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23rd player introduced to curb uncontested scrums


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 20 Aug 2009 at 09:38
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The scourge of uncontested scrums is about to become a thing of the past, with the IRB introducing a new ruling which will allow up to 23 players in each matchday squad.

The additional player added to the bench must, obviously be a prop, meaning you will now have two specialist props and a hooker on the bench, along with five other substitutes. The IRB has left it up to the bodies controlling each competition to decide whether to apply this new law to matches operated under their jurisdiction, so expect to see it phased in over time.

What the law does not currently state, however, is whether a team will be permitted to bring on the eighth substitute during the normal course of proceedings, or if seven substitutions will remain the maximum number allowed unless an uncontested scrum situation looms, in which case the additional front-ranker may be brought on. I would imagine the additional prop would become a normal member of the squad, to be used as and when the coach sees fit.

There is an important gotcha, though. Should a team end up without a fit front row, even with the eighth player in the squad, the referee will call for uncontested scrums, but will not allow the offending team to bring on a non-front-ranker as a replacement. That is, if you have three prop injuries, you will play out the rest of the game with 14 men, unless your reserve hooker can play prop.

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. I can imagine the likes of Rassie Erasmus having a prop rotation field day as he pushes the new regulations right to the limit. For the Sharks, it would be clearly advantageous to be able to accommodate John Smit, Beast Mtawarira, Deon Carstens and Jannie Du Plessis in the squad without any of them needing to double up as a substitute hooker. A player like Craig Burden could then be added to the bench knowing that he could even come on as a loose forward replacement should the need arise.



11 Comments

  • Gmff!! Now what’s gonna happen with Elton en Jan?? :shock: :lol:

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.08.09 10:13:00 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 1) : who’s Elton?

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.08.09 10:29:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • I is loving this.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.08.09 10:58:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • Apparently trialled in France and virtually eliminated uncontested scrums.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.08.09 10:59:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : going to be great, I think. I like the idea of more fatties in the game.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.08.09 11:01:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Jan’s boyfriend?

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.08.09 11:03:46 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : wow… rugga goes truly heterogeneous… if not heterosexual :)

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.08.09 11:32:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    The Guy that is in comp with Jan to be the REAl player 23..

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.08.09 12:37:14 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • Glad they’re bringing this in at pro level – just hope they dont do it at amateur level.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.08.09 14:39:13 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Jisslaaaik Rassies world must begoing into melt down…. :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.08.09 10:59:16 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 10) : he he :)

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.08.09 11:20:24 by robdylan Reply
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