February 13, 2021
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New rules for Super Rugby comp

New Zealand Rugby has added two new rules into the Super Rugby Aotearoa ahead of the 2021 season.

1 NEWS revealed in early December last year, captain referrals and goal-line dropouts can now be used in the competition, which starts on February 26.

A captain’s referral will see each skipper have one opportunity per match to have the television match official (TMO) review an infringement in the lead up to a try or to review the foul play.

Captains will have 10 seconds to make their referral after a try has been awarded.

A goal-line drop-out will restart play when an attacking player is held up in the in-goal, or knocks the ball on, in the in-goal area.

Play will also restart when a kick during open play is grounded by the defending team in their in-goal area.

World Rugby has approved the additions and has been introduced after feedback from players, coaches, and referees.

This also follows the introduction of golden point and red card laws in 2020, both of which will continue in 2021.

By Romeka Romena  


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