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    [Law] Re: Offside support players

    When I started playing, if you were in front of the kicker, you could still chase the kick provided you stopped 10 yards short of the player waiting to catch the ball.

    When I checked, I was...
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    Re: Inclusiveness in rugby / Paddy Jackson

    There is a difference between holding certain beliefs and expressing them when they conflict with your employer's policies.
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: Nigel Owens on inclusive rugby.

    Tunnel vision.
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: Nigel Owens on inclusive rugby.

    In other words, usage is NOT necessarily religious.

    I doubt if the average Canterbury Crusaders fan sees the name as anything more than medieval pageantry.
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: Nigel Owens on inclusive rugby.

    www.britannica.com/event/Crusades/Crusade-as-metaphor
    Jefferson 1786:


    www.dailywritingtips.com/crusade/

    Metaphorical usage appears to be well-established.
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: Nigel Owens on inclusive rugby.

    Nothing worth remembering (which says a lot).
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: Nigel Owens on inclusive rugby.

    I think that is true of any group that claims to be crusading - images of the Good Guys riding into battle etc. I doubt if many of them actually have any religious fervour behind them - it is just...
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    [7's/10's] Re: What’s everyone doing over the break?

    Why not join us on the dark side? Your experience would be invaluable.
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: Nigel Owens on inclusive rugby.

    These nomenclature problems are heavily emotive and rarely susceptible to rational argument. Cynically I think they are settled by money: if sponsors etc demand a change, there will be one. In the...
  10. Thread: Lineout quiz

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    Re: Lineout quiz

    Scotland v South Africa 2018 rugbyonslaught.com/footage-scotland-pull-off-perfect-lineout-trick-used-by-all-blacks-in-2011/ (3:48 in the Highlights video).
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    [Scrum] Re: Uncontested scrums

    If one scrum is too dominant, the standard advice is for the refere to ask them to "dominate but not destroy". If they can't manage that and the referee judges the situation to be unsafe, he is...
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    Re: Premiership final

    If they start at the bottom there is one lost promotion per year for 5 years. If they start at 5 levels higher that is the same number of lost promotions, but all at once. The compensating factor...
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    Re: Premiership final

    Look again at Hartpury's progress. By starting at the bottom, each year they denied one club promotion. If they had started higher up a group of clubs in the leagues below would have been denied...
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    [Golden Oldies] Re: Nigel Owens on inclusive rugby.

    If Folau is determined to be a martyr to his beliefs, why not let him?
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    Re: Premiership final

    RFU Regulations state that any new team must enter the leagues at the bottom.

    The stupidity of this was demonstrated when Hartpury (now in the Championship - level 2) decided to join the leagues...
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    Re: Quick Line out (not quick throw in)

    12.5 When the ball is kicked:

    Team-mates of the kicker must be behind the ball. Sanction: Scrum.
    Opposition players must be on or behind the 10-metre line.



    That is a change from...
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    Re: Premiership final

    No.

    Somerset allow lower XVs and so do Dorset & Wilts (see RFU Fixtures & Results). Berks, Bucks, & Oxon tried it for a couple of years and then changed to running separate RFU leagues for lower...
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    Re: Premiership final

    RFU Regulations do not allow that.

    Some counties allow 2nd and lower teams to enter the leagues so the problem does arise occasionally that a team cannot be promoted.

    The constraints in...
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    Re: "Quickly taken lineout" TOS

    18.5 A quick throw is disallowed and a lineout is awarded to the same team if:
    A lineout had already been formed;

    18.9 A lineout is formed on the mark of touch.

    18.10 Each team forms...
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    Re: Premiership final

    In Gloucestershire Merit Tables, if teams do not play a game without a valid reason (eg weather) they both lose points.

    Fortunately there is enough slack in the system that matches can be played...
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    Re: Premiership final

    I am pointing out that straightforward league systems and knockout systems do not fit well together because the requirements for success are different.

    Apparently they are happy with it in...
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    Re: Premiership final

    Do I really need to spell it out to you?!
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    Re: Premiership final

    Totally irrelevant.
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    Re: Premiership final

    The Championship also used to have playoffs both for promotion and relegation,but these have been abandonned. Bristol won the league phase four times before finally getting promoted (then relegated...
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    [Tackle] Re: Hand off contacts with throat

    The problem is that the only place to hand off a would be tackler is frequently the head because he is coming in low with outstretched arms.

    As long as the action is a push rather than a hit I...
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