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Last Updated: Monday, 13 November 2006, 18:14 GMT

Shaping rugby union's future
The Stellenbosch laws should free up space in the middle of the pitch
CREATING SPACE:

Concerned by an increasingly over-populated midfield area, the Stellenbosch laws require the backs to be at least 5m behind - rather than level with - the hindmost foot of the scrum.

"At scrums, all non-participating players - except scrum-halves - must be at least 5m behind the number eight's feet," said O'Brien.

"This gives much more room for the back lines and helps make for a more skilful handling game."



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