World Rugby‚ the game’s governing body‚ will trial six new law amendments from August in an effort to simply the sport for players‚ fans‚ and most importantly‚ officials. The amendments‚ which relate to the scrum (Law 20) and tackle/ruck (Laws 15 and 16)‚ are aimed at making the game simpler to play and referee‚ as well as further promoting player welfare. They have been approved following extensive game data analysis as well as player‚ coach‚ match official and union feedback from the tournaments in which these six aspects of law were trialled. The six aspects of law approved to join the global trial programme are: 1. Law 20.5 and 20.6 (d)No signal from referee. The scrumhalf must throw the ball in straight but is allowed to align their shoulder on the middle line of the scrum‚ therefore allowing them to stand a shoulder width towards their own side of the middle line. Rationale: To promote scrum stability‚ a fair contest for possession while also giving the advantage to the team t...

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