As the Boks head to the UK to take on Ireland, Scotland and England over successive weekends next month (10th, 17th and 24th) it is not only the opposition that they will need to research, but also a new set of laws that will be applied …
Two are new, having only being applied this year, but another has been in action in the Aviva Premiership since 2009, that being 23 man match day squads …
The 23-man match-day squads must include three front-row replacements as the IRB bid to avoid uncontested scrums. And in a move designed to penalise sides that force uncontested scrums, if all suitable replacements have been used and another front-row injury occurs, a team will be reduced to 14 players.
The other law changes for the UK 2012/2013 season that the Boks will have to get used to:
A new scrum engagement process
The change relates to the engagement sequence and will see the referee call “crouch” then “touch” and then “set” to engage the scrum. The word “pause” has been removed from the engagement sequence.
The ball has to be used within five seconds of it being made available at the back of a ruck with a warning from the referee to “use it”. Sanction – scrum.