World Rugby votes to accept five trials

The World Rugby Council has voted unanimously to finalize five welfare-focused global studies from 1 July and these will feature at the men’s and women’s World Cups

orld Rugby said the five laws were approved after a global testing period of a year, during which every player at all levels could play under them and have their say.

The five laws include the 50-22 kick, goal-line exposure, pre-tied pods of players, sanctioning lower-limb clearance, and snapping.

“Our mission is to ensure that the laws are as good as possible for everyone who plays the game and the approval of these laws following a detailed assessment and wide-ranging consultation underscores that commitment,” said World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.

The 50:22 kick refers to when the team in possession kicks the ball from their own half indirectly into touch into the opponent’s 22 or from their own 22 into the opponent’s half, throws it into the resulting lineout.

Other laws include awarding a miss to the defending team if an attacking player putting the ball in goal is stopped.

Teams are also not allowed to use the “flying wedge”, an illegal type of attack that usually takes place near the goal line, either from penalties or free kicks, or in open play. The penalty for this will be a penalty.

Players who aim for or drop their weight on the lower limbs of a “jackler” – the tackler’s first incoming teammate at the tackle – will also be assessed a penalty.

The governing body has also tightened its latch law, according to which a latch is allowed for a player but that player must meet all the requirements for a first-arriving player, particularly the need to remain on their feet. Failure to comply will result in a penalty.

Tried and tested at this year’s Six Nations, the Scrum brake foot will transition from closed to global testing, meaning it will also see action at the Men’s and Women’s World Cups in 2022 and 2023. World Rugby votes to accept five trials

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