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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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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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Kicking the Ball from Player’s Hands

Clarification 7 – 2015  Union IRFU (Law Reference 15, 16, 22) Date September 9, 2015 Request We are concerned at the increasing practice of an opponent kicking the ball out of the hands of a player who has picked up the ball. This is happening mainly when the ball is won at the breakdown/tackle/ruck and has been picked […]

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