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    Default Re: What is not straight in the line out especially when it's windy?

    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    shrug -- if there is a wind blowing from Red to Blue , then blue have a natural advantage in every line out... and red have a natural advantage in all other parts of the game.

    until half time.. !

    so I'd say throw in have to be credible, but don't worry too much about it.
    Agree completely on credibility - following the law it only has to go between the front two in the LO gives that credibility. Manage the players to minimise the effect of any extreme gustiness.

    And just because it happens in one half is no guarantee it won't switch at half-time with the players!

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    Default Re: What is not straight in the line out especially when it's windy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nigib View Post
    Agree completely on credibility - following the law it only has to go between the front two in the LO gives that credibility.
    19.6 The player taking the throw-in must stand at the correct place. The player must not step into the field of play when the ball is thrown. The ball must be thrown straight, so that it travels at least 5 metres along the line of touch before it first touches the ground or touches or is touched by a player.

    There is no formal definition of "straight". "Along the line of touch" might sensibly mean "so that it is on the line of touch when it can first be played". I expect the thrower to make a credible effort to put the ball where both teams can challenge for it. If there is a strong wind it makes no sense to require the ball to be thrown so that it lands in the scrum half's hands every time. The game is meant to be a contest.
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