14 May 2009

IRB adopts 10 ELV's

6:12 am on 14 May 2009

The International Rugby Board Council has ratified recommendations made by the IRB Rugby Committee and approved 10 of the 13 global Experimental Law Variations for adoption into the Laws of the Game.

The recommendations were unanimously approved and the integrated set of Laws will be implemented globally from May 23rd.

In addition to the suite of global ELVs, three Union-specific ELVs were also approved for integration into Law. These include the ability for a Union to implement a maximum 15-minute half time in matches under its jurisdiction.

The ELVs adopted include taking the ball back into the 22 before a kick doesn't gain any ground..... a quick throw can be thrown back..... the 5 metre offside line at a scrum....and corner posts no longer considered to be touch in goal.