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Premiership rugby have revealed what laws trials they will use

The Premiership WILL NOT be adopting any of World Rugby’s law trials designed to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission, according to reports.

A Premiership Rugby spokesperson revealed to The Guardian: “We are undertaking a review of all aspects of the game to ensure the safe return of Gallagher Premiership Rugby, but don’t anticipate any law changes.”

The 10 optional law amendments are as follows:


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1. Remove scrum resets when no infringement occurs [e.g. a collapse]

Instead of a reset, the referee would award a free-kick to the team who had the put-in to the scrum. With an average of 3.5 reset scrums per match, this would reduce transmission risk by 30%.

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2. Hookers must use a ‘brake foot’ to aid scrum stability

If they don’t, the offending team would be punished with a free-kick. The idea here is to increase stability on scrum engagement in order to reduced the need for resets.

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3. No scrum option on penalties or free-kicks

This is a straightforward – again, avoid scrums. World Rugby says there are 1.3 scrum penalties per match, so this change would result in the reduction of close-proximity playing time by two minutes.

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4. Goal line drop-out when an attacker is held up in-goal or knocks on in-goal

Again, this is to avoid scrums where possible. There are an average of 0.8 scrums on the five-metre line per match, so this would mean a two-minute reduction of close-proximity playing time.

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5. The introduction of an orange card [for possible red-card high tackle offences]

This would apply where a TMO/Citing/Hawkeye review is available. The offending player would be removed from play while a review into their tackle takes place.

If deemed a red-card offence, the player does not return. If it’s a yellow card or penalty only, the player returns after 15 minutes. So even if it’s only a penalty, the offending team would have been reduced to 14 players for a 15-minute period.

The idea here is to change players’ behaviour from upright tackles to lower tackles, therefore reducing the transmission risk.

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2 Responses

  1. Lmaris

    Just play tough or flag rugby. More chance of transmission during tackles, rucks, and mauls.

    These laws have been the wish list of those who really would prefer rugby to become netball.

    Expect weak teams to niggle and get resets every scrum to avoid being exposed. Props replaced with additional flankers.

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