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  1. Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    I should be clear: I'm not justifying it, I'm only saying there's a reason that it's tolerated where it wouldn't be if the roles were reversed - I think its days are numbered.

    This doesn't...
  2. Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Because sexual aggression and violence in society are massively asymmetrical along gender lines, social norms reflect this, and a female ref among many males is generally far more physically...
  3. Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Probably not - but it's a very asymmetrical situation, really.
  4. Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    I don't think I'd ref if I was that worried about assault.

    Having said that, at a ladies' match you have a fair chance that they'll tug at your shorts as you walk through, just firmly enough to...
  5. Re: Do you walk through the tunnel after the game?

    Here it's definitely expected that you go through after the first team and before the second. It would probably come across as a snub if you didn't.
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    Re: Foot on the Line

    Why do you say scrum back and not a line-out?
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    [Ruck] Re: Gain in ground - taken back to 22

    The ruck takes place where two opposing players come into contact over the ball. Not where joining players turn up.

    Otherwise a player binding with a foot in touch would lead to a lineout...
  8. Thread: Coin Toss

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    Re: Coin Toss

    The few times I've offered a coin to a captain they've stared at me. Seems to be normal in the Netherlands that the referee tosses the coin, visiting captain calls.
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    Re: Foot on the Line

    I assume he meant the ball was in play (not over the plane of the touchline), his foot being on the line put him in touch - you understand that correctly. Meaning he brought it out, and the lineout...
  10. Thread: Tackle Release

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    [Tackle] Re: Tackle Release

    True, but would you want mauls on demand?
  11. Thread: Tackle Release

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    [Tackle] Re: Tackle Release

    It's in the Definitions section, tackler holds the tackled player and goes to ground.
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    [RWC] Re: How are the RWC refs doing so far ?

    Gardner had a couple of bad days at the office, and Peyper had an unfortunate social media incident. I imagine Nic Berry and Paul Williams (who were both excellent in the games I saw) were seen as...
  13. [Ruck] Re: Should the ladder/caterpiller ruck be outlawed?

    I've only once had a call go to 5 seconds, and that was because I was standing in the passing lane. Oops.
  14. Thread: That haka

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    [INTERNATIONAL] Re: That haka

    I agree that it's important, but it's not just the haka - and I don't think Tongans are a minority in Tonga.

    It's a specific part of culture that an unconnected sport specifically makes room for....
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    Re: Conflicts of interest

    A few weeks ago I was at a club with a shared shower, and had just reffed an U16 boys team. The response was "we checked with the coach, he's fine for you to use the shower with the lads"(!)

    I...
  16. Thread: Off feet.

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    [Ruck] Re: Off feet.

    Depends on level, and also on you. As long as you're consistent with it, no one will have (extra!) cause for complaint.
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    Re: coached tackle/loose ball technique...

    As a technique, it's illegal. As an illegal technique, it wouldn't be penalised in a test match.

    As a drill for explosive power from a prone press, it's probably good.
  18. [Maul] Re: Puzzled by decision to disallow Ben Youngs' 'try' last Saturday..?

    It's generally not permitted in other situations, and there is no law that states an exception. I think it is just that it is rarely spotted.

    For me it was not clear and obvious whether it was...
  19. Re: Do you allow 9's to dummy it at the back of a ruck ?

    In that case it's a FK for time wasting ;)
  20. Thread: That haka

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    [INTERNATIONAL] Re: That haka

    I forget whether it was France or Ireland who got fined, and NZ rugby paid it for them.
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    [RWC] Re: Knock on inside a maul

    ... and "preventing the opposition from playing as they wish"!

    Everyone in front of the ball carrier is interfering with play. It's a maul. That's why it specifies open play, and has separate laws...
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    [RWC] Re: Knock on inside a maul

    There is no offside in a maul, is there? I mean, that would make no sense at all. Forward pass would be a valid call, but ripped back by black and regathered by white should be fine.
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    Re: Consult the captain?

    Agree with crossref.

    You have a 40m line break on the wing and the blue fullback jumps into a tackle that slides high, and pushes/pulls the red winger into touch by his head 10m out. The whole...
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    Re: Where are you this weekend - 2019-20

    I have my first assigned 2e klasse match this weekend (at a guess, high level 8) in Tilburg, against RC Octopus from Uden.
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    [RWC] Re: The woes of the scrum

    That was also the advice from my coach a couple of games ago, and slowing things down has really improved the scrums I've reffed.
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