10 new Rugby Union laws to be tried out - including orange card and no scrum resets

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May 28, 2020, 16:50

The World Rugby Executive Committee has approved 10 optional law trials which are designed to provide member unions with Covid-19 transmission risk reduction options if required.

According to the World Rugby website, temporary law trials relating to the scrum, tackle, ruck and maul were approved along with a package of best-practice match hygiene measures. Each measure aims to reduce individual cumulative exposure to these contact activities, which are generally accepted as presenting the highest Covid-19 transmission risk.

The law trials provide limits to scrum options with no scrum resets - with a free-kick instead awarded to the team in possession at the scrum. There is also an amendment to take away the option of a scrum when a penalty or free-kick is awarded.

In terms of the tackle area, there is the option of introducing an orange card, which can be shown at a potential red card tackle offence. The player shown the orange card will be removed from the field, pending a TMO review of the incident to decide whether it was a red or yellow card offence. If deemed a red card, the player does not return (as is currently the case). If deemed a yellow or penalty only, the player shall return after 15 minutes.

The time limit to play the ball at the base of a ruck has been reduced from five to three seconds, with the option of a scrum taken away if a team fails to play the ball in the allotted time.

Changes at the maul include players not being allowed to join the maul if they were not in it from the start and only one forward movement allowed per maul.

Unions can apply to implement one or more of the temporary law amendments as domestic trials at elite or community levels on a needs-basis in line with the World Rugby return-to-play guidance published this month.

Recognising the fluid global Covid-19 environment, implementation by unions will be entirely based on their territory-specific requirements and respective government advice and directives.

The trials are informed by World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance, which determines high transmission risk as being 15 cumulative minutes within one metre of an infected person. The important considerations for rugby are:

- It is generally accepted that sustained close contact carries greater Covid-19 transmission risk than close proximity

- It is also generally accepted that close proximity in an outdoor environment carries lesser risk that an indoor environment

- As transmission risk during a game is related to both physical contact and proximity, further evidence-based risk reduction should be focused on contact activities

- While individual exposure to contact activities such as scrums, tackles, lineouts, rucks and mauls are generally within 15 cumulative minutes, further exposure reduction is possible

- Risk reduction can also be achieved via best-practice match management, including hygiene measures, screening, testing and implementation of World Rugby’s return-to-play guidance

- Sport should only return when safe and appropriate to do so in line with government advice

Click here for all 10 optional temporary law trials

The law trials were considered by the specialist Law Review Group (LRG) comprising coaches, players, match officials, medics and law specialists, following a detailed analysis of 60 matches. The LRG decided against mandatory global application of the law trials given the wide variation in the presentation and management of Covid-19 across nations.

Comprehensive game analysis enabled an evidence-based approach to developing the temporary trials that limit scrum contact and time, lower the tackle height and speed up ball distribution from rucks and from mauls.

The trials provide limits to scrum options with no scrum resets, limits for players joining rucks and mauls, time to play the ball at the base of scrums and rucks reduced from five to three seconds and only one movement permitted for a maul. Such an approach could reduce contact exposure for tight five players by more than 30 percent, reduce exposure at the ruck by up to 25 percent and reduce maul exposure by at least 50 percent.

World Rugby chairperson Sir Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby is committed to evidence-based injury and infection preventative measures and we are fortunate to have such strong, forward-thinking and effective medical and research structures that inform our approach.

“The health and wellbeing of the rugby family is paramount. We have extensively evaluated the perceived risk areas within the game. This has enabled an evidence-based assessment of risk areas and playing positions, which led us to develop temporary law amendments, complementing the extensive return-to-play guidance we published earlier this month. Unions can apply to implement one or more of these amendments on a domestic basis according to the respective government directives relating to Covid-19.

“I would like to thank everyone for their full commitment to this process which will aid safe return to rugby activities at all levels.”

In addition to the on-field law and officiating interventions, a number of non-law hygiene measures are recommended for playing and training in line with WHO and World Rugby guidance:

- Mandatory hand and face sanitisation pre- and post-match

- Regular ball sanitisation before, during and after matches

- Single user water bottles/hydration

- Changing of jerseys, shorts and headgear at half-time where possible

- Prevention of huddles and celebrations involving contact

- Prevention of spitting and nose clearance

Recommended training measures

- Forwards units: high risk transmission activity such as an eight-person scrum should be undertaken against machine to limit exposure, packs should be trained separately

- Scrum and maul practice should take place at the end of a training session, preferably a day before a ‘down day’ to allow 24-48 hours before collective training

- High transmission risk training should be avoided within 48 hours of a game

World Rugby (Supplied)

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https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/world-rugby-approves-10-new-law-trials-including-no-scrum-resets-and-an-orange-card-20200528

May 28, 2020, 18:24

What a bunch of crazy half baked loons.

