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New Scrum Laws: A Bit of a Farce? Leave a comment Read more »

New Scrum Laws: A Bit of a Farce?

  Is crouch-bind-set the start of the end of the game for all sizes? New scrum laws this season have, in my opinion, seen this area of the game turn into a bit of a farce. In many games that I have watched, both on…

Does Rugby Have a Tribal Problem? 3 Comments Read more »

Does Rugby Have a Tribal Problem?

Well, first the good news. Rugby union has not yet become as tribal as 13-a-side, as was proved to me at the weekend. Being a lifelong dual-code rugby follower, I was on Saturday glued to the BBC watching my beloved Leeds Rhinos getting well and…

Time to Stamp on Rugby's Thugs 1 Comment Read more »

Time to Stamp on Rugby’s Thugs

On Sunday I watched England’s first win in Dublin since 2003 (and only their third over Ireland in that time) from the comfort of my sofa. It certainly wasn’t a pretty game, and unlike the similarly ugly fare on offer in Paris the day before,…

A Look at the Television Match Official 1 Comment Read more »

A Look at the Television Match Official

This month I will be looking the role of the Television Match Official (TMO) in the game of rugby. A referee can easily change the result of a match with his/her decision-making and the TMO assists the referees with making the right calls throughout the…

New Premiership Rugby Laws for 2012-2013 1 Comment Read more »

New Premiership Rugby Laws for 2012-2013

Premiership Rugby has introduced new rugby law changes to the 2012-13 season. The trial laws were developed by the IRB over six months in collaboration with Premiership Rugby and the RFU. With the new Aviva Premiership season being well under away, here’s a brief guide…

Dear Referees 2 Comments Read more »

Dear Referees

I love the whole ethos of rugby. I love the fact that this ethos means that the respect afforded to rugby referees is supposed to be unconditional. I hate the fact that I lost my temper and gave a referee an ear bashing last weekend…

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