Six Nations to test new scrum law to reduce risk of injury


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London (AFP) – Rugby chiefs announced on Friday that a new law aimed at improving the safety of players in the scrum will be tested at the Six Nations, which start next month.

World Rugby wants to find out if a minor tweak can limit the number of collapsed scrums and resets, while relieving strain on the spine and neck of prostitutes.

Both prostitutes must now ensure that one foot – the “brake foot” – is extended towards the opponent during the squat and bound phases of the engagement sequence. A free kick will be given if the brake foot is not applied.

World Rugby chief executive Alan Gilpin said: “We want rugby to be the best it can be for those who play and watch the game and this trial will allow us to understand if we can have a positive impact on the outcome of the game. and well-being.

“This builds on voluntary adoption by teams and greater vigilance from match officials in recent elite competitions. We would like to thank Six Nations Rugby and all participating teams for agreeing to the trial. and we look forward to seeing the results.”

Connacht and Ireland hooker Dave Heffernan, who took part in the player consultation, said: “Talking to other hookers the axial load seems to be causing neck related issues and although this trial is the welcome, it must be applied by the referees for the two forward lines.”

Axial loading, when front row players – mostly hookers – rest their heads on their opponents’ shoulders, putting pressure on their necks, is banned but has not been completely eliminated.

The Six Nations begin on February 5, with Ireland taking on Wales in the tournament’s opener.


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