Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Friday Jun 3, 2016

Quicker Scrums and No More Diving: The New Law Changes We All Wanted To See

Quicker Scrums and No More Diving: The New Law Changes We All Wanted To See
16
Comments

After World Rugby’s latest review of laws after the World Cup, a number of minor amendments that have been trialled and approved in the southern hemisphere will come into effect in the north. Amongst them, ‘simulation’ being specifically outlawed. Amen.

Cristiano Ronaldo is one step further away from achieving his dream of being selected for the Portugal national rugby team after it was declared this week that ‘diving’ has become outlawed.

It’s pleasing to hear that World Rugby are in touch with the world’s generally agreed philosophy that rugby is a ‘tough’ game; a reputation that fans hold proudly, and do not want to see it tarnished by the amateur dramatics that association football has become so renowned and criticised for.

It will be universally appreciated that this form of behaviour is essentially cheating.

At one end of the spectrum, we have the likes of Yoann Huget’s Oscar-worthy flop; looking as though he’d taken a right hook from Rocky after what can only be described as a brush on the chest from an opposition player (see video below, and also enjoy Ben Kay and Austin Healey’s entirely justified commentary).

 

And at the the other end, we have serious offences like 2009’s ‘Bloodgate’ scandal involving Harlequins’ Tom Williams using blood capsules to fake a blood injury and facilitate an extra substitution.

But no matter how trivial or serious the offence, the significance of this move by World Rugby is that it addresses a question of attitude; a question of values and beliefs surrounding the game – a rare sight in modern professional sport.

A word of warning however, this may lead to fewer videos like this gem in the future:

 

The rest of the amendments mainly comprise changes to the scrum that are conducive to faster restarts overall; hopefully cutting down the ubiquitous ref-cam shots up the noses of sweaty, red-faced front rows and stoppping back lines from freezing solid in December fixtures across the northern hemisphere.

All of the main amendments are listed below, along with a link to World Rugby’s official announcement. Note: Changes are mistakenly described as happening on both 1st June and 1st July in the announcement. World Rugby have officially clarified via Twitter that the changes are being implemented on 1st July.

MAIN LAW AMENDMENTS:

  • The replacement of a player injured following foul play does not count as one of the alloted number of replacementsavailable to that team 
  • Advantage may be played following a scrum collapse if there is no risk to player safety
  • Play acting or “simulation” is specifically outlawed in the game in a move that formalises resistance to a practice that has been creeping into the game in recent years. Any player who dives or feigns injury in an effort to influence the match officials will be liable for sanction
  • Teams must be ready to form a scrum within 30 seconds of the scrum being awarded, unless the referee stops the clock for an injury or another stoppage
  • At a re-set scrum following a 90-degree wheel, the ball is thrown in by the team that previously threw it in rather than the team not in possession
  • The scrum-half of the team not in possession at a scrum may not move into the space between the flanker and number eight
  • When the ball has been at the number eight’s feet in a stationary scrum for 3-5 seconds, the referee will call “use it” and the attacking team must use the ball immediately

World Rugby’s official announcement can be found here. And view more dives in the Related Posts

ADVERTISEMENT

16 Comments

  • drg
    12:31 AM 07/06/2016

    Don't disagree with your last paragraph.... but "This is how rugby worked for about 180 years and it was great." kind of detracts from "I'm not talking about the 19th century, I'm talking 15 years ago. How long have you been around rugby?"

    Reply
  • danknapp
    10:50 PM 06/06/2016

    Not for diving, but then we never thought we'd actually need to go out and explicitly ban it.

    Reply
  • finedisregard
    4:52 PM 06/06/2016

    I'm not talking about the 19th century, I'm talking 15 years ago. How long have you been around rugby? Someone getting sent off was extremely rare. You would go seasons without seeing anyone leave the field. It was also only for very aggressive issues like punching after repeated warnings or insulting a ref's mother. The difference between being sent off and red card today is this 0 tolerance thing now in which certain types of tackles, contact with feet and players on the ground in which a ref has no choice but to kick a player out. It's turned referees into police and really changed the tone of our game for the worse.

    Reply
  • colombes
    2:30 PM 06/06/2016

    Happy news to sanction sad behaviors. But i thought a 10m walk would be always sufficient.

    Reply
  • drg
    12:44 AM 06/06/2016

    Rugby also started off with something like 30 blokes on each side.... You saying about a player doing something really bad then getting sent off....that's known as a red card...

    Reply
  • finedisregard
    11:42 PM 05/06/2016

    Substitutions changes the requirements of the sport. Players don't have to run for 80 minutes anymore. As a result players are heavier, more explosive and the sport moves in an unsustainable and less safe way. Once we allowed subs it tipped the sport more about power than endurance. It is right to have players be dragging after 65 minutes. Depends on the punch and circumstance. If a player does something really bad they got sent off. Otherwise it's just a penalty. If it got to be a pattern it would eventually get sorted out byt the opposition, own side, or ref. This is how rugby worked for about 180 years and it was great.

    Reply
  • drg
    4:49 PM 05/06/2016

    :/ Er, what's wrong with substitutions? Also, how would you deal with a player that starts punching the crap out of another player?

    Reply
  • finedisregard
    2:21 PM 05/06/2016

    No more substitutions, except for injuries. No more yellow and red cards. Actually if we could just reprint the law book from 1995 we'd be doing great.

    Reply
  • jimmy23
    8:54 PM 04/06/2016

    I guess it's up to the referee's discretion on whether he wants to dish out a harsher punishment?

    Reply
  • reality
    7:20 PM 04/06/2016

    Does anyone know what 'liable to sanction' means for feigning injury? If it means they're liable to be penalised then it's not much of a deterrent. I would have preferred to see 'liable to a yellow or red card and suspension'.

    Reply
  • feddderico
    3:35 PM 04/06/2016

    Argentina fly half, Nicolas Sanchez don't like this! (He loves simulation and diving).

    Reply
  • jeri
    12:17 PM 04/06/2016

    Times like these I wish Nigel Owens will never retire

    Reply
  • mozz87
    11:14 AM 04/06/2016

    Welcome changes, all of them. Especially about teams being set within 30 seconds of a scrum being awarded. It's so dull watching teams go through their laborious set up process having stood picking mud off their boots for 2 minutes already

    Reply
  • drg
    1:34 AM 04/06/2016

    Hmmm I actually welcomed this law change/introduction, but now I read your comment I realise that I'd currently embraced the modern game where feigning is a large part of it... Going back to the roots, you're totally right... it's one of those ethical/moral things that you just shouldn't do, 'ergo' (stroudos), there shouldn't actually ever need to be a law for it... Definitely agree with you on point 2 as well!!

    Reply
  • danknapp
    10:34 PM 03/06/2016

    God, it's a sad, sad day when we have to make a point of telling players that they aren't allowed to dive. Can World Rugby also remind referees that they are allowed to march players back 10 metres for arguing?

    Reply
  • drg
    8:55 PM 03/06/2016

    Now all we need to do is ban Biggar, bring back rucking etc and our game will be sorted....

    Reply
ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

View All

See It To Believe It

View All

Funnies

View All

Amateur

View All

Player Features

View All
Quicker Scrums and No More Diving: The New Law Changes We All Wanted To See | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos