Please note the following law update that has been issued from the World Rugby and takes effect immediately:

There has been an addition to the section of the law book dealing with dangerous play as follows:

Law 9.19

In open play, any player may lift or support a player from the same team. Players who support or lift a teammate must lower the player to the ground safely as soon as the ball is won by a player of either team.

Sanction: Free-kick

This law complements the existing law for lineouts:

18.28.c...... Players who support or lift a team-mate must lower the player to the ground safely as soon as the ball is won by a player of either team. Sanction: Free-kick.

and covers the living of players when receiving the ball after a restart kick.

 

It takes effect immediately.

N-Pro Head gear and Re-focus on dangerous contact with the head

A new document has been issued by World Rugby concerning the use of the N-Pro Head Gear and how the referee should deal with contact with the head.

Follow this link to read the full text of contact with the head

http://worldrugby.matchdaymail.com/index.php?action=social&c=dc6a6489640ca02b0d42dabeb8e46bb7.483

These attachments give more details of the N-Pro

World Rugby NoteRFU Communication

A couple of links that show what the N-Pro is

http://irishpost.co.uk/irish-couple-invent-revolutionary-new-head-gear-dramatically-reduce-concussion-sport/

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/npro-rugby-concussion-safe-head-guard