3 Feb 2012

New disciplinary rules introduced for Super Rugby

12:20 pm on 3 February 2012

New disciplinary rules are to be trialed during this year's Super Rugby competition.

SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters says the changes follow a cross-country working group involving representatives from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

The changes include the referee now being able to refer a matter to the citing commissioner to investigate if he believes an act of foul play has occurred but isn't sure if it warrants a sending-off or he's unsure of the identity of a player.

The referee may also refer an incident to the citing commissioner if a player makes a complaint to him about foul play.

The citing commissioner can also now issue an off-field yellow card if he observes a serious act of foul play that is close to but not quite a red card.

Judicial hearings will now be held by videoconference or teleconference with 'in-person' hearings only taking place in exceptional circumstances.