British & Irish Lions 2021

Ex-ref Kaplan calls for 'captain's challenge' in rugby

2020-02-05 06:19
Jonathan Kaplan (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former South African Test referee Jonathan Kaplan has called for the introduction of an on-field 'captain's challenge' to overturn wrong decisions by officials.

Register your interest for the British & Irish Lions tickets in South Africa 2021

Kaplan shared his views via a column for UK-based The Telegraph where he was responding to an incident during this past weekend's Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland in Dublin.

According to Kaplan, French referee referee Mathieu Raynal erred when he penalised Ireland after their flank Josh van der Flier ripped the ball from Scotland No 8 Nick Haining, despite the latter having played the ball on the ground after a tackle.

Ireland won the game 19-12, but Kaplan believes it could have impacted the outcome.

"In the end it came to nothing but it could have been a huge moment in the game - potentially a 10-point swing if Scotland had scored a converted try from great field position - and one which was obviously an incorrect call after a single replay," Kaplan wrote.

Kaplan added: "That is why I would like each captain to be given one challenge per half to contest on-field decisions made by the referee. It would work similarly to cricket’s challenge system, which I feel has worked well for a long time. If your challenge is not upheld then you lose it, but if the decision is overturned then you retain it so you can use it again later in the game."

Full column

A similar system to Kaplan's idea has been trialled in South Africa's Varsity Cup, where a captain or coach uses a white card to review a referee's decision, with one review per half allowed.

- Compiled by Herman Mostert

Read more on:    six nations  |  jonathan kaplan  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy


How excited are you about the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.