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  1. Adding time for a kicker to tie laces prior to a kick?

    During Ireland's trouncing of SA this weekend, Johnny Sexton kicked at goal so often his shoelaces wore out, requiring adjustment before a conversion. This set me wondering about the order of...
  2. Thread: Change of shirts

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    Re: Change of shirts

    RFU Regulation 13 is your friend in England:

    13.6.3 Kit
    Clash of Colours
    (a) In the event of Clubs having clashing or similar colours:
    (i) At Levels 3 to 5, the away team shall be responsible...
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    [Law] Re: New Law Variations

    This was penalised in the internationals over the weekend. But ref called Ball's out, ex-rucker kicked it forward (not out of receiver's hand) and SH ref seemed to get a late nudge from the AR...
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    Re: Wales v Oz and 19.2(e)

    In one of the games I watched over the weekend (so either England v Argentina or Ireland v some scratch team cobbled together from somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere), a QTI was taken with both the...
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    [INTERNATIONAL] Re: Tuculet Yellow Card - collision with Mike Brown

    I tend to agree. There is no need for the player to be in a position to "catch" the ball, but rather to play it. A tap backwards to an oncoming team mate is a perfectly acceptable play from any...
  6. [Ruck] Re: Counter-rucking after the ruck has become a pile of bodies on the floor

    Coming late to this party, and recognising that the OP is asking for advice as a relative newbie to the art, I think some of the early posts were written with a scenario in mind that is different...
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    Re: Referee positioning - Try no Try?

    Sounds wise. It's a rare kick that flies dead straight - most fade with the kicker's round-the-corner action. That being so, the referee is perhaps worst placed of the three to know at what moment...
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    Re: open letter - is this the right thing?

    I am a member of a number of representative bodies. The key to these is in the name - you represent the membership. In such circumstances, I think it would be unwise in the extreme to voice a view...
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    [Law] Re: Not striking, what's the signal?

    "You mess with the bull, you get the horns."

    This could be a bad look in an ageing referee

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    [Ruck] Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    Answering my own question (in RFU-land anyway), Phil E posted official guidance in another thread:

    Guidance Notes:
    The “one man” ruck only applies after a tackle and that normal ruck law applies...
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    [Ruck] Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    This determination of whether or not this applies only in the event of the tackle is key. If not, then the defender may himself create the ruck offside lines, putting his own team mates offside by...
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    [Ruck] Re: New tactics being deployed from new law changes

    So the new law, discussing the commencement of a ruck, presumably replaces and overrules Law 16.1(b) for the purposes of these trials?

    16.1 Forming a ruck
    (a) Where can a ruck take place. A ruck...
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    Re: Lions Series - Accidental Offsite?

    Come on Ian - don't get so defensive! You yourself started the train of thought regarding ruck offsides:



    There's no call to get sniffy when a new forum participant follows up your train of...
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    Re: Lions Series - Accidental Offsite?

    And this is a fair point. Throughout the tour, I spotted possible midfield offsides from both teams. I thought most were marginal, and unlikely to meet the "clear and obvious" test. Where they were...
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    [Law] Re: Law Book cut in half

    Ian, you may have more information that I do. However, text from the link you gave as your source says:

    Under the proposed new version of the law, an attacker or defender on their feet over the...
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    Re: The 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour

    Much has been written these last few weeks about why the ABs are so intense and effective in the last 20 minutes of games. In summary, this can be boiled down to:

    a) the bench players are rarely...
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    Re: Lions Series - Accidental Offsite?

    Well yes, there is a strong case for that. The counter-case, however, is 11.6:

    11.6(a) When an offside player cannot avoid being touched by the ball ... the player is accidentally offside. ... If...
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    Re: The 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour

    Hi guys. Having been away a while, I'm more than a little out of touch. Two things from Saturday's game against the NZ Maori.

    1) Jaco was clearly trying to get a game going, but some of the side...
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    Re: The 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour

    With Big Billy out and James Haskell a likely replacement (though hardly a #8), do those odds change much? I wouldn't back the Lions to fight their way out of a paper bag in NZ even with BV at the...
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    [Law] Re: TJ Perenara's Bluff

    I always enjoy a bit of cross-Tasman banter, so excuse me for wading in here rather late.



    OB has already addressed this, but did so on the assumption that the debate was an April Fool. So...
  21. Thread: Referees eyeware

    by Dixie
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    Re: Referees eyeware

    Hi ChuckieB. It is a good question - you are right that you rarely see a ref wearing glasses. But this is not (so far as I know) due to any prohibition on spectacles, but rather tends to be a...
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    Re: slappung the ball out of the scrum half hands

    And there is some inconsistency in the logic applied to the question of a legal position. For me, once the ball is off the floor and the ruck is over, the only people who are prevented from taking...
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    [Ruck] Re: Ball emerging over the goal line

    Agree all points above. However, it raises a further question: as the relevant bits of Law 16 and law 20 don't mention the ball, but rather that the scrum or ruck can only take place infield, then...
  24. Thread: Dummying

    by Dixie
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    [Tackle] Re: Dummying

    The "dummy" that really irritates me (because it never sanctioned by elite refs) is the one where the #9 is shaping for a box kick, usually just outside the 22. With everyone alert to what he's up...
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    Vakatawa hard done by?

    Final pass from Biggar is knocked forward by Vakatawa in the process of making a tackle. The tackle was a textbook double-arm wrap - perhaps the most suspicious thing about it. Earned V a YC. Fair...
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