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A whole new set of rules

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content on 16 May 2012 at 09:26
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The International Rugby Board (IRB) has confirmed that there will be a host of rule changes that will take effect in August for the Northern Hemisphere and in January for the Southern Hemisphere, and includes both domestic and international fixtures. reports that these rules or law changes, whichever you prefer, come after recommendations of the IRB’s independent Laws Representative Group, which comprises representatives from each of the 10 tier-one nations and the IRB Rugby Committee.

The Television Match Official (TMO) will receive more power in that he will be able to rule on events that happened in the field of play, in the build-up to a try. Currently, the TMO is only allowed to comment on events over the tryline. TMO’s will also be allowed to advise on field referee’s on incidents of foul play.

Other changes include a 90-second limit on conversion, in which the conversion has to be made within 90 seconds of the try being scored, as well as a 5-second limit for a ball available at the back of a ruck.

According to new legislation, the ball will have to be used within 5 seconds of becoming available at the back of a ruck, after the referee has instructed the team to ‘use it’.

Further to the implemented changes, a trial will be run during the November Internationals, where an eight man bench will be allowed, as long as the eighth person on the bench is a qualified front-rower.


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