World Rugby New Law Application

World Rugby’s new law application and sanctions to improve safety with head contact

World Rugby has announced new law application and sanctions which will come into effect across the game from January 3, 2017, concerning players making contact with opponents’ heads.

For more information and guidance on implementing the new law, application guidelines can be found at: http://laws.worldrugby.org/guidelines

World Rugby has also developed an educational video which will further explain the Law Application Guideline and can be found 


The new measures come as a positive contribution to the game and support the research and work that the RFU does to ensure rugby is as safe as possible, with player welfare at the heart. As a result of these changes, World Rugby has announced amendments to the disciplinary process and regulations that all Unions are required to adopt from January 3

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