Laws and Technical Issues

To Card or not to card?

April 15, 2014
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During the 50th minute of the Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the Reds and the Brumbies at the Suncorp Stadium In Brisbane on Friday, a strange thing happened. Source: SuperSport Reds scrumhalf Wil Genia dived over the Brumbies try line and was stopped by a very good tackle by the Brumbies cover defence. Naturally...
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‘Bulls’ mauls are totally illegal’

April 3, 2014
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Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has dubbed the Bulls deadly rolling mauls from lineouts as ”totally illegal”, but says there will be no pre-match approach to the referee or post-match whinge.
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‘Skrumreël moet dadelik verander’

March 25, 2014
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‘Skrumreël moet dadelik verander’

Rugby se skrums is voortdurend onder die soeklig en’n vooraanstaande afrigter voel dat nóg ‘n verandering dadelik gemaak moet word.
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Four ways to fix the scrum

March 18, 2014
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“In New Zealand, from a young age you are taught how to destabilise a scrum.” – Edward Pye, a Roar pro on The Roar.
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Ons beste rugbybrein sit eenkant

February 20, 2014
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Waar is Brendan Venter? Hoekom sit een van die land se heel beste rugbybreine op die kantlyn?
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IRB change ‘yes, nine’ call(Update)

January 7, 2014
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IRB change ‘yes, nine’ call(Update)

IRB is to ditch the current “yes, nine” scrum call in favour of a non-verbal, pre-agreed instruction. This change will take place with immediate effect, and is being introduced at all levels of the game worldwide.  Referees will no longer give a verbal instruction of “yes, nine”, and instead will issue a non-verbal instruction to the...
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Is the scrum still a factor?

December 29, 2013
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Is the scrum still a factor?

There was a time when the scrum was the game. It was won by a goal but the road to the goal was the scrum. Then there was a time when it was regarded as essential to winning the game even if there were other ways of doing it. Now it is a troublesome...
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Rugby comes second to dodgy refs

December 16, 2013
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New Zealand achievements were rivalled for attention and at times even overshadowed by the TMO and refereeing incompetence that blighted 2013.
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Laws making rugby messier

November 29, 2013
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The more they change the laws, the bigger the mess – with referees and TMO’s making their own contributions.
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Is technology really helping us?(Update)

September 10, 2013
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Is technology really helping us?(Update)

TMO and referee decisions have come under fire in the last couple of weeks in the ABSA Currie Cup. Most of this has to do with referees and their TMO assistant’s interpretation of the laws and how it is applied, but then there are those decisions which are quite simply baffling. This past weekend...
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Refs now their own TMO

September 7, 2013
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There is a modification to the TMO protocol enabling the referee to make his own decisions from the big screen at the ground.
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Scrum’Rumba

August 29, 2013
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Scrum’Rumba

The IRB have introduced the new scrum law in an aim of making the game safer for front rows and to reduce the many scrum re-sets we had in the past few years due to a variety of reasons. They were hoping that this will then result in lesser penalties and more attacking rugby....
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Releasing of International Players

August 22, 2013
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Releasing of International Players

Much have been said about the release of international players after an article was publish this morning on Toulon wanting Brian Habana being release from Springbok duty so that he will be available for his club. To take out only certain bits and pieces of the IRB Regulation 9 are exactly what politicians like...
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Scrum Fears

August 14, 2013
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Scrum Fears

Castle Rugby Championship – Rugby365 Fears that the new scrum engagement sequence could decide the outcome of matches are dominating the build-up to the opening round of the Rugby Championship. Australia host New Zealand in the tournament opener in Sydney on Saturday, hours before South Africa and Argentina go head-to-head in Soweto – in...
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Currie Cup’s scrum ‘experiment’

August 8, 2013
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Rugby365 -Cape Town The new process of engagement will put the scrums firmly in the spotlight when the Currie Cup competition kicks off this weekend. The IRB changed the sequence from ‘crouch-touch-set’ to ‘crouch-bind-set’. It doesn’t sound like much of a change, but Western Province forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot said it has been one...
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Rugby laws in Afrikaans, Xhosa

July 23, 2013
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News24 – Cape Town – The Laws of Rugby are now available for download in Xhosa and Afrikaans for the first time as part of an initiative by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) to extend the reach and understanding of the game. SARU’s Referees Department, in conjunction with the International Rugby Board (IRB),...
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New laws for Currie Cup

June 25, 2013
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The South African Rugby Union (SARU) announced on Tuesday that it would implement a new set of experimental Laws in all local competitions from Friday. SA Rugby The Laws have been developed by the International Rugby Board (IRB) and are expected to result in more continuity in matches and reduce the risk of serious...
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The TMO – Fix it, or get rid of it

May 21, 2013
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The TMO – Fix it, or get rid of it

In the beginning of the year I wrote an article expressing my concern on the effect the extended power to the TMO will have in the game in this year’s competition – with some justification it now seems.
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The value of ‘managing’ refs

April 16, 2013
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Just how much influence do players really have on the game and their outcomes? Or are games actually played in a bipartisan way?
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‘Rugby needs more action’

February 27, 2013
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How can we get more action in a 80 minute match to grow the game, asks Matt Burke.
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Scrum’s hit taken away from school, club rugby

February 13, 2013
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New scrum Laws to make amateur rugby safer will come into effect at club and schools level as the season gets underway this month, following an initiative introduced by the South African Rugby Union (SARU).
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The ‘hit’ is the problem after-all

January 22, 2013
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A week or so back I (stupidly) decided to give my opinion in an area of the game very few know anything about, the scrum, but it seems by a shot of luck I might not have been far off! My post ‘The hit is a miss’ dealt with issues at scrum time and...
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Video killing the Rugby star?

January 15, 2013
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Video killing the Rugby star?

Rugby just would not be rugby if we went into a new year without some law changes or amendments, and the boys at the IRB and SANZAR did not disappoint.
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The hit is a miss

January 7, 2013
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The hit is a miss

This time of year rugby lovers (in the Southern Hemisphere) are forced to sit through the best Europe has to offer if they want their weekly rugby union fix and it has been interesting in some aspects to see what is happening up North.
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Are refs just making stuff up?

January 4, 2013
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Are refs just making stuff up?

It has long been suspected that referees are guessing when it comes to calls at scrum or ruck time, but blatantly making laws up as they go along?
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NZRU not keen on TMO powers

December 20, 2012
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There is little appetite within the New Zealand Rugby Union for increasing television match officials’ powers for next year’s Super Rugby season.
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Time to punish ping-pong rugby

November 13, 2012
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The five-second rule has really sped up the matches, but we need more changes.
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Scrap the scrum hit

October 29, 2012
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Scrap the scrum hit

Outgoing Australian Rugby Union boss John O’Neill has called for the “hit” to be scrapped in scrums, the experimental law variations to be revisited and a possible three-metre defensive line added to enliven the game.
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