Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Roger Lewis has welcomed the 'set of collective recommendations' which resulted from the two-day conference on the Game's Experimental Law Variations programme in London today.
The conference was hosted by International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset who will now use the recommendations 'to assist the IRB Rugby Committee in formulating its final recommendations for the IRB Council meeting on 13 May' - a meeting which will then decide which ELVs, if any, should be fully integrated into Law.
"The conference represented a meeting of minds from around the rugby world and some of the greatest and most learned men in the game have given their views," said Lewis.
"The top experts and administrators in the game have gathered in one place to debate and, most importantly, listen to each other's opinions, views and conclusions about the ELV experiment.
"The WRU along with all the unions of the world presented its research findings, Welsh voices were lead expertly by David Pickering and Nigel Owens, who is now regarded as one of the top referees in the game and, after two days, the conference has come up with recommendations which will be vital to the future of the game.
"Personally, it has been a privilege to hear the truly visionary insight offered by some of the great practitioners of the game from around the rugby world, by some of the great coaches and rugby experts who have such an impressive and intimate knowledge and understanding of the game."
A statement released by the IRB includes the following information about the recommendations of the conference: Recommendations for the IRB Rugby Committee
The following is recommended to the Rugby Committee for adoption into Law: Law 6 - Assistant Referees allowed
Law 19 - Kicking directly into touch from ball played back into 22 equals no gain in ground
Law 19 - Quick Throw permitted in any direction except forward
Law 19 - Positioning of player in opposition to the player throwing-in to be two metres away from lineout and the line of touch
Law 19 - Pre-gripping of lineout jumpers allowed
Law 19 - Lifting in the lineout allowed
Law 19 - Positioning of Receiver must be two metres away from lineout
Law 20 - Five-metre offside line at the Scrum
Law 20 - Scrum half offside line at the Scrum
Law 22 - Corner Posts no longer touch in goal
The following is not recommended to the Rugby Committee for adoption into Law:
Law 17 - Maul - Head and Shoulders not to be lower than hips
Law 17 - Maul - Pulling Down the Maul
Law 19 - Freedom for each team to determine Lineout Numbers
Sanctions and Free Kicks (subsidiary recommendation for further examination)
Tackle/Ruck Infringements (subsidiary recommendation for ruling in law to be sought by a Union to clarify interpretation of current Law)
Other Union-specific ELVs
Up to 15 minutes half time - recommended to Rugby Committee for adoption into Law
Rolling substitutions for Community Game - recommended to Rugby Committee for adoption into Law
Use of Under 19 variations at the scrum for Community Adult Game where agreed by the Union - recommended to Rugby Committee for adoption into Law
Protocol to extend the remit of the TMO - not recommended to the Rugby Committee for adoption into Law
ELV Conference attendees:
Bernard Lapasset (IRB Chairman), Bill Beaumont (IRB Vice Chairman and Laws Project Group), Mike Miller (IRB Chief Executive), Oregan Hoskins (IRB Executive Committee), Giancarlo Dondi (IRB Executive Committee), Peter Boyle (IRB Executive Committee), David Pickering (IRB Executive Committee), Jean Pierre Lux (IRB Rugby Committee), Geraint John (IRB Rugby Committee), Francis Baron (RFU), Rob Andrew (RFU), Kevin Bowring (RFU), Chris Cuthbertson (RFU), Roger Lewis (WRU), Joe Lydon (WRU), Bob Yeman (WRU), Phillip Browne (IRFU), Eddie Wigglesworth (IRFU), Owen Doyle (IRFU), Roy McCombe (SRU), Frank Hadden (SRU), Colin Thomson (SRU), Andre Watson (SARU), Johan Prinsloo (SARU), Peter de Villiers (SARU), David Nucifora (ARU), John O'Neill (ARU), Robbie Deans (ARU), Santiago Phelan (UAR), Ricardo Garcia Fernandez (UAR), Marcelo Toscano (UAR), Steve Tew (NZRU), Neil Sorensen (NZRU), Steve Hansen (NZRU), Nick Mallett (FIR), Francesco Ascione (FIR), Carlo Casagrande (FIR), Rene Hourquet (FFR), Jean Louis Barthes (FFR), Didier Retiere (FFR), Bill Nolan (Laws Project Group Chairman), Dr Syd Millar (Laws Project Group), Bruce Cook (Laws Project Group/IRB Development Manager), Ian McIntosh (Laws Project Group), Dr Mick Molloy (Laws Project Group/IRB Medical Officer), Graham Mourie (Chairman of IRB Rugby Committee & Laws Project Group), Paddy O'Brien (Laws Project Group/IRB Referee Manager), Pierre Villepreux (Laws Project Group), Richie Dixon (Laws Project Group), Rod Macqueen (Laws Project Group), Steve Griffiths (IRB Head of Technical Services), Corris Thomas (IRB Game Analysis), John Feehan (6 Nations), Derek McGrath (ERC Rugby), Ian McGeechan (British & Irish Lions), Lyndon Bray (NZRU Referee Manager), Nigel Owens (IRB Referee), Rob Nichol (IRPA), Damian Hopley (IRPA).
*At the conclusion of the conference the FFR tabled its proposal to deal with the issue of uncontested scrums. This will be further discussed by the Rugby Committee and Unions will be able to give further feedback before the May 13 Council meeting.
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