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Rule changes for 2013 Super 15
January 10, 2013, 12:27:50

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Vodacom Super Rugby returns in 2013, but while it will still be as long and intense, filled with drama and passion, the format will have a slightly different tinge this year.

With Australian sides kicking off a week earlier than the rest, thanks to their money-spinning British and Irish Lions tour, the 18th year of Super Rugby will start in two spurts – in Australia on 15 February, and for the rest a week later.

With so many changes to the laws, Sanzar announced Thursday that the halftime break was extended from 10 to 12 minutes, adding more time for [removed]ysis and commercial opportunities for broadcasters during games.

But one law that won’t be implemented is the 23-man squad – whereby teams need to have a full front row on the bench, with Sanzar holding off while the IRB completes trials in other competitions.

Still, there are some significant changes to the laws, including the three-call scrum that will be implemented for the first time, a change to the quick lineout throw in law and most significantly, the five-second rule to clear a ruck that was so successful in New Zealand’s ITM Cup when trialled late last year.

The scrum call – which changes the call from “Crouch, touch, pause, engage” to “Crouch, set, engage” has been relatively successful when implemented in the northern hemisphere and is to help with safety more than anything else.

With regards to quick throw ins, the amendment to the law says “the player may be anywhere outside the field of play between the line of touch and the player’s goal line.”

When the ball goes into touch from a knock-on, the non-offending team will be offered the choice of a lineout at the point the ball crossed the touchline or a scrum at the place of the knock-on. The non-offending team may take a quick throw-in.”

But the most significant change will be the five-second law at ruck time, meant to cut down on structured kicking and to ensure the ball is utilized more quickly.

A scrumhalf has five seconds to clear the ball from the base of the ruck before the referee calls “use it”. If he doesn’t, the ref will award a scrum to the opposing team, much like a maul that is held up.

According to Sanzar’s head of referees, Lyndon Bray, the changes are a positive move to make the game more entertaining.

“The changes are a very positive set of changes in the interests of the game,” Bray told, “They help promote both attack options and improved outcomes for the game.

“It is now up to the referees at their January camp and the teams to ensure they work on making these changes work. We are keen within Super Rugby to make further improvements to the scrum as well.”

Not earth shattering changes but maybe one underestimates their effect?


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RE: Rule changes for 2013 Super 15
January 10, 2013, 14:24:31

I don't see how changing the process of getting a scrum started could possibly lead to less injuries...or change anything at all about scrums collapsing. Silly rule change IMO. As you have already mentioned, not ground breaking rule changes. Although, I do like the 5 second ruck rule, it annoys me when scrummy's lurk at the back of a ruck thinking about shopping and whatever else it is they think about.


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RE: Rule changes for 2013 Super 15
January 10, 2013, 14:32:35

Bqasically the rules the boks were playing with EOYT.


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RE: Rule changes for 2013 Super 15
January 10, 2013, 15:33:24

these rules changes wil fit the NZ based teams like a glove. i do feel it will increase the tempo of the game but will effect how no9's play the game. those sniping running no9's might become extinct . teams that have slow ruck ball will be very badly effected by that. i really hope they allow the 23 man squad rule for more props on the bench that might really help the like of the bulls and stormers that are obsessed with forward play.


i have always been a advocate of bigger benches for it really allows the game to be played harder seeing that is more personal on the sides. also coaches can use that to there advantage more


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RE: Rule changes for 2013 Super 15
January 10, 2013, 17:11:17

muncher If nz had their way they woul dhave 15 backs on the field. Its what they have been working towards.

I also like the idea of having 23 players including two reserve props. What I dont like is the red card story. A red card early on means tickets usually. Make it max twenty minutes perhaps and a banning after the game. 20 minutes should be a significant enough time. Possibly also the offender cant come back on but another player comes on after the 20 minutes is up. I am sure something that doesnt ruin a match can be devised.

That Welsh game in the last WC is a classic case of a game being ruined early on when Warburton was red carded for a spear tackle. Or us against England when Labuschange  charged Jonny Wilk and was sent off.

The five second rule may benfit us more as usually the abs whip the ball away while our scrummies sometimes like to get all their ducks exactly in a row. Now they have to speed it up. Quick go forward ball is what backs want.

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