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White cards in Rugby Championship

White cards in Rugby Championship

THE WHITE card could feature in this year’s Rugby Championship if the International Rugby Board approves the use of them.

It along with the issuing of off-field yellow cards are being trialled during Super Rugby.

A white card is issued if a referee suspects foul play but did not see the incident or is unsure who the culprit is. The card alerts the citing commissioner to view the incident and check whether it requires judicial action.

Now it could be used in the upcoming Rugby Championship.

SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters says the use of them in that tournament will depend on the outcome of an IRB council meeting in May.

Peters has just returned from IRB meetings in London, where the Super Rugby judicial systems were discussed at a conference revolving around foul play regulations.

Peters says one aim of the conference was to “look for flexibility for tournament organisers to arrange processes that suited their own environments”.

For an international event, SANZAR required the IRB “to provide the flexibility to be allowed to bring in their own rules”.

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