Tries can now no longer be scored by grounding the ball towards the posts, World Rugby has announced.
The increasing measurement of post protectors, for safety reasons, meant it had change into “difficult for groups to legally defend this space”, said the global governing body.
The change is efficient correct now.
“World Rugby’s mission is to acquire the game as easy, safe and delicious to play as imaginable,” chairman Invoice Beaumont said.
“This law modification reflects that mission. By stipulating that an attacking personnel can now no longer rating towards the post protector and therefore must flooring the ball in-goal, this offers defending groups an superb likelihood of combating a strive from being scored.”
In some uncouth instances, in an strive to in the reduction of the gap by which a strive might perchance perchance perchance be scored, post protectors had been lifted or moved by defending groups, leaving the posts exposed and growing an increased possibility of damage.
There had been requires the law to be changed final November after Edinburgh’s Pierre Schoeman lifted the post protection practically a metre above the flooring in a Guinness PRO14 match with Munster – an incident that became once described as “extremely abominable”.