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IRB Recommendations after ELV meeting


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 31 Mar 2009 at 14:58
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Senior stakeholders from the international Rugby community, including a number of the world’s top coaches, referees and administrators, met in London on Monday and Tuesday to review the Game’s Experimental Law Variations (ELV) programme.

The IRB reports that the four-year programme culminates in a decision in May by the IRB Council as to which ELVs might be accepted permanently into the Laws of the Game.

The aim of the Conference was to assess the impact of the global ELV trial and the additional variations being trialled by the SANZAR Unions, as well as to evaluate other ELVs being trialled by individual Unions. The Conference was hosted by the IRB Rugby Committee and Laws Project Group (LPG).

“We held a positive and constructive meeting at which all stakeholders were able to share their opinions on each of the ELVs. This was an important milestone for the ELV programme and it was crucial that robust discussion was entered into and that all positive and negative impacts of the ELVs were raised,” said IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

“Naturally opinions differed in several areas of the ELV programme. The IRB regards this as a healthy and positive state of affairs as the Game’s Laws have always and should continue to allow coaches and players to interpret Law so that different styles of play can be employed.”

“The Unions tabled detailed research and analysis to support their views. Everyone had the opportunity to air their views. What was clear was that there was agreement on many aspects of the ELVs and a collective will to see a return to one set of Laws to govern the Game as soon as possible.”

“This conference was not a decision-making meeting but at the end of the day the conference provided a set of collective recommendations on the ELVs to assist the IRB Rugby Committee in formulating its final recommendations for the IRB Council meeting on 13 May. Council will then decide which ELVs, if any, should be fully integrated into Law,” added Lapasset.

The Conference was the latest step in the extensive global ELV consultation and evaluation process. Attendees were also presented with Game analysis and statistical surveys from over 800 matches, involving more than 3,000 players, coaches and referees at the Elite and Participation levels of the Game from 15 IRB Member Unions.

“It is has been a long road since the genesis of the ELV programme at the Conference on the Playing of the Game in Auckland in January 2004 when national coaches and administrators gathered following Rugby World Cup 2003 to debate the state of the Game,” said Lapasset.

“Collectively the participants requested that the IRB look into the Laws of the Game and mandated it to undertake a major review in areas such as the lineout, maul and sanctions, including turning penalties for technical offences into free kicks. The Laws Project Group was subsequently conceived, as were the Experimental Law Variations with initial trials starting in 2005.”

“In the past Law changes were discussed in theory and implemented without on-field testing but importantly this ELV programme has included global practical trials. The entire process is now coming to an end and the IRB would like to sincerely thank its Member Unions for their participation in what has been an unprecedented review of the Laws of the Game,” added Lapasset.

Recommendations for the IRB Rugby Committee

The following is recommended to the Rugby Committee for adoption into Law:
Law 6 – Assistant Referees allowed
Law 19 – Kicking directly into touch from ball played back into 22 equals no gain in ground
Law 19 – Quick Throw permitted in any direction except forward
Law 19 – Positioning of player in opposition to the player throwing-in to be two metres away from lineout and the line of touch
Law 19 – Pre-gripping of lineout jumpers allowed
Law 19 – Lifting in the lineout allowed
Law 19 – Positioning of Receiver must be two metres away from lineout
Law 20 – Five-metre offside line at the Scrum
Law 20 – Scrum half offside line at the Scrum
Law 22 – Corner Posts no longer touch in goal

The following is not recommended to the Rugby Committee for adoption into Law:
Law 17 – Maul – Head and Shoulders not to be lower than hips
Law 17 – Maul – Pulling Down the Maul
Law 19 – Freedom for each team to determine Lineout Numbers

Sanctions and Free Kicks (subsidiary recommendation for further examination)
Tackle/Ruck Infringements (subsidiary recommendation for ruling in law to be sought by a Union to clarify interpretation of current Law)

Other Union-specific ELVs

Up to 15 minutes half time – recommended to Rugby Committee for adoption into Law

Rolling substitutions for Community Game – recommended to Rugby Committee for adoption into Law

Use of Under 19 variations at the scrum for Community Adult Game where agreed by the Union – recommended to Rugby Committee for adoption into Law

Protocol to extend the remit of the TMO – not recommended to the Rugby Committee for adoption into Law



40 Comments

  • One I am REALLY happy about is the recommendation that the Maul can no longer be pulled down.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.03.09 15:01:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark (Comment1) so are the Bulls and Boks. I reckon the should bring back rucking with boots nobody would lie in the way!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.03.09 15:07:50 by Whindy Reply
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  • Does this Rugby guide for girls cover it :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.09 15:08:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 2) : sharks also like mauling every now and then

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.09 15:09:32 by rekinek Reply
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  • The problem was never the laws, simple the application of it.

    Goddard gave everyone a good wake up call.

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.03.09 15:10:08 by Morné Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 4) :

    After a game in a bar?

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.03.09 15:11:03 by Morné Reply
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  • Law 17 – Maul – Head and Shoulders not to be lower than hips

    What does that mean?

