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    Re: Premiership relegation set to be suspended

    I remember being surprised to find that London Irish were included after they had been relegated.
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    Re: Premiership relegation set to be suspended

    Can somebody tell me how that came about?

    Since the National Leagues were first formed, only Bath, Wasps Gloucester, and Leicester have never been relegated from the top division. Original...
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    [Law] Re: Neverending rugby?

    Sometimes even at grass roots. Some years ago watching a local side (now defunct) I saw a fly half who looked more like a second row kick a drop goal into the wind from the halfway line.

    I...
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    [Law] Re: Clarification 1 "021

    10.2 A player can be offside anywhere in the playing area.
    Definitions. Playing area: The field of play plus the in-goal areas. The touch lines, touch-in-goal lines and dead-ball lines are not part...
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    [Law] Re: Clarification 1 "021

    I think that is an Obfuscation rather than a Clarification.

    When the referee blows the whistle to award a PK, play stops. However that is what we call "zombie ball" because play can be restarted...
  6. Thread: France v Scotland

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    Re: France v Scotland

    A Stuart Barnes article in the Times today is headlined: "Barnes didn't give Russell a fair trial after referral."

    The article continues in legalistic vein - is "neck area" the same as "on the...
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    [Law] Re: Why isn't this pre binding penalised ?

    In the 1996/7 law book the two banned techniques are flagged as changes to the law.

    The Americans did devise a Flying Wedge technique, but it was a development of blocking, which was already...
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    [Law] Re: Why isn't this pre binding penalised ?

    The Flying Wedge originated in Australia. The law banning it dates from 1996/7.

    The wedge would form up, unbound, some distance back from the point of the penalty. The penalty taker would have...
  9. Thread: France Vs Wales

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    Re: France Vs Wales

    Mathematically, probability is a number between 0 (Impossible) and 1 (Certain).

    The referee simply has to make a judgement call, based on the actual circumstances and his experience of such...
  10. Re: Wales vs Eng - Knock on and Time back on after asking captain to speak to players

    Here's the quote
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    [Law] Re: Jumping or Diving Clarification required

    Many people have pointed out that running involves having both feet off the ground at times. The problem is defining the circumstances when the action should be penalised without leaving it too...
  12. Re: Wales vs Eng - Knock on and Time back on after asking captain to speak to players

    I once assessed a visiting 70-year old referee for a Level 7 match. He told me he always asked for an exchange fixture early in the season to get independent evidence as to whether or not he was...
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    [Law] Re: Jumping or Diving Clarification required

    Why do you think diving to score is sufficiently dangerous to need banning?
  14. Re: Wales vs Eng - Knock on and Time back on after asking captain to speak to players

    A significant problem occurs when a player is tackled after releasing the ball but just before he actually kicks it. The would-be kicker usually gets sanctioned, so your counter fails..
  15. Re: Wales vs Eng - Knock on and Time back on after asking captain to speak to players

    In today's Times, Rob Debney agrees with Nigel Owens that the two tries in question should have been disallowed.
  16. Re: Wales vs Eng - Knock on and Time back on after asking captain to speak to players

    I have often pointed this out as a flaw in the laws.



    A deliberate throw forward is just as much a PK offence as a deliberate knock on.
  17. [Law] Re: Discussion with other sports re officiating/laws

    He said something about clever management but a misuse of yellow cards.
  18. Re: Wales vs Eng - Knock on and Time back on after asking captain to speak to players

    The look on Rees-Zammit's face said it all. He "knew" he had knocked on and couldn't believe his luck when the referee allowed the try.
  19. [Law] Re: Discussion with other sports re officiating/laws

    Some years ago I attended a seminar hosted by Chris White that included soccer referees. One female soccer ref, (by then refereeing at national league level) remembered her first league game. She...
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    Re: 5 worst ref decision

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/its-100-per-cent-knock-19932005

    Nigel Owens gives his view: neither try should have been allowed.
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    Re: 5 worst ref decision

    Knock-on: When a player loses possession of the ball and it goes forward, or when a player hits the ball forward with the hand or arm, or when the ball hits the hand or arm and goes forward, and the...
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    [Law] Re: Jumping or Diving Clarification required

    I remember Gregan tackling Lomu by holding on to his lower leg. If the foot had hit Gregan's head, would it have been appropriate to consider foul play by Lomu?!
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    [Law] Re: Jumping or Diving Clarification required

    I think your view is inappropriately legalistic, and shows no empathy for the game.
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    [Law] Re: Jumping or Diving Clarification required

    If the tackle is preventing the ball carrier from reaching out to score, then forcing the tackler to release is demanding that he gives away a score - which seems inequitable.
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    [Law] Re: Jumping or Diving Clarification required

    That is my "Mexican Stand-off" situation. I recommend a quick whistle and a 5-metre attacking scrum.
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