Uncontested scrums

From: Richard Every <revery@usarugby.org>
Date: Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 6:54 PM

UNCONTESTED SCRUMS – Both teams must always have 8 players in an uncontested scrum.

[This applies in all games, regardless of the number of players being used.]

The scenarios below only apply when a team is using the full roster of 23.  The scenarios presume that uncontested scrums are required because of the specialist nature of front row positions (such as if both the starting and the replacement hooker are injured).

  1. Two front row players replaced through injury, and one of the new subs, PLAYER A, gets injured:
    1. Uncontested scrums
    2. The remaining front row PLAYER B needs to come on to be in the front row of the uncontested scrum and another PLAYER C from that team needs to leave the field
    3. Team plays with 14 players for the remainder of the match
  2. Two front row players replaced through injury, and one of the new subs, PLAYER A, gets a YC:
    1. Uncontested scrums
    2. The remaining front row PLAYER B needs to come on to be in the front row of the uncontested scrum and another PLAYER C from that team needs to leave the field
    3. An additional nominated PLAYER D needs to leave the field
    4. Team plays with 13 players
    5. When the suspension period is complete, PLAYER A comes off, PLAYERS B, C and D return
  3. Two front row players replaced through injury, and one of the new subs, PLAYER A, gets a RC:
    1. Uncontested scrums
    2. The remaining front row PLAYER B needs to come on to be in the front row of the uncontested scrum and another PLAYER C from that team needs to leave the field
    3. An additional nominated PLAYER D needs to leave the field
    4. Team plays with 13 players for the remainder of the match
  4. Two front row players replaced through injury, and one of the new subs, PLAYER A, goes off for BLOOD, and the team has a suitable temporary replacement to continue contested scrums. The temporary replacement player is injured:  [This also applies if PLAYER A was injured as a result of foul play by the opponents.]
    1. Uncontested scrums
    2. Any PLAYER can come on to be in the front row of the uncontested scrum
    3. NO additional player needs to leave the field
    4. Team plays with 15 players until the BLOOD returns
    5. If they cannot return to the match, revert to Option 1
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