A series of radical new laws are to be trialled worldwide for the next 12 months with some rumoured to be coming to the Gallagher Premiership very soon.
They will ALL be active throughout the Rugby Championship with the English top flight reportedly ready to implement them also.
Check out the four controversial law variations below.
If the team in possession kicks the ball from inside their own half indirectly into touch inside their opponents’ 22, they will throw into the resultant lineout. The ball cannot be passed or carried back into the defensive half for the 50:22 to be played. The phase must originate inside the defensive half.
The intention: To encourage the defensive team to put more players in the backfield, thereby creating more attacking space and reducing defensive line speed.
Links to law: Law 18.8a