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    Rugby AU keen to innovate on and off the field in new competition

    Yesterday at 11:15 AM Super Rugby
    by Beth Newman


    Rugby Australia high performance manager Ben Whitaker says balance will be the key in considering any innovations for Super Rugby's resumption.

    Australia's four Super Rugby coaches have been in discussions about some potential law changes that could be introduced to save time wit the hope that some may be trialled in the domestic competition that it is hoped will be played by July.

    There is already a time limit on scrums being set in games but it is enforced by referees' timekeeping only and the possibility of displaying a clock on screen similar to the NRL could be investigated.

    Brumbies prop Scott Sio expressed his broad support for the idea on Monday but underlined the need for forwards to be able to prepare for that in training.

    Many law changes require World Rugby or SANZAAR approval so it is unlikely that there would be a swathe of adaptions
    Whitaker said the body was keen to try and innovate as much as possible with this shortened Super Rugby competition, with the process of selling the product to their broadcast partners still to be finalised.

    "We feel we want to zero in on some variations that could attract, be entertaining, exciting et cetera and pave the way for the future but we're also mindful that this is Super Rugby and we want to make sure that what we put in place is just that, and also it needs to lend itself to selecting a Wallabies team to play later in the year," he said.

    Law changes often need to be approved by SANZAAR and World Rugby to be implemented but Whitaker said there was clearly an appetite to speed up the game.

    “A lot of fans, a lot of media, a lot of players have looked at ways of limiting down time in the game, picking up the speed, which ultimately leads to greater fatigue as well,” Whitaker said.

    “The scrum is such an interesting situation where you’ve got to be mindful of players’ safety at the same time.

    “The referees have a watch, we just want to make sure that the idea of setting a scrum or engaging a scrum within 60 seconds of the mark being set, is something that is consistently applied.

    “The players and the coaches at the moment are all in agreement that they want that and, other than situations where you feel that it is unsafe to apply that law, that’s what we will be doing in this competition.

    “Whether there is a clock up on the big screen or not, TBC.”

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    I am wondering if the approval required for law variations has anything with them wanting the Force to be part of it and perhaps it will make it easier to get approval if GRR has already had some variations approved.

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    This blows my mind. FUARU.

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    So the four super rugby coaches have been talking about law variations but not Tim Sampson? No wonder the force have clarified that they will consider an invitation as and when they get it, they haven't been done the simple respect of even being asked what they want.

    The more I read, the less I want the force involved

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    So the four super rugby coaches have been talking about law variations but not Tim Sampson? No wonder the force have clarified that they will consider an invitation as and when they get it, they haven't been done the simple respect of even being asked what they want.

    The more I read, the less I want the force involved
    Well exactly my thoughts! With all the usual crap politics & manoeuvring going on, I’m liking the Force getting involved less and less. There’s also the WA hard borders which means that (again) Force will probably have to stay and quarantine & play away for some time which is a tough ask. Again-who pays for all that shit? Don’t see RA jumping up & down offering donations.And on top of that, trying to make rule changes they’re own idea! Cheesh!

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    100% agree with you GIGS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Fitzsimons
    NRL kicks off on May 28........the other football codes....... will start up in some form or another in the following weeks. The AFL is likely to start mid-June. As for rugby union, no one seems to know or care. When the season restarts is the least of its issues
    This is the major stumbling block. RA can come up with as many brain farts as they like. But its all just bullshit if nobody wants to pay for teleecasts.

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    The scrum timing "experiment" in Twiggyball seemed to me to be the least applied of the law changes. In whichever format I really hope Sir polices this aspect more diligently.

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    IMHO they should actually try and listen to non-rugby fans and their take on 'egg chasing', if they want to attract new fans to a sport which has a lower world fan base than ping pong, netball & field hockey.
    i always hear things like.
    the rules are too complicated
    scrums are boring (relating to innumerable resets)
    constantly kicking the ball out of play and lineouts take too much time.
    thuggery, eye-gouging etc
    don't have a go at me, this is what i pick up when non-RU fans talk about the game.

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