By now everyone should know the chances of young people getting the Wuhan Virus and dying from it is a small fraction of the chances of dying from the flu.
How many times, yes how many times must these stats be given showing young people are not at risk. Rugby is a winter game when flu is around. Nobody in their right minds would adopt these measures for rugby regarding the flu.
The best thing that can happen is that those not at risk get the Wuhan Virus and thereby build herd immunity!!!!

May 28, 2020, 22:11

Beenz, young people are the carriers that spread the virus...I do find it strange however that they suddenly go through such drastic lengths to prevent this from spreading to save lives, yet are close to ignoring other preventable horrors

May 28, 2020, 22:42

What a pathetic overreaction to a virus

Get a fucking grip World Rugby - do they honestly think these measures would stop the spread of a virus amongst 30 players playing a contact sport

Fucking bunch of muppets

May 29, 2020, 10:56

That orange card idea opens up Pandora’s Box. It is potentially worse than a yellow card for an offence that didn’t warrant any action at all. It is a shit law, no matter how you look at it. The only advantage is that it could prevent an unwarranted red card.

Scenario one. High tackle. Orange card flashed. Review takes place. Red card is recommended. Player gone for remainder. Fine. 

Scenario two. Same incident. Yellow card is recommended but player has to stay of five minutes longer than a straight yellow card. Bullshit. Unless the time for a yellow card has now been extended to 15 min. 

Scenario three. Same incident. Recommendation is penalty only but the player still has to stay off 15min. How is that not utter BS. 

How long will it be before refs are accused of dishing out orange cards for bugger all to swing games?

May 29, 2020, 12:23

"The law trials provide limits to scrum options with no scrum resets - with a free-kick instead awarded to the team in possession at the scrum. There is also an amendment to take away the option of a scrum when a penalty or free-kick is awarded.


The time limit to play the ball at the base of a ruck has been reduced from five to three seconds, with the option of a scrum taken away if a team fails to play the ball in the allotted time.

Changes at the maul include players not being allowed to join the maul if they were not in it from the start and only one forward movement allowed per maul."


Looks like they want to reduce the advantage of a strong pack...I wonder why?

May 29, 2020, 12:33

Looks like Dlamini-Zuma had a hand in writing these laws. 

May 29, 2020, 12:42

One will have to wait and see wat will ultimately be implemented.  

Jul 03, 2020, 01:18

Ceradyne,

                You are way off the mark my friend.

                Zuma cannot read, write, or count so no way could he have been involved.

                But the guys who did come up with these changes can read, write and count but still screwed up......BIG TIME.

                Soon touch rugby and/or flag rugby will be the norm.

                Completly spoiling the game as we all knew it.

Jul 03, 2020, 16:00

Cowardunce: "Looks like Dlamini-Zuma had a hand in writing these laws. "


Martha-John: "You are way off the mark my friend. Zuma cannot read, write, or count so no way could he have been involved."

LMAO!

Being ignorant and ill-informed doesn't stop Martha from having strong opinions on subjects he knows nothing about!

Jul 04, 2020, 07:33

I see this thread has 3.3k views.

When I'm less busy I'd like to see if we can start manipulating googlE in order to get more eyes on the site.

There have been a few posts over the years that have gotten way more views than they should have and perhaps we can come up with a strategy to have this happen more regularly. 

Anyone keen?

Jul 04, 2020, 10:20

Yes...my "personality test" thread also had a ridiculous  amount of views for the actual content. Obviously had something that made it show up near the top of searches. If we can start exploiting this, we can grow the site.

Jul 04, 2020, 11:00


Jul 05, 2020, 08:44

Hope this coronavirus gets completed asap and get the actual game back:'(

Jul 05, 2020, 10:01

Welcome on the site MJ....and yes, we all miss the game...watching NZ playing with themselves is simply not the same as the real deal.:D

 
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