Premiership Rugby to test shot clock in weekend fixtures

  • Shot clocks to be displayed for penalties and conversions
  • World Rugby eager to speed up the game

The Premiership has announced plans to test new shot-clock technology for the first time this weekend, as the league trials World Rugby’s latest measure aimed at speeding up the game. Under World Rugby’s new guidelines, kickers have to take conversations within 90 seconds of a try being scored, while penalties must be kicked within 60 seconds of being awarded.

“The shot clock technology will be tested for the first time in a live match setting with match officials and timekeepers briefed on the introduction ahead of the weekend’s matches,” Premiership Rugby said. “Throughout the trial phase, the existing processes by which referees determine the time permitted for the kicker will remain in place to maintain the sporting integrity of the competition.

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Premiership clubs urged to abandon ‘naive’ plan to raise salary cap next year

  • Leicester CEO Andrea Pinchen says plan must be reviewed
  • ‘This is about long-term survival, sustainability and growth’

England’s leading rugby clubs have been warned not to bury their heads in the sand and urged to abandon the existing plan to raise the Premiership’s salary cap next year.

The cap is due to rise by £1.4m to £6.4m for the 2024-25 season but Leicester’s chief executive, Andrea Pinchen, believes it would be commercially “naive” if the clubs do not change their minds.

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Carreras hat-trick inspires Newcastle to emphatic victory over Leicester

  • Newcastle 45-26 Leicester
  • Falcons score six tries and climb to seventh

Where to start? Yes, the champions are struggling with that age-old conundrum that never seemed to bother them in the old days – a defence of their title. But Newcastle. Some people are starting to notice them these days. Leicester played here as if they had not. This 40-point drubbing was the result, the Tigers’ heaviest defeat to the Falcons.

If people are waking up to Newcastle, the loudest noises are being made by the little dynamo on their left wing, another of the latest wave of Argentinians to wreak havoc on rugby’s world order. Mateo Carreras cannot yet call himself an established Puma but the 23-year-old is tearing the Premiership apart this season.

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