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Yet another iteration of the “what if” involved in front row replacements

Subject: World Rugby Clarification

The latest Clarification is attached. It addresses yet another iteration of the “what if” involved in front row replacements and is pretty clear. Please distribute to teams, unions, conferences and referees in your area.
Feel free to write me with any questions.
All the best,
Peter Watson
Chair, Law Committee
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USARR : Sevens Refereeing : Summer 2015

From: Richard Every | High Performance Referee Manager | USA Rugby
e: t: 773 895 6013

Date: Jun 18, 2015, 19:55:01


Main areas of focus are:
  1. Running lines/Positioning:
    1. 45º at the breakdown – not square on or flat
    2. Ball in line running
  2. Breakdown:
    1. Players cannot get up with the ball when they are tackled and held, unless they release the ball first
    2. Tackler assist to release and enter through the gate
    3. Tacklers holding onto the tackled player longer to prevent them from playing the ball
    4. Tackler to roll away and not obstruct arriving opposition players or roll into the scrumhalf
    5. Zone violation by:
      1. Attacking players to retain possession
      2. Defenders to turn over possession
  3. Scrum:
    1. Walking the scrum around: PK
    2. Pushing early: FK
    3. Pusjhing up or pulling down to disrupt the scrum: PK
  4. Foul Play:
    1. Preventing a try being scored by dangerous tackle, deliberate knock, etc.: Penalty Try Yellow Card
    2. Throwing the ball away at FK/PK or lineout: PK Yellow Card
    3. Playing the man in the air:
      1. Lands on feet: PK
      2. Lands on lower back/side: PK YC
      3. Lands on upper back/neck/head: PK Red Card
    4. Off the ball pushing/pulling/obstruction
  5. Advantage:
    1. Call ADV OVER when the ball is secured, in hand, not during a pass
    2. Consider that a quick PK is often the better ADV

Referee Abuse

The protocol is VERY clear in the Game Management Guidelines (which we hope every whistle monkey has read):
Verbal abuse by team coaches, team staff or team substitutes directed at match officials or players should not be tolerated and the following process should be followed:
1. The referee will ask the identified person to refrain from their behavior.
2. On the second occasion the referee will EJECT the person from the grounds.
3. Zero tolerance approach should be applied and if the person refuses to leave the referee should request that team’s captain to assist.
4. Failing compliance the referee may abandon the match.
NOTE: The referee must restart the game according to the latest stoppage and must NOT award a penalty due to the sideline behavior.

Pitch Side Concussion Assessment – PSCA NOT USED IN THE USA


From Richard Every | High Performance Referee Manager | USA Rugby

We have received a lot of questions regarding PSCA:
LAW AMENDMENT TRIAL: Temporary replacement – head injury assessment.
PSCA is a global trial in Elite Rugby (Professional) only. They have qualified staff, but as seen this past weekend it is still in the development process:

This AMENDMENT TRIAL does NOT apply in the USA in any rugby.

Referees are to always insure that safety is always a priority as Law 3.9 states:

3.9 The referee’s power to stop an injured player from continuing
If the referee decides – with or without the advice of a doctor or other medically qualified person – that a player is so injured that the player should stop playing, the referee may order that player to leave the playing area. The referee may also order an injured player to leave the field in order to be medically examined.

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