In the 2023 Community Rugby season a number of Experimental Domestic Safety Law Variations will be applied amongst senior and secondary school grades. The table below highlights which laws are applicable to which grade.
Premier Grades in Auckland: TBC.
All tackles must target, and initially contact below the sternum. i.e., “the tummy” or below – Sanction PK
If a second tackler arrives, this player will be subject to the standard high tackle rugby law (no higher than the shoulder line of the ball carrier) – Sanction PK
If two or more tacklers arrive at the same time, at least one must target and initially contact below the sternum i.e., “the tummy” or below, whilst the other/s will be subject to the existing high tackle rugby law (no higher than the shoulder line of the ball carrier) – Sanction PK
Offside at Scrum
If the halfback of the team not in possession of the ball at a scrum opts to stay in a position at the tunnel, they must remain within 1m of the scrum and may not advance past the tunnel until the scrum has ended – Sanction PK
Scrum Push - 1.5m
Non-Premier Senior Rugby
1.5m maximum push unless within 5m of the goal line – Sanction FK
For more information on the law trials click the appropriate links below: