New laws could be used in Bledisloe III


James Mortimer     23 Sep 2012     getty

The new laws are currently in effect, notably with a "crouch, touch, set" scrum call, while there is now a 5 second limit to the ball being cleared from the ruck.

Being played in the ITM Cup, to start in the new European domestic season, and to be in play during the November/December test matches, the All Blacks have confirmed via Hansen that a request has been made to use the new laws in a test match for the first time.

The laws will be reviewed for possible implementation into law by the International Rugby Board early next year.

"We've asked for that (the law trials to be applied to Suncorp Stadium)," he said.

"It makes sense. Both teams are going to the Northern Hemisphere, where they are already playing those rules, so commonsense would suggest that we should play under them."

"I'm pretty sure Australia will be keen as we are."

The new laws have come under scrutiny, especially with the five-second rule yielding plenty of tries during the ITM Cup, in direct relation to test match rugby, as The Investec Rugby Championship has been defence orientated so far this year, with no team scoring a four-try bonus point.

SANZAR Game Manager Lyndon Bray confirmed to Fox Sports that the new trials could be used for the 'dead rubber' Bledisloe Cup.

"New Zealand and Australia have talked about this possibility," Bray said.

"We have offered to, if they both agree, raise that with the IRB.

"Whether that actually happens or not I don’t know and the first step is that both unions would have to agree that they actually want to do that because they will face it in November."