WEARING of MOUTHGUARDS – NZR to adopt stronger stance in 2018
Wearing of mouthguards for the NZ wide game will be more strictly enforced under revised NZ Rugby Domestic Safety Law Variations (DSLVs) this year. For the first time, NZ rugby has legislated, through their DSLVs, that:
The first player in a team discovered to NOT be wearing a mouthguard, will be issued with a Yellow Card
All subsequent players, in that team, discovered to NOT be wearing a mouthguard will be issued with a Red Card. A player who is Red Carded for not wearing a mouthguard, will receive an automatic 1 week suspension.
Additionally, players, coaches, team management who take it upon himself/herself to alert the referee to opposition players failing to comply with the mouthguard regulations, will themselves be issued with a Yellow Card.