World Rugby makes another amendment to game’s laws

World Rugby boss Sir Bill Beaumont says the latest amendment is to make the game as simple, safe and enjoyable to play as possible.

World Rugby makes another amendment to game’s laws

World Rugby has announced an amendment to the law governing grounding the ball against the post protector.

Previously, the post was seen as an extension of the tryline. This meant that when an attacking player touches the ball against the protector, the referee would award a try.

Minor change to the laws of rugby 

However, Law 8.2 (a) has now been amended, meaning that the player would have to ground the ball on the opponent’s in-goal area.

A try is scored when the attacking player is first to ground the ball in the opponents’ in-goal,” a statement issued out by World Rugby reads.

The governing body’s chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont says the law amendment was made with safety, among other things, in mind.

“World Rugby’s mission is to make the game as simple, safe and enjoyable to play as possible. This law amendment reflects that mission.

“By stipulating that an attacking team can no longer score against the post protector and therefore must ground the ball in-goal, this gives defending teams a fair chance of preventing a try from being scored.”

Sir Bill Beaumont

An ever-changing game 

A 2020 version of the game’s laws was issued out earlier in the year, without the latest addition to the rules.

The new edition is available in 11 languages spoken around the world, including Afrikaans.

“The Laws of the Game is an essential resource for everyone involved in the game, not just match officials,” Beaumont said.

“The 2020 edition features lots of supportive video content and illustrations that bring the laws to life and will aid the rugby community to reset, refresh their knowledge and be ready for rugby’s restart after the pandemic.”

Sir Bill Beaumont

Meanwhile, the production of the 2019 Rugby World Cup is up for a prestigious award after being nominated in the “Outstanding Production Achievement” – Event’ category at the SVG Europe TV Awards.

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‘Worlds oldest man’ Fredie Blom celebrates 116th birthday

Unofficially the oldest man currently alive, Fredie Blom from the Western Cape said the COVID-19 pandemic doesn't worry him.

‘Worlds oldest man’ Fredie Blom celebrates 116th birthday

South African Fredie Blom celebrated his 116th birthday on Friday 8 May unfazed by the coronavirus crisis, over 100 years since the Spanish flu pandemic killed his sister.

“I have lived this long because of God’s grace,” said Blom, possibly one of the oldest men in the world.

Lighting a cigarette, he recalled the 1918 pandemic that left tens of millions dead worldwide including his sister.

Blom was born in 1904 in the rural town of Adelaide, tucked near the Great Winterberg mountain range of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.

Unofficial record holder

He is older than a 112-year old British resident named the world’s oldest living man by the Guinness World Records in March. Blom’s age has not yet been verified by the body.

Grandchildren whizzed around as Blom sat on the front yard of his home. Neighbours arrived soon after to sing happy birthday.

Blom has spent most of his life working on farms around Cape Town. He met his 86-year old wife Jeanette at a dance and won her heart over with his jive moves.

The couple have been married for almost fifty years. They moved to the Cape Town suburb of Delft three decades ago.

COVID-19 doesn’t worry Blom

At his great age, however, he says he won’t let the coronavirus pandemic panic him.

And he did not mince his words about South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, complaining about a nationwide ban on cigarette sales as part of a series of lockdown measures.

“He doesn’t know what he’s doing,” Blom grumbled, adding that cigarettes were his only birthday wish this year.

Blom stopped visiting doctors more than two years ago, claiming he was tired of being pricked and prodded.

“Now he just takes two Disprins a day, but sometimes he steals my pills,” Jeanette said, laughing affectionately at her stubborn husband.

While Blom never had children, he adopted Jeanette’s two from a previous marriage as his own.

“He has done everything for us,” said Blom’s step-daughter Jasmien Toerien, 38.

“He would wake up at three or four in the morning to cycle to work,” she fondly recalled. “He loves animals and gardening.”

By Agence France-Presse

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