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I'm now a ref some 40 years later than when I was I taught the game by Bill McLaren as a youngster in Hawick.
I miss rucking from the game. I don't miss injuries to the neck and head area.
He wasn't on his body, he was on his neck and head.
He was nowhere near the ball either!
Agreed I've never seen serious injury to the body from rucking.
I have however been stamped on the face and was lucky enough just receive stitches across my eye-lid.
Refs have a mandate to interpret and follow the law. I think the officials here did a solid job and I can't find an excuse not to red card the player on this occasion.
1 Year, 7 Months ago