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    Re: QF Appointments

    Perhaps down under, but not in this country it’s not. Jérôme Garcès has said he is retiring after the RWC in Japan, because he will be too old to continue to RWC 2023.
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    Re: Pacific Islands

    Samoa, Tonga players pressured by French clubs to miss Rugby World Cup

    Clearly the owners of French clubs are only in it for the money. Many of them, like Mourad Boudjellal (Toulon) have no love...
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    Re: RWC 2019 cancellations

    Probaly the best thing Joe Schmidt brought to Ireland with him; the idea of central contracts. That and player safety, with imposed rest days, to the detriment of the club game, it must be said. ...
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    Re: RWC 2019 cancellations

    Let’s not be under any illusions, Tier one nations dominate Rugby Union financially, smaller nations have far more skillful player bases, but struggle to pay the bills. Their best players end up...
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    Re: Jap v Sco - No Red Card?!?

    Let’s hope they don’t manage to create a precedent.

    Disciplinary Update

    It 14:45 in Tokyo just now.
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    Re: Jap v Sco - No Red Card?!?

    Well they have flown some legal expert out from Dublin to defend him at tomorrow’s hearing. To be honest I hope they are told the referee is the sole arbitrator, and the Red Card stands as does the...
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    Re: Jap v Sco - No Red Card?!?

    Interesting point. The IRFU are not going to contest the 3 week ban for Bundi Aki, which would effectively end his WRC participation. They intend instead to contest the on field decision and show...
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    [RWC] Re: How are the RWC refs doing so far ?

    Rising because exposed to more and more Elite matches. Surely? As early as 2014 SANZAR invited 3 of those French refs down under. That is certainly the approach being taken with Women referees,...
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    [RWC] Re: How are the RWC refs doing so far ?

    I think you are missing the point. World Rugby have come to the realization that a game dominated by New Zealanders has no future. This World Cup has shown that again, with some of the trouncings...
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    [Kit] Re: Neoprene lifting supports

    The linked article in #27 shows it’s gotten fairly complicated these days.
    No point in wearing the kit of all you want to know is how far each player has run during any particular game. That’d be...
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    [Kit] Re: Neoprene lifting supports

    So are they allowed outside Elite rugby. (No grassroots club could actually afford the kit, or any subsequent breakages.) But if given access, would they be allowed? Normal jerseys don’t have a...
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    [Kit] Re: Neoprene lifting supports

    I agree, Elite squads are allowed wear GPS transponders at the back of their jerseys. In Sevens for example they include try scorer’s speed and acceleration in some highlights reels. Heart monitors...
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    Re: RWC 2019 cancellations

    Only for the purposes of a pub quiz. Both teams remain undefeated in the Pool stages. Also they still have to win the thing; one of them is guaranteed to bear out the long standing statistic. To...
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    [Law] Re: Rory Best "try" today

    Except it’s not the same offense.

    So both tries were from a driving maul. Surely you can see that despite the superficial similarities, they are in fact entirely separate incidents. One there...
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    [Law] Re: Rory Best "try" today

    Probably best to start a new discussion, since the title’s «*today*» will be misleading.
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    Re: RWC 2019 cancellations

    It appears WR feels it would be unfair to teams like NZ and England if they made an exception for Scotland.
    World Rugby have criticised Dodson's comments, insisting the SRU were happy to sign up to...
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    Re: RWC 2019 cancellations

    The reason the rules differ (knockout stages having 48 hour reschedule written in) is that some of the Pool stage games had ridiculously short 3 or 4 day turnaround. If you advance a 3 day...
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    Re: RWC 2019 cancellations

    Interestingly, from those tournament rules
    No Match points will be awarded to a Team which has been expelled from the Tournament, refuses to play a Match or abandons a Match in progress, without...
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    Re: RWC 2019 cancellations

    Ireland’s (failed) Rugby World Cup 2023 bid, relied heavily on Gaelic football stadiums. Since we simply don’t have enough Rugby venues on the island. Compared to Japan our rail infrastructure...
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    Re: RWC 2019 cancellations

    Japan were okay to reschedule or relocate, up to 48 hours after. It is WR who are putting fan/volunteer safety first, it seems. Traveling to a new venue in such conditions is dangerous. (3 people...
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    [RWC] Re: RSA vs ITA - Uncontested Scrums?

    I am not sure the Tournament regulations make any mention of it. So current Laws apply, right?
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    [RWC] Re: How are the RWC refs doing so far ?

    Pool stages not done yet. This might interest you, Rugby World Cup 2019 referees guide, by Jonathan Kaplan
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    [RWC] Re: How are the RWC refs doing so far ?

    Rugby World Cup 2019 Appointments would suggest World Rugby doesn’t see Wayne Barnes as top Honcho.

    I think Jérôme Garcès getting NZ v RSA while Wayne Barnes got Ireland V Scotland suggests a...
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    [RWC] Re: How are the RWC refs doing so far ?

    At least someone understood what I was saying. Professional squads have a team of analysts who will spend hours on what refs are like. Elite referees need to have a team of analysts too who will...
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    [RWC] Re: How are the RWC refs doing so far ?

    More worrying for Ireland, is that 2 of those incorrect calls came from the man, who will be in the middle on Thursday. So he sees things in real time, that in fact are not correct calls. Hopefully...
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