Exclusive: Scrum engagement law changed (ELV)

Exclusive (it would seem): The IRB have approved the change to the scrum engagement sequence for trial globally from next season (us in August, Jan 2013 for SH teams. This is in addition to those announced last week. You will remember that while this was mentioned in last week’s communique it was suggested it was going into a further round of discussions. Not so it would seem:

The new sequence will be “Crouch, Touch, Set”.

Thoughts??

10. Law 20.1 (g) Forming a Scrum Current 20.1 (g):
The referee will call “crouch” then “touch”. The front rows crouch and using their outside arm each prop touches the point of the opposing props outside shoulder. The props then withdraw their arms. The referee will then call “pause”. Following a pause the referee will then call “engage”. The front rows may then engage. The “engage” call is not a command but an indication that the front rows may come together when ready.

Amend 20.1 (g) to read:
The referee will call “crouch” then “touch”. The front rows crouch and using their outside arm each prop touches the point of the opposing prop’s outside shoulder. The props then withdraw their arms. The referee will then call “set” when the front rows are ready. The front rows may then engage. The “set” call is not a command but an indication that the front rows may come together when ready.

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Keyboard warriors

I find myself getting really irritated by people who sit at home (or wherever) and think its perfectly acceptable to abuse referees on Twitter or Facebook or wherever just because they happen to be involved in their games, or simply because they don’t understand what our role is and how we do it.

What’s even more galling is that their impunity is brought up regularly and I just can’t help giving some back to those who suggest, or blatantly accuse, them of being cheats or biased. We’re talking about our top officials in the world, most of whom are professional referees. Their livelihoods depend on them being the exact opposite! Demonstrably and accountably so. Some would say that the abuse is “just part of the territory”, but why should it be?

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Happy St David’s Day

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With thanks to the WRU for the graphic