Rugby Union has a Card Problem

Rugby Union has a Card Problem

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Rugby Union has a problem! The amount of yellow and red cards in the game at the moment is out of control and is ruining the game we all love.

Change is needed now. TMO participation is beyond comical. The length of games with constant stop-starts as TMOs take time to review plays several phases back and interject on seemingly innocuous actions. You only have to watch the latest performances of Ben Skeen to see how the game is being ruined. 

What happened to cards being used to punish malicious purposeful acts. This is a spectator sport first and foremost, which exists on the world stage only because of the money generated via its spectators and sponsorships. Red cards ruin the game as soon as they are shown. Even the All Blacks struggle to win for a prolonged period of time with 14 vs 15 men. Why can’t World Rugby punish any illegal/reckless player actions after the game by suspending players, rather than ruining a live contest that spectators have paid good money for, not to mention the millions that have tuned in on TV. Red cards should be reserved for the rare occasion that a player does something so obviously malicious and dangerous that there is no other option. 

Please join this petition if you think World Rugby needs to save the game by changing the current frameworks in place, so we can see more even contests, with cards issued sparingly. Let’s deal with indiscretions with suspensions at tribunals after the game not during the game with yellow/red cards. This will still deter reckless player behaviour without ruining the game. We need as many signatures as possible so World Rugby will listen!

 

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