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SARU to trial experimental laws

Written by Scott Bevan (The Hobbit)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Original Content, The Rugby Championship on 25 Jun 2013 at 11:47
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The South African Rugby Union announced on Tuesday morning that it will be trailing a new set of experimental laws that have been developed by the International Rugby Board (IRB) that is expected to result in better continuity in matches and also reduce the risk of serious injury. The Currie Cup First Division will get the first taste of these laws when it kicks off this Friday.

The laws are only due to be implemented in Southern Hemisphere competition from 1 August but SARU have decided to promote the changes to assist with the Springbok year end tour and also for teams preparing for Super rugby in 2014.

The new laws will not apply to the Rugby Championship or the remainder of the current Super Rugby season.

The most notable changes to the game will be in the scrums. All the changes are:

• Props will now be required to pre-bind before the “hit”, resulting in the scrum call being changed from “crouch, touch, set” to “crouch, bind, set”

• The front rows crouch and using their outside arm each prop must bind. A loosehead prop must bind on the opposing tighthead prop by placing the left arm inside the right arm of the tight head and gripping the tighthead prop’s jersey on the back or side. A tighthead prop must bind on the opposing loose head prop by placing the right arm outside the left upper arm of the opposing loosehead prop and gripping the loosehead prop’s jersey with the right hand only on the back or side. The props must not grip the opponent’s chest, arm, sleeve, or collar.

• Referees have been told to more strictly police a straight feed by scrumhalves into the scrum

• Rugby fields may be no longer than 100m in length and 70m in width, while the in-goal area should not exceed 22m in depth.

• Fields for international matches and International Sevens Rugby must be as close as possible to the maximum size, and no less than 94m in length and 68m in width, while the in-goal area has to be a minimum of 6m in length.

• The match-day doctor for Test matches will be the sole adjudicator on whether a player has a blood injury or not. (SARU already ensures that match-day doctors are appointed for all International, Super Rugby and all Currie Cup Premiership matches).

• All players diagnosed with or suspected of having concussion need to be removed from the match or training session and may take no further part in that particular match or training session. The player diagnosed with concussion needs to follow the management protocol as described in the IRB Concussion Guidelines before they may return to full contact participation.

• Judicial Officers have been given the freedom to apply sanctions of less than 50% of the lower-end entry and in some cases no sanction for offences. In the past they could only apply a minimum of 50% of the entry-level sanction.

• Yellow cards may now be expunged from a player’s disciplinary record in the case of mistaken identity, while red cards could be expunged if a judicial officer believes the offence did not warrant a red card. This was not previously allowed.


  • The scrum one should be interesting. Bye bye the hit, hello the massive shove.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.06.13 11:49:46 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I am impressed at the decision to include these early (albeit in 1st division)

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.06.13 12:16:21 by The Hobbit Reply
    The Hobbit
  • scrums are going to be very interesting to watch.

    I reckon a lot of the best scrummagers under the old laws will prove to be less good under the new ones.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.06.13 12:35:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wonder if the breakdown will ever be properly addressed?

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.06.13 13:00:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I’ve been saying that props should pre-bind before the “hit”, now they must just get the thighthead prop to do the “short” bind (his right arm inside the looseheads left arm) then the reset scrums wil be sorted.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.06.13 19:51:35 by JD Reply
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  • PTAShark this will not be the end of the “hit”, even at that short distance the big boys can “hit” you so hard that the snot will fly.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.06.13 19:55:03 by JD Reply
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