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IRB paves the way for 15min Half Time and other new laws


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 24 Nov 2010 at 19:54
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The International Rugby Board Council today approved amendments to two aspects of Law that will ensure that the welfare of players always comes first.

IRB Opens the Way for 15 Minute Half-Time

The IRB Council approved an amendment to Law 5 which will permit a match organiser, Member Union or recognised body with jurisdiction over the match to implement a half-time interval of up to a maximum of 15 minutes.

The amendment to Law 5.2 will now read: After half-time teams change ends. There is an interval of not more than 15 minutes. The length of the interval is decided by the match organiser, the Union or the recognised body which has jurisdiction over the game. During the interval the teams, the referee and the assistant referees may leave the playing enclosure.

The amendment comes after extensive consultation with Member Unions, including an IRB sanctioned trial in the English Premiership in 2007-08 to establish whether there would be any change to the risk of injury by extending the half-time interval.

The analysis of the Premiership trial established that there was no additional inujury risk and that the extended half-time period could present player welfare benefits.

The revised Law will operate from January 1, 2011.

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Amendments to Law governing the spear tackle and hand-off will operate across the Game from December 1, 2010, providing greater clarity on the definition of each action and in turn delivering a stronger disciplinary position.

The other Law amendments approved by Council were an adjustment to the maximum permitted duration of the half-time interval and clarity around the procedure for infringements committed in-goal.

Council Amends Spear Tackle Law


The IRB Council has reinforced its zero-tolerance stance towards all dangerous tackles by approving an amendment to the Law relating to the spear tackle.

An amendment to Law 10.4(j) has been approved to recognise the defensive actions of the tackled player when the arms are outstretched to break a fall and to further ensure the consistency of application of the appropriate sanction for offending players.

The amended Law 10.4(j) will now read: Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.

The amended Law will operate globally from December 1, 2010.

New Hand-Off Definition Approved

Council also approved an amendment to Law 7 and 10.4(f) to ensure that there is an appropriate definition for the act of handing off or fending off an opponent.

Despite the legal hand-off being part of the Game at all levels, the act was not clearly defined in Law or referred to within the mode of play section.

The new definition is intended to bring greater clarity to the act, minimising the potential for any confusion with regard to its place in the Game.

A definition has been added: an action taken by a ball carrier to fend off an opponent by using the palm of the hand.

The amended Law 10.4(f) will now read: Playing an opponent without the ball. Except in a scrum, ruck or maul, a player who is not in possession of the ball must not hold, push or obstruct an opponent not carrying the ball.

The amended Law will operate globally from December 1, 2010.

Law 21 and 22 – Infringements in-goal

Council also approved amendments to Laws 10, 21 and 22 to ensure greater consistency between the Laws and provide clarity for infringements committed within the in-goal area.

The mark for penalty kicks and free kicks awarded as a result of an infringement in the in-goal area will be awarded in the field of play and that any kicks taken in the in-goal are as a result of players retiring to take kicks.

The awarding of sanctions (scrums, penalty kicks and free kicks) for offences in the in-goal will all be five metres from the goal line and in line with the infringement. The awarding of all scrums and kicks from actions taken in the in-goal will be five metres from the goal line.

Click here to view the amended Laws 10, 21 and 22 >>

The amended Law will operate from December 1, 2010.

IRB Member Unions have been advised of all Law Amendments and each amendment comes as a result of extensive consultation.



16 Comments

  • Hmmmmmm?

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.11.10 19:57:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Absolutely totally ridiculous …… northern hemisphere Unions will be out to ban key South Pacific Island players.

    …..is there something on next year ! :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.11.10 23:57:36 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 2) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.11.10 04:36:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 2) :

    I actually think this may help the tackler get away with more.

    An amendment to Law 10.4(j) has been approved to recognise the defensive actions of the tackled player when the arms are outstretched to break a fall and to further ensure the consistency of application of the appropriate sanction for offending players.

    The amended Law 10.4(j) will now read: Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.

    So if the guy is in a position to, and does, stick his arms out to break his fall, it is not a spear tackle?

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.11.10 04:41:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I thought half time already was 15min. :|

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.11.10 09:37:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : It feels like 20min!

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.11.10 11:04:33 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Nothing but a ruse to fit in more ad space and fill the coffers.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.11.10 11:05:58 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Playing an opponent without the ball. Except in a scrum, ruck or maul, a player who is not in possession of the ball must not hold, push or obstruct an opponent not carrying the ball.

    I thought that was always the case.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.11.10 11:08:58 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Player welfare my ass.

    15 minute breaks will allow broadcasters to push more adds through in prime time…

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.11.10 11:10:08 by Morné Reply
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  • So we`re set for extravagant half time shows ala NFL ?

    Maybe we should book the Black Eyed Peas for next year? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.11.10 11:13:59 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Thsi is silly…I like the way it is now!

    Everyone runs to every available loo in the house while shouting for refills to be poured so long, checking if the braai fire is still going strong, hitting the dog for eating the meat thats next to the braai, grab moer biltong , see who’s first back on the couch shouting to the others: “GAME’S ON!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.11.10 11:29:44 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • i don’t need 15 minutes to pour another glass of wine.

    opening a beer bottle is somewhat more complicated but I can do that with one eye watching :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.11.10 11:40:09 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) :

    Ditto that Sista!! :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.11.10 11:58:27 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 11) : Hey, you been spying on my house ??

    You forgot turning down the volume and starting up the music to either build confidence for the second half or rub salt in the wounds of the unfortunate bull / wp supporters in the house :twisted:

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.11.10 12:00:38 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 14) :

    Ahhhh – I knew I left something out!! :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.11.10 12:24:26 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 11) : :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.11.10 13:29:27 by Letgo Reply
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