IRB’s Ruling in Law under the spotlight

2010-03-19 14:25

THE International Rugby Board (IRB) has issued a Ruling in Law

relating to time at the end of a match.

The ruling follows a request for clarification by the Welsh Rugby

Union and arises from the endings of two recent international matches. It also

relates to the way a restart takes place following the referee’s communication

that it is to be the “last play” of the match, particularly if the ball is then

kicked out from the kick-off.

The board examined the law and ruled that if there has been a score

towards the end of the match and there is time for the kick-off to take place,

the time will expire immediately after the kick if the kicker: (a) does not kick

the ball 10 metres; (b) kicks the ball directly into touch; and (c) kicks the

ball dead on or over the opponents touch-in-goal or dead ball line.

The referee will offer the non-offending team the options provided

by Law 13.7, 13.8 and 13.9 respectively and the match continues until the ball

next becomes dead.

A Ruling in Law was also sought by the Irish Rugby Football Union

on the Tackle Law 15.6(c) and its reflection of the writing into Law of Ruling

Number 13 of 2003, and numbers three and eight of 2004.

The committee ruled that the law amendment, Law 15.6(c) reflects

the rulings 13 in 2003, three and eight in 2004.

Law 15.6(c) as written reflected the views of the designated

members in 2004 and now, Law 15.6(c) is part of the law amendments circulated to

all rugby unions in May last year and was unanimously accepted by the IRB rugby

committee and council and communicated to the unions.

The rulings were issued last week to all IRB member unions and

their referee managers.

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