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New scrum law changes take place on January 1

02 January 2007

December 20, 2006

With effect from 1st January 2007, the law governing the scrum at all levels of the game will change.

Specifically, the change will see the implementation of a four stage "crouch, touch, pause, engage" sequence.

This follows a review of the scrum by the iRB Rugby Committee and its Law Project Group following recommendations made by the iRB's Medical Committee.

The new sequence is a change to Law 20.1(h) which currently stipulates a "crouch, pause, engage" sequence.

The new sequence is as follows:

1 The referee will call "crouch" and the front rows will crouch.

2 The referee will call "touch". Using their outside arm, each prop will touch the point of the opposing prop's outside shoulder. The props then withdraw their arms.

3 The referee will then call "pause".

4 Following a pause, the referee will then call "engage". The front rows may then engage. The "engage" call is not a command but an indication that the front rows may come together when ready.

For more information about the changes to the law, email RFU Referee Manager Richard Glynne-Jones