It looks like a new rugby season, but in this year’s World Cup, not much has changed when it comes to the laws of the game.
In the season prior to the Rugby World Cup, trials and legal differences will be reduced to a minimum to allow for certainty and consistency among coaches, players and referee.
None of the stakeholders involved in the match day wants any uncertainty at this point. Therefore, the differences in the law and trials that you would have witnessed over the past two seasons have either just been written into the law or have been ignored.
Most if not all of these variations and experiences have focused on player safety and reducing the risk of illegal effects, as well as trying to return the advantage to the attacking team.
While rugby is marketed and promoted all over the world, the last thing the game needs is for the defense to stifle any semblance of offensive flair. Next year’s World Cup host nation, France, will be the biggest announcement of the game with their expert kicking game leading to the unstructured attacking attack they’ve been back in for the past two years.
There are only two new legal trials and there is really only one legal trial related to the game of rugby itself.
The brake foot in scrum is a key area for governors to provide stability and more safety in scrum. We have already seen sharp whistle blasts in pre-season matches to prepare players for what is said to be a ‘logical approach’, but in fact it appears to be an early warning from referees to ensure referees’ safety.
Each of the prostitutes needs to put on the “brake” foot until the referee calls “setting”, or they will be punished with a free kick. This certainly wouldn’t have any real impact on the game as a spectacle, but it would provide an extra layer of security for a potentially harmful case of front row necks and heads.
The only other law trial deals with tanker restrictions and stationary water breaks at the elite level. This does not apply to local rugby.
The remaining changes to the laws are not new changes at all. In fact, it’s variations of the law trial from last season that were deemed successful enough to maintain. And not to bore them all, most of what’s worth talking about has to do with the contact zone, which is a pretty smart move before putting the game on the world stage amid the recurring controversy over concussion nowadays.
The safety of the players comes first, as well as the safety of the game itself when broadcasting to the international market.
Physically forward and facing teams used a two-person pre-contact latch which was referred to as the ‘flying wedge’. This is met with a penalty penalty if two players catch the ball carrier before the attacker comes into contact. Only one lockout player is now allowed, which is what we’ve seen all last season.
We are now seeing more teams “pull the trigger” and take the pass into the opponent 22
This was because there was nowhere for the bomber to lay his head without being hit by the carriers attached to the bomber on both sides. It is much safer with this written in the Laws of the Game. It also means that the attack style required to change within the 22-meter attack zone.
We are now seeing more teams ‘pull the trigger’ and throw a assist into the opponent 22 instead of making their way through a three-man tackle mode.
Jumping into or over interference is now officially prohibited, whereas before it was a matter of interpreting the referee under the act of dangerous play.
That’s the thing that interests me because we’re seeing more and more acrobatic dives of the recording and that’s happening close to interference as well. I don’t think the stewards will demand attempts due to excessive sporting finishes, but it would be an interesting law to consider.
It is increasingly important to protect the “poacher” or “jackklers” who are looking for a spin when they collapse. We’ve seen some pretty horrible infections in this area of the game so the focus will be on more safety and less risky takedowns from the game. The referee will not tolerate lateral entry.
Many will agree to these penalties, and it becomes difficult to watch players being pushed away from the game with the force and intensity with which the game is now being played.
Further measures have been taken to arrange the disgraceful situation. When the ball is out of place, players are not allowed to dive onto the ball unless it has come within approximately 1 meter of the ball. Again, these are minor changes that will have little to no effect on the game in general, but will make the ground game safer for players.
The drop-off is here to stay, and will encourage a more gritty attacking style of rugby in the 22-meter area. Combined with the ‘flying wedge’ stat, this should see faster game play, with fewer multiple-object collisions and should continue to encourage fast-flowing offensive game in the scoring attempt area.
This rule took some time to get used to for players and referees due to the slight differences with kicks landing in the goal area. If there is an attack kick with a realistic chase and the balls are touched by the defender, who is under the pressure of the attacker, this will cause the goalkeeper to withdraw.
If the ball is kicked an inaccurately long distance and ends up in the goal area, and is immediately touched by a defender without realistic chasing, it would still be a 22m replay. Sometimes players prefer to catch the ball and get to the 22 meter line before firing an exit kick rather than trying to see if it will get the goal ball or a 22 meter restart.
50:22 is also there to stay which should open up more space to attack the front line of defense as the defending team must be aware of giving up a streak at 22. However, we are seeing more kicks down in the middle of the field because the defense has realized that if it covers the touchlines With two defenders, they can stay aggressive in the front line and look for shifts in their defense.
The attacking team can gain a territorial advantage by kicking long into the posts, like Finn Russell in the Lions’ third Test against South Africa, where Willy Le Roux hit his kick and the Lions finally found ground in the South African half.
In general, there is not much change in the laws of the game but these are the laws that we still get used to when watching.
The BTK United Rugby Championship kicks off this weekend, with Monster traveling to Cardiff and Leinster going to Zepre. Hosted by Ulster Connacht, with Eugene Cross taking charge on behalf of the Irish referees, it is the game that receives the most attention from an Irish perspective.
We’ll see how these laws will be judged at URC, and set the standards in a World Cup year.
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