Rugby amends rule fixing game restarts

Sports | REUTERS 23 Aug 2019

World Rugby has changed a rule governing restarts in the wake of George North's contentious try for Wales in their 13-6 win over England in Cardiff.

Winger North scored in the 34th minute while England had yet to send on a replacement for scrum-half Willi Hei`nz, who had to come off the field for a head injury assessment.

England were momentarily down to 13 men at that point as they already lost winger Anthony Watson to a yellow card.

England coach Eddie Jones later remarked that referee Pascal Gauzere should have got a "yellow card" for allowing play to restart before the replacement had taken the field.

World Rugby said the amended rule meant play would only be able to restart once temporary replacement players had taken the field.

"The amendment ... codifies an area that was previously at the discretion of the referee," the governing body said.

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