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Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

Stop boosting for kicks and lineouts. I played in the time of no lifting. I've refereed in the era of lifting (and phony non-contested three-man rucks too).

2 Days, 7 Hours ago

Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

I agree, but then again blame it on how the laws have changed over the years. The game has changed to the point that contesting for possession of the ball isn't really allowed like before. Why allow anyone to be lifted? The players all have legs and the ability to jump in the air on their own accord. The law makers have changed the laws so that those being lifted "get" to have possession, and woe to anyone trying to contest, as in a penalty is most likely the result. When the laws of the game change so that the team in possession of the ball become entitled to it, the game's integrity is at stake.

2 Days, 7 Hours ago

Ali Williams controversially Sin Binned after colliding with Devin Toner in the air

How about getting rid of lifting? No lifting on kickoffs, lineouts, period! All these players have legs and the ability of jumping without aid of any kind. The injured player fell from a considerable height he wouldn't have reached without lifting. Just ban it, and guess what: lineouts will be contested once more like back in the day. Anything to get rid of "guaranteed possession" of the ball! And anything to take away another excuse for a referee to give a player a yellow card.

2 Days, 7 Hours ago

Massive schoolboy hit from new Edinburgh signing Nasi Manu in 2006

I agree with Hugh. The tackle was a bit high and there didn't seem to be an effort to wrap. I looked twice at the video, and it seemed the arm was aimed right at the winger's head. Now when I played I got high tackled at times, because I'm 5'8" (was, now I'm about an inch shorter). I don't recall a lot of penalties called for it, and I never complained. As a ref now I try to be careful making a call for a high tackle. I just did a game Saturday (women's match) and there were some tackles made around just below collar-bone high that I let go. A few inches higher, as in an arm aimed above the base of the neck, and I'm blowing up for a penalty or giving advantage to play on, unless there's an obvious injury.

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Mark Richards KO'd after colliding with the shoulder of Willem Alberts

A law change that could mean more lineouts, where there rarely is injury, and less running, in which the chances of a tackle and concussion exist, is to return to the old kick into touch rules that existed from the time that the Australian Dispensation rule became a general rule (1968) until some six or seven years back when kicking into touch directly became more restrictive.

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Mark Richards KO'd after colliding with the shoulder of Willem Alberts

Incidents like this one aren't all that common in rugby. It's usually the responsibility of the weak side wing to run up field on kicks into the box. Now why a big lock forward was playing back is another question, but this is just a short clip of the game.

There are more tackles in the game with the current laws though, so overall there will be more concussions. Players seem to run into contact instead of running around contact more often than not. Inter passing between players, especially forwards, before contact seems not to happen as much as before. There's too much "going to ground." I've mentioned this before, but just the change in the kicking to touch rules back some six or seven years ago means more running of the ball with tackling more than likely the result, less lineouts overall, and therefore more likelihood of concussion.

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Marcelo Bosch last gasp Quarter Final penalty sinks Racing Metro

Did he ref that match? Well, he sure didn't see those two forward passes in New Zealand's last rush to score.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Marcelo Bosch last gasp Quarter Final penalty sinks Racing Metro

25 to 40 years ago was when I was playing regularly. After that was the occasional 35 or 40+ match. I've been reffing for quite a few years.

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Marcelo Bosch last gasp Quarter Final penalty sinks Racing Metro

I imagine that you might have played some years back, and not in the recent past. I played quite a time ago, like 25-30 years ago when forwards fought for the ball. My problem is that the laws should be changed so that the Saracens, in that situation, can come across and get that ball that's just sitting there not being used! Either that or the ref blows up play and the Saracens get a free kick in the same situation. Enough of static rucks and the team in possession having their players in the ruck "bridge" over the ball if there's no defensive players binding on. Perhaps the white team, seeing no defenders join in the ruck, should pick up the ball and run with it, like that guy Ellis did in 1823!

2 Weeks, 2 Days ago

The Shortball highlights wrap from Round 7 of Super Rugby

No red cards? No foul play? It's not like there's all those cameras catching all the action on the field. Maybe these professional players need to lay off the steroids and weights, because all those cameras, red cards and yellow cards aren't keeping players from using foul tactics.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago