World Rugby out­laws tries against post pro­tec­tor for play­ers safety

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS -

Dublin: Tries in rugby union can no longer be scored by ground­ing the ball against the post pro­tec­tor, World Rugby an­nounced on Tues­day.

The law change, which comes in with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, was ap­proved by the global gov­ern­ing body’s coun­cil on Tues­day.

World Rugby, ex­plain­ing the amend­ment to law eight, said that with de­fend­ing play­ers cur­rently obliged to stay be­hind the goal-line, and post­pro­tec­tor shape and size in­creas­ing for wel­fare rea­sons, it was in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for teams to legally de­fend the area.

They also pointed to “ex­treme cases”, where the pad­ding had been lifted or moved by de­fend­ing teams to make it harder for their op­po­nents to score tries, thereby ex­pos­ing play­ers to in­creased risk of in­jury.

From now on the post pro­tec­tor will no longer be con­sid­ered an ex­ten­sion of the goal-line.

“World Rugby’s mis­sion is to make the game as sim­ple, safe and en­joy­able to play as pos­si­ble,” chair­man Bill Beau­mont said.

“This law amend­ment re­flects that mis­sion. By stip­u­lat­ing that an at­tack­ing team can no longer score against the post pro­tec­tor and there­fore must ground the ball in-goal, this gives de­fend­ing teams a fair chance of pre­vent­ing a try from be­ing scored.” -

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