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    Merry Christmas

    So my Christmas present from Santa this year was a quadruple bypass surgery. Very little warning signs in the lead up to going under the knife. This is no fun. Rugby refs are generally middle aged guys staying in the game by taking up the whistle. Look after yourselves and if you fitness changes...
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    Aus Rugby 22-93

    Aussie Super Rugby woes continue. So far this weekend we are down 93-22 over 3 games to NZ and SA opposition with only the Brumbies to have a chance to stop the rot against the Argies this afternoon. Cannot honestly see an Aussie team beating a NZ team again this year. What's that saying about...
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    New RA Boss

    Rugby Australia (rebranded in October from ARU) has a new CEO. "Raelene Castle replaces Bill Pulver as Rugby Australia chief executive" Not quite sure how the appointment process works but I'm guessing she is appointed by the Board. Her first action as CEO should be to sack every single one of...
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    [Law] Law Book cut in half

    Full review of the Law book looks to be going full steam ahead
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    [Ruck] Diving over ruck

    We recently discussed a video showing a player diving over a ruck to score a try (possibly two incidents). Anyone remember the thread? Have done a search and came up empty
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    [Law] What constitutes a match?

    So I know I've seen it somewhere before but having no luck finding it again. Cannot find it in WR Handbook Regulations (maybe looking in wrong section???). What time frame constitutes a match? At what point during a game does the current score stand if the match has to be abandoned due to any...
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    [Law] TJ Perenara's Bluff

    How many people currently watching the Reds v Hurricanes game are shaking their heads at how TJ Perenara just bluffed Angus Gardner. Hurricanes attacking 5m scrum, get the push on and AG signals advantage and then blows for the PK. Without picking up the ball, which is on the ground and on the...
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    I know I know LEGGINGS

    OK. Never bothered to read the infamous Leggings Thread, so just after a simple answer please? Leggings AKA Long Tights. 1.Women/Girls = Legal??? 2. Men/Boys = Illegal??? And yes, this is a serious question.
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    Congratulations to how the Crusaders fought back with 14 men for most of the last 10 minutes to snatch a win against the Reds after the 80 minutes. They came back against the Highlanders last week and have shown they are one team you cannot write off. HOWEVER!!! I attended a presentation of our...
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    What chance Scotland?

    What odds would you give Scotland for an upset v England this weekend? How many teams still have a chance to take out the 6N?
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    Blues v Chiefs

    At 1:06 on the YouTube clock, Black 9 makes a break and is tackled just short of the line. As the players continue to slide, black 9 reaches forward looking to ground the ball when he reaches the goal line. However, just before his arm/hand holding the ball reaches the goal line, blue 11 dives...
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    JOC & Comical Ali

    Surprised at one, not at all surprised at the other. Comical Ali and James (The Brand) O'Connor have apparently been arrested trying to buy cocaine outside a Paris nightclub. Sigh....... JOC claimed a couple of months ago that he was still aiming to play for the Wallabies again. I think that...
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    Super Rugby and new Laws

    6 games down and a few observations. Interested to hear the comments of others who have been watching.. 1. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) pulled off a great dive over the sideline to throw the ball back into play from a Brumbies PK. 2. I think the Southern Hemisphere refs are being a bit more lenient...
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    Law 19 Amendment Trial

    Thoughts on the wording of this one please. The ball is in touch if a player catches the ball and that player has a foot on the touchline or the ground beyond the touchline. If a player has one foot in the field of play and one foot in touch and holds the ball, the ball is in touch. LAW...
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    Ireland's Try 62minutes

    Just watching the replay and surprised there has been no discussion on here about Ireland's try at the 62 minute mark. Irish ball carrier is tackled short and clearly uses his knees to propel himself close enough to THEN reach out and score the try.
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    [In-goal] Law 14 & In-goal

    We all know that Laws 15, 16 & 17 do not apply in the in-goal area. What about Law 14 and specifically Law 14.2? What about if a defender has gone to ground to gather a ball in the FoP and slides into in-goal and rather than give away a scrum 5 he attempts to get up with the ball as an attacking...
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    6N Referees

    Craig Joubert has apparently retired (Internationals only????). Did I miss an earlier announcement?
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    Global Law Changes for 2017

    Discuss World Rugby - previously the IRB - has made known five law changes which will be introduced by way of a trial on 1 January 2017 in the Southern Hemisphere and on 1 August in the North.. The Global Changes for 2017 1. Law 3 Number of Players – The Team 3.6 (Uncontested Scrums) Add...
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    Saints v Newcastle RC

    I take it Andrew Jackson is "Our Jacko"? If so, he was in charge of this game and I though he did a pretty good job. One question however, regarding the RC incident late in the 1st half. We have a ruck with Orange in possession. Orange #2 clears out a Green player. Green player "counter rucks"...
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    Australia v Scotland

    Latest press release from the Wallabies dressing room is that Big Will Skelton is to change his name by Deed Poll to Big DUMB Will Skelton