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Overview

Following SANZAAR's decision to reduce the number of Super Rugby teams for 2018, the Australian Rugby Union (now Rugby Australia) announced in August 2017 that the Western Force would be one of the teams cut from the 2018 competition.
In the following month, Perth-based businessman Andrew Forrest announced that he would create a new tournament called the Indo Pacific Rugby Championship which would include the Western Force and five other teams from the Indo-Pacific region.
For the 2018 season, the competition was launched as World Series Rugby, played as a series of exhibition matches as the precursor to a wider Asia-Pacific competition planned for 2019.
The competition was re-branded in November 2018 as Global Rapid Rugby but the officiale launch was postponed to 2020, arranging for 2019 only a scaled down series of matches.
Rapid Rugby is played with law variations aimed to have a more rapid playing style:
  • Matches last 70 minutes
  • Time limits for scrums (1 minute) and lineouts (45 seconds to set)
  • Teams cannot gain ground when kicking direct to touch, even from within their 22. Kicking to touch from inside the 22 is the same as the World Rugby law for outside the 22
  • A 9-point 'power try' for attacks launched within 22 meters of the scoring team's own try line





Sources

www.rapidrugby.com - Rapid Rugby official site
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Rapid_Rugby - Wikipedia pages about the Rapid Rugby