#5. Scrum change
World Rugby has announced that a new law designed to improve scrum stability and protect hookers will be trialled in this year’s Six Nations.
The game’s governing body are keen to discover if the minor adjustment can reduce the number of collapsed scrums and resets, while also helping hookers by relieving the force on the spine and neck.
Both hookers must now ensure one foot – the ‘brake foot’ – is extended towards the opposition during the crouch and bind phases of the engagement sequence. A free-kick will be given if the brake foot is not applied.
The law trial will also be implemented in this year’s women’s and U20s Six Nations.