Remove reset scrums to help reduce Covid-19 risk, says World Rugby study

  • Findings also advise eliminating upright tackles
  • Change to law guidelines to be considered this week

Doing away with reset scrums and eliminating “upright face-to-face” tackles would significantly reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission, according to a new study by World Rugby.

The governing body also advises making a change of jerseys and headgear at half-time compulsory, banning huddles on the pitch and outlawing spitting. Players washing their hands and face with soap for 20 seconds and frequently changing balls during matches have also been proposed. Eliminating reset scrums would be the most significant move, however, and one that would be welcomed by many given the delays they can cause.

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