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    [Law] Re: Thrown Backwards, Bounces Forwards

    I'm going to propose Stimpson's Law. It works the same way as Godwin's Law, except that instead of Nazis and Hitler, it's about how long a thread about knocks-on and juggling can go before someone...
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    Re: Where are you this weekend - 2019-20

    God, coaching a referee after a 97-8 game is not a great experience.
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    Re: Where are you this weekend - 2019-20

    One of my nasty surprise matches. Crossleyans and Brodleians, at Crossleys.
    I had no warning, and stepped into a war.
  4. Thread: Team Y/C

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    [Golden Oldies] Re: Team Y/C

    Where I occasionally referees get tied down is breakdown penalties.

    For example: 2 for hands, 2 for not rolling away, 2 for going off feet. No card.
    Why, you ask? Because the referee didn't...
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    [In-goal] Re: Touch in goal

    You're overcomplicating it.

    The need for an immediate grounding is only when the ball comes in from a restart. Otherwise they can do what they want in-goal; they're under no obligation to do...
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    [Scrum] Re: Back row angle at scrum

    Agree with BB.

    The flanker is likely pushing hips in. As a referee, I worry about hips coming out more than going in.
  7. Thread: Coin Toss

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    Re: Coin Toss

    It isn't customary to start a sentence with a full stop.
    #pedants4eva
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    Re: [RWC] Eng v SA

    Tells you all you need to know about Ronan O'G
  9. Thread: Coin Toss

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    Re: Coin Toss

    We ordered about 300 of the buggers, and give them to referees, refs on exchange and people we like.
    I move house in the Summer, and I'm getting the hairy eyeball from Mrs to get rid of the coins I...
  10. Thread: Coin Toss

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    Re: Coin Toss

    No. A lot of referees use non-standard challenge coins. My Society has a coin with the Cardinal bird on one side and the USA R logo on the others. I show them the coin so they know their options.
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    Re: [RWC] Eng v SA

    Didn't Angus get screwed over by that nice Uncle Joe being a snidey *******?
  12. [Ruck] Re: Should the ladder/caterpiller ruck be outlawed?

    I never have No 9s delay, so it isn't an issue for me
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    [Law] Re: Penalty kicked over dead ball line

    Was it a place kick at goal? I'm not clear from the OP if it was or not
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    Re: Conflicts of interest

    *sigh*

    Careful folks.
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    Re: Conflicts of interest

    This is going to be a discussion that goes nowhere good.
    The post in question was not transphobic, but veering towards the line.

    I remind all members that one of our very early members was in...
  16. Thread: That haka

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    [INTERNATIONAL] Re: That haka

    No doubt.
    Any evidence for that? Fiji have been doing it since 1939. There must be decades of evidence of people being jaded about it.
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    Re: Conflicts of interest

    My two higher performing referees are female. This would, indeed, be a problem.

    Mind you, Basingstoke Colts on a Sunday AM had the same issue for me. I just stank in the bar/
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    Re: Conflicts of interest

    Oh God.
    Bute.

    I got talked into playing in a tens tournament on the Sunday by the away team after our boat was delayed coming home.
  19. Thread: That haka

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    [INTERNATIONAL] Re: That haka

    So you'll respect the National Anthems, but not the haka or the cibi?

    OK then.
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    Re: Conflicts of interest

    In Hampshire, if you're off to Jersey or Guernsey, you have to share the plane with the Away team
  21. Thread: That haka

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    [INTERNATIONAL] Re: That haka

    I'm not so sure. I don't want to pre-empt Ian in his moments of grief, but if you compare/contrast the different approaches taken by NZ and Aus to race relations over the years, you would probably...
  22. Re: Do you allow 9's to dummy it at the back of a ruck ?

    Agree with Crossref. I don't see it at my levels.
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    Re: Consult the captain?

    I had three yellows today, all player stupidity.

    The last one, I was glad I had the captains with me. Was calling the players together to give them the "8 minutes left, calm down. I didn't see it...
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    Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Business

    Stuart Hogg started tonight for Exeter, didn't he?
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    Re: Consult the captain?

    There aren't very few absolutes.

    It depends on the game, the issue, and dynamics within the management of the players
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