50-22 Kick and Incident Review being considered to change by World Rugby


The recent meeting at Paris, France attended by Rugby professionals along with medical professionals and organizers that has agreed to put forward law changes proposal to Law Review Group(LRG). The LRG will then decide about the outcome of the proposals made and how can these be implied in the game on field so as to minimize the injuries and thereby increase the safety of the players.

Rugby game has seen a sudden increase in number of injuries and safety lapses for the sportsmans and the recent death of four participants from France only added to prove the situation right.

France lost four players in the game and the meeting that was held at FFR headquarters in Paris, was also attended by France Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu and various new proposals were discussed to minimize the injuries to the players.

One of the such change that was proposed was introduction of 50-22 kick. This will reward the team which kicks a ball out on the bounce from inside their own half into opposition’s 22. The team that will successfully kick the ball out would be rewarded an attacking line out in the hope defending teams would be forced to commit more players to back field and thus less players involved in the defensive line where maximum number of collisions occur. Less collisions means less injury.

The other change in proposal was to give 10 minute period to decide if player should be shown red card due to foul play to off field referees. To brief it, if any player is found to be playing foul and minimum threshold for yellow card is reached, the player would not be allowed to play for 10 minutes and thus removed from the field. In the ten minutes time, the off field referees will have the time to check the video evidence and decide if the player should be issued a red card. This proposal would see justice done more often, as quoted by one of the delegate.

These proposedchanges are on the initial level of thoughts and it needs to be seen if they can be implied on actual basis live on the game so that the sport is not affected and popularity and sporting spirit remains among the players and also spectators.