The global governing body said the amended rule meant play would only be able to restart once temporary replacement players had taken the field.
World Rugby has announced an amendment to Law 3 to stipulate that a match cannot restart until a player leaving the field for an HIA or blood has been temporarily replaced https://t.co/o8ABlsnr9T #rugby via @worldrugby
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) August 21, 2019
“World Rugby has announced an immediate amendment to Law 3 to stipulate that a match cannot restart until a player leaving the field of play for a blood injury or Head Injury Assessment (HIA) has been temporarily replaced,” it said in a statement.
“The amendment, approved by the international federation’s Executive Committee, codifies an area that was previously at the discretion of the referee.”