Tested Laws become Law
World Rugby's council has unanimously accepted the 12 law amendments that have been tested around the world as laws.
By Paul Dobson, Moonsport
This is the culmination of a process started in 2015. Part of the process was seeking input from a large body of opinion of rugby administrators, players, coaches, referees, the general public and the media. The Law Review Group evaluated the amendments and their effects on the game and gave their findings to the Rugby Committee which submitted its plans for adoption to World Rugby's council.
So, now the things that have been happening will do so as full laws. Law changes are always important because each law change changes the way the game is played.
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Tested Laws become Law
World Rugby's council has unanimously accepted the 12 law amendments that have been tested around the world as laws. By Paul Dobson, Moonsport.
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Duty Ref 547 - Marius van der Westhuizen
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Duty Ref 545 - Joey Klaaste-Salmans
Joey Klaaste-Salmans, a former top panel referee in South Africa, the chairman of the Western Province Referees' Society and our expert on primary school laws, answers a reader's question.
Clip 1 - 8 March 2018 - Law 21
Look at what the player did and what the law says. Then decide. Wales play England at Twickenham. England have just gone into a 12-0 lead when Wales attack . They go left near the Eng...
Clip 2 - 6 March 2018 - Law 19
No infringement but the referee stopped play. Rory Best of Ireland charges forward. Two Italian players, Alessandro Zanni (4) and Nicola Quaglio (1), grab Best, and the three fall to...
Clip 3 - 5 March 2018 - Law 16
Maul! Jayden Hayward of Italy kicks high downfield. Rob Kearney of Ireland leaps up and catches the ball. He immediately starts running to the left and passes to Jacob Stockdale on th...