The USA Rugby - Rugby Committee has approved adding World Rugby's six law amendments to the global law trials following positive results in specific international competitions this year.
The amendments at the scrum and tackle/ruck are aimed at simplifying the game to play and officiate. The six changes will now join the scheduled global law trial program. It will commence from Aug. 1, 2017, in the U.S. for all XVs rugby.
SEVENS: The amendments will NOT be applied in the U.S. summer sevens season concluding with the USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship Aug. 12-13, 2017, in Minneapolis. It will be implemented in sevens Aug. 15 after the national tournament is completed.
This section to be amended so that the tackler may only play the ball from his or her own side of the ball (after getting to feet). This means the tackler will need to do the same dance around to the correct side that the tackler assist has been doing all along.
A ruck is formed when one player is on feet over the ball, creating offside lines.
A player on feet may play the ball with hands as long as it is immediate and no opposing player has arrived.
A player must not kick the ball out of a ruck. The player can only hook it in a backwards motion. Sanction: Penalty Kick
There are several modifications:
A presentation explaining the Law Trials has been prepared by USA Rugby and can be found in PDF, Powerpoint, video clips, and a webinar recording USA Rugby hosted that will help give more explanation and description in depth:
Webinar can be found here: https://youtu.be/4mLD_bXBbAA
If you would like to have a referee stop by your team's practice to answer questions and explain new laws, please contact Paul Bretz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marti Blum (email@example.com)