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“What on earth?” – Fans confused after seeing picture of Six Nations balls being charged up

Law changes:

1. The Shot Clock: A New Tempo for Conversions and Penalties

One of the most noteworthy modifications is the introduction of the shot clock, designed to ramp up the pace of the game and eliminate time-wasting tactics.

Teams will now face the pressure of time constraints, with a mere 90 seconds allotted for taking a conversion after scoring a try.

The urgency intensifies during penalty kicks, where teams have just 60 seconds to execute. In addition, the shot clock imposes stricter time limits on lineouts and scrums, reducing their duration to a brisk 30 seconds. Furthermore, the ball must now be released from the ruck within a mere 5 seconds, ensuring a faster and more dynamic flow to the game.

2. The Bunker: Strategic Consultations for Foul Play

Another major shake-up awaiting fans in the 2024 Six Nations is the utilization of the Bunker, a feature familiar from its recent appearance during the Summer Nations Series.

Match officials will now have the option to consult the Foul Play Review Official stationed in the ‘Bunker’ when faced with unclear or ambiguous incidents of foul play, particularly when two big screen replays fail to provide a decisive verdict.

This adjustment serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it prevents prolonged interruptions to the game as officials strive for accurate decisions on contentious incidents.

Secondly, after a yellow card is issued, it allows the Foul Play Review Official an extended timeframe to deliberate on the necessity of a red card, all while the on-field action continues.

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3. Changes to TMO: Precision in Addressing Serious Play

The Television Match Official (TMO), responsible for scrutinizing match action from a distance, is also undergoing a shift in its role.

In the 2024 Six Nations, TMOs can now only interrupt play to investigate instances of serious or dangerous play that may have escaped the attention of the on-field referee.

This modification ensures that TMO interventions are reserved for situations of significant impact, maintaining the fluidity of the game.

As the 2024 Six Nations approaches, these changes promise to enhance the overall viewing experience, blending tradition with innovation for a captivating display of rugby prowess.

Quiz: Can you all of the Guinness Six Nations winning captains?

Our latest quiz invites you to identify those who have captained their nations to Guinness Six Nations glory. It’s worth noting that in certain instances, there may be multiple captains from the same year due to factors such as injuries and rotation.

Surnames only will be accepted.