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USA's Major League Rugby announces schedule for 2018 inaugural season

You're right about that, but then again, every time I see a rugby union game, and in the summer read about more law changes, the game is becoming league! Just the fact that rucks don't have to have any opposition players to form one is one huge step forward in making the differences between the two sports less and less. It's bad enough that a ball can just lie on the ground, obviously not in a ruck anymore if it's behind a rear foot, and it's still considered to be in by most referees, and the defense can't come across to try to gain possession, if there's no scrum half or acting half anywhere near the ball. I call the ball out when I ref when I see that. Of course rucks are rarely contested anymore, which means teams should resort more to mauls, but that's been made a shambles with the decade ago law changes to mauls that basically allow obstruction. It's all about scoring more points and allowing the team with the ball to basically keep it, phase after phase. I find it quite boring.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

USA's Major League Rugby announces schedule for 2018 inaugural season

It's rather stupid not to have a San Francisco team, given that that area of the USA has the strongest rugby. The last attempt at a professional division did have a side in San Francisco. San Francisco's AT&T Park is also having the World Cup 7s in July when the baseball Giants are on an away games trip.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Sergio Parisse 'rucking' technique will make the ball appear every time

What rucks? There aren't any rucks anymore! The defensive opposition does not even have to engage with the offensive opposition with the latest law changes to turn union more into league.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Midweek Madness - Powerful scrum sends pack and posts backwards

Next thing you know the posts will be moved to the dead ball line by World Rugby.

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

UPDATE: Sekope Kepu banned for that shoulder charge on Hamish Watson

Here's another question I have as a referee: how far ahead of the ball can a player on offense keep knocking back a defensive player in a ruck? Five meters ahead with the ball already out is obviously obstruction. Check gold #2 and ask yourself if he's too far ahead of play to be taking out an opponent?

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

UPDATE: Sekope Kepu banned for that shoulder charge on Hamish Watson

Just an addendum, the shoulder charge isn't typical, but the taking out of one defensive player on the other side of the ball is very typical in rucks. All the other defenders are spreading out to mark opposition.

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

UPDATE: Sekope Kepu banned for that shoulder charge on Hamish Watson

That would have been a great block in American football. Rugby? No wrapping of arms, illegal contact. But this type of play is typical now in that most forwards aren't going to go into rucks when the ball goes to ground, on either side of the ball. And with the recent law changes that there needs not be any contact with opposition to form a ruck, the game is just another step closer to being league, not union. Now we already have multiple phase pick and go rugby as it is, which to me is very boring. So, let's have a five phase maximum!

2 Weeks, 6 Days ago

Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

Not to disagree with your statement, because it has its valid points, but in any era of rugby, if the play was done right, the game was played right. There is a lot of physicality in the game today that didn't exactly exist before hand, even in these women matches, though not to the degree of the men's game. Let's face it, some law changes have made the game into what it is, and it is a version of rugby league now. There's good and bad in that. Defense coaches figured a decades and a half ago that rucks would better be not contested, and just spread out defenses across the pitch. That, in my opinion, has led to some negative play. To counter that, any team with the ball should, and some do, go up-tempo and play pick and go if they can, if those on defense, the tackler or nearby team mates, don't react fast enough to stop it; or don't even have a potential tackled player go to ground: get the ball passed off ASAP to an open team mate following behind. That in and of itself should suck in defenders, and open play so that the ball can be spun out wide, or kept close in with a vertical attack straight up field. What I don't like about the modern game is the recycling of the ball with uncontested rucks, with big players making up a few meters only to go back to ground and repeat over and over. I do not find that play entertaining one bit, and very, very negative! Perhaps there needs to be, as in League, a 'ruck' limit, like no more than four phases, and then the ball gets turned over in a scrum to the defense, or the offense kicks it away, as in League.

3 Months, 1 Week ago

New Zealand beat England to win 2017 Women's World Cup in Belfast

The referee's non call could have cost England the match. That was a penalty for playing the ball off the ground. It had been released by the New Zealand player, and she grabbed the ball again and passed it. I have made that call myself dozens of times over the years. I do not know if the referee saw what happened, as she could have been screened, but did not the touch judges see it, and isn't the TMO allowed to intervene? I believe it was the TMOs who called attention to the referee regarding that dangerous tip tackle in the first half. Regardless, the rugby I saw on the TV from this tournament was fantastic. There was plenty of open running rugby to be seen in various games. Even when the play got tighter, with the multiple "pick and go" phase attack, it seemed to occur very close into the goal line, and running rugby, or tactical kicking, got the ball down close in the first place. There was some defensive kicking that allowed for counter attacks, and I don't recall much aerial ping pong played instead. I was totally entertained. NBC sport televised some of the matches, but one had to cough up the dough for NBC Sport Gold to get them live. Only the USA-NZ match was live on regular cable on that mid-week morning here on the Pacific coast. I saw the replay Sunday night of the final.

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Top 5 Tries from Round 2 of the Women's Rugby World Cup

I've refereed many, many women's matches. I've rarely ever seen a player shove another from the opposite side, let alone exhibit unsportsmanlike behavio(u)r.

3 Months, 4 Weeks ago