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    Re: 3 questions :P

    IV. juggle and ball batted backwards = manage as appropriate for the level of the game at grassroots. ;)
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    Re: Pre-Printed Match Scorecards

    First of all, welcome to the forums. Also, the scorecards are decent enough for most games, but you did ask for feedback.

    For reference, I use A7 format, with team and captain's name noted at the...
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    [Law] Re: Forward Passes

    I only read the Grauniad sports pages nowadays. The Torygraph apparently has its share of reactionaries.

    Although the rewrite of the Laws isn't quite as clear as the League version, it is clear to...
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    Re: Choice of PK .. what about quick tap

    The other day I was looking at the area of the mark as the captain of the offending team asked me if she could ask a question. She did get the chance a minute later to ask that question - and it was...
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    Re: Choice of PK .. what about quick tap

    Always? Even after multiple yellow cards for repeated infringements?
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    Re: Primary duties

    Holding the arm straight out without a flag is the standard way. Ideally at early scrums, the defending (in the sense of not putting the ball in) are helped by both ARs on position, so that they all...
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    Re: Primary duties

    With at least a factor of a hundred separating my experience as a TJ compared to an AR, first of all, well done on spotting the incident.

    As a rule of thumb, when play gets closer to touch than 5...
  8. [Law] Re: Remembering How to Restart after a stoppage!

    I'm not sure what 'take a knee' means in this context, but it sounds like an unfit player trying to catch their breath.

    Water bottles can come on between the scoring of a try and the conversion...
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    [Tackle] Re: What's wrong with this?

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    It looks worse than it is because the ball carrier is seriously unbalanced just before being headbutted in the chest.

    I'm bemused both by the YC and the somewhat bizarre idea that this is...
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    Re: Referees wearing earrings

    Please reread my post #6. It was an Acme Thunderer and no player contact was involved. Metal whistles have sharpish edges. This helps the tone and volume, compared to plastic.
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    Re: Referees wearing earrings

    Just to add to what crossref and Beckett50 said, I've sliced a finger open on my whistle without any contact with a player.

    One of the French players was wearing some sort of hair beads. Not...
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    Re: haka

    I think it is rather insensitive of you to make this comparison, all the more so since it is rare to see the ladies do the haka before rugby matches.

    It is important to understand that the haka is...
  13. [Ruck] Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    Ignoring the technicality that the "attacking" side is based on field position rather than the side putting in:

    The first responsibility of the referee is player safety. In the time of "the hit"...
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    Re: guess who's back?

    Sorry if I wasn't clear!

    No, Ulster Rugby is absolutely integral to the IRFU, and my apologies if there was any confusion about that.

    But as of now, those 6 of the 9 provinces in Ulster that...
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    Re: guess who's back?

    First of all, thanks for speaking up as a Kiwi that you too disapprove. I would imagine that you speak for pretty much all match officials in the country.

    We have the NZRU to thank for...
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    [Scrum] Re: New scrum law- no signal from the referee?

    It is only half a shoulder width, which is on the same order of magnitude as the "Length in line" of 280-300 millimetres of Law 2.2.

    I would back the front fives I hooked for back in the (early)...
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    Re: Referee Questionnaire

    I cannot complete the form because none of the questions are relevant to me, but I can add a relevant anecdote.

    John West was the Commissioner at one of the very first 6N matches in Italy. He...
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    Re: Law 20 Striking after the throw-in.

    In our 2nd XV we had five ways, of which the default at the start of the match was simply an eight-man push. We never considered deliberately collapsing, nor did we ever feed the ball in anything but...
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    [Scrum] Re: New Laws : 8 in a scrum

    Ah, its been a while since I won a game we started with thirteen men, and almost certainly with pretty much the same front row as played a mid-week cup match against a side in the the top division....
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    [Scrum] Re: New Laws : 8 in a scrum

    The Dutch youth regulations for contested scrums are they must be 3-4-1 with just one "last row" who has to bind between the locks.

    But "if a team is unable, for any reason whatsoever, to select a...
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    [Law] Re: More new Laws?

    We have a regulation of at most one player difference at the lowest levels (4th division for gents; there is a premier which is about L5/L6 by UK standards).

    I would interpret it as "when scrums...
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    [Law] Re: More new Laws?

    The shoving advantage is realistically all that they have to make it a fair contest, with the ball being fed in straight but at a full shoulderwidth difference between the sides.

    My own...
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    [Law] Re: More new Laws?

    Although not quite new - one #9/ref told me about the "straight put in with the shoulder at the middle of the scrum" about twenty years ago - I like the suggested changes to the scrum. It allows...
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    Re: Lions Series - Accidental Offsite?

    I will be happy to oblige, should you happen to find yourself in the low countries this coming season.
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    Re: Lions Series - Accidental Offsite?

    Exactly. Ian_Cook's "small window of opportunity" obviously is somewhat different between elite and grassroots level, but my rule of thumb is that unless the maul travels (more than a yard or a...
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