Rugby’s Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) look set to be scrapped.
The International Rugby Board (IRB) is holding a two-day meeting in London with member unions and other stakeholders from around the globe to report on the laws trials and to decide which measures will be put to a formal vote.
Reports out of the UK claim most of the ELVs will be abandoned. Even the law that draws the offside line five metres back from the scrum, to give attackers more space, could be binned.
While many complain about rugby’s breakdown problems, All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has an idea of how to fix the issue. He says helping referees is crucial and a way has to be worked out to help them see more of what is going on.
McCaw is ambivalent as to whether they change the law at the breakdown but says keeping the defensive line five metres back at scrums is a must.