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    A short history of the Mark

    The WWE myth claims that when he made a Fair Catch he could have made a mark and stopped. The opponents could come up to the mark while he retired as far as he liked, and they could not charge him until he started to kick. An ingenious variation of this enabled a player who grounded the ball in his opponents in-goal to contrive a drop kick at goal - which was the main way of scoring. Otherwise you could only score from a Field Goal ie kicking the ball over the crossbar from the ground. This was rare. You were not allowed to pick the ball up off the ground even as late as 1871.

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    A player makes a Fair Catch when being stationary he cleanly catches the ball from a kick, knock-on or throw forward of one of his opponents and at the same time, he exclaims "Mark!" and has both feet on the ground.

    1977 only in his own half
    1979 only in his own 22
    1992 only needs one foot on the ground, and only from a kick
    1996 no longer needs to be in contact with the ground
    1997 not from a kick-off or restart other than a drop-out.
    He trudg’d along unknowing what he sought,
    And whistled as he went, for want of thought.
    The Referee by John Dryden

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    So all the time I played rugby, you could claim mark from a knock on or throw forward.
    I have no memory of that at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    So all the time I played rugby, you could claim mark from a knock on or throw forward.
    I have no memory of that at all
    Nor have I - it was a surprise to find that bit.
    He trudg’d along unknowing what he sought,
    And whistled as he went, for want of thought.
    The Referee by John Dryden

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    So all the time I played rugby, you could claim mark from a knock on or throw forward.
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    I dare you to try and find a video of someone claiming from those

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not Kurt Weaver View Post
    I dare you to try and find a video of someone claiming from those
    Perhaps referees unilaterally decided to ignore the laws as that would be "too much advantage" from a simple knock on
    Last edited by crossref; 1 Week Ago at 16:03.

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    Thanks everybody - that's been really helpful, and wonderful to take a trip down memory lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    So all the time I played rugby, you could claim mark from a knock on or throw forward.
    I have no memory of that at all
    We were aware of the law as schoolboys in the early 60s. Indeed, in a match I caught a knock-on near our opponents' 25 and called 'Mark!'. The referee knew the law and allowed it. The play would have ended happily except for my pathetic attempt to drop a goal.

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