Important Information from Pre-Season Meetings – Law & Regulations Update
Please see below an overview of the Law and Regulation Update that was presented by Andy McMillan (Chairman of Training and Development) at the recent pre-season meetings.
Referees (and Referee Assessors and Coaches) are asked to ensure that they are familiar with these updates and fully understand the implications. If any clarification is required please contact your grade mentor or any member of the Executive Committee.
|Law / Regulation||Overview||Further Information|
|Law 19.10b Amendment – Scrum||Law 19.10b now reads: “The front-rows crouch with their heads to the left of their immediate opponents’, so that no player’s head is touching the neck or shoulders of an opponent.”
This change will prevent ‘pre-loading’ where front row players place the crown of their heads on opponents shoulders between the “bind” and “set” calls. This action causes axial loads that can adversely impact player welfare.
|World Rugby – Law 19|
|High Tackle Decision Making Framework||Improve consistency in application of sanctions by distinguishing between dangerous tackles that warrant a penalty, yellow card or red card.
The framework also supports protection of the head of both players by consistently and frequently sanctioning the tackle behaviour that is known to be the highest risk.
|World Rugby – Decision Making for High Tackles
(Includes detailed description of the framework flow chart to aid decision-making together with a video showing examples.)
|“Half Game” for all Age-grade matches||Ensure that all players within the match day squad get to play at least half the game time available.
This can be done by using rolling substitutions and/or at set periods within the game. Both sets of coaches should talk with the referee prior to games, to agree how best they can implement the half-game rule and other game conditions to ensure it is player-centred.
The referee should agree with the coaches from both teams, prior to the game, how they wish to implement the half-game rule – i.e. rolling subs or during set breaks.
Referees are not asked to enforce this by stopping the game or awarding sanctions.
|RFU – Half Game|
|“Game On”||The 2019/2020 season will see Game On principles introduced to all adult male and female rugby, except RFU Leagues and Cups.
The ‘Game On’ principles allow teams to be more flexible with the laws to allow the match to go ahead.
With Game On:
At all times, referees will apply the principles of common sense and safety to apply appropriate elements of Game On.
|RFU – Game On|