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    ....from the WR website

    It appears to have an extra two pages of content (looking at the last page number).
    It states that any 2019 changes are highlighted in green, but a quick scan shows very few of these, so without comparing it line by line I can't see where the two extra pages have come from?

    Nice little job for CR?

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    I will be on it later today !

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    Offside at the Ruck 15.4
    They have changed it to bring it in line with Offside at the tackle

    So the Offside line is the nearest part of the body of any player in the ruck (ie from either team)

    Previously it was the hindmost foot of the player on your own team


    Was that change made quickly as a result of the England v New Zealand Courtney Lawes decision ?
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    this is highlighted as new

    19.30. Once play in the scrum begins, the scrum-half of the team not in possession :
    a. Takes up a position with both feet behind the ball and close to the scrum but not in
    the space between the flanker and the number eight or


    so brings into Law what we have been applying for a while

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    and this is an interesting change in the U19 regulations -- important for everyone reffing kids

    U19 VARIATON 19.6.b When a team is reduced to fewer than 15 for any reason, the number of players in
    each team in the scrum must be similarly reduced.


    Previously that said "may" be reduced.

    So that ends all the discussions we have had about reducing scrum numbers nd whether it depended on whether a forward or a back left the pitch. Going forward 14 players always means seven in the scrum...

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    Other changes - or corrections perhaps - have been made to the Law Book without being highlighted - Boo !

    So we have a new Law
    18.25. Opposition players must not block the throw. Sanction: Free-kick.

    and subsequent Laws within Law 18 are renumbered to make room for it.

    That Law was, of course, accidentally omitted from the 2018 book, and now happily reinstated in 2019


    Interestingly, this new wording settles another long running argument / ambiguity
    - opposition player blocks the throw = FK
    - player from own team blocks the throw = option (LO or scrum)

    So it's not just a re-instatement, it's actually (depending on how you reffed it before) a change.
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    Is that the intended interpretation?
    If you lose 2 players to the bin - does the scrum automatically drop to 6 v 6?

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    and this is an interesting change in the U19 regulations -- important for everyone reffing kids

    U19 VARIATON 19.6.b When a team is reduced to fewer than 15 for any reason, the number of players in
    each team in the scrum must be similarly reduced.


    Previously that said "may" be reduced.

    So that ends all the discussions we have had about reducing scrum numbers nd whether it depended on whether a forward or a back left the pitch. Going forward 14 players always means seven in the scrum...
    Is that the intended interpretation?
    If you lose 2 players to the bin - does the scrum automatically drop to 6 v 6?

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteTheMeat View Post
    Is that the intended interpretation?
    If you lose 2 players to the bin - does the scrum automatically drop to 6 v 6?

    Pete
    Yes. The RFU has mandated this for a while, and I guess that WR is bringing all Unions into 'line' (couldn't think of a more appropriate word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beckett50 View Post
    Yes. The RFU has mandated this for a while, and I guess that WR is bringing all Unions into 'line' (couldn't think of a more appropriate word.
    Have they ?
    I thought it has been as ambiguous as ever , up to now ?

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