?>
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Ben Ryan reiterates that rugby laws are blatantly broken and ignored

BY Grant Constable  ·  Monday Feb 24, 2020

Sevens guru Ben Ryan has said that illegal and dangerous rucking has become the “norm” in rugby now.

ADVERTISEMENT

This was in reaction to a clearout from James Ryan and Devin Toner on Tom Curry in England’s contest with Ireland on Sunday, which has since been highlighted as something that went unnoticed at the time but could have put the No8 in serious danger.

It would be wrong to say that that was an exception though, as every game has instances of offences that go unpunished at the ruck.

Shoulder charges and contact with the head are offences where referees and television match officials are swift to punish players, but other infringements, such as entering the ruck from the side or players going off their feet, seem to slip by.

The Olympic gold medal winning coach said on Twitter that “Almost every commentator of pro rugby from the papers to radio & TV don’t mention it anymore – they would end up talking about nothing else.”

Illegal rucking, and mauling for that matter, can cause such a variety of injuries, which range from concussions to ankle and knee damage from incorrect entries. What’s more is that the laws are clearly there to prevent such problems, but they are so often flouted by the players, who are permitted to by referees.

It is perhaps the fact that World Rugby have made efforts to prevent such problems in the game which is why it is frustrating and concerning to see dangerous play.

ADVERTISEMENT

Ryan raised this issue, saying: “So many laws that are there to protect the game, its future and the players are broken and ignored.”

Whether this requires greater communication between the referee and the TMO, or more power to the TMO, there are ways in which the ruck can be made safer, and demands will only increase for such changes to be made.

Another incident that occurred was between CJ Stander and Owen Farrell, after the latter held on to the number eight’s leg for what seemed like an eternity. Stander retaliated, earning the praise of some fans but again posing questions as to why officials allow that particular occurrence of cynical play to happen so regularly.

Let us know in the comments below what you think of these discussion points? Is Ryan correct here?

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Tickets now on sale as World XV set to face...

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    '60 metres, plus change' - massive drop goal...

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Referee makes 'tackle of the season' as he...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Portugal shred the Boks for superb try as Esterhuizen is shown a red card

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Georgia score classy end-to-end try vs Wallabies in ten try thriller

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Wallabies star Filipo Daugunu commites daylight robbery for superb try against Wales

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Wallabies score incredible end-to-end try under immense pressure from Wales

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Beauden Barrett sets up EXCEPTIONAL All Blacks try to take the lead against England

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 HOUR AGO

    WATCH: Viral clip encapsulates why RG Snyman is so impressive

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Kurt-Lee Arendse shown yellow card for 'Croc Roll' against Portugal

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    England enforcer's tour could be over following red card vs Japan

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath's Beno Obano shown red in the Premiership final

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Former USA Eagles backrow makes passionate call to arms to USA Rugby fans

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Magnificent Frawley drop goal seals Irish victory in Durban as Kolbe accused of 'diving'

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Northampton fans dismayed as 'dismal' new badge revealed

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Fans bemused as France make use of 'attacking' new rule for defensive purpsoes

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy end to France vs All Blacks match as TMO involved in final kick

View All

Funnies

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Wild changing room scenes as Toulouse begin their Top 14 victory celebrations

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Footage emerges of Handre Pollard before his famous RWC semi penalty

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    'I don't think I've found a front rower that is normal' - Joe Marler

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Rassie Erasmus's underrated mental warfare ahead of Ireland series

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby brotherhood on full display between three South African Rugby legends

View All

Amateur

  • 80 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 80 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 103 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 103 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 103 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Ringrose in for Aki as Farrell names Ireland squad to face Springboks

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Match preview: All Blacks vs England

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Japanese club confirms three big name overseas signings

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Semi-finalists decided after torrential rain disrupts final round of pool matches

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Ireland to face most capped starting XV in Springbok history

View All