Following the World Rugby Council meeting in May 2022, a number of law changes have been made. These all come into effect on August 1, 2022 in the USA. The five current Global Law Trials; Goal Line Drop-out, 50:22, jackler protection, banning pre-bound pods in open play (flying wedge) and approving a single latcher, will become full law and several clarifications have been incorporated into the Laws.
There are additionally two new Global Law Trials:
- Brake foot – At the scrum, hookers must have a brake foot in place during “Crouch” and “Bind” phases, and is removed on “Set”. This is to reduce stress on player spines (axial loading).
- Water carriers – New restrictions on medics and water carriers have been introduced as well as formalizing technical zones into law. This is primarily related to the elite game, but the principles apply to all levels of the game.
Competitions that began or will begin prior to August 1st may continue under existing Law up through to August 15th (this includes Sevens Tournaments which qualify teams for the National Club Sevens Championship, and the Championship itself).
Further information and resources concerning the law changes are available on the USA Rugby Referees Resources Page, including: