Here's an amusing little something penned by Karl (aka Stomper), an Aussie who reads and comments on this blog from time to time...
The RFU today announced that it is proposing a number of new ELVs to be trialled in the Northern Hemisphere commencing with games played from 1st August 2008.
The new ELVs are aimed to return rugby to its purest form and eliminate many of the changes that have taken place since the early 1900s. The key rule changes are:
- The number of players will be increased to twenty reversing the reduction in player numbers that was effected in 1877. The RFU believe this significant change will allow the game to become more inclusive and tighten up the game for the forwards, eliminating much of the unnecessary open play that has become a blight on the game.
- Another new exciting developments will be the reintroduction of the goal from mark that was cruelly abandoned in 1971. This exciting element of the game will allow skilled place kickers to score during open play without the need for the awarding of a penalty. This will result in more kicks at goal and further reduce the incentive to run the ball.
- The RFU are also excited to announce the reintroduction of the leather spherical ball with an inner-tube made of a pig's bladder which had been incorrectly abandoned in 1862 following the introduction of Richard Lindon's rubber inner-tubes. The "new" balls will require a greater level of skill in order to convert kicks at goal into points - in particular in wet weather with the "new" balls weighing 30kgs when wet.
- Other exciting ELV changes include no lifting in the line out and kicking out on the full allowed from anywhere on the field.
- Point scoring will revert back to those of 1900 with 3 points for a try, 2 points for a conversion, 3 points for a drop goal and 4 points for the reintroduced Goal from mark. It is expected that this will be the most contentious rule change with some RFU delegates looking to a return to pre- 1889 rules where no points were awarded for tries.
A representative of the RFU Board, Steven Fotherington-Bligh, commented: "We are excited by this new proposal which will see rugby revert to it's original purity, with an emphasis on rewarding kicks at goal rather than tries.