Nigel Owens wants World Rugby to change FOUR laws - including controversial new one - Ruck

Nigel Owens wants World Rugby to change FOUR laws – including controversial new one

Centurion referee Nigel Owens has re-stated his dissatisfaction with a number of current laws being implemented by World Rugby.

#1. 20 minute red card law

During this year’s Rugby Championship, a team can now bring on a replacement for a red-carded player after 20 minutes.

Owens wrote: “The deterrent to change player behaviour is much more effective if the team is down to 14 men for the rest of the game than if just for 20 mins. Drop the speeding fines a few quid and one point on your licence and you won’t be as careful keeping to the speed limit will you…

“Many are taking the risk by illegal clear-outs at ruck and upright or reckless tackles. So the 20m RC is not going to help with changing this behaviour.

“We are talking illegal tackles here which are foul play, not a legal tackle. A player should not be sent off if there is contact to the head and his actions were not illegal or totally reckless or stupidly careless.”

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