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New Zealand snatch 7s victory with 8 men on the field

Why am I not surprised? And regarding the WC call, I still think, after watching the vid several times, that an Aussie hand made contact with the ball when it was knocked forward by the Scot player into the other Scot's hands further upfield.

19 Hours, 13 Minutes ago

New Zealand snatch 7s victory with 8 men on the field

I'd agree. At least one forward pass in the dying seconds of that Ireland international in November of 2013 comes to mind, the #10 passing to #16. That pass was forward. If called, Ireland win.

19 Hours, 16 Minutes ago

New Zealand snatch 7s victory with 8 men on the field

Not eight, but 16

19 Hours, 17 Minutes ago

New Zealand snatch 7s victory with 8 men on the field

People in Wales thought the same thing in December of 1972 and November of 1978.

19 Hours, 18 Minutes ago

Brixham rugby player dives short of tryline then celebrates!

That's extremely funny, and it's something that makes the game what it is, full of memories of all sorts of things that happen on the pitch, good, bad, and ugly. There are corner flags, for crissakes. And the five meter line is dashed as it should be. Maybe in his haste....and here in America, California, believe me, I've arrived at pitches to ref and seen traffic cones in place of corner flags, or 22 and halfway flags, and during a game they can be knocked over and not put back in the right place. And many times the rugby pitch is laid out over a soccer pitch, or a lacrosse field, and lines are going everywhere, sometimes different colors used to differentiate, and yet I have never seen someone dive in for a score five meters from a goal line!

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Jacques Burger lines up and nails Luke McAlister with textbook tackle

Marginal call if he was offside. Regarding the tackle, I have to wonder why tackles are so glorified on this site. Can you imagine, back in the day of Barry John and Gareth Edwards, a newspaper or magazine about rugby putting so much emphasis on treat tackles? It never would have happened.
I'm in America, and believe me, half the parents in this nation do not want their kids playing American football because of all the concussions. With the law changes in rugby over the last decade or so, the game has more live play, less set pieces overall, and with professionalism more training, coaching, more defense, resulting in play getting more dangerous. Years back the game had Jean Pierre Rives and JPR Williams making tackles like this Burger, but now there are dozens and dozens of players in the top club and provincial sides making these head-on tackles, and going low and launching into the tackled player. So, expect more concussions from this type of tackle and play overall. Heck, I refereed a women's college match this afternoon here in California, in Monterey (and it's nice to have rugby weather again during the season after a four year absence, a real winter here for once, with rain, cool weather, overcast skies, and muddy pitches!), and several young women got laid out from hard tackles that were legal, in that the tackle did have the arm wrap, but dangerous looking from the intensity of the tackle. No one seriously hurt, though one player did go off with a headache, but isn't it true that if one tackles well, one doesn't have to put the tackled player in danger, only make the tackle, hold up the player from advancing, or put the player on the ground without putting one's own head and body in jeopardy as well? I'll certainly admit that some tackles look worse than they are, and that a smaller player is more than likely going to get knocked down by a bigger and stronger player. It's the intensity I'm concerned with mostly.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Rugby Tactics: Using the Grubber Kick to beat defences

Defenses need to be made aware of the possibility of the grubber or pop kick, then they back off some, and space or gaps open up for running. Something has to be done to break up the monotony of multiple phase play. And now there's the possibility of once again changing the offside line to something like a meter behind a ruck? That's just going to encourage more phase play, not open play. Might as well change the whole game to league and just abolish union because it seems that's the intention of those in charge of the game!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

'Freak' try from Rugby League Centenary Test

I've got a current law book, and am amazed once again about more law changes on hand in the coming year. "jackaling" might be outlawed. I don't know about more and more changes. I have a brilliant idea: go back to the laws as existed in 1991! Perhaps rugby would look again like rugby. As the writer Stephen Jones said in 1993, when all sorts of changes to law were made, "why change laws after a successful WC?" in regards to the 1991WC.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Rugby Tactics: Using the Grubber Kick to beat defences

I'm reminded of the BBC commemorative film on Cliff Morgan, in which Tony O' Reilly mentions that when the Lions played the Springboks in that 1955 tour, Cliff would tell the backs to "put the ball over their heads" as the South African backline advanced forward in their so-called "blitz" defense.
With so many defenders lining up across the field it only makes sense to re-establish the grubber and pop kicks as an offensive weapon to break up these defensive lines. I want to see more of them. Unfortunately it does take some training and repetitive practice to perfect either type of kick, and as play in the last few decades usually involves the ball in hand so often, perhaps kicking the ball into limited space with the intention of retaining possession has been so ignored and forgotten as a tactic, and perhaps not practiced enough in training, that when it is used, it fails, the opposition gets the turnover, and the next time it's back to the usual running into opposition to set up phase play.
I'd really like to hear a comment from someone who was an authority in using the pop kick and grubber to perfection: Barry John.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter's face

I agree. If one looks at the past too many incidents were not punished harshly enough. Now it seems any incident is, whether intended or not. And with slow motion replays, any foul play ending up looking worse than it really is much of the time, and that is what needs to be taken into consideration by those officiating what is becoming an over-officiated game, like American football already is!

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago