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Scrum command gets overhaul

Published: 12:58PM Wednesday May 16, 2012 Source: ONE Sport/Newstalk ZB

The famous scrum-time catch-cry of referees worldwide, 'crouch, touch, pause, engage', could soon be a thing of the past.

The New Zealand Rugby Union are set to trial new scrum engagement calls in this year's ITM Cup.

NZRU referees manager Rod Hill says the 'crouch, touch, pause, engage' call will be changed after consultation with a linguistic expert.

Hill explained the outcome of that was the word engage being a two syllable word caused scrums to engage at different times, so they are looking at using 'crouch, touch set' instead.