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Dimitri Yachvili forgets he's playing rugby, backheels pass for Erik Lund try

There was a pretty famous play at the New York Sevens back in the mid-1990s.

There was one of those "hired guns teams" (NY Aliens I think) of all international players, including Canadian Al Charron.

The report in rugby magazine spoke of a player (Charron I think) who in full stride did a heel chip kick over a defender, gathered and scored.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Dimitri Yachvili forgets he's playing rugby, backheels pass for Erik Lund try

CanCon -- wasn't that the story they all tell us the first day of lacrosse / ice hockey / hurling practice -- "wear your cup boys, or you'll end up like Timmy so-and-so"

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Dimitri Yachvili forgets he's playing rugby, backheels pass for Erik Lund try

A "heel" of the ball is by definition NOT a "kick".
However a "heel" does count as the ball being "played".

So, it seems a fair interpretation that heeling is only prohibited when a "kick" is required.

Kicks at goal (Pens, Cons, DGs): require a "kick" and thus a heel should not count as a proper "kick"
Kickoffs and Restart Kicks (incl. 22M dropout) -- also require a "kick"
PKs and FKs: heeling is specifically prohibited under Law 21.3(a)

See the definitions at the front of the law book:
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DEFINITIONS:
Kick: A kick is made by hitting the ball with any part of the leg or foot, except the heel, from the toe to the knee but not including the knee; a kick must move the ball a visible distance out of the hand, or along the ground.

Played: The ball is played when it is touched by a player.

KNOCK-ON: DEFINITION: KNOCK-ON
A knock-on occurs 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 ball touches the ground or another player before the original player can catch it.
‘Forward’ means towards the opposing team’s dead ball line.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Dimitri Yachvili forgets he's playing rugby, backheels pass for Erik Lund try

It's not about how you played the ball (pass, kick, knock-on, charge-down, off your head, etc.). It's about where your teammates are (and assuming the opposition has not done anything to put them onside).

LAW 11 - DEFINITIONS "... In general play a player is offside if the player is in front of a team-mate who is carrying the ball, or in front of a team-mate who last played the ball."


1 Year, 3 Months ago

Chris Ashton carded for high swinging arm on Maurie Fa'asavalu

Your honor, I didn't shoot the man.

The deceased simply had an acute allergic reaction to the high speed lead projectile that I was playing with by myself, until he stepped into my path.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Chris Ashton carded for high swinging arm on Maurie Fa'asavalu

My point is that if this guy were playing for a Pacific Island nation, or for a Tier 2/3 country, the full force of the IRB would have come down upon him, and they use words like "reckless".

However, when it's a player from a favored nation, they talk of "bad luck", "no malicious intent", etc. etc.

It all comes down to refereeing / citiation / punishment by assumption -- when "good players" do it, it's unfortunate; when "bad players" do it, it's cynical.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Chris Ashton carded for high swinging arm on Maurie Fa'asavalu

If it were the other way around -- fill in the blank -- would it have been a straight red?

blank:
a polynesian on a ginger
a forward on a winger

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Ilai Tinai suspended for five weeks for dangerous tackle against Wales

Not asking for the TMO to jump into everything in sevens -- the game is too quick, and a TMO decision would give players the chance to recover (which is a huge advantage in sevens). They already rely on in-goal refs (vs TMO) for tries.

That said, I think that for foul play, the referee should be able to refer it to a TMO. But not for PK vs yellow -- to me it should be if the referee has already judged it to be a yellow, and then it's up to the TMO to escalate to a red (vs yellow).

You then use the two minutes of yellow card time to get the TMO to review and decide if it's a red. If it's worthy of a red, then the player simply doesn't come back. The game isn't needlessly slowed down.

Thoughts?

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Young Prop Dean Irvine scores 90 meter intercept try

Different oval ball code -- but this play from James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Superbowl a few years ago is a good reminder of how special it is when a fat man runs..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM1iXHY8s9o

1 Year, 3 Months ago

Young Prop Dean Irvine scores 90 meter intercept try

During the post-match interview they asked him if he was going to have a pint and a meat pie after the match.

He said that he was a vegetarian teetotaller.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

 
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