The 20 minute red card and 50-22 serve will be among the new rules implemented for the Rugby Championship. According to a report on Rugby Australia’s official website, the decision to implement the red card changes comes after World Rugby approved an application for SANZAAR after it was initially dropped from global testing.
It was initially effective for the Bledisloe Cup series, which began last week, and see a player replaced by another after 20 minutes if they have received a red card.
A player who has been tactically replaced may return to the field to replace a player with a red cardhowever, teams must have used their assigned replacements.
The decision comes after extensive discussions around cracking down on high tackles and foul play to ensure player safety.
The 50-22 kick has also been adopted in international games, They will see teams rewarded with throwing in their favor if they manage to find the touch within 22 of an opponent from their own half.
This rule has been tested in Super Rugby AU, with World Rugby ready to make the decision to include it permanently in the rule book.
They have also chosen to include the resumption of play with a drop, which causes the defending team to return the ball to the opposition from their ingoal if a player is caught or the ball travels into the try area.
Along with this, there have been adjustments around the ruck, which will see a greater emphasis on sanctioning cleanses that target or drop your weight onto the lower extremities.