Rugby Union: 5 Rule Changes to Change the Sport for the Better

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Rugby Union: 5 Rule Changes to Change the Sport for the Better
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Rugby has changed a lot since its inception. More rules and regulations have been introduced in order to protect the players and also to make the game more interesting for the fans.

Compare the last two World Cups, for example. After 2007, new laws were introduced, such as the law that allows quick line-outs thrown backwards to be taken, or the elimination of a number of kickable penalties. After 2009, there were new laws regarding the breakdown, favouring the attacking team and creating more running rugby.

Some say more changes could be made to make the game more entertaining. Rugby union is losing fans in such places as Australia and New Zealand to rugby league because it is more fast-paced and has less tactical kicking involved. To newer fans of rugby, league may be more appealing because these aspects make it more entertaining to spectators.

But changing the rules too much for entertainment value runs the risk of turning the game into rugby league, as Bryan Habana once suggested would happen if you continue to lower the amount of breaks in the game. Some changes could still be made, however.

The main aspect of rugby that could do with a makeover is the officiating. Rugby is a game where the referees do a lot of running, making their job a lot harder.

This last World Cup was full of refereeing controversies, ranging from seemingly unfair cardings to supposed bias and ineptitude. Therefore, rule changes should be made to help them out. They don't need any more death threats.

Now, for some my proposed rule changes...

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