“The scrum is a fundamental and dynamic part of our game. It is important that we continue to promote the best possible player welfare standards and this trial process is about putting players first and delivering a reduction of the forces on engagement, which could have significant positive effects on long-term player welfare.” – Bernard Lapasset, IRB chairman.
Whether Crouch, Bind, Set is the answer is yet to be discovered. I suppose we will find out over the next year. The IRB chairman himself, Bernard Lapasset, acknowledges that this new sequence isn’t about ‘overcoming all the challenges of the scrum,’ but he does say that it will be a ‘forward step’ aiming to make scrummaging a ‘positive, fair and, above all, safe contest.’