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    after watching a fair bit of women's rugby I am of the view that it would be a better game for players & spectators if they used a smaller (size 4) ball. Is this unacceptably sexist?
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    Don't they use a 4.5 sized ball already?

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    Default Re: women's rugby

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickie E View Post
    after watching a fair bit of women's rugby I am of the view that it would be a better game for players & spectators if they used a smaller (size 4) ball. Is this unacceptably sexist?
    I'd say it was acceptably sexist!
    It's like a big tide of jam coming towards us, but jam made out of old women......Father Dougal McGuire 1998

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    Default Re: women's rugby

    This exact same thing was being discussed on the Womens Wednesday edition of the Rugby Weekly podcast, not necessary a different size, but certainly a different ball (apparently college American football uses a different ball to NFL) that may enhance aspects of the womens game, maybe a touch rugby style ball (grippier, lighter and a bit smaller).

    Don't think it's sexist to say that women's rugby is different to men's rugby it's just different, different challenges requiring different skills and abilities

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    I think part of the beauty of our game is that men and women play by the same laws. No need to change the laws for different styles of play.

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    Default Re: women's rugby

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickie E View Post
    after watching a fair bit of women's rugby I am of the view that it would be a better game for players & spectators if they used a smaller (size 4) ball. Is this unacceptably sexist?
    Well perhaps the mens game would be better for players and spectators if they also used a smaller ball. The real question is what is the optimum size of balls? (intended and unaccepted)

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    Quote Originally Posted by didds View Post
    Don't they use a 4.5 sized ball already?

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    No - Size 5 from U18 upwards. Size 4 from U15 up (boys U15 upwards use Size 5).
    Be reasonable - do it my way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickie E View Post
    after watching a fair bit of women's rugby I am of the view that it would be a better game for players & spectators if they used a smaller (size 4) ball. Is this unacceptably sexist?
    There is quite a lot of discussion on this point at the moment. The information I am trying to gather, so that I can make up my own mind, is in what way would the game be better if the ball was smaller? What would be the benefits? I’m generally opened minded with a slant towards keeping it the same size at the moment.

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    Default Re: women's rugby

    the Laws allow for some variation in size - it seems like a manufacturer could produce a ball at the smallest end of the allowed range, see if its popular

    https://laws.worldrugby.org/?law=2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balones View Post
    What would be the benefits?
    IMO smaller hands would deal better with a smaller ball. It would be an interesting study to see what the impact was on number of knock ons
    I, for one, like Roman numerals

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