Law changes to force Australian sides to rethink breakdown tactics

Super Rugby and The Rugby Championship will this season adopt the Law Amendments that were announced by World Rugby in July 2017 prior to the start of the 2017/2018 northern hemisphere season. World Rugby approved the addition of these six law amendments to its programme of global law trials following positive trials in specific international competitions in 2017. At the time of the introduction of the amendments in the north the southern hemisphere season was already under way. Therefore World Rugby and SANZAAR agreed that the Southern Hemisphere would not play under the amendments until the start of the 2018 season. The amendments relate to the scrum (Law 20), tackle (Law 15) and ruck (Law 16) and are aimed at making the game simpler to play and referee as well as further promoting player welfare. The amendments are: 1. Scrum: Law 20.5 and 20.6 (d) and Law 20.8 (b) Striking after the throw-in No signal from referee. The scrum-half must throw the ball in straight bu
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