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ARU to vote on experimental new laws

Updated: Wednesday, 14 May 2014 20:28 | Comments

Ewen McKenzie is on the panel selected by the ARU to shortlist experimental laws
Ewen McKenzie is on the panel selected by the ARU to shortlist experimental laws

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The Australian Rugby Union will put ideas for experimental laws for their new National Rugby Championship competition to a public vote.
              
Ideas will be solicited from fans on social media, then short-listed by a panel including current and former Wallabies coaches Ewen McKenzie and Bob Dwyer before being voted on by the public.
              
Rugby union is often criticised by fans of rugby league, which is more popular in Australia, for the lack of attacking play, the amount of kicking involved, the time consumed by set scrums and complicated laws.
              
ARU chief Bill Pulver suggested the panel, which also includes former Wallabies utility back turned media pundit Rod Kafer and former international referee Wayne Erickson, will be looking for suggestions on how to make the game more attractive.
              
All experimental law changes will have to be approved by the International Rugby Board, however, and Pulver said they must maintain the integrity of the game.
              
"Based on the outcomes of their first panel meeting, I know they all recognise the need to maintain the fabric of the game that makes it so great," he said in a media release.
              
"Already we've seen the impact ... McKenzie has had in introducing a more creative style of running rugby to our test team, and this is an attitude we want to foster across all competitions in Australia."
              
The new nine-team competition will be run on an annual basis for 11 weeks from late August to early November and aims to fill the gap between clubs and Super Rugby in a similar way to South Africa's Currie Cup and New Zealand's provincial championship.
            

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