Springboks Star Ox Nche Voices Concerns Over Rugby Scrum Law Changes

Springboks prop Ox Nche has voiced his concern over World Rugby’s decision to amend the scrum law, arguing it will diminish a crucial aspect of rugby union gameplay. The 28-year-old believes the changes may better suit rugby league fans, as the scrum is an important part of the game where ‘the big boys can also take on each other and challenge each other’.

Springboks Prop Ox Nche Voices Concern Over Scrum Law Changes

On May 18th, BBC reported that Springboks and Sharks prop Ox Nche expressed his dissatisfaction with World Rugby’s decision to amend the scrum law from July 1. Nche believes this move will diminish a crucial aspect of rugby union gameplay, suggesting rugby league fans may be better suited.

Earlier this month, the global governing body announced three law changes, including teams no longer having the option of a scrum when awarded a free-kick. The aim is to encourage more open play, with free-kicks now requiring a tap or kick.

However, Nche, who was part of South Africa’s victorious 2023 Rugby World Cup squad, argues that this change will not achieve the desired effect.

“For me, it is a big part of the game. That’s why I always say anyone, any shape, any size can play, and the scrum is a big part of the game where the big boys can also take on each other and challenge each other,” the 28-year-old stated.

The scrum was a key weapon for the Springboks during their successful World Cup campaign, with Nche’s exploits off the bench during the latter stages contributing to their title defense. The prop downplayed his individual role, emphasizing the importance of working cohesively within the front-row unit.

“Honestly, I think it’s the way I’m able to just work with the guys around me in my pack. You don’t just win a scrum alone; you win it together. The most important thing is understanding the guys around you and making sure that we’re all making plans to actually make the scum better and dominate the guys in front of us.”

As a member of the talent-laden Sharks squad, which boasts a large Springboks contingent, Nche believes the experience and open-mindedness of his international teammates are invaluable.

“You have guys that are experienced and also open-minded and willing to learn, so you get the best of both worlds,” he said.

With the looming scrum law changes, rugby union supporters and players alike will be keenly watching to see how the game’s dynamics evolve, and whether Nche’s concerns prove justified.

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