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quirkealiss

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The past year of rugby in New Zealand has been very disapointing on many levels. But will these impending law changes pull us out of the gutter, fill our deserted stadiums and return us to #1.The new laws apparently apply mainly to lineouts, the breakdown area, scrums, mauls and play inside the 22m area. Is this a move in the right direction?




TOUCH JUDGES
CAN indicate offside at the tackle by raising their flag horizontally in the direction of the offending team. The referee is not obliged to act on the offence.

FLAGS/POSTS
CORNER post and post at corner of touch in goal and dead ball line are moved back two metres. This ensures consistency of touch along the entire length of the touch line and touch in goal line.

INSIDE THE 22 METRE LINE
WHEN a defending player receives the ball outside the 22m line and passes, puts or takes the ball back inside the 22, if the ball is then kicked into touch on the full the lineout is in line with where the ball was kicked.

LINEOUTS
ON a quick throw in, the ball can be thrown straight or backwards towards the defenders' goal line.

A player peeling off at the front of the lineout can do so as soon as the ball leaves the thrower's hands.

The halfback/receiver in a lineout must stand 2m from the lineout.

The non-throwing hooker does not have to stand between the 5m line and the touch line.

There is no maximum number of players in the lineout but there is a minimum of two.
Neither team determines numbers in the lineout.
Pre-gripping is allowed.
If a lineout throw is not straight, the option is a lineout or free kick to non-throwing team.

BREAKDOWN
PLAYERS entering the breakdown area must do so through the gate (imaginary 1m area directly behind tackled player).

Immediately the tackle occurs there are offside lines.

The offside lines run parallel to the goal lines through the hindmost part of the hindmost player at the tackle.

A tackled player must immediately play the ball and may not be prevented from playing the ball by any player who is off their feet.

Any other player playing the ball at the breakdown must be on their feet.

If the ball is unplayable at the breakdown, the side that did not take the ball into contact will receive a free kick.

If the ball is received directly from a kick and a tackle occurs immediately, and the ball becomes unplayable, the free kick is given to the team who received the kick.

There are only three penalty offences (not including dangerous play) at the breakdown:

OFFSIDE for not coming through the gate.

OFFSIDE where defenders are in front of the last man on their side of the breakdown (the offside
line)

A TACKLED player must immediately play the ball and may not be prevented from playing the ball by any player who is off their feet

All free kicks are tap kicks, including a mark and a scrum option is available for all FKs.

Dangerous play will not be tolerated. Eg. Diving over the breakdown.
The halfback should not be touched unless he has his hands on the ball.

MAUL
Defending players can pull down the maul.

Players joining the maul must do so through the gate.

If a maul becomes unplayable, the team not in possession at the start of the maul receives a free kick.

The "truck and trailer'' (when the maul breaks in two) is no longer an offence.

SCRUM
The offside line for players who are not in the scrum and who are not the halfback, is 5m behind the hindmost foot of the scrum.

SANCTIONS
For all offences other than offside, not entering through the gate, and foul play, the sanction is a free kick



http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,2...3-11809,00.html
 
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billiejoefanclub

Guest
Should be pretty interesting I reckon, I suppose if all doesn't go well we will hear about it and they'll have to do something about it otherwise all good
The past year of rugby in New Zealand has been very disapointing on many levels. But will these impending law changes pull us out of the gutter, fill our deserted stadiums and return us to #1.The new laws apparently apply mainly to lineouts, the breakdown area, scrums, mauls and play inside the 22m area. Is this a move in the right direction?




TOUCH JUDGES
CAN indicate offside at the tackle by raising their flag horizontally in the direction of the offending team. The referee is not obliged to act on the offence.

FLAGS/POSTS
CORNER post and post at corner of touch in goal and dead ball line are moved back two metres. This ensures consistency of touch along the entire length of the touch line and touch in goal line.

INSIDE THE 22 METRE LINE
WHEN a defending player receives the ball outside the 22m line and passes, puts or takes the ball back inside the 22, if the ball is then kicked into touch on the full the lineout is in line with where the ball was kicked.

LINEOUTS
ON a quick throw in, the ball can be thrown straight or backwards towards the defenders' goal line.

A player peeling off at the front of the lineout can do so as soon as the ball leaves the thrower's hands.

The halfback/receiver in a lineout must stand 2m from the lineout.

The non-throwing hooker does not have to stand between the 5m line and the touch line.

There is no maximum number of players in the lineout but there is a minimum of two.
Neither team determines numbers in the lineout.
Pre-gripping is allowed.
If a lineout throw is not straight, the option is a lineout or free kick to non-throwing team.

BREAKDOWN
PLAYERS entering the breakdown area must do so through the gate (imaginary 1m area directly behind tackled player).

Immediately the tackle occurs there are offside lines.

The offside lines run parallel to the goal lines through the hindmost part of the hindmost player at the tackle.

A tackled player must immediately play the ball and may not be prevented from playing the ball by any player who is off their feet.

Any other player playing the ball at the breakdown must be on their feet.

If the ball is unplayable at the breakdown, the side that did not take the ball into contact will receive a free kick.

If the ball is received directly from a kick and a tackle occurs immediately, and the ball becomes unplayable, the free kick is given to the team who received the kick.

There are only three penalty offences (not including dangerous play) at the breakdown:

OFFSIDE for not coming through the gate.

OFFSIDE where defenders are in front of the last man on their side of the breakdown (the offside
line)

A TACKLED player must immediately play the ball and may not be prevented from playing the ball by any player who is off their feet

All free kicks are tap kicks, including a mark and a scrum option is available for all FKs.

Dangerous play will not be tolerated. Eg. Diving over the breakdown.
The halfback should not be touched unless he has his hands on the ball.

MAUL
Defending players can pull down the maul.

Players joining the maul must do so through the gate.

If a maul becomes unplayable, the team not in possession at the start of the maul receives a free kick.

The "truck and trailer'' (when the maul breaks in two) is no longer an offence.

SCRUM
The offside line for players who are not in the scrum and who are not the halfback, is 5m behind the hindmost foot of the scrum.

SANCTIONS
For all offences other than offside, not entering through the gate, and foul play, the sanction is a free kick



http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,2...3-11809,00.html
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dylan

Guest
Defending players can pull down a maul - crumbs! Surely this will mean a big change of tactics when one wins a penalty and decides whether to kick for touch, take a lineout and go for a pushover.
 
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Dmx#1

Guest
Defending players can pull down a maul - crumbs! Surely this will mean a big change of tactics when one wins a penalty and decides whether to kick for touch, take a lineout and go for a pushover. [/b]

Thats just f***en stupid, I won't be suprised if theres a few broken necks this season.
 
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aus5892

Guest
For all offences other than offside, not entering through the gate, and foul play, the sanction is a free kick [/b]
Really like this one, penalties are way too common these days in rugby.

These rules encouraged some great rugby in the Mazda ARC so they should do well in the Super 14 this year. Hopefully they work out.
 

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