Law Trials – Scrum engagement procedure clarification

Following the introduction of the” Crouch, Touch, Set” instructions for scrum engagement as part of the current set of Law trials it has become evident that some referees are not leaving a pause between the “Touch” request and the “Set” request. The pause is required to ensure that the front row players are steady and are able [...]

IRB Law Clarification – Law 3 Front Row Replacements

Attached is the most recent Law clarification from the IRB. It addresses replacement front rows and what should happen in a game with eight allowed substitute/replacements when uncontested scrums are ordered. This is consistent with the USA Internal Variation that has been in place for a couple of years. Currently the IRB is trialing the [...]

IRB clears up bench substitution/replacements law

from Rugby365.com: Following the confusion about the use of substitutes/replacements in the Pretoria Test when South Africa played Australia, the IRB has clarified the relevant law and issued a protocol for those in charge of the coming and going of players during a match. The problem in Pretoria revolved around the number of substitutes/replacements of [...]

Change in Referee Grade Nomenclature

from the USA Rugby Referees and Laws Committee: ANNOUNCEMENT The Referees and Laws Committee changed USA Rugby referee grade nomenclature at its AGM in August, 2012. RESULT The net result is that we will revert to C and B grades, such as existed until four years ago. L3, 2 and 1 will now be C3, [...]

2012/2013 USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines

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Please review the below Game Management Guidelines from USA Rugby. They are a compliment to the current Law Interpretations from the IRB that will be active starting September 1, 2012. 2012/2013 USA Rugby Game Management Guidelines