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Premiership will not adopt World Rugby’s law trials to reduce virus risk

  • Law trials include eliminating reset scrums and choke tackles
  • New Zealand union already said it will not be adopting trials

The Premiership will not be adopting any of World Rugby’s law trials designed to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission, the Guardian understands. The law trials, announced by World Rugby on Thursday, include eliminating reset scrums and choke tackles, the introduction of an “orange card” for high tackles and reducing the “use it” time from five seconds to three.

All the trials, which are optional, are designed to reduce the risk of transmission among players by bringing down contact in rucks, scrums and mauls by 25-50%. The trials come after a study by World Rugby’s medical experts but adopting them is at the discretion of each union. The New Zealand union has already said that it will not be adopting them when Super Rugby Aotearoa begins next month and while the Premiership would need approval from the Rugby Football Union it does not intend to seek it.

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