White card could make Test debut

The white card citing system that has been introduced in the Super Rugby competition could be implemented in the Rugby Championship later this year.

Sanzar CEO Greg Peters recently met with the IRB in London to discuss various issues around independent rule changes. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Peters is pushing to have the white card system implemented in the inaugural Rugby Championship when the tournament kicks off in August.

Peters told the newspaper that one of the aims of the conference in London was ‘to look for flexibility for tournament organisers to arrange processes that suited their own environments’ as well as the need for the IRB ‘to provide the flexibility [for Sanzar] to be allowed to bring in their own rules’.

Sanzar officials have been encouraged by what they have seen in the first three rounds of Super Rugby, and are hoping the white card system will be used in this year’s Rugby Championship.

‘I believe how it has been used has been good and I don’t think to date we’ve seen referees abrogate their responsibility to deal with foul play,’ Peters said. ‘If that was the case, we’ve got a mechanism, under the referee review system, where we can tell the referee if they keep doing that, they won’t get appointments.’

The IRB will consider Sanzar’s proposal at a council meeting in May.