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    Default Player on ground catching the ball

    In today’s Wales vs England game, Curry charged down a Welsh clearing kick and in the process fell to the ground. The ball looped up and while on the ground he caught it and passed it to another english player. Because he is on the ground is he not ‘out of the game’ until he regains his feet? Sanction penalty to Wales?
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    For me...yes penalisable!

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    Default Re: Player on ground catching the ball

    So he used it immediately? If he’d gone to ground, grabbed the ball and used it immediately would that be ok?

    He just skipped a step ;-)

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    Default Re: Player on ground catching the ball

    Quote Originally Posted by Flish View Post
    So he used it immediately? If he’d gone to ground, grabbed the ball and used it immediately would that be ok?

    He just skipped a step ;-)
    He was on the ground prior to taking possession of the ball as I recall. He clearly 'played' the ball while off his feet in my opinion.

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    Default Re: Player on ground catching the ball

    Seriously though, technically correct, it’s a penalty - but I think it falls into the positive play category so they let it go as a good spectacle

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    Default Re: Player on ground catching the ball

    That was one of the incidents that I was referring to in another thread where England got the benefit of a ‘dubious’ decision and went on to score. The score was not immediate so people are overlooking it compared to the other controversial decisions. This decision had just as much impact as the others which people across several forums are getting excited about. This was an error in law while the others were down to interpretation of the law or a management issue. This was much clearer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balones View Post
    That was one of the incidents that I was referring to in another thread where England got the benefit of a ‘dubious’ decision and went on to score. The score was not immediate so people are overlooking it compared to the other controversial decisions. This decision had just as much impact as the others which people across several forums are getting excited about. This was an error in law while the others were down to interpretation of the law or a management issue. This was much clearer.
    ah but is it? There are some who state it is not clear a player can’t play the ball in this scenario.


    I’m not one of them but even here the law is not unambiguous.

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    The way that the law has been interpreted for the last couple of years has cleared up the ambiguity. Our professional referees, as well as those at community level, have been given clear guidance on the matter. I haven’t got easy and quick access to examples at the moment but please be assured that in RFU land ‘on the floor is out of the game’.

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    Hence my tongue in cheek answer above, we know what a player who goes to ground to gather the ball can do, here I was already there. I believe it used to say that the game is played by players on their feet, hence the adage of on the ground out of the game - but I’m not sure it says that anymore?

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    Law 13.3b

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