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Former Test referee Nigel Owens has squashed the idea of rugby using a 20-minute red card.
The idea is currently being trialled in the Super Rugby Pacific competition, where players who received a red card are not allowed to take any further part in the match, but they can be replaced after 20 minutes.
The thinking is that entire games of rugby can no longer be ruined by numerical advantages that come from early reds, but writing in his column for the Telegraph, Owens feared that the lesser sanction would “allow acts of thuggery to flourish”.
“Personally, I feel the 20-minute red card is not a good idea,” Owens wrote.
“If you want to create change in player behaviour and for coaches to change the way t
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