The quartet say that the present command of "crouch, touch, pause, engage" should be replaced by "stand, touch, engage, push". They argue that the requirement to crouch "increases the disposition towards charging" and that the pause "creates a sense of tension of the kind that would apply to a 100-yard sprinter on the starting blocks".
The starter's pistol is also intended to ensure everybody starts at the same time.The 'engage' call was designed to ensure both teams engaged at the same time but has become like a starter's pistol.
agree -- I had envisaged 'ball-in' to mean ... 'put it in when you are ready' rather than a command. More like when you give a PK ... it doesn't mean you have to take the PK right now... but you can.But if the referee calls the ball in the "skill" of the hooker & SH co-ordinating the strike is gone.
I asked Brian Moore what he thought of this, he said he'll be commenting in his telegraph column on Thursday.
You mean like "engage" is not a command.:biggrin:epper: