World Rugby Amend Law Following Controversial Wales Play In Win Over England
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World Rugby has swiftly moved to amend Law 3 following a controversial try by Wales last Saturday in their win over England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
England’s Anthony Watson was shown a yellow card late in the second half with scrumhalf Willi Heinz also replaced for an HIA by Ben Youngs at the same time – leaving Eddie Jones’ side momentarily down to 13 men.
But Wales decided to act quick, taking advantage of the extra two men with a quick free that ultimately resulted in the only try of the game by winger George North.
Dan Biggar, take a bow!
— Channel 4 Sport (@C4Sport) August 17, 2019
England boss Jones wasn’t happy after the game as he feels “we all thought” the law was that the game cannot continue until the player has left the field. But that was not the case – until now.
While there is still no law to prevent play resuming while a yellow carded player is leaving the pitch – play must now stop if a player is “leaving the field for an HIA or blood has been temporarily replaced.”
“World Rugby has announced an immediate amendment to Law 3 to stipulate that a match cannot restart until a player leaving the field of play for a blood injury or Head Injury Assessment (HIA) has been temporarily replaced.” a statement read
Had this law been in place on Saturday, Wales’ try would not have stood as Willi Heinz had not left the pitch when Dan Biggar took the free.
Eddie Jones refused to be drawn on Wales taking a quick free-kick while Ben Youngs was waiting to come onto the pitch as a replacement for Willi Heinz pic.twitter.com/uiCEx3GOZ1
— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) August 18, 2019