World Rugby announced that the rules of 50:22 and Drop-kick from the ingoal line, among others, will be applied in all competitions from August 1, 2021. These new implementations were released in the Super Rugby AU and the Rainbow Cup. Now they will seek to be tested in the other leagues to encourage variations in the attack from home field. The measures will be reviewed during this new season and will be evaluated to be definitively established in 2022.
The World Rugby Executive Committee, after a detailed examination by the Law Review Group and the High Performance Rugby Committee, will implement new tests with the objective, among others, of promoting new offensive alternatives within its own field. The implementation of these initiatives, in a state of review, on a global basis is one of the last steps towards the formalization of these rules in the World Rugby regulations.
The tests have already been previously tested in two tournaments played last season. The drop output from the try line was within the AU Super Rugby and Rainbow Cup regulations, while the 50:22 was present only in Super Rugby AU. Both are oriented in the search to increase the space and reduce the speed of the defense line, which would bring a greater ball carryng and, in turn, could have welfare benefits.
The first of these consists of replacing the scrum in 5 meters, which occurs before a knock on rival or when the defender supports after the ball enters alone, by an exit with a drop kick anywhere on the ingoal line . This initiative is mostly aimed at increasing ball time in play by eliminating the fixed formation for a quick tap. In addition, this streamlining for the restart also anticipates a greater possibility of counterattacks.
The 50:22 law consists of enabling the team with possession to kick from their field to the 22 opponents and throw the resulting lineout. This new rule, however, requires the kick to be originated from a phase that begins within the defensive half, without mediating any type passed or carried there. The intention of this initiative is to force the defenders to occupy their defensive field more and in this way generate more space for the attack.
At the time of the presentation of these new initiatives the president of World Rugby Sir Bill Beaumont He 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. ”
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. prior to Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.
Source: World Rugby