World Rugby has announced a package of directives for implementation from January 1, including the use of a shot clock to hurry up kickers taking conversions and penalty kicks at goal. Speeding up the game, less reliance on TMO reviews, fewer water carrier interventions, the penalizing of negative player actions, and clarity on deliberate knock-ons will all be measures aimed at improving the sport ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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Rugby World Cup: Latest World Rugby law directives include shot clock from January 1

Last month’s Shape of the Game conference in London resulted in attendees instructing World Rugby to speed the game up, enhance the spectacle and advance safety for both the short and long term.  Despite a law change moratorium that is in operation twelve months out from the men’s Rugby World Cup, Rugby World Cup officials have come up with a series of directives under five different headings with a view to improving the sport. 

A statement read: “World Rugby has announced a series of law application

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