New scrum put-in laws in rugby explained

Ready to engage: Italy and England pack down for a scrum in the Six Nations. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

The law governing the scrum put-in changed at the start of the 2017-18 season – we explain what's different

New scrum put-in rules in rugby explained

The law surrounding the put-in at the scrum in rugby has generated much debate in recent years, particularly the fact that crooked feeds – i.e. the ball not being delivered straight down the middle of the tunnel of the scrum by the scrum-half but angled towards their team – have not been penalised by referees at elite level.

Rugby World magazine’s letters inbox receives more emails about this topic than anything else! So it’s little surprise that World Rugby have introduced a law amendment surrounding the scrum put-in for the 2017-18 season.

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Referee Pascal Gauzere penalised both Wales and Scotland for not putting the ball in straight in the opening game of the Six Nations while Nigel Owens penalised France for a crooked feed against Ireland as well, but what exactly is different this season? Here are the key differences with the new scrum put-in rules explained…

Head to head: The scrum-half now puts the ball in slightly off-centre. Photo: Getty Images Rugby World

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