Codie Taylor, Crusaders embracing new rules of NZ competition - 'Hopefully it creates more of an edge'

All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor says the new rules being implemented for Super Rugby Aotearoa should be good for rugby, players and fans as they can add some excitement and clarity to the game.

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Red card replacements, golden point and breakdown rulings are all set to be introduced for Super Rugby Aotearoa. Source: 1 NEWS

New Zealand Rugby revealed last night they will introduce some new laws for the 10-week domestic competition featuring the Kiwi Super Rugby teams, including a golden point to remove draws and the ability to replace a red-carded player after 20 minutes without a player on the field.

Taylor spoke to reporters this afternoon via an online conference about the rule changes and joked he probably won't be impacted by them.

"I'm all for it, it's going to be good," Taylor said.

"I probably won't even be on the field when [a golden point] happens but it's exciting and hopefully it creates a bit more of an edge and entertainment for the crowd."

NZR also announced last night that referees will be more strict in policing the breakdown to create faster attacking ball and a "better visual product" in the competition, making the ruck an area of focus for the Crusaders at trainings currently, Taylor said.

"It's not a massive change but referees are going to be looking at things a lot more clearly like people rolling out of the tackle and stuff like that," he said.

"It's going to mean that teams are going to be able to hold the ball a bit longer and defences have to be really well set to create opportunities to get back, so I think it's good.

"New Zealand teams love to attack so hopefully that's what it creates."

The other big law change is around red cards, where teams will now be able to return to 15 men after 20 minutes from the infringement with a replacement player.

After Taylor was reminded of Sonny Bill Williams' infamous red card in the All Blacks' third Lions Test in 2017 - a match he was part of - he said it's a good way to punish the player and not the spectacle.

"Firstly, the guy getting sent off still has to deal with everything post-game - he's made a bad mistake and he's going to be dealt with in the same way, but I just think it makes the game more even.

"When you lose one guy for a whole game, it does make it a lot harder. It doesn't mean you can't still play and win but the mindset changes and the attack changes."

Taylor and the Crusaders also have the added advantage of getting to see how the new rules look before playing as they have been given the bye in the opening round of the competition next week.

After that, they head to Wellington for a round 2 clash with Hurricanes on Sunday, June 21.