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In 2016, following feedback and consultancy, a number of experimental law variations were in operation. These variations are now adopted fully into the IRFU Tag Laws and as a result, applicable to all IRFU-run tag rugby leagues and events.
For a full overview of these variations, see final section of Laws document..
Additionally, some minor edits of a number of current tag rugby laws have been added.
See below for details:
6.1 When a try is scored, the team who conceded the score will restart the game by placing the ball on the ground at the halfway line and tapping the ball with their foot. The ball must then be passed within 2 steps. The referee will indicate when he/she is ready before the match can restart. Teams will be made to restart again should the restart be taken incorrectly.
Purpose: To make restarts clearer and more manageable and to prevent a team trying to catch the opposition unawares.
4.4 The marker must stand directly in front of and one (1) metre away from the player conducting the roll ball. The marker and the defensive line can only move forward when the ball is lifted from the ground by the scrum half. Sanction: Penalty at place of infringement. (See law 5.16 in this regard should a team not have a scrum half in position)
Purpose: To bring this law closer to the 15 man game and to allow less skilful players an opportunity to play the ball.
6.18 No player may go to ground/dive on the ball to gain possession after it has been kicked, knocked on, or from a dropped pass. Players must not dive to the ground in an attempt to prevent the opposition playing the ball. A penalty shall be awarded to the non-offending team at the place of infringement.
Purpose: To clarify the law against diving to the ground in any circumstance and to ensure player safety is paramount.
Ball kicked out
6.21 If the ball is kicked and it lands in the field of play then rolls out over the touchline, the receiving team will play a ruck ball five (5) metres infield from where the ball crossed the touchline. A roll ball five (5) metres in, is also taken by an opponent of the team that last played or touched the ball before it went over the touch line.
Exception: If the referee believes the kicking team kicked the ball deliberately at an opposition player which then rolls into touch, in an attempt to gain further possession, a penalty may be awarded.
Purpose: To provide clarity around previous law.