Rip up the rule book – Hansen

Date published: September 11 2014

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All Blacks boss Steve Hansen believes rugby would be best served ripping up the rule book and starting from scratch to simplify the game.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen believes rugby would be best served ripping up the rule book and starting from scratch to simplify the game.

Hansen was approached on the recent refereeing blunders from Round Three of the 2014 Rugby Championship when Irishman George Clancy and Frenchman Pascal Gauzere endured indifferent performances in Perth and Napier respectively, missing key moments in the pivotal internationals.

And while he was initially keen to avoid the hot subject, Hansen did eventually give his opinion that he wants a drastic overhaul of the rules.

“I might pass on that one. I got a letter the other day,” he told sportal.co.nz before opening up.

“I think the game is difficult to ref. If I was allowed to do one thing in the game I would rip the rule book up and I'd write another one and just put in the rules that are necessary.

“They've got so many. If you read the rule book there's clause 5a or clause 2c, and then you read it and it doesn't even sound like English.

“It is a difficult game and the people that suffer the most are the people that are in the middle.”

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