Collapsing of the maul will be permitted in this year’s Tri-Nations, which kicks off with a match between South Africa and New Zealand on July 5, following an agreement by the Sanzar nations to implemented the ELVs in the tournament.
At a meeting of representatives of South Africa, New Zealand and Australia in New Zealand on Monday it was agreed that the Experimental Law Variations that were used in the Super 14 tournament will also be put into practice in the Tri-Nations – plus the addition of two additional new laws to permit the pulling down of the maul and remove the requirement that teams match numbers at the lineout.
Dan Retief writes for Superrugby that the additional laws will be in operation when the new laws are trialed worldwide from August 1.
“We believe the laws we will play in the nine matches of the Tri-Nations will provide a rigorous examination of the most fundamental of the ELVs,” said Jonathan Stones, CEO of SA Rugby.
”We discussed a range of laws options from playing under the old laws, (as they will apply in our June tour programmes) to the “new” ELVs that will apply worldwide from August 1.
“We could not immediately agree on which set to apply as all of them had their merits within the complex laws schedule that has been a product of the ELV process in the southern hemisphere. However the solution we agreed on allows our players to approach the competition with the confidence of having played a full Super 14 season under these laws while adding in two that are straightforward, clear-cut and leave no room for the nuances of interpretation.”
The Springboks will play the All Blacks in Wellington on July 5 in the first match of this year’s nine-test programme.Tweet