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.03.09 15:11:52 by McLovin Reply

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  • “Law 19 – Pre-gripping of lineout jumpers allowed” :shock: :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.03.09 15:14:40 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 6) : i thought those were stormers players :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.03.09 15:16:02 by rekinek Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : do not try it at home :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.03.09 15:17:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 7) :

    It means you should not stand on your head, foefol in die lug… :wink: So you should be like a table stretch (have you done dancing – then you’ll understand that term).. :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.03.09 15:23:27 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 11) : Now I’m even more confused. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.03.09 15:25:01 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 11) :

    back and shoulders = horizontal, legs vertical – like an upside down ‘L”…You get the picture??

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.03.09 15:25:40 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 13) : :shock:

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.03.09 15:28:39 by rekinek Reply
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  • hmmm….

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.03.09 15:32:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 13) : I prefer the right-side-up y :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.03.09 15:33:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) : @rekinek (Comment 14) :

    its the way you stand with the ‘crouch…touch’ stage…Jis, you okes need a Guide or something?? :twisted: :twisted:

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.03.09 15:36:46 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • this is going pear shaped :shock:

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.03.09 15:38:07 by Whindy Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.03.09 15:38:48 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 17) : see comment 3 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.03.09 15:42:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • So at maul time your shoulders can be lower then your hips?

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.03.09 15:45:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 20) :

    I will need to write a guide…and you wanna call yourselves XPERTS???? :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.03.09 15:45:54 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 18) : I think this one started out pear-shaped and is just going from bad to worse :)

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.03.09 15:45:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 21) :

    NOOOOOOOO….ek se mos…foefol mag nie in die lug wees nie…So jy mag nie jou kniee met jou kop raak nie…net voor oor buk maar nie meer as 90 grade nie…. :roll: :roll: :wink:

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.03.09 15:47:46 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : somebody must straighten :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 31.03.09 15:48:45 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    It’s “L” shaped…

  • Comment 26, posted at 31.03.09 15:49:07 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • We need pictures :evil:

  • Comment 27, posted at 31.03.09 15:51:55 by Whindy Reply
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  • wait a sec :idea: – we are debating the rule that is not recommended.

    @McLovin (Comment 21) : yes. WE CAN

  • Comment 28, posted at 31.03.09 15:55:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 28) :

    yeah – you right…so if you are a acrobat of some sorts, you can play rugby now..

    Wonder how many of these players can actually bend down so low that their heads touch their knees.. :roll:

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.03.09 16:00:12 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 29) : :mrgreen:
    they are trying to bring rugby to all people :mrgreen:

    can’t imagine any forward doing that anycase so maybe that’s way they want to scrap the rule – it became obsolete :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.03.09 16:04:28 by rekinek Reply
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  • Law 17 – Maul – Pulling Down the Maul

    They should keep that in – its forced the Bulls to learn to use more than 9 members of their team.

  • Comment 31, posted at 31.03.09 16:07:36 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 31) : :)

  • Comment 32, posted at 31.03.09 16:10:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 24) : Sounds dangerous.. :wink:

  • Comment 33, posted at 31.03.09 16:11:48 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : Aside from the humour – i really do they think they should keep the law. And i would get rid of Law 19 – its actually created some pathetic kicking ping pong battles – the lineouts are competitive enough.

  • Comment 34, posted at 31.03.09 16:26:48 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 34) : I agree re the maul.

  • Comment 35, posted at 31.03.09 16:32:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 34) : you know what, you actually have a point. Law 19 has been one of my favourites, because I like the intention of it… the reality, though, is majorly disappointing

  • Comment 36, posted at 31.03.09 16:36:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : Correct the intention was i think to create endless counter attacks but then again when did one of the law makers last play 80 minutes of rugby ?

  • Comment 37, posted at 31.03.09 16:46:02 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 37) : I know Mac played a bit of rugby in Zimbabwe back in the early 60s… :)

  • Comment 38, posted at 31.03.09 17:05:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 37) : last yer we’ve heard about making the game mor eexciting – more tries etc.

    and this year we saw Highlanders v Crusaders beating the lowest of the lowest records, Crusaders v Stormers, teams loosing because of too much possession and thus plenty of aimless kicking.

    In all this pulling down the malls and lineouts are really not much to be blamed for.

    my few serious cents worth :wink:

  • Comment 39, posted at 31.03.09 17:10:59 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 39) : I was never a fan of the maul – there is no competition when you can’t pull it down. So i though it was a good balance that you could haul it down.

    I have seriously tired of what little i have seen of the Supe 14 this year due mainly to the endless kicking straight down the middle – in 80 minutes of the Stormers game -i saw one decent kick for ground the rest are just hitting it hard down the middle. The Crusaders were no better.

    Not much of a game. Re-setting to a lineout got rid of the league defences i see once you move away from the set peices.

    From what i gather bar the blow out last week between the Chiefs and the Blues…its been pretty uninspiring stuff

    And for what its worth i agree the particular laws aren’t to blame.

  • Comment 40, posted at 31.03.09 17:57:07 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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