IRB approves ELVs recommendations
May 13, 2009
IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset drew a line under the extensive ELVs process earlier today © Getty Images
The scrapping of the controversial Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) has been confirmed following the latest meeting of the International Rugby Board's Rugby Council.
The Council has ratified the recommendations made by the IRB Rugby Committee that included the end of the experiments that allow a maul to be pulled down, unlimited numbers at the lineout and that which reduced many penalty offences to a free kick.
A total of 10 ELVs were also passed into full law including the five-metre off-side line at the scrum, the quick throw-in, lifting in the lineout and the pass-back rule, which prevents players from making any ground with a direct kick to touch if the ball has been played into their own 22.
The recommendations were unanimously approved and the integrated set of Laws will be implemented globally from May 23 or from the start of the next domestic season where competitions transcend the implementation date.
"One of the recommendations of the ELV Conference held in London at the end of March was the universal application of one set of Laws that govern the Game as soon as possible after Council. This was recommended by stakeholders from the international Game, including some of the world's top Coaches, Referees and Administrators," said IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset.
"The implementation date approved by the IRB Council achieves that goal and represents the most suitable application date. All international matches from May 23 onwards will be captured, while domestic and regional competitions played across the implementation date will be played under the current ELVs until their conclusion," added Lapasset.
In addition to the suite of global ELVs, three Union-specific ELVs were also approved for integration into Law. These include the ability for a Union to implement a maximum 15-minute half time in matches under its jurisdiction.
"Today's announcement brings to an end the extensive global ELV consultation and evaluation process which began with the Conference on the Game in Auckland in January 2004," added Lapasset. "The IRB would like to sincerely thank its Member Unions for their participation in what has been an unprecedented review of the Laws of the Game," added Lapasset.
ELVs adopted into Law
The following ELVs are to be adopted into Law:
Law 6 - Assistant Referees able to assist Referees in any way the Referee requires
Union-specific ELVs approved by Council:
Unions may implement rolling substitutions at defined levels of the Game
A Union having jurisdiction over a Game may implement a half time interval of not more than 15 minutes, but not at international level
A Union may implement the Under 19 Scrum Law Variation at a defined level of the Game under its jurisdiction