I know we've discussed this to the ends of the earth, but now we've had an entire season of S14, Tri Nations, Summer and Autumn internationals, Six Nations and the majority of the European club season to trial these new laws and I think it's time to restart it. I agree with everything this article says, and it got me thinking. Personally, I think they're awful. This time last year the SH guys were saying we were too conservative. After a few weeks of trialling when we still complained, they said we needed time to get used to them. We've had more than enough time now. And I struggle to think of anyone up here who thinks rugby is a better game than it was before the ELVs. Ok, so I accept maybe a couple of them are useful. But these are rather like the inevitable rule-changes that evolve with rugby.. like marking and so on. The whole-scale rule-changes were designed to 1) make the game more watchable, 2) make the game easier to referree. It has done neither, at least not in the Northern Hemisphere. I could make a point about how 'watchable' translates to 'we want to reverse a declining audience', but I'll simply implore any pro-ELV chaps to watch a game of 6N/ premiership rugby and tell me that the law changes have made it more watchable. And the refereeing has certainly not got easier. Unless by easier you mean: "The scrum is a tricky area, so as soon as it collapses let's take the easy option and award a free kick." It was so refreshing to see a few penalty tries awarded in the GP last weekend to sides with a superior scrum... something completely lacking from a huge number of 6N games (most notably England vs France). I really cannot see why anyone would want to change rugby from what it was pre-ELVs. Why make it more dazzling to watch? When I want to watch a game based on high-skill, running angles and so on, I can and do watch Rugby League. When I want a game with a contest for possession, I watch Union. The ELVs, apart from anything else, have reduced the importance of the scrum which is one of the key areas for contesting posession. Don't come with stats saying there are now more scrums. There may well be, but quality is more important than quantity and the way they're legislated and referreed means the quality has become shocking. discuss. I want to hear the opinions of someone who's watched this season up north and think it's been better.