Re: Official Rugby World CUp (and the lead up tests) Thread
Remember those rule changes in the local Australian comp (The Mazda Australian Rugby Championship)?
Well, they've gone international. SANZAR has chosen to use the Stellenbosch Laws for next years Tri-Nations and Super-14 competitions, also declaring that any international teams playing in SA, NZ or Aus will also play under these rules. IRB referees boss Paddy O'Brien says the new rules 'produce a far better product' and are making rugby easier to follow.
The rules promote attacking and expansive rugby (as opposed to the English anti-rugby style), making the game faster and providing the backline with a little more room to work with. Also, most games at our national comp averaged around 100 more tackles than current international tests (about 250 instead of 150).
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!