Everyone watching the Premiership final wants the same law change - Ruck

Everyone watching the Premiership final wants the same law change

Viewers of the Gallagher Premiership final are urging the league to adopt the 20-minute red card rule after Beno Obano’s first-half dismissal.

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Under this rule, the Bath prop could be replaced after 20 minutes, allowing the team to avoid playing the rest of the game a man down.

One fan wrote: “It’s red card by law. But as a neutral it’s ruined the spectacle and seems proportionate. Devastated for him. Even as a Gloucester fan.”

Another said: “t’s a red under current rules but my point is it kills the game as a contest. Rugby will die if it doesn’t find a way of dealing with the danger levels whilst maintaining the spectacle for the playing public. What’s wrong with the 20 min red card used in Super Rugby?”

A third commented: “English Rugby PL should bring in the 20 minute red card rule. This final is pretty much done, not arguing about the decision which was correct.”

A fourth added: “20 minutes into the Rugby final and a red card. Quickly remembered why I have lost my love of rugby, shadow of the game it used to be.”

Another wrote: “Oh great – I’ll switch over. Biggest game of the season over after 20 mins. Yes Obano got high – but the sport has lost its way if it thinks this is credible way of promoting the sport.”


Andy Farrell faces numerous challenging decisions leading up to finalising his Lions squad, yet bookmakers appear confident in predicting the players destined for Australia next summer.

We found it intriguing to project a smaller squad based on the favoured contenders according to bookmakers’ odds as of April19, 2024.


  • Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland) – 1/16
  • James Lowe (Ireland) – 1/8
  • Hugo Keenan (Ireland) – 1/5
  • Tommy Freeman (England) – 4/9
  • Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (England) – 8/11
  • Mack Hansen (Ireland) – 2/1


  • Bundee Aki (Ireland) – 1/5
  • Ollie Lawrence (England) – 1/4
  • Sione Tuipulotu (Scotland) – 2/7
  • Robbie Henshaw (Ireland) – 8/11


  • George Ford (England) – 1/10
  • Marcus Smith (England) – 8/15
  • Finn Russell (Scotland) – 8/11