Has the law changed as the ball now seems to be put in behind the front row instead of straight down the middle for the Hooker to hook?
No the law hasn't changed and we still penalise it at grass roots.
What you might see on the television is a different game.
20.6 (d) The scrum half must throw in the ball straight along the middle line, so that it first touches the ground immediately beyond the width of the nearer prop’s shoulders.
Sanction: Free KickThanks
The Rugby Ref