Scoring try on goalpost outlawed

Right way to do it ... Highlander Josh Ioane twists around the post to score a try against the...
Right way to do it ... Highlander Josh Ioane twists around the post to score a try against the Lions in Johannesburg last year. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Scoring a try against the goalpost will no longer be allowed while early results from lowering the tackle line are encouraging.

World Rugby announced yesterday a law change which will outlaw the scoring of a try by placing the ball against the post.

In what was described as a minor amendment by World Rugby, it said because defending players had to stay behind the goal-line and, with post-protector shape and size increasing for welfare reasons, it was increasingly difficult for teams to legally defend this area.

The rule change gave defending teams a fair chance to prevent a try.

Meanwhile, World Rugby continues to monitor evaluate ongoing closed law trials, which have been implemented with enhancing player welfare in mind. They will continue when rugby resumes after the Covid-19 restrictions.

Initial feedback for the 50:22 rule and the below-the-waist tackle are encouraging, the latter resulting in a threefold decrease in injuries and a 60% reduction in concussion in the French community game, where they are trialled.

The 50:22 rule allows players to kick the ball from within their own half and receive the throw-in if the ball bounces in the opposition 22m.


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