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England Opposed Law Change That Could Redefine The Ruck

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Dylan Hartley (C) the England captain talks to referee Romain Poite as Abraham Steyn (R) of Italy and James Haskell (L) of England looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Rugby is set for a seismic shift in its laws with the sport’s governing bodies trying their utmost to simplify the confusing aspects of the game. The law book could be cut by as much as 50% under the “Laws Simplification Project” commissioned by the World Rugby Council. They aim to have completed the process by late next year. The …

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Rugby Fans Round On Matt Dawson After He Accuses Italy Of Ruining International Rugby

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

The tactics employed by Conor O’Shea and Italy left rugby fans divided following this afternoon’s Six Nations encounter between England and Italy. From the outset, the Italian coach asked his charges to avoid engaging with any England player at ruck time, thereby erasing any semblance of an offside line and allowing their players interfere with Danny Care at the base …

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The Law That Has Allowed Italy Run Riot At Ruck Time Against England

England v Italy - RBS Six Nations

Rugby fans sat shocked as Italy dominated the opening twenty minutes of their Six Nations encounter with England in Twickenham. Not only did Eddie Jones’ side start slowly, but they appeared to struggle with the laws of the game as the Italians disengaged at ruck time, thus erasing the offside line. Law 16.1 states that a ruck is formed when “at …

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World Rugby Announce Revised Foul Play Sanctions

Australia v Wales - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015

Following an extensive review of rugby’s disciplinary processes, World Rugby have announced details of an enhanced and modernised Regulation 17 framework dealing with foul play. The new regulations deal primarily with sanctions and the sport’s disciplinary structure in order to create processes to reflect the modern rugby environment.  Wherever practicable World Rugby will appoint three person judicial committees, comprising of …

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A Run Down On The List Of Laws Being Trialled In 2017

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15: Referee Nigel Owens explains a call to Kieran Read of New Zealand and Nic White of Australia during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Although some rugby fans have been critical of World Rugby’s constant tinkering with the game’s laws, it’s hard to knock a sporting organisation that is constantly looking at ways to evolve the sport it governs. Take football for instance, despite the availability of goal line technology, FIFA was opposed to it’s introduction and UEFA resorted to deploying assistant referees behind …

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World Rugby Planning To Redefine Tackle Laws

England v France - International Match

After a series of high profile concussions and head injuries suffered by players in recent seasons, World Rugby yesterday confirmed that they are looking at ways of making the game safer by redefining the sport’s tackle laws. The governing body came to the conclusion after completing a recent study of more than 600 incidents which revealed that 72% of injuries were sustained …

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World Rugby Issue New Laws Dictate To Referees On The Eve Of Second Round Of Autumn Fixtures

World Rugby have instructed referees to crack down on dangerous or reckless contact with players’ heads as we embark upon the second round of autumn fixtures this weekend. The governing body have instructed all match officials to be “strict when it comes to tackles, charges, strikes or kicks that make contact above the shoulder line and to favour firm sanctions for …

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World Rugby Set To Ditch Controversial New Laws

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15: Referee Nigel Owens explains a call to Kieran Read of New Zealand and Nic White of Australia during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

World Rugby trialled a number of new laws over the last 12 months. Since the dawn of professionalism, rugby has changed dramatically both on and off the pith. Scientific training methods mean that players are now bigger, quicker and fitter than ever before. This has led to the development of a more physical game, in which injuries have become more …

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