Law Changes to be Trialled

By John Phillips
August 31 2019


World Rugby's Law Review Group has recommended several law changes to be trialled.

Some are extremely radical, will definitely change the run of a game and the game plans.

What do you think?




50:22 kick proposal. If the team in possession kicks the ball from inside their own half indirectly into touch inside their opponents' 22 or from inside their own 22 into their opponents’ half, they will throw in to the resultant lineout. 

Rationale: To create space by forcing players to drop back out of the defensive line in order to prevent their opponents from kicking for touch. 

Recommendation: To approve for closed trials.


Reduction in the number of permitted substitutions. 

Rationale: To encourage more space and opportunities towards the end of the game as on-field players tire. 

Recommendation: For World Rugby to sponsor more research to determine if there is a player welfare benefit.


Off feet at the ruck – players must move away from the ball without delay. 

Rationale: To ensure more space and time is afforded to the attacking side. 

Recommendation: Specialist working group should be formed to assess all issues regarding the ruck/ breakdown.


Delaying the movement of the defensive line at the ruck until the ball has reached the first attacking player or until the receiver opts not to pass. 

Rationale: To give the team in possession more time and space on the ball. 

Recommendation: Not to approve for trial.


Reducing the tackle height to the waist

Rationale: Forcing players to tackle lower may reduce the risk of head injuries to both the tackler and tackled player. 

Recommendation: To approve for closed trials.


Ability to review a yellow card when a player is in the sin-bin for dangerous foul play. 

Rationale: To ensure players who are guilty of serious foul play do not escape with a yellow card when they deserved red. 

Recommendation: To approve for closed trials.


The introduction of an infringement (penalty and free-kick) limit for teams. Once a team has reached the limit, a mandatory yellow card is given to the last offending player as a team sanction. 

Rationale: To encourage teams to offend less. 

Recommendation: To approve for closed trials at NRC in Australia.


The awarding of a goal line drop-out to the defending team when an attacking player, who brings the ball into in-goal, is held up. 

Rationale: To reward good defence and promote a faster rate of play. 

Recommendation: To approve for closed trials at NRC in Australia.


The High Tackle Technique warning has been successfully trialled at the World Rugby U20 Championship for the last two years. 

Rationale: Head Injury prevention strategy. 

Recommendation: To approve further closed trials.



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Law Changes to be Trialled
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Date: 31/08/2019 16:57

What do you think?

Good or Bad changes?

Will they be positive or negative changes for the game of Rugby??


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019:08:31:17:00:32 by Faithful_City.

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