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    [Law] Re: 20.10 behind the kicker at a PK

    Until 1992, a player in front of the kicker could move forward provided he stayed at least 10 metres from the place where the ball would land.
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    Re: What nutrition does broccoli have?

    I'm with George HW Bush on this.
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    [Maul] Re: Binding in front of the Ball Carrier/back foot.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTv4yD6BKlA
  4. [Law] Re: When and why the intentional knock-on rule was added to the rugby laws?

    It is the standard terminology. I don't think you are going to be able to change that.
  5. Thread: Hand-off heights

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    Re: Hand-off heights

    To be clear: are you saying the 5'7" scrum half ball carrier is not allowed to fend against the 6'7" second row who is coming low by placing a hand on the top of his head?
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    Re: Another stand-up tackle

    Extract from World Rugby Protocol [/FONT][/COLOR]https://www.world.rugby/news/612891

    It would seem they do.
  7. Thread: Penalty Try

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    Re: Penalty Try

    I think it is unnecessary. I do not see a significant problem with the current arrangements.

    The referee's primary responsibility is to run the game safely.

    Signals are mainly for...
  8. Thread: Hand-off heights

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    Re: Hand-off heights

    The two situations are NOT equivalent. Therefore they do NOT require exactly the same treatment.
  9. Thread: Penalty Try

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    Re: Penalty Try

    If foul play occurs and starts a fight, the referee's first action is to blow loudly to try and get their attention while trying to defuse the situation and trying to remember who did what to whom. ...
  10. Thread: Hand-off heights

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    Re: Hand-off heights

    The ball carrier has virtually no choice when a tackler comes in low. As long as he does not deliver a fend as a sort of punch, I see no problem.

    The tackler has multiple choices. if he choses to...
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    Re: Penalty Try

    A solution in search of a problem?
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    [Law] Re: 20.10 behind the kicker at a PK

    Offside: A positional offence meaning a player can take no part in the game without being liable to sanction.
    10.4 An offside player may be penalised, if that player:(my colouring).

    A player is...
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    Re: Messy lineout - saints v gloucester

    Once the ball has been thrown in, blow your whistle . "That was a mess. Too many simultaneous infringements. Sort yourselves out and we'll try again." Maybe list some of the infringements.
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    Re: Hand-off heights

    There is a ludicrous argument "If one step, why not fifty?" Compromise is something we all do all the time. In refereeing decisions it is called judgement. It is unavoidable, so trying to deal in...
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    Re: Hand-off heights

    Back in 1970 I went to Leicester to watch the touring Fijians play East Midlands. I remember their winger, Tikoisuva, putting his hand on the top of his opponent's head with a straight arm and using...
  16. [Law] Re: When and why the intentional knock-on rule was added to the rugby laws?

    I think rescinding that law would lead to problems. If all you could gain would be giving away a scrum, why would that be more exciting? Or do you find scrums more exciting than open play?
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  17. [Law] Re: When and why the intentional knock-on rule was added to the rugby laws?

    You called?

    The earliest printed laws from 1845 listed several offences, including the knock-on, but no sanctions. The assumption is that play was restarted with a scrum.

    At that time there...
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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...
  23. 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...
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