Analyzing Implications of New Rules of Engagement at Scrums

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Analyzing Implications of New Rules of Engagement at Scrums
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Scrum collapse: here we go again

Despite what some cynics may think, the introduction of the new scrum laws during the first round of the Rugby Championship was not to make life significantly easier for every prop that wears the gold and green of Australia.

No, the purpose of the revised engagement rules was for no other reason than to protect players, or so the IRB says.

Apparently player welfare has been at the absolute forefront of the IRB steering group's thinking when they were tasked with amending an aspect of the game that has become bogged down, quite literally on muddy days.

For the best part of the last decade, the art of scrummaging has been slowly eroded due to a combination of poor regulations and referees failing to enforce the rules correctly. 

The engagement hit, when both front rows come together, has become an all-important and unwelcome aspect of the set-piece, while at the same time scrum-halves have been allowed to get away with increasingly crooked feeds. 

We look at the implications for the game following last weekend's introduction of trial regulations.

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