"Less TMO" - Five law changes Nigel Owens would like to see in 2024 - Ruck

“Less TMO” – Five law changes Nigel Owens would like to see in 2024

In the ever-evolving world of rugby union, 2024 heralds a new era shaped by the visionary referee Nigel Owens.

A harbinger of change, Owens wants the sports governing body to usher in significant amendments to the game’s laws.

As we prepare for this transformative journey, let’s dissect the imminent alterations and understand how they epitomise Owens’ commitment to enhancing the essence of rugby union.

Join us in exploring the law changes that Owens believes would redefine the sport we hold dear.


#1. Less TMO

Owens wrote: “We should aim for good performances that facilitate good games. In my opinion, perfect has become the enemy of the good because people are striving for a standard that is unachievable. A frustrating over-reliance on the TMO is one result of this fear of getting things wrong.

“Pressure is being exerted on referees by spectators, social media users, coaches, players, performance reviewers and referee managers. That is a lot of people scrutinising everything. I think we need to take a step back and make sure we pick up the things that matter.”

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