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IRB Law Updates and Clarifications

August 27, 2009 - IRB Ruling 7
IRB Ruling #7 (pdf)
Guide to Application of Ruling 7 regarding Mauling (pdf)

August 10, 2009 - IRB Ruling 6
IRB Ruling #6 (pdf)

August 10, 2009 - IRB Ruling 5
IRB Ruling #5 (pdf)

August 2009 - IRB Law Application Guideline
Maul Working Group

July 29, 2009 - IRB Council Decision
Notice of Alterations of the Laws of the Game - Law 3 (pdf)

June 8, 2009 - IRB Memorandum
Dangerous Tackles (pdf)

May 11, 2009 - IRB Ruling 4
IRB Ruling #4 (pdf) 

April 8, 2009 - IRB Ruling 3
IRB Ruling #3 (pdf) 

April 7, 2009 - IRB Ruling 2
IRB Ruling #2 (pdf)

March 20, 2009 - IRB Ruling 1
IRB Ruling #1 (pdf)

November 28, 2008 - IRB Ruling Relating to Law 3.4, Players Nominated as Substitutes
IRB Ruling #6 (pdf)

October 22, 2008 - IRB Ruling Relating to ELV Ruling #1 and Law 17, Maul
IRB Ruling #5 (pdf)

September 26, 2008 - IRB Ruling Relating to Law 17, Maul
IRB Ruling #4 (pdf)

Implication in layman's terms -- provided by Bruce Kuklinski (BCRRS President)
If a part of the maul is legally collapsed, but with the ball carrying team remaining on their feet but no longer bound to an opponent, the maul ceases to exist, and the ball is now in open play, and the relevant Laws apply.  Players are liable to penalty if they obstruct/shield opponents by preventing them tackling the ball carrier. Referees are encouraged to communicate "maul over" and if deemed necessary "use it" so as to lessen the likelihood of obstruction and to give an opportunity for the ball carriers to play the ball as they wish from this situation.

If the team not in possession of the ball in a maul voluntarily withdraws all its players from the maul, it still remains a maul, even if the ball is at the back of the ball-carrying group. Because it is still a maul the relevant Laws apply. If the ball-carrying players detach from the maul with the ball in their possession, then the maul ceases to be a maul. Referees are encouraged to communicate "use it" so as to lessen any likelihood of obstruction and to give an opportunity for the ball carriers to play the ball as they wish from this situation.

If defending players originally engaged with a maul are removed unwillingly by the team in possession of the ball until no defending players remain attached to the maul, then the maul ceases to exist. If the players bound around the ball continue to move forward, they will be liable for obstruction penalty. Referees are encouraged to communicate "maul over" "use it" so as to lessen the likelihood of obstruction and to give an opportunity for the ball carriers to play the ball as they wish from this situation.
 
September 24, 2008 - Receiver Entering the Lineout

Under the new ELVs, if a team opts to have a receiver at a lineout, that player must stand 2m from the line.  But that player is still allowed to enter the lineout at any time to perform any of the actions allowed to other players in the lineout (such as catch the ball, support teammated, be "lifted").  The player must stand back 2m (and be the only player in the "receiver" position) but can then enter the lineout, even before the ball is thrown.

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