World Rugby today announced its initiatives focused on player welfare within a package of law amendments in competitions beginning August 1, 2021 and announced that four of the five tests to be implemented are focused on potential wellness improvements across rugby. The results will be evaluated in 2022 to make an informed decision to convert it / s into law / s.
The tests, approved by the World Rugby Executive Committee after detailed scrutiny by the Law Review Group and the High Performance Rugby Committee, come after extensive consultation among rugby stakeholders, including players, coaches and competitions. . Confirmation of global testing represents a key step in World Rugby’s quadrennial law review process.
The tests include two that have been operational in test pilot domains – drop output from try line, which was seen at the Trans-Tasman Super Rugby and Rainbow Cup – and the 50:22, which was recently seen at Super Rugby AU. Both have the potential to increase clearance and slow down the defense line, which in turn could have welfare benefits.
Three tests are specifically targeted to reduce the risk of injury at the point of contact (breakdown) after detailed evaluation by a Breakdown Task Force. The first will introduce the sanction to clean-outs that target the lower limbs. The second sanction the practice of groups of several players (three or more) already tied. The third area reinforce the definition of what is permissible in a player’s hooking practice.
Following the one-year global trial period, laws deemed successful in meeting the goals of increasing safety and elevating entertainment will be presented to the Council for a decision on whether they will be adopted into law at the May 2022 meeting, one full year. before Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
Wellness-focused rules approved for global testing
50:22: The intention of the test is to create space from a tactical option for players to leave the defensive line seeking to prevent their opponents from kicking into touch, reducing the impact on the speed of the defensive line – operational in Super Rugby AU.
Drop-out from the try line: The intention is to reduce the number of scrums, reward good defense, encourage counterattack and increase the time of the ball in play – operational in Super Rugby AU, Super Rugby Aotearoa, Super Rugby Trans-Tasman and the Rainbow Cup.
Wellness-focused amendments to breakdown laws passed for global testing
Groups of pre-attached players: Penalize the practice of groups of three or more pre-grabbed players before receiving the ball – the penalty will be penal.
Lower limb cleaning sanction: Penalize players who aim or lower their weight at the lower limbs of the player who disputes the ball – the sanction will be penal.
Strengthen the law regarding down payment: Hitching a player is allowed, but this player will have the same responsibility as the first player to arrive – for example, stay upright, enter the door, and not fall to the ground. The sanction will be criminal.
Evidence to the laws of Sevens
The Group approved a two-year extension of the test in which a team can nominate and use up to five replacements – this in addition to substitutions for HIA, blood, injury or foul play incidents. These substitutions can be made on an ongoing basis. Given the possibility of overtime, the use of a sixth replacement will be allowed.
The Group recommended to the Council that do not use the ingoal wizard when there is a TMO in the competition.
In addition, the Executive Committee approved the specific amendments for seven seeking to benefit welfare and accessibility. Recommended to the Council in November, they allow unions flexibility at the grassroots level, including matches with weight classes, reduced tackle height and limitations to scrum and lineouts.
In making these recommendations, the GRL carried out an evaluation of each area against the objectives, using a statistical review as well as what players, coaches, referees, doctors and supporters contributed.
World Rugby President Sir Bill Beaumont said: “The laws of rugby are fundamental to its accessibility, interest and safety. Our mission is to ensure that the laws are the best they can be for everyone who plays and this review process has the players and their well-being at its core, as evidenced by the approvals. ”
Source: World Rugby