Super Rugby Aotearoa has announced two new exciting rules for 2021.
A goal-line dropout and a captain’s referral will be included in the 2021 competition, both of these rules are used in the NRL.
Furthermore, the golden point and red card replacement laws have been retained, after they were introduced last season.
A goal-line dropout will occur when an attacking player carrying the ball is held up in goal or knocks the ball on in goal, or when an attacking kick is grounded by the defending team in goal.
A captain’s referral will allow one opportunity per match for captains to ask the referee to have the Television Match Official (TMO) check for an infringement in the lead-up to a try or review foul play.
The footage must be ‘clear and obvious’ for the TMO to uphold a referral.
A number of New Zealand players have been bought in the latest Indian Premier League cricket auction.
Black Caps all-rounder Kyle Jamieson was the main highlight. He has been bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore who paid $2.86 million for the Aucklander.
It’s the second highest amount paid for a player at this year’s auction. South African all-rounder Chris Morris became the most expensive player in IPL history, bought by Rajasthan Royals for $3.1m.
Jamieson, who has never played in India, is now the fourth most expensive buy in IPL history.
Other New Zealanders included fast bowler Adam Milne, who went for $610,000 and Jimmy Neesham, who was picked up for $95,500.
There were eight New Zealanders in the IPL this season. Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson, fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, spinner come all-rounder Mitchell Santner and wicketkeeper/batsman Tim Seifert were also retained.
New Zealand’s World Cup-winning Number 10, Dan Carter has retired from all rugby.
Carter made the announcement on Saturday, bring an end to his illustrious 19-year career.
The 38-year-old played 112 times for New Zealand. He played his last test in 2015 when he produced a man-of-the-match display to help the All Blacks to victory over Australia in the World Cup final.
Carter was also part of the New Zealand team that won the 2011 edition of the tournament, though he missed the final after tearing his groin tendon.
Carter leaves the game as the highest point scorer in test rugby with 1,598, more than 350 points clear of England’s Jonny Wilkinson.
Carter was named International Rugby Player of the Year three times in his career, equalling the record held by longtime team mate and skipper Richie McCaw.
After his international retirement, he went to France where he played for three years at Racing 92. He then had two seasons with the Kobe Steelers in Japan. He returned to New Zealand last year for a brief stint with the Auckland Blues.