Latest Law Amendments Include A Clamp Down On Play Acting

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World Rugby have today confirmed their determination to stamp out playacting in the global game after the summer Tests.

In a series of minor law changes that will come into effect on July 1, ‘Play acting or “simulation” is specifically outlawed in the game in a move that formalises resistance to a practice that has been creeping into the game in recent years. Any player who dives or feigns injury in an effort to influence the match officials will be liable for sanction.’

A number of minor law amendments, approved and announced in September 2015, come into effect involving northern hemisphere sides on July 1 having already been implemented in the southern hemisphere since the start of the year and will apply to the upcoming June internationals.

The main amendments are:

1) The replacement of a player injured following foul play does not count as one of the allotted number of replacements available to that team.

2) Advantage may be played following a scrum collapse if there is no risk to player safety.

3) Play acting or “simulation” is specifically outlawed in the game in a move that formalises resistance to a practice that has been creeping into the game in recent years. Any player who dives or feigns injury in an effort to influence the match officials will be liable for sanction.

4) Teams must be ready to form a scrum within 30 seconds of the scrum being awarded, unless the referee stops the clock for an injury or another stoppage.

5) At a re-set scrum following a 90-degree wheel, the ball is thrown in by the team that previously threw it in rather than the team not in possession.

6) The scrum-half of the team not in possession at a scrum may not move into the space between the flanker and number eight.

7) When the ball has been at the number eight’s feet in a stationary scrum for 3-5 seconds, the referee will call “use it” and the attacking team must use the ball immediately.

Read more on Wales Online.

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