The International Rugby Board has formally ratified a recommendation by their rugby committee to approve 10 of the 13 global experimental law variations (ELVs) into the rules of the game.
The AFP reports that the recommendations of the IRB committee were unanimously approved and the integrated set of laws will be implemented globally from May 23.
Most of the 10 ELVs which will become laws of the game relate to the lineout and scrum.
In addition to the suite of global ELVs, three Union-specific ELVs were also approved for integration into law.
These include the ability for a Union to implement a maximum 15-minute half-time in matches under its jurisdiction.
IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset said getting the game back under a universal set of laws across the world needed to be implemented as soon as possible.
“The implementation date approved by the IRB council achieves that goal and represents the most suitable application date,” Lapasset said in a statement.
“All international matches from May 23 onwards will be captured, while domestic and regional competitions played across the implementation date will be played under the current ELVs until their conclusion.”
The following ELVs are to be adopted into Law:
Law 6: Assistant referees able to assist referees in any way the referee requires.
Law 19: If a team puts the ball back in their own 22 and the ball is subsequently kicked directly into touch there is no gain in ground.
Law 19: A quick throw may be thrown in straight or towards the throwing team’s goal line.
Law 19: The receiver at the line-out must be two metres back away from the line-out.
Law 19: The player who is in opposition to the player throwing in the ball must stand in the area between the five-metre line and touch line and must be two metres from the line of touch and at least two metres from the line-out.
Law 19: Line-out players may pre-grip a jumper before the ball is thrown in.
Law 19: The lifting of line-out jumpers is permitted.
Law 20: Introduction of an offside line five metres behind the hindmost feet of the scrum.
Law 20: Scrumhalf offside line at the scrum.
Law 20: The corner posts are no longer considered to be touch in goal except when the ball is grounded against the post .
Some unions will be allowed to introduce the following variations:
1. Rolling substitutions at defined levels of the Game.
2. A half-time of not more than 15 minutes, but not at international level.
3. The Under 19 Scrum Law Variation at a defined level of the Game.Tweet