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With a new season coming upon us, Rugby Canada is issuing a notice to all Provincial Union Staff, Administrators, Club Executives, Coaches, Players, Match Officials, and Parents of a few Law Amendments, Clarifications, and Implementation Guidelines which will be taking effect May 1, 2016. Link to the relevant Laws are also posted. Please note that Rugby Canada WILL NOT be implementing any of the World Rugby 2016 Law Trials. Those will be implemented only in specified global competitions outside of Canada. Additionally, please find below a couple of reminders in regards to issues of player welfare and safety, in particular the emphasis on Rugby Canada’s new PlaySmart campaign.

2016 Law Amendments

Key Points: Law 3 – Numbers of Players: http://laws.worldrugby.org/?law=3

  • Rosters can be up to 23 players

  • Where this is the case, there must be 3 Front Row replacements and one must be designated for each front row position

  • A substituted player may return to replace an player injured from foul play

Law 8 – Advantage: http://laws.worldrugby.org/?law=8

  • Advantage must not be applied when front row players are lifted in a scrum and have no support on the ground

Law 9 – Method of Scoring (Sevens Variation): http://laws.worldrugby.org/?law=9

  • The kicker must take the conversion kick within 30 seconds of the try being awarded

Law 10 – Foul Play: http://laws.worldrugby.org/?law=10

  • Diving constitutes foul play and is to be sanctioned with a penalty kick

Law 19 – Touch and Lineout: http://laws.worldrugby.org/?law=19

  • No player may place themselves in the 5m channel from the touchline

  • No player may prevent the ball being thrown in from traveling 5m

  • Sanction for both infringements is a Free Kick

Law 20 – Scrum: http://laws.worldrugby.org/?law=20

  • A scrum is to be formed 30 seconds from the time the referee makes the mark

  • Sanction for the infringement is a Free Kick

  • There is no longer a turnover for a scrum which wheels through 90 degrees. If this occurs, the scrum must be reset with the same team throwing the ball in

  • The opposing scrum half may not step into the channel between the flanker and 8-man

  • Sanction for the infringement is a Penalty Kick

  • If a scrum becomes stationary and the ball is available at the base of the scrum, the referee may tell the scrum half to use the ball, and the ball must emerge immediately

Law 21 – Penalty and Free Kicks: http://laws.worldrugby.org/?law=21

  • For penalty and free kicks within 5m of a team’s goal line, the mark will be on the 5m line

For more information in regards to all World Rugby Law Amendments for 2016, please visit the World Rugby release and download the attachment: http://www.worldrugby.org/news/129899

2016 Law Clarifications

Key Points: Law 12 – Knock-On or Throw Forward: http://laws.worldrugby.org/?law=12

  • Defenders deliberately pulling or ripping the ball out of a ball-carrier’s hands will not constitute a knock-on by the ball-carrier; referees should play on in this instance as the ball travelled backwards from the defender towards their own goal line.

Law 5 – Time (http://laws.worldrugby.org/?law=5) AND Law 9 – Method of Scoring (as above)

  • At any point in a match, the try-scorer may tell the referee “no kick” in order to decline the conversion attempt and move straight to the ensuing kick-off

  • Where time is close to expiring following a try or penalty, the referee will resume with the next phase of play taking note of the time from when the player taking the kick strikes the ball

  • If the kick is taken at anytime before the completion of the half or full time, then the lineout, scrum, or kick-off must take place and play will resume until the ball next becomes dead

For more information in regards to all World Rugby Law Clarifications for 2016, please visit the World Rugby release and download the attachment: http://www.worldrugby.org/news/129899 2016 Law Implementation Guidelines

Key Points

  • The ball must be handed backwards in a maul

  • No player may carry the ball as they slide back in the maul

  • No player m

ay join the maul from in front of the hind-most foot of the maul

For more information in regards to the 2016 Law Implementation Guidelines, and to see video, please see the following link: http://laws.worldrugby.org/?domain=9