Springboks and Ireland agree to new law trial for Summer Series


World Rugby’s new laws will be in full effect this weekend when Ireland and the Springboks take each other on in Pretoria in the first of two Test matches between the two sides.

The new law variations set to be in place include rectifying the Dupont Law, preventing teams from choosing a scrum after a free-kick is awarded, and the banning of the crocodile roll.

On top of all of this, Springboks’ National Laws Advisor Jaco Peyper has revealed that a new Television Match Official protocol will be trialled during the series against Ireland.

New protocols will be in place to help speed up the game when the two sides meet at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

“We are trialling the new Television Match Official protocol this weekend thanks to Ireland for also being willing to go into that space where we recognize that we all need to do something,” Peyper said.

“So we have to have some data, trials and be innovative. Maybe after this series, we say no this is, but at least we tested it.

“Ireland have been with us and that is positive.

“The protocol takes you back to the last attacking possession, so you can review technicalities up to the last attacking possession excluding set-piece stuff, which in the past could only be two phases.

“So, it will give the TMO a chance in real time to look at something. For instance, if there is a clear knock-on or clear foot in touch, you don’t have to play out until there is a try and then go for the big referral.

“Based on the facts because they have factual proof and then they can just stop [the play], the officials can go back and hopefully that speeds up the process.”

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