IRB to address scrum issues with global trial
(IRB.COM) Tuesday 12 June 2012
- “Crouch, touch, set” will be the call
- One part of an ongoing process to improve the scrum
- World’s scrum experts make up the steering group
A revised scrum engagement sequence will be trialled globally following unanimous backing from the IRB's expert Scrum Steering Group.
The trial, which will incorporate the sequence “crouch, touch, set”, was approved at a meeting of the specialist group - made up of Union and players' representatives, former players and other experts - in Bristol, England, last month.
The revised engagement process will be trialled alongside the five Law amendments announced in May, from the start of the next season in each hemisphere and forms one part of the IRB’s ongoing commitment to improving the scrum phase of the Game.
The sequence will see the front rows crouch then touch and using their outside arm each prop touches the point of the opposing prop’s outside shoulder. The props then withdraw their arms. The referee will then call “set” when the front rows are ready. The front rows may then set the scrum.