The Law in Practice
The International Rugby Board has introduced trial laws for the scrum engagement:
- Props will now be expected to crouch on the referee’s call, bind using their outside arm after the referee has called “bind”. The front rows will maintain the bind until the referee calls “set”. At that point, the two packs will engage. These law trials will be used in all forms and age groups of the game in England in the coming season.
- The IRB will also instruct referees to ensure that the ball does not enter the tunnel unless the scrum is square and stationary and that a straight throw-in is strictly policed.
- There is a collective responsibility for coaches, players and administrators to make the scrum a positive, fair and, above all, safe contest. Match officials will be stricter when refereeing the existing law.