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    [Law] Re: Unsporting Conduct Question.

    The referee was wrong.. but so was the coach

    The referee's authority is confined to the pitch and the players. He can't sanction the spectators

    On the other hand the coach has no authority...
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    Re: Where are you this weekend - 2019-20

    this weeks game - cancelled :-(

    :-(
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    RWC Ref profiles

    From the Guardian

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/sep/19/rugby-world-cup-2019-guide-to-the-referees
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    [In-goal] Re: Charge down in in-goal

    The situation where the attacking team put the ball into the ingoal, and the attacking team then make it dead, or it just goes dead, is not properly covered in the Laws

    Your OP scenario is an...
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    [Law] Re: Ball played man laws or rules?

    an ambiguity was settled - (we used to have endless discussions about whether touching the ball accidentally counted as 'playing' it, or not)

    WR settled it - it doesn't count.

    Whether or...
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    [Law] Re: Ball played man laws or rules?

    It's in the definitions.
    Various Laws depend on the ball being played

    The definition of played is

    .Played: The ball is played when it is intentionally touched by a player.

    Warning .. ...
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    Re: YC return

    That's an easy one, yes

    It's when he has been in the bin 09:50 that the conundrum arises
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    [Law] Re: Offside or not

    In my scenario green didn't charge it down, the ball hit him, and the qu was whether a green player was offside
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    Re: YC return

    not sure that necessarily has to have the the same answer.
    Yes, I think I would let him on. .
    . Ten playing minutes have elapsed
    .. the ball is dead
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    Re: YC return

    We referees gain that respect by being impartial and keeping to the Law
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    Re: YC return

    Even better, rather than dissembling about the time, is to do the right thing, surely.

    But if you like transport the scenario to the professional game, with public timers visible to people so the...
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    [Law] Re: Offside or not

    Yes, but is the right answer, in fact. Is he offside or not ?
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    [Law] Re: Offside or not

    In my case I don't think I would have tried to sell 'accidental offside" as G7 actions were not accidental .. it was either play on or clearly a PK.

    (Plenty of opponents spotted that he was...
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    Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Business

    Each sport has different requirements, though, and differing reach (in terms of how many countries play it)

    Rugby has a unique problem when structuring a world cup .. the problem we started with,...
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    Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Business

    The other way to go is six groups of four , as in the European Championship.

    Now you are growing the tournament to 24 teams

    However that leads to the always-unsatisfactory problem of selecting...
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    [Law] Re: Offside or not

    What's the reasoning for that ?

    G7 was not acting instinctively, it wasn't one of those one where the ball comes at him and he catches it ... he had every chance to leave the ball alone , but...
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    Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Business

    16 teams ,
    10 of them play 6 games
    6 of them play 5 games

    So that solves the irregular gaps , but at the cost of contracting the tournament to 16 teams

    I suspext the second tier teams...
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    [Law] Re: Offside or not

    The question is .. did he actually PLAY the ball ?
    (the ball just hit him)
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    [Law] Re: Offside or not

    I sanctioned him for being offside (PK, as he had plenty of time to decide whether to play it or leave it, and he played it)

    Green captain said (later, when we had some down time) but it wasn't a...
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    [Law] Re: Offside or not

    No attempt to charge down - the ball was hacked right at him, hard, and he flinched away from it instinctively and it struck him.

    Played: The ball is played when it is intentionally touched by a...
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    Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Business

    this one?



    So we have 24 teams, as opposed to the 20 we have now (are there four more teams good enough to join, or is that just lots more walkovers

    The group stages take 5 weekends
    ...
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    Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Business

    I don't understand the proposal -- If there are four knock out tournaments, then each one is semifinal and final (12 games in total)
    Then what is the 'finals'
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    [Law] Re: Offside or not

    .A player is offside in open play if that player is in front of a team-mate who is carrying the ball or who last played it. An offside player must not interfere with play. This includes:
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    Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Business

    Four groups of four + one game after that ?
    I don't think that's a runner
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    [Law] Offside or not

    Another one from my eventful game on Saturday

    Ball is on the ground

    Red fly hack it, hard

    Ball cannons off Green 10 (who is instinctively flinching, the ball probably hits shoulder /...
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