The following section contains information for referees in Wellington to make uniform decisions.

IRB Scrum Law  or  Domestic Safety Law Variations (DSLV) Scrum Law Application in Wellington:

  • IRB Scrum Law:     Premier, Senior-1 and Senior-2 grades
  • Domestic Safety Law Variation Scrum Law:     Senior-3 and below.  This, obviously, includes all Secondary School Grades.

DSLV Scrum Law – configuration of scrums when numbers are reduced
Wellington Rugby Referees Association directive:
The number of players, from each team, participating in scrums MUST ALWAYS be equal in games where DSLV Scrum Laws are being applied.  If a team is reduced in numbers from the standard 15 players, the following scrum management needs to be applied:

  • If a backline player is missing, scrum numbers are not affected, therefore scrums must be 8 v 8.
  • If a forward player is missing, BOTH teams must reduce their scrum participant numbers so that they are equal.  This applies regardless of which team is throwing the ball into the scrum!!
  • Reduction of 1 forward player – scrums are 7 players v 7 players
  • Reduction of 2 forward players from one team – scrums are 6 v 6
  • Reduction of 3 forward players from one team – scrums are 5 v 5
  • [15-aside and 10-aside scrums cannot ever be less than 5 v 5 players]

Teams are not entitled to play 8 players in a scrum if a forward player is missing, neither should they be required to do so by the referee.