World Rugby remove rugby's most annoying loopholes, they've changed the law - Ruck

World Rugby remove rugby’s most annoying loopholes, they’ve changed the law

The so-called ‘Dupont Law’, a loophole famously exploited by French scrum-half Antoine Dupont, has sparked considerable debate among pundits and fans, with a general consensus that it poses an issue for the sport.

“It’s called the Dupont law because a year-and-a-half ago Antoine Dupont, the French captain, went to the referee before the match,” former Ireland star Bernard Jackman explained.

“He explained that on kick-tennis battles, they don’t actually have to retreat, they don’t have to be put onside, as long as they stay static. If the catcher of the ball runs five metres or throws a pass, then they’re onside.

“It’s something the lawmakers are going to have to change.”

World Rugby has announced that the ‘Dupont Law’ is one of three laws to be amended from July 1.

A statement from the organization confirmed that Law 10.7, which had been exploited, has been rewritten.

“In a rewrite of Law 10.7 relating to players being put onside from kicks in open play, it will no longer be possible for a player to be put onside when an opposition player catches the ball and runs five metres, or passes the ball,” it read.

“Laws 10.1 and 10.4 will make clear that offside players must make an attempt to retreat, creating space for the opposition team to play. This should reduce the amount of kick tennis in the game.”

Sir Ian McGeechan selects his all-time England XV

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Jason Robinson: Explosive pace and agility defined Jason Robinson, a rugby league convert who became a star in union. Born July 30, 1974, in Leeds, England, he shone for England and the British and Irish Lions, notably in the 2003 World Cup triumph. Standing at 5’8″, his speed and elusive runs made him a nightmare for defenses.

David Duckham: Elegant and skilled, David Duckham graced rugby’s golden era. Born August 26, 1946, in Coventry, England, he earned 36 caps for England and represented the Lions twice. Renowned for his sidestepping and sportsmanship, Duckham’s elusive running style made him a fan favorite.

Rory Underwood: Speedster Rory Underwood’s name became synonymous with try-scoring excellence. Born June 19, 1963, in Middlesbrough, England, he earned 85 caps for England, scoring 49 tries. His blistering pace and humility endeared him to fans worldwide, inspiring generations of players

McGeechan on Robinson: “I think, as much as people loved his electric pace, his sidestep and his raw athleticism, it was his professionalism which really impressed me. When he made the transition to union, he really took the time to learn and understand what was needed.”

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Jeremy Guscott: A masterful centre, Jeremy Guscott’s silky skills and vision set him apart. Born July 7, 1965, in Bath, England, he earned 65 caps for England and Lions honors. Renowned for his ability to create try-scoring opportunities, Guscott’s contributions were pivotal in England’s successes during the 1990s.

Will Greenwood: A versatile and intelligent midfielder, Will Greenwood left an indelible mark on rugby. Born October 20, 1972, in Blackburn, England, he excelled for England and the Lions, notably in the 2003 World Cup triumph. Greenwood’s tactical acumen and ability to read the game made him a linchpin in midfield.

McGeechan on Guscott: “One of the best players I ever coached; just a confident, natural player, smooth runner, nice passer and underestimated in defence. He shut people down very effectively.”

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