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    Here's a random thought that's just cam into my head. Many years ago (I have it in my head), that before a Flanker moved to make a tackle he/she had to "move backwards" before advancing for the tackle. This movement could be a half step back after releasing his/her bind. I recall seeing little spins from Flankers to fulfil this critetia.

    My question is, has this ever been a thing? Has the person who told me this just made it up?

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    Never heard of it ever!

    didds (who last played flanker in 1988, after a spate on injuries in a match until somebody realised there was a flanker in the backs so i got moved back to front row - bugger!)

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    Yeah I now can't find any reference to it. Would've been 94/95 ish. I'm thinking we were told porky pies lol.

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    Arabcheif, back in the day forwards were allowed to break from the scrum before it was over, but if they did they had to retire to be behind the back foot, so that may have been the source of this coaching advice so that forwards did not just let go and smash the s/h or no 8 or whoever had the ball.

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    @Pinky - That could be it. I'm glad that there's a possibility that I'm not mad lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinky View Post
    Arabcheif, back in the day forwards were allowed to break from the scrum before it was over, but if they did they had to retire to be behind the back foot, so that may have been the source of this coaching advice so that forwards did not just let go and smash the s/h or no 8 or whoever had the ball.
    Accurate

    I'm thinking it was about '94 when wing fwd and 8 were required to remain bound. It was a foolish law change then and still is a foolish law now. Pathetic actually.

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    I suspect the rationale behind the Law change was so that there was more space for the attacking team to try and exploit, rather than having more defenders in the line to break up the attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arabcheif View Post
    I suspect the rationale behind the Law change was so that there was more space for the attacking team to try and exploit, rather than having more defenders in the line to break up the attack.
    Yep you are correct as I remember.

    And that rationale is pathetic, a rule change to affect play. At that time it was to increase attacks from backs to attract spectators and effectively compete with RL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not Kurt Weaver View Post
    Yep you are correct as I remember.

    And that rationale is pathetic, a rule change to affect play. At that time it was to increase attacks from backs to attract spectators and effectively compete with RL.
    Why do you think the rationale is pathetic? There have been several law changes to try and create space, some in response to players being faster and stronger, but all with the aim of promoting attacking play. Seems like a good idea to make the game more exciting to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra1922 View Post
    Why do you think the rationale is pathetic? There have been several law changes to try and create space, some in response to players being faster and stronger, but all with the aim of promoting attacking play. Seems like a good idea to make the game more exciting to me.
    I agree. Keeping the forwards out of the backs is an emminently sensible idea.
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