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    Re: Wal v Aus: Coach Verbally Attacks Officials

    "I love it when a plan comes together." (The A-Team quote)
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    [ISSUE] Re: They're baaa-aaaa-aaaa-ck

    (I have now updated my email address)
  3. [7's/10's] Re: What is the definition of the playing a ball in the scrum?

    I don't see the birdshit rule as a sensible compromise. I see it as categorically wrong, as I have explained ad nauseam.
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    [ISSUE] Re: They're baaa-aaaa-aaaa-ck

    Is there some way of letting all users know?
  5. [7's/10's] Re: What is the definition of the playing a ball in the scrum?

    I'm sorry you didn't like my attempt at humour, but for years I have been pointing out that the bird shit rule is wrong: it is perfectly possible for the ball to be between the #8's feet and just...
  6. [7's/10's] Re: What is the definition of the playing a ball in the scrum?

    The bird shit argument is crap. A better way of putting it is to imagine a cord/elastic band round the extremities of the ruck/scrum. The ball has to be outside that to be "out". We allow the...
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    Re: Wal v Aus: Coach Verbally Attacks Officials

    Exactly.
  8. [7's/10's] Re: What is the definition of the playing a ball in the scrum?

    Clear of the scrum/ruck ie so that the scrum half can kick or pass
  9. [7's/10's] Re: What is the definition of the playing a ball in the scrum?

    My society's view is that the ball is out when the scum half has lifted it clear. He is not allowed to handle the ball in the scrum otherwise, and must not delay when lifting clear.

    This appears...
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    Re: Wal v Aus: Coach Verbally Attacks Officials

    The video clearly shows that there was in fact no knock-on. There was also no whistle. So what is there to moan about?

    Very good spot by the referee.
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    Re: Scotland's first try

    Do you really want the Laws written in legalese?
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    Re: Scotland's first try

    Law 18

    Forming a lineout
    A lineout is formed on the mark of touch.
    Each team forms a single line parallel to and half a metre from the mark of touch on their side of the lineout between the...
  13. Thread: Colours?

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    Re: Colours?

    Some years ago I was at a match where the teams were wearing shirts with slightly different red/white patterns. In the small spectator shed on the touchline was a bag of black shirts belonging to...
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    Re: Scotland's first try

    Being in a position to receive the ball does NOT imply that he must be expecting to do so. It might be a dummy run .
  15. [Law] Re: Ball kicked hits overhanging tree branch and falls back onto pitch

    That is exactly why Equity was a better choice of word. For those who argue that few people understand the concept - just explain it to them: "Equity was a concept brought into law courts to cover...
  16. Thread: GLDO/Mark

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    [Law] Re: GLDO/Mark

    Take the specific over the general where there is a clash i.e. Law 17.7
  17. [Law] Re: Ball kicked hits overhanging tree branch and falls back onto pitch

    I always objected to replacing Equity with Enjoyment. I challenged it and was told that most people did not understand Equity. I said it is just the legal term for fairness, but it cut no ice.
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    Re: These goal line dropouts

    My Society has a Match Observer Development Officer in charge of appointing us.
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    Re: These goal line dropouts

    One of the benefits of being a mere Match Observer (as we seem to be called these days).
  20. [Law] Re: Ball kicked hits overhanging tree branch and falls back onto pitch

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkRhTKQBC88 for confirmation
  21. [Law] Re: Ball kicked hits overhanging tree branch and falls back onto pitch

    This happened at Lords in 1936 - https://www.lords.org/lords/our-history/father-time-wall/1936-a-ball-strikes-a-sparrow-which-is-later-stuff
  22. [Law] Re: Ball kicked hits overhanging tree branch and falls back onto pitch

    As a player many years ago, there was one club famous for its overhanging trees. They were by a stream, so the club always brought out a net to recover balls from the water.

    On one occasion we...
  23. [Law] Re: Ball kicked hits overhanging tree branch and falls back onto pitch

    19.1 (end) The team that was last moving forward or, if neither team was moving forward, the attacking team.
  24. [Law] Re: Ball kicked hits overhanging tree branch and falls back onto pitch

    6.9 f


    The ball becomes dead
    The referee will deem the ball to be dead when:

    The ball is in touch or touch in-goal.
    The ball is grounded in in-goal.
    A conversion has been attempted.
    ...
  25. [Maul] Re: When is a flying wedge a maul...a maul a flying wedge....or....?

    (Pedant's Corner) Years ago, when we had typists instead of computer screens, I wrote a program summary using the word "supersede" and sent it to the typists. It returned with the (non-)word...
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