IRB Ruling: The Hand-off or FendingPosted by IRB Laws on December 1st, 2010
Hand Off An action taken by a ball carrier to fend off an opponent by using the palm of the hand.
Add new paragraph to Law 7 Mode of Play:
A ball carrier may hand off an opponent.
Amend Law 10 4 (f) to read:
Playing an opponent without the ball. Except in a scrum, ruck or maul, a player who is not in possession of the ball, must not hold, push or obstruct an opponent not carrying the ball.