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 Post subject: Blatant error?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:55 am 

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About the new law on rucks:

Everything seemed to be going well. There were explanatory documents, the more knowledgeable referees to demonstrate and the necessary decompositions were made so that the critical situations that determine the existence or absence of fouls could be perceived.

On this path, where everything seemed to be perceived, allowing the coaches to discover and experiment tactics appropriate to the new exploration of situations, a film was launched in a program run by World Rugby and recently issued by Sport TV - a film about the tackle and the off-side lines. This film, by adding things to those that can be read in the official documents, came to throw a huge mess and to destroy the previous work of clarification. Because, in addition to the officiating World Rugby, it has an explanation by the "world boss" