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10. When both sides are square, stable and stationary, the referee calls “crouch”.

a. The front-rows then adopt a crouched position if they have not already done so. Their heads and shoulders are no lower than their hips, a position that is maintained for the duration of the scrum.
b. The front-rows crouch, ear against ear with their heads to the left of their immediate opponents’, so that no player’s forehead is up against the forehead of
an opponent.

Sanction: Free-kick.

11. When both sides are square, stable and stationary, the referee calls “bind”.

a. Each loose-head prop binds by placing the left arm inside the right arm of the
opposing tight-head prop.
b. Each tight-head prop binds by placing the right arm outside the left upper arm of the opposing loose-head prop.
c. Each prop binds by gripping the back or side of their opponent’s jersey.
d. All players’ binding is maintained for the duration of the scrum.

Sanction: Penalty.

12. When both sides are square, stable and stationary, the referee calls “set”.

a. Only then may the teams engage, completing the formation of the scrum and creating a tunnel into which the ball will be thrown.
b. All players must be in position and ready to push forward.
c. Each front-row player must have both their feet on the ground, with their weight firmly on at least one foot.
d. Each hooker’s feet must be in line with, or behind, the foremost foot of that team’s props.

Sanction: Free-kick.