Rugby is a fast-paced and physical game that requires players to be in top shape and up to date with the latest laws and regulations. In 2023, several rugby union law updates will come into effect, and players, coaches, and fans need to be aware of these changes to ensure fair play and safety on the field.
One of the most significant law changes for 2023 concerns the scrum. Currently, scrums are formed with a “crouch, bind, set” sequence, but this will be replaced with a new “lower, bind, set” sequence. This change aims to reduce the number of collapses and ensure a safer scrum experience for players.
Another significant law change for 2023 concerns the tackle. Currently, players can tackle above the waist, but this will change to a lower tackle height of the armpit. This change aims to reduce the number of head injuries caused by high tackles and encourage safer tackling techniques.
The ruck is an essential part of rugby, and in 2023, there will be some changes to the laws governing rucks. Currently, players can use their hands to steal the ball in a ruck, but this will no longer be allowed. Instead, players can only use their feet to move the ball back to their side of the ruck. This change aims to reduce the risk of injury and encourage a fairer contest for the ball.
In conclusion, the 2023 Rugby Union law updates aim to make the game safer, fairer, and more enjoyable for players, coaches, and fans. These changes will require players to adjust their techniques and ensure that they are up to date with the latest rules and regulations. By embracing these changes, we can look forward to a more exciting and competitive Rugby Union season in 2023.
Read the full update here : World Rugby Union (WRU)