World Rugby will consider introducing the 20-minute red card as a global legal process, although fears it could reduce the deterrent effect.
The law, which is being trialled in Super Rugby, allows the dismissed player to be tactically replaced by a substitute after 20 minutes.
England’s ban Charlie Ewels was sent off after 82 seconds against Ireland in last month’s Guinness Six Nations, with many observers feeling the dismissal had ruined the game as a competition.
However, World Rugby is committed to further lowering apparatus heights and the Super Rugby Test has so far proved inconclusive.
“This has been discussed before and will be discussed again,” World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin told the Daily Telegraph.
“It would be great if more competitions, even in a closed study, used it because that would give us a better view of the impact it would have on the game.
It would be great if more competitions, even in closed trials, used it because that would give us a better view of the impact it would have on the gameWorld Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin
“We need to see more data to see if that strikes a better balance between safety and spectacle.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done to analyze that and the concern is if a team goes down to 15 players it’s off-putting enough to drive that change in behavior.
“We’d like to see it tested on a larger scale before drawing any conclusions.”
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