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Cutting out diving and lost time at the scrum the target of World Rugby law changes

World Rugby announced that minor amendments to rules for northern hemisphere rugby union will come into effect from July 1.

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SANCTIONS FOR SIMULATION and tweaks to existing scrum laws are among the changes to be brought into effect in northern hemisphere rugby union from the start of next month.

World Rugby on today announced minor amendments to regulations to match up with changes made in the southern hemisphere last year.

Players deemed to have dived or feigned injury will face punishment and the replacement of a player injured as a result of foul play will not count as one of a team’s allotted number of replacements.

Referees will be able to play an advantage after the collapse of a scrum provided there is no risk to the safety of a player.

Teams must also be ready to scrum down within 30 seconds of a scrum being awarded, although that will not be the case if the referee stops the clock for an injury or another reason.

Another new ruling regarding the scrum will be award of a turnover scrum if the referee whistles for a 90-degree wheel.

A scrum-half from the team not in possession at a scrum will no longer be allowed to move into the gap between flanker and number eight and a referee will call “use it” when the ball has been at a number eight’s feet for three to five seconds.

World Rugby revealed that the existing rules will remain in place for the June Tests, aside from the maul regulations, but all of the new regulations will come into effect as of July 1.

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