ELV 11

(IRB.COM) Thursday 15 May 2008
 

At the scrum, both back lines (all non-participants in the scrum) must be back 5 metres from the hindmost feet of the scrum.

This Experimental Law Variation is designed to increase the space available to the team who wins the ball at the scrum. By having all the forwards committed at the scrum itself and 10 metres between the back lines, significant space is created in which to build an attack.

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Law text
 
Law 20.12  OFFSIDE AT THE SCRUM

(g) Offside for players not in the scrum. Players who are not in the scrum and who are not the team’s scrum half, are offside if they remain in front of their offside line or overstep the offside line which is a line parallel to the goal lines and 5 metres behind the hindmost player of each team in a scrum.

Penalty: Penalty Kick on the offside line