Have your say on the new laws

The IRB take a lot of heat for being Titanic like in their ability to run the game, but to their credit, this new initiative that sees them asking the public for their views on the Law amendment trials currently underway is a good one. They will use Twitter and Facebook to reach out to people to share their opinions.

Troops will be asked to complete an online questionnaire to voice their opinions on the trials, which include limiting the time that the ball is available at the back of a ruck and the scrum engagement sequence.

The feedback will play a big role in the recommendations being made at its May 2014 meeting. Any approved Law changes would then be implemented immediately around the world.

“We want to make the Game as enjoyable to play as possible and this important feedback will be considered by the Laws Review Group and the IRB Rugby Committee.” Said the IRB …

Social media has become central to the IRB’s strategy of reaching out to fans around the world. Last year, more than 3.5 million fans downloaded the award-winning Rugby World Cup app, while the official Rugby World Cup Facebook page has 1.75 million Likes.

The new law trials commenced at the start of the current domestic season in the northern hemisphere and will kick-off in earnest at the beginning of the start of competition in the next southern hemisphere season (January 2013) with the exception of the 2012 ITM Cup in New Zealand, which was completed recently.

The Laws Review Group consists of David Nucifora (ARU), Rob Andrew (RFU), Franco Ascione (FIR), Joel Dumé (FFR), Owen Doyle (IRFU), Rod Hill (NZRU), Stephen Gemmell (SRU), André Watson (SARU), Francisco Rubio (UAR), Joe Lydon (WRU), Joel Jutge (IRB) Graham Mourie (IRB Rugby Committee).