Tougher Sanctions on contact with the head

World Rugby announces new measures for 2017 to limit contact with the head

New law application guideline will codify zero-tolerance to contact with the head Approach informed by largest-ever study identifying most common situations leading to head injuries Players, coaches and match officials urged to be proactive in changing culture Latest step in proactive, evidence-driven approach to injury reduction Head is a no-go area World Rugby has further […]

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Ozark Tournament Referee

MidSouth Refs Savor Ozark Rugby Tournament Experience

Chris Gower and Eric Fleming recently attended the 43rd Annual Ozark Rugby Tournament and showed their quality, representing the MSRRS well and earned kudos for the society. Because of their skill shown during Saturday’s matches, Eric was awarded the Women’s Final and saw the Little Rock Women successfully defend their home turf and keep the […]

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kicking the ball in a ruck

Kicking the Ball in a Ruck

KICKING THE BALL IN A RUCK: If a player is part of the ruck he may attempt to kick the ball: If he makes contact with a player on the ground which results in foul play, the sanction is a PK and possibly suspension/red card. If he kicks the ball out of the scrumhalf’s hands the sanction is a PK and possibly suspension/red card. […]

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Rugby 7s Substitutions Trial

World Rugby is trialing a variation regarding substitutions in sevens.  The USA Rugby Committee has approved the use of this Variation in all domestic competitions effective June 18, 2016. The exact wording is copied below, but in essence it allows a player to return to the game after having been substituted off.  The team is […]

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6 Referees Promoted at Nash Bash 2016

Six MidSouth Rugby Referees were promoted to higher referee grades at the 2016 Nash Bash referee dinner.  Throughout the season, referees work with referee coaches and evaluators to calibrate their performance on the field.  During a game, a rugby referee must make a decision, on average, every 6 seconds.  Additionally, referee us other tools, besides the whistle, to facilitate […]

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