Wales hooker happy to see scrum law finally changed

first_imgWednesday Jul 10, 2019 Wales hooker happy to see scrum law finally changed After World Rugby announced the law change to ban ‘axial loading’, Wales and incoming Harlequins hooker Scott Baldwin has given his reaction on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENTAxial loading is where front-rows place their heads onto opposition players’ shoulders between the call of ‘bind’ and ‘set’ in the scrum. This puts a huge amount of pressure on the neck, and is therefore massively dangerous.Baldwin, who would have first hand experience of the dangers of this practice, has suggested that this should have been done years ago, but is still saying that it is better late than never.Hookers tend to come off the worst from axial loading, so it is no surprise that the 34-cap Wales international is glad to see this outlawed. The offence will now initially be a free-kick in a match, and then the punishment will get worse if a team continually repeats it throughout the game.This was decided at World Rugby’s Law Review Group meeting in London recently, as part of the continual process to make rugby safer. This is something that can easily be done without affecting any of the core qualities of rugby.This is the major complaint by many, that in the pursuit of making rugby safer it is becoming sanitised to the point where the ruck or tackle are nothing like they used to be. On the other hand, axial loading is an aspect of rugby that many viewers would not be aware is happening, but professionals such as Baldwin pay the price.ADVERTISEMENTAs this is something that is commonplace in rugby, the World Cup could see a number of free-kicks and scrums awarded as a consequence, as front-rows adjust to the new law. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img