Alan Zondagh | Will the new World Rugby law trials benefit the game?

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World Rugby announced, on Wednesday, law trials which will start next month (August 2021), including a so-called "50/22" kicking adaptation.

The 50/22 change allows a team to gain a throw-in inside the opposition's 22-metre area by kicking the ball to touch with at least one bounce from their own half.

The rule was used in recent Super Rugby tournaments and its primary intention is to "encourage the defensive team to put more players in the backfield, thereby creating more attacking space and reducing defensive line speed", according to the sport's governing body.

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