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    Interesting to see Nigel Owens describe how 9s may now get penalised for handling in the ruck.

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    "Crooked feeds at the scrum are also set to become a focal point, especially with the new laws in place.

    yeah right.

    how many times have we heard this?

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    "Finally, scrum-halves rolling the ball back in at the ruck is something that a lot of people have pointed out in recent weeks. Owens says referees have noted the infringement, and will be clamping down this year."

    So why havent; they been doing so? why wait until the 6N. And will this now be all levels and not just 6N?

    NO is lumbered with being a spokesperson so my cynicism isn't aimed at him. But if its been deemed as needing attention, did "they" only notice it last Monday 29th? If not why haven;t refs been instructed to "clamp down " on it earlier?

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    So apparently returning a ball to a ruck is fine as long as you do it with your feet?

    "Something new we will clamp down on is… Scrum-halves rolling the ball back in a ruck with their hands. This has been happening when the ball has been won. Now they must use their feet unless the ball is trapped under a pile of bodies.”

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    Default Re: 6 Nations Referee Focus.Points

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_NL View Post
    So apparently returning a ball to a ruck is fine as long as you do it with your feet?

    "Something new we will clamp down on is… Scrum-halves rolling the ball back in a ruck with their hands. This has been happening when the ball has been won. Now they must use their feet unless the ball is trapped under a pile of bodies.”
    Hi Rich,
    I think that this Is intended to be read as: Scrum-halves rolling the ball back [WHILST IT IS STILL] in a ruck with their hands. . Capitals are my insert for emphasis.
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    Ohh, my parsing mistake, apologies. Rolling a ball backwards in a ruck, not rolling a ball back into a ruck.

    I'd assumed it was about the latter, because from where I'm sitting, there's been far more commentary (eg on the Lions' tour) about returning the ball to the ruck while the offence sets itself up.

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    Agreed, and how many times do you see someone penalised for it? I have never see it penalised on a televised game.
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    Default Re: 6 Nations Referee Focus.Points

    I think they are focusing in the wrong area. Yes it is technically a law infringement, but if the ball is clearly won surely this helps promote interesting and engaging rugby. Rather than dig around with feet to get the ball in the right position to pass, they use their hands which speeds up the game and harms no one.

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    An easy fix would be to call 'Use It' once the ball is clearly won (sooner then current practice). I am seeing this as a problem especially with box kicks, the SH is rolling to ball back to a perfect position taking his sweet time, and forming the phalanx for protection.

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    I'm with Zebra on this. It's more about looks than anything. If we're letting them dig for it then what's the problem with rolling it back as long as it stays in the ruck? Cite me a law, Nigel.

    How about clamping down on players on the ruck fringe obstructing in an off-sides position.

    Slow play from rucks advantages the defenders as well as the attackers so I don't see much advantage in it.So why do they do it? Damn good question.

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