel Owens livid with newest regulation alternate

SANZAAR have introduced that the 20-minute pink card regulation trial will proceed for use as a part of this 12 months’s Rugby Championship.

This will see a participant changed after 20 mins by means of some other participant if they’ve been red-carded.


“The part which I don’t understand is that you will hear talk about players being unlucky to be sent off, and that therefore you need a 20-minute card as a solution,” he wrote within the Telegraph.

“Well, my reaction could be that if a participant is unfortunate to be despatched off, then he shouldn’t be despatched off.

“Governing our bodies want to keep sturdy on the ones acts of recklessness and thuggery. We have already observed how strict policing of sure offences may end up in alternate with tip tackles over a decade in the past. There has been a complete alternate of behaviour from gamers and the ones acts at the moment are very uncommon.

“The final thing the game wishes is a scenario the place a participant runs in and headbutts an opponent within the opening mins, just for the wrongdoer to then get replaced 20 mins later by means of a change. In eventualities like that, your crew does now not deserve to return to fifteen gamers.

“Make a transparent resolution between whether or not foul play is unintended or reckless after which award the suitable yellow or pink card.

“A 20-minute red card merely papers over the cracks. It is totally wrong, and if we go down that route then rugby is going to be in trouble.”

Nigel Owens desires 5 regulation adjustments ASAP

Owens, who hung up his whistle two years in the past, has get a hold of 4 conceivable adjustments to inspire expansive rugby.

#1. Scrap the goal-line dropout

Owens wrote: “As for goal-line dropouts, I used to be a large fan first of all as a result of I felt it could save you attacking groups from a large number of pick-and-gos close to the check out line, with groups as a substitute making an attempt to transport the ball broad to keep away from being held up and shedding ownership. But I’m now not certain it has labored as deliberate. We nonetheless see a lot of pick-and-gos till groups recover from, we nonetheless see a lot of mauls and the selection of collisions hasn’t reduced.

“We also are seeing fewer scrums close to the target line, and to be truthful I’m now not certain that may be a just right factor. The scrum must be the most important a part of the sport, and at this time we don’t seem to be seeing the advantages of it. Rugby will have to proceed to be a sport for all sizes and styles, and in any respect ranges, too.

Attacking groups also are kicking longer understanding that if the ball rolls lifeless, the protecting crew has to do a goal-line dropout and they are able to get the ball again. We’ve additionally misplaced the fast dropouts we used to peer from the 22-metre line the place groups would compete to win the ball again, or a handy guide a rough dropout could be taken, as a result of groups now sponsored up on their target line simply kick the ball lengthy to flee and what occurs? The opposition kick it again.

“From initially believing it would work, I would now like the goal-line dropout law to go to be honest. If anything it is having a negative effect.”


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