New IRB Law trials for 2012/13
It's new law trials time again, and refs have more to say: "Crouch, Touch, Set" comes in for scrums; "Use it" comes in at the back of a ruck
Here's the summary of the most important ones being trialled for your pleasure:
Law 9.B.1 Taking a Conversion Kick
Current 9.B.1 (e):
The kicker must take the kick within one minute from the time the kicker has indicated an intention to kick. The intention to kick is signalled by the arrival of the kicking tee or sand, or the player makes a mark on the ground. The player must complete the kick within one minute even if the ball rolls over and has to be placed again.
Amend 9.B.1 (e) to read:
The kick must be taken within one minute and thirty seconds (ninety seconds) of a try being scored, even if the ball rolls over and is placed again.
Law 12 1 Outcome of a Knock-On or Throw Forward
Add new 12.1 (e):
Knock-on or throw forward into to touch. When the ball goes into touch from a knock-on or throw forward, the non-offending team will be offered the choice of a lineout at the point the ball crossed the touch line, or a scrum at the place of the knock-on or throw forward. The non-offending team may exercise this option by taking a quick throw-in.
Current Law 12.1 (e) becomes 12.1 (f).
Law 16.7 Unsuccessful End to a Ruck
Add new 16.7 (c):
When the ball has been clearly won by a team at a ruck and the ball is available to be played the referee will call "use it" after which the ball must be played within five seconds. If the ball is not played within the five seconds the referee will award a scrum and the team not in possession of the ball at the ruck is awarded the throw-in.
Law 19.2 Quick Throw-In
Current 19.2 (b):
For a quick throw-in, the player may be anywhere outside the field of play between the place where the ball went into touch and the player’s goal line.
Amend 19.2 (b) to read:
For a quick throw-in, the player may be anywhere outside the field of play between the line of touch and the player’s goal line.
(NOTE: This is important if a kick taken outside the 22 goes directly into touch)
Law 20.1 (g) Forming a Scrum
Current 20.1 (g):
The referee will call “crouch” then “touch”. The front rows crouch and using their outside arm each prop touches the point of the opposing props outside shoulder. The props then withdraw their arms. The referee will then call “pause”. 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.
Amend 20.1 (g) to read:
The referee will call “crouch” then “touch”. The front rows crouch and using their outside arm each prop touches the point of the opposing prop’s outside shoulder. The props then withdraw their arms. The referee will then call “set” when the front rows are ready. The front rows may then engage. The “set” call is not a command but an indication that the front rows may come together when ready.
Law 21.4 Penalty and Free Kick Options and Requirements
Add new 21.4 (b)
Lineout Alternative. A team awarded a penalty or a free kick at a lineout may choose a further lineout, they throw-in. This is in addition to the scrum option.
Current 21.4 (b) to (k) become (c) to (l).