The final word
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
DELEGATES from MNC Rugby have been left in no doubt as to the possibility of the competition being allowed to play under the new Experimental Law Variations (ELV's) after receiving a letter from the Australian Rugby Union this week.
The correspondence outlines the stance taken by the International Rugby Board (IRB) regarding the use of ELV's at a local level has not changed and that the stance will not be revisited until November.
The directive written by the Deputy Chief Executive of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) states that the ELV's will only be used this year in the Super 14 competition as well as Premier Club Rugby first and second grade competitions in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth as sanctioned by the IRB.
It follows on to say that all other rugby competitions (senior and junior) in Australia must be played under current law and that no variations to these will be sanctioned by either the IRB or the ARU.
The ELV's were introduced as a means to create more free-flowing rugby will remain under scrutiny this year throughout the selected international competitions.
Come November, the IRB Council will receive a final report on the laws.
MNC Rugby Executives are known to be frustrated by the IRB ruling but are remaining tight lipped after receiving the latest directive from the ARU.