Admitting the removal of the Experimental Law Variation
(ELV) that allowed mauls to be pulled down has provided some defensive headaches at Kingston Park, Falcons assistant coach Tait said the hard work is well under way to verse the whole squad in how to deal with the ageold ploy.
RUGBY UNION'S controversial Experimental Law Variation
which sees most penalties replaced by free kicks will receive its first northern hemisphere trial in France over the next six months.
After the controversial experimental law variations
were scrapped, the breakdown is now supposed to favour the attacking side.
Eis for ELVs Also known as experimental law variations
and introduced as law last summer after a trial period, they have been blamed by some for making rugby a dourer affair.
These ELVs (Experimental Law Variations
) were split, with the southern hemisphere playing a slightly different set of rules than from those employed in the north.
Having shuffled his staff, a move that cost his team 109 points in their next three fixtures, Ruddock had little recourse but to cite injuries, Experimental Law Variations
, breakdown directives and a few more injuries as explanations for a season of disappointment.
The International Rugby Board conference - which featured coaches, referees, administrators and representatives from all the major unions - was called to discuss the global impact of experimental law variations
(ELVs) currently being trialled.
O'Sullivan also blamed the ELVs - Experimental Law Variations
- for ruining rugby as a spectacle in Australia, NewZealand and South Africa.
The players will be used to the experimental law variations
(ELVs), but the evidence of the domestic season is that they favour teams who can produce quick ball from turnovers, who can kick well for territory and who can counter-attack with pace from deep.
With the Experimental Law Variations
continuing to divide opinion, Bates has argued the new laws - a decision will be made in the summer regarding which become permanent and which are scrapped - are rewarding sides which make the least individual blunders, not those that try to break down the opposition.
To make matters worse some claimed Gillies' time had come and gone with the Experimental Law Variations
reducing the emphasis on his specialism of setpieces and increasing the ball-playing demands in the loose.
Many of the men's clubs taking part will sample the Experimental Law Variations
for the first time this weekend.