Posted on July 19, 2016
There will be two referees
New Points System
Penalty Try 8 points
Try 6 points
Drop Goal 2 points
Penalty Kick 2 points
Conversion 2 points
Law 15: The Tackle
The tackler must release the ball carrier then rejoin the tackle behind the midpoint to play the ball.
The first arriving defender many play the ball, as long as they are on their feet, and before the breakdown being formed. If they cannot get the ball of the ground before the first attacker (on his feet) arrives, they must release the ball.
Law 16: The Breakdown (Previously Ruck)
A breakdown is formed when an attacking player is over the ball on their feet.
At this point, an offside line is in place.
The breakdown offside line for defenders (not part of the ruck or half-back) is the hindmost foot plus one metre.
Players joining the breakdown must do from behind the offside line (back foot plus one metre) and join behind the midpoint of the breakdown. This includes the tackler who ends up off his feet who wishes to join the breakdown.
Players may not place their hands on the ground or a player on the ground to support their body weight at the breakdown.
Any player maybe in the half-back position and must remain behind the hindmost foot offside line
A player in the half-back position may lift the ball from the breakdown.
Once the ball emerges from the breakdown it has ended.