Rugby Renovating the game they play in heaven – rugby experts give their wishlist – Sydney Morning Herald

Renovating the game they play in heaven – rugby experts give their wishlist – Sydney Morning Herald




You know something needs changing in rugby when two of the top rugby nations in the world are using the cover of COVID-19 to trial significant law changes in their professional competitions.

There is no shortage of debate over what needs changing, but most Australian and New Zealand fans agree the game needs a shake up and, finally, the code’s custodians in both countries agree.

Australia won two World Cups in the 1990s when thrilling, running rugby was king, but the game has been on a downward spiral since then, with endless scrum resets, over-zealous refereeing, baffling rules and over-reliance on penalty kicks just some of the issues worth serious scrutiny, according to our experts.

Australia won two World Cups in the 1990s when thrilling, running rugby was king, but the game has been on a downward spiral since then, with endless scrum resets, over-zealous refereeing, baffling rules and over-reliance on penalty kicks just some of the issues worth serious scrutiny, according to our experts.Credit:Getty

Sure, there are many beautiful elements to the game they play in heaven, but even the most rusted-on rugby purist will concede there are ways the 15-player code could be sharpened up, as a contest and as a spectacle.

The Herald spoke to some of Australia’s sharpest rugby minds and asked them the following question: Which
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