The Rugby Committee has just voted (in a rare show of unanimity) to
adopt the silent version of ‘yes, nine’ for all levels of adult rugby.
The verbal ‘yes, nine’ will remain in effect for U19/high school and younger.
This is meant to take effect immediately – games played March 1 and after.
For adult matches, a silent acknowledgement to the scrumhalf that the
scrum is stable and the ball may be put in. This can be done by
touching the scrumhalf or by a signal.
The front-row briefing should include agreeing with the scrumhalves in
what way the touching will be accomplished and what the signal will
Typically, the touch is either in the middle of the back (between the
shoulder blades) or on the shoulder. The signal can be a thumbs-up, a
nod, a play-on gesture, but needs to be demonstrated to the
scrumhalves before the game.
This decision was reached after input was received from all levels of
the game in the USA as to what that community would prefer.
On Saturday March 29th, Atlanta will play host to the return leg of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier playoff for the Americas between the USA Men’s Eagles and Uruguay. The location for the event will be at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the Campus of Kennesaw State University.Come and cheer on the Eagles in this pivotal match in route to qualifying for the Rugby World Cup which will be held in England in 2015. USA Rugby is offering discounted tickets to this event, 720-508-8032.
We are asking member clubs to have two certified Touch Judges by the end of the spring season. The touch judge course is available online. We will also be working with the FRRA to provide in person touch judge courses. http://usarugby.org/referee-courses