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World Rugby introduces new rules to stop simulation

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World Rugby has introduced several law changes to the northern hemisphere game aimed at preventing simulation.

Players who are adjudged to have attempted to influence match officials by diving or feigning injury will now face being sin-binned, with the measures trialled at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

In another change, players who need to be taken off due to injury after an incident of foul play will not count towards one of their team's six replacements.

Also among the new rules, which have been in effect in the southern hemisphere since January, will be the application of a maul law with a penalty the designated sanction.

England face a three-Test series in Australia this month, with Wales play taking on New Zealand and Ireland touring South Africa.