I'm sure I've seen suggestions that for anyone U19 or lower, the greatest distance a scrum can be legally pushed is 1.5 meters.

Can this please be confirmed? A reference would be great.

If true, does this mean that one cannot score a push-over try from a scrum, since these must start a minimum 5 meters from a try line?

Or is there an exception somewhere in the rules?


A pushover try cannot be scored under-19 or below.

Similarly, a penalty try from a scrum cannot be awarded because a pushover try was never a possibility.

As you've worked out, because a scrum must begin centred 5m from the try line, the 1.5m push limit prevents a pushover try.

note: there's also an under-19 law which forbids a team from deliberately keeping the ball in the scrum, which would make a pushover try nearly impossible in itself.

No exemption exists, however referees aren't always clued in on the laws and pushover tries/scrum penalty tries will occasionally be awarded in error.

Source: world rugby under-19 law variations

  • FWIW I'm finding the link you posted particularly useful. Thanks once again. Jun 25 '16 at 16:35
  • Niall, I agree completely about the pushover try, however as a referee I would consider a penalty try option from a scrum because of foul play. For example diving on the ball in the scrum when a four man overlap exists. I referee in RFU land and would be interested to see a link to the bit about penalty tries.
    – Ben Whyall
    Jun 6 '20 at 20:27

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