New Zealand to introduce shot clocks at stadiums following Damian McKenzie incident

New Zealand started the England series with a 16-15 win in Dunedin
New Zealand started the England series with a 16-15 win in Dunedin
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New Zealand Rugby has announced the installation of shot clocks in the remainder of the All Blacks home Tests following the incident involving fly-half Damian McKenzie.

This decision follows an incident in Dunedin on Saturday, where McKenzie's 79th-minute penalty against England was cancelled because he exceeded the allotted time. This error handed possession to the visitors, leading to a nail-biting conclusion before the All Blacks managed to secure a 16-15 victory in the series opener.

New Zealand Rugby confirmed on Tuesday that a shot clock will be displayed on the big screen at Eden Park for the second and final test against England on Saturday.

The board also confirmed that the installation will be in place for all the home Tests of the All Blacks in 2024.

“I’m not pointing the finger at anyone, it’s completely on my shoulders,” said McKenzie after the game which the All Blacks went on to win 16-15.

“I have got to sort that out around my process, and speed things up.”

The second and final Test will be played at Eden Park in Auckland on 13th July.