Friday 29 July 2022

Summary of Law Changes for the 2022 season


Following the World Rugby Council meeting in May 2022, a number of law changes have

been made. These all come into force for the whole game on 1 July 2022.

The five current Global Law Trials Goal Line Drop-out, 50:22, jackler protection, banning pre-bound pods in open play (flying wedge) and approving a single latcher will become full law.

There are two new Global Law Trials

- Brake foot - At the scrum, hookers must have a brake foot in place during "Crouch" and "Bind" phases, and is removed on "Set".  This is to reduce axial loading on the hookers.

- Water carriers - New restrictions on medics and water carriers have been introduced as well as formalising technical zones into law. This is primarily related to the elite game, but the principles apply to all levels of the game.

These will become Global Law Trials until at least the end of 2023. There are also a number of

minor amends to law that have arisen from previous clarifications.