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TODAY! Rugby Law Changes Spark Debate - Can Springboks Still Crush Opponents? Wilco Louw Speaks Out!
2024/05/15

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Wilco Louw, the Vodacom Bulls prop, has his sights set on a return to the Springboks. But with new rugby laws on the horizon, he's facing a crucial question: can the Springboks maintain their dominance, even with changes aimed at limiting scrum influence? 

New Laws Shake Up the Scrum

Last week, World Rugby announced a series of law amendments set to take effect on July 1, 2024. Among the most impactful changes is the removal of the option for teams to choose a scrum from a free-kick.

This change aims to keep the ball in motion and reduce the dominance of scrum-heavy strategies. 

This move comes after the Springboks, the reigning world champions, utilized their powerful scrum as a key weapon in their 2023 World Cup victory.  Understandably, some see this rule change as a direct attempt to curtail the Springbok's tried-and-true strategy.

Louw Remains Optimistic

However, Louw remains confident.  He believes that strong forward packs will still have opportunities to assert their dominance.

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 "There will still be knocks in the game. They won't take scrums away completely," Louw stated resolutely during a Bulls conference in Pretoria, ahead of their Vodacom URC clash against Benetton. "That's only one part they have tried to change."

Making Every Scrum Count

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