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  1. [Scrum] Re: New scrum law to be introduced immediately, apparently...

    Nothing on WR home page, laws microsite, Facebook or twitter. While itís entirely possible that WRís comms department sucks, I have to treat with scepticism the idea that they would have produced a...
  2. Thread: NZ WC shirts

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    Re: NZ WC shirts

    That was the joke...

    :chin:

    - - - Updated - - -



    I'm shocked and surprised by this news!
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    Re: Next season's trials..

    IIRC, that was exactly what they found in the below-the-armpits trial during last season's Championship, hence it being terminated early.
  4. Thread: Referees eyeware

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    Re: Referees eyeware

    I got laser eye surgery five years ago. One of the best things I have ever spent money on!
  5. Thread: NZ WC shirts

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    Re: NZ WC shirts

    OUTRAGEOUS cultural appropriation of a kit colour historically associated with England! :sarc:
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    Re: retaken conversion

    We're drifting off topic (how unusual!) here, but I would advise a better way of managing those questions is simply to tell the player how long you have left on your watch. It's then up to them to...
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    Re: retaken conversion

    Full agreement. And by analogy with the law governing the mark:

    Law 17:
    5. The player who claimed the mark takes the free-kick (in accordance with Law 20).
    6. If the player is unable to take the...
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    [Maul] Re: Is this a forward pass?

    Agree with Dickie. This used to be much more clearly spelled out in the 2017 edition of the Laws, but now you have to cobble together a couple of bits of definitions (my emphasis throughout):

    Is...
  9. Thread: Ref watch..

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    Re: Ref watch..

    I've got a pair of reliable £10 Casios, one for each wrist (stopping clock on left, running clock on right). They have each had one battery change in 16 years, and are pretty much indestructible....
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    [7's/10's] Re: Sevens positioning

    Touch rugby style for sure. Run just behind the defensive line, attackers coming towards you. Be prepared to sprint a lot whenever there's a line break or a turnover! :swet:

    And remember, fines if...
  11. Re: Giving priority to Youth and Women's matches

    Heard nothing like this in Bucks.
  12. Thread: Shirt Pulling

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    Re: Shirt Pulling

    Just realised thereís a third and fourth tug as well. Those would seem to be playing the man without the ball.
  13. Thread: Shirt Pulling

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    Re: Shirt Pulling

    The first player whose shirt he pulls falls over, which I think could legitimately be considered collapsing a ruck.

    If we ignore that one for the purposes of the thought experiment, Iím not sure...
  14. [Law] Re: what is a the definition of a kick in open play?

    I find your "natural view of the laws" curiously inconsistent. On the one hand:



    Yet a "natural view" of a knock-up could also legitimately be viewed as:

    Possession: An individual ......
  15. [Law] Re: what is a the definition of a kick in open play?

    The first criterion for a knock-on requires only that a player in possession loses the ball forward - it makes no mention of hand or arm.

    At what point does the playerís possession end? For me,...
  16. [Law] Re: what is a the definition of a kick in open play?

    A very different situation. The person heading the ball was not the one originally in possession. They therefore neither a) lost it forward, nor b) hit the ball forward with hand or arm, nor c)...
  17. [Law] Re: what is a the definition of a kick in open play?

    The womenís USA v Barbarians game brings us an incident that prompted me to revisit this thread: https://twitter.com/florugby/status/1121916930833756160?s=21

    Iím still struggling to view this as...
  18. Thread: Medium Force

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    Re: Medium Force

    I canít see any mitigating factors whatsoever. Looked clear to me that Green 13 lined up for a deliberate headshot. Agree with consensus on here - very surprised it wasnít red.
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    [Law] Re: Does a penalty try count as a conversion?

    Agree with all the above. Were I on the organising committee, I would view a PT as counting towards the total number of conversions - only seems fair.

    But since I'm not on the organising...
  20. Thread: Turning maul

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    [Maul] Re: Turning maul

    Agreed. And shout as much too, so there's no doubt - while it's legal, it looked odd, so a bit of proactive communication can work wonders.
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    [Tackle] Re: South African schoolboy rugby viral tackle video

    Another straw man. Nobody is saying that. Try addressing the actual argument.
  22. [Line out] Re: How do you resume the game for ball not going 5m?

    Careless drafting in the law book? Say it ain't so! :wow:
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    [Tackle] Re: South African schoolboy rugby viral tackle video

    (my bolding of your words)

    Your comparison is invalid. If it's something that goes wrong, then it's an accident, not a choice.

    A better analogy would be if a player aimed a box kick...
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    [Tackle] Re: South African schoolboy rugby viral tackle video

    Yes. The tackle was dangerous, regardless of injury or outcome. Had the ball carrier walked away unscathed, I would have considered him lucky... but would still have viewed the tackle as illegal.
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    [Tackle] Re: South African schoolboy rugby viral tackle video

    Leaving aside the fact that I am DEEPLY upside that you responded to Flish, but not to my response to your ruck analogy extension... :sarc:

    We all know that rugby, as a physical game, carries some...
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