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Brilliant Richie McCaw lineout move first done vs Springboks by Samoa in 2013

He moved within 2 meters just before the ball was thrown. He's 2 1/2 meters away, before that, and scoots up as the thrower has the ball at the back of his head. Clearly, looking at when the ball was thrown, the lineout jumper is already in the air.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Brilliant Richie McCaw lineout move first done vs Springboks by Samoa in 2013

I disagree. I've watched the end of the Ireland match several times, and at least twice the ball was forward on passes. Regarding what went on forty years ago, I think it's relevant in that it set the tone for what happened in the ensuing years. Just the face that Haden was quite willing to dive out of the lineout says plenty about "the end justifies the means" mentality, that it's do whatever to win a match, even if it isn't sportsmanlike. JPR Williams scored that try, and didn't double play it off the ground, several years earlier. Heck, go back to 1967 against England, a knock on wasn't called, leading to one of New Zealand's first tries in that match on that fall tour.
Finally, just look at that 2011 WC final against France. Lots of calls seemed to go against France.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Brilliant Richie McCaw lineout move first done vs Springboks by Samoa in 2013

You have it right. And check where McCaw is at 16 seconds. The problem is actually with the law itself regarding the receiver. The older laws about this were much better, in my opinion. Either McCaw is playing scrum half or he isn't, and he is in the lineout or he isn't. Now, with the law as it stands, it seems a player can be both at the same time, and yes, I'd agree that trying to figure out exactly where a player is standing at a given time is tough to tell for a referee.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Brilliant Richie McCaw lineout move first done vs Springboks by Samoa in 2013

Bring up 2007 and I'll bring up 2011. France got hosed in the final!

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Brilliant Richie McCaw lineout move first done vs Springboks by Samoa in 2013

I read it correctly. The jumper went up too early, check at 16 seconds versus 17-18 seconds. McCaw was 2 1/2 meters away from the lineout. And that's easy to check at 16 seconds too, as he's basically standing right where that stripe, parallel to the touch line, goes out from the five meter stripe. That stripe is also five meters long, and see where he's standing. He's basically half way between the lineout and the end of that stripe. He should have been standing closer. He wasn't.

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Brilliant Richie McCaw lineout move first done vs Springboks by Samoa in 2013

Look at where McCaw is standing at 16 seconds on the video. Ironically there's a stripe that's five meters long extending parallel to the touch line from the five meter (sorry, metre) line, and McCaw is standing exactly 2 1/2 meters away from the lineout. Then there's the early jump. Clearly early, before the throw was made. At 17 seconds the ball is just leaving the thrower's hands. I can read Law 19 too. I have a law book in the next room, and it's a 2015 version! Perhaps your "interpretation" is different from mine.
There's plenty wrong with referees who let too much "go" in international matches, for the sake of what, continuity? More scoring? I saw the Canada-Japan match a few weeks ago in San Jose, Ca. Japan blatantly ran dummy runners ahead of backline moves, and the dummy runners ran into and across the defenders. They didn't hold up in their runs so as not to obstruct. No calls were made. Canada didn't use that ruse. Now I don't know if it would have made any difference to the final score, but right off the bat, with a ref not bothering to call obstruction, Japan weren't going to stop running obstructing dummies. I actually took a photo from the stands, up some fifteen row in the upper deck, and "caught" a Japanese player running right into a defender as the ball is passed along the line some five meters behind. NO call.
Baseball in America is on the verge of having a computerized way of calling balls and strikes at the plate. Now, I know that video refs are only going to be used for controversial tries in rugby, but there's a reason that baseball will, eventually, because it's already been done in a minor league game near San Francisco this last week, to have a computer tell the home plate umpire if there's been a ball or strike thrown by the pitcher. Here's the reason: too many "interpretations" by umpires of the strike zone, though it's completely obvious in the rule book where a strike is!

3 Weeks, 5 Days ago

Brilliant Richie McCaw lineout move first done vs Springboks by Samoa in 2013

And I wouldn't be surprised if some other international side tries the same exact thing against the All Blacks, and a whistle blows, and New Zealand is awarded with a free kick.

1 Month, 7 Hours ago

Brilliant Richie McCaw lineout move first done vs Springboks by Samoa in 2013

The referee let two infractions go by without blowing the whistle. McCaw was never part of the lineout, running into it after the ball was thrown in, and running from a spot on the pitch more than 2 meters away from the lineout. A New Zealand forward was lifted before the ball was thrown in as well as a dummy.
There's supposed to be one interpretation of the laws of the game, not multiple interpretations. If someone in a lineout jumps early, or runs into a lineout to receive a throw in from a position more than two meters away from the lineout, it should be called, and a free kick awarded to the opposition in both cases. Two infractions with no calls. Read Law 19!
It's no different from what was at least two forward passes not called in the last movement in that November 2013 Ireland v New Zealand match. I guess there's two sets of laws in Rugby Union at the International Level. One set for everyone else, and one for the All Blacks. That's been fairly obvious since JPR Williams' try was disallowed and a penalty awarded to New Zealand back in the fall of 1972, and Haden's play-act six years later against Wales.

1 Month, 7 Hours ago

Scotland unveil striking new Rugby World Cup 2015 kit

That shirt tail out seems to defeat the purpose of having a really tight-fitting shirt on in the first place. I've seen them grabbed! Regarding the "traditional look or feel": not traditional enough, in my opinion. Why the scallop on the bottom side of the shorts, and the blue stripe? Stripes from the underarm down the side of a jersey seem really stupid to me, and it was an American professional football NFL team that started that silliness in 1998: the Denver Broncos. Put stripes where they should be on a jersey, not hidden away behind arms and arm pits.
At least it seems that the international jerseys aren't going to be glaring adverts for the corporate world, as any sponsors ads look to be miniscule; so there will be rugby players out on the pitch, not corporate adverts masquerading as rugby players out on the pitch.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Ruck Clean Out Drill trains players how to dominate the breakdown

Perhaps I should clarify something: If a player closing over the ball, picks it up before coming in contact with an opposing player, then there has been no ruck formed. Believe me, I've seen, as a referee and spectator, players literally freeze in that situation, not knowing whether to pick up the ball or not. I've had to yell out "play the ball" or "no ruck, play the ball" when that situation has occurred. It seems to happen right after a ruck has ended, and another tackle occurs not very far upfield, just a few meters, and defenders retreating back aren't sure (if they are fairly new to the game) what to do regarding a ball just lying there on the ground, not sure if it's open play or not.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago