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Premiership referee hosts scrum law masterclass

12 December 2006

December 12, 2006

Guinness Premiership referee Roy Maybank will be guiding coaches and front-row players through the new scrummaging laws in Kent next week.

The new laws for the adult game come into force on January 1 next year and will see the implementation of a four stage "crouch, touch, pause, engage" sequence for the initial scrum engagement.

And the Orpington official, one of the RFU's five full-time officials, will be hosting a workshop designed to explain the changes at Westcombe Park RFU on Monday, December 18 from 7.30pm.

The new rules of engagement are supported by World Cup winner Jason Leonard, who made 114 appearances in the front row for his country and assisted the International Rugby Board's lawmakers.

"This new engagement sequence will standardise the distance the two sets of forwards are apart, reduce the collision at engagement and will assist in ensuring that both sets of forwards are at the best horizontal height possible. This is crucial to the successful engagement of the scrum," said Leonard.

"With the reduced impact and forwards at the correct height we will see an associated improvement in the bind. This should also assist in minimising collapsing of the front row. It also ensures that the scrum remains a true contest which is important for the game."

Anyone who wants to attend Maybank's workshop at Westcombe Park is asked to register with the Kent Rugby Development Office on 01622 605060.

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