Following the World Rugby Council meeting in May 2022, several law changes have been made. These all come into force for the whole game on July 1, 2022.
The five current Global Law Trials which include the Goal Line Drop-out, 50:22, jackler protection, banning prebound pods in open play (flying wedge) and approving a single latcher will become full law.
World Rugby has also announced 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 the axial loading on the hookers.
Water carriers – new restrictions on medics and water carriers have been introduced as well as formalizing 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. For the full list of changes, please reference the documents below:
Law Changes (English) – July 1, 2022
Law Changes (French) – July 1, 2022