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12 New Laws To Come Into Effect Immediately After World Rugby Approval

World Rugby have unanimously approved 12 new rugby laws which will be put into effect immediately. 

The 12 laws have been trialled around the world over the last year, since August in the northern hemisphere and since January in the southern hemisphere. According to World Rugby, player welfare, player experience and law simplification are the reasons for the changes.

Here are the 12 laws which have been trialled over the last year which have now come into effect immediately:

  • Uncontested scrums must have eight players (Law 3.15)
  • Permit kick to touch after time has elapsed (Law 5.7c)
  • Where multiple penalty infringements the non-offending team can choose the most advantageous (Law 7.2d) i.e. if an offending team conceded another penalty while the other team has advantage, the non-offending team can choose which penalty they want to utilise.
  • Penalty try has no conversion (Law 8.1c, 8.3 and 8.7)
  • Touch, 22m and in goal simplification (Law 18)
  • Scrum – no signal from ref (Law 19.22)
  • Scrum – alignment of scrum-half (Law 19.15f)
  • Scrum – compulsory strike (LRG insist that for player welfare purposes this is a compulsory strike by the hooker (Law 19.22)
  • Scrum – Allow number eight to pick up from second row of scrum (Law 19.36c)
  • Tackler must get up before playing the ball and then can only play from their side of the tackle gate (Law 14.6)
  • Change in pre-ruck offside line formation – at least one player on their feet and over the ball which is on the ground (Law 14.11)
  • No kicking out of ruck (Law 15)

For further elaborations on the above changes, click here.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby continually reviews the laws to ensure that the game is as enjoyable, simple and safe as possible at all levels. I would like to thank our unions for their full support throughout the process, the experts who evaluated the global trial data and the wider global community for their feedback via our social media survey. These views are important and the response was overwhelmingly positive.”

Rugby Committee Chairman John Jeffrey added: “These law amendments are designed to improve the experience of those playing, officiating and watching the game at all levels and the feedback from the global rugby community confirms that the trials have been positive and effective. Adoption into law is the culmination of a four-year process that began with 140 union submissions and has involved superb input from players, coaches, referees, medics and administrators. It has been truly collaborative and we look forward to seeing these amendments embedded within law as we head towards Rugby World Cup 2019.”

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