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Australia and New Zealand agree Super Rugby Trans-Tasman rules

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Goal-line drop-outs and red card replacement laws will be retained for the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition, which gets underway on Friday.

The rules have been used in the domestic Australian and New Zealand competitions, and adopted for the six-week series after consultation by the governing bodies.

Captain’s referrals, used in Super Rugby Aotearoa, won’t be used or extra time during the regular season, however golden-point extra time will apply in the final.

Teams will share the points for tied matches during the round robin stage.

Super Rugby AU rules which won’t carry over are the 22/50 and 50/22 laws that rewarded tactical kicking, and golden try extra time.

The competition opens on Friday with a double-header when the Highlanders face the Queensland Reds at Forysth Barr Stadium before the NSW Waratahs square off against the Hurricanes at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

There will be 25 regular season matches before the two top-placed teams on a combined competition ladder meet in the final on June 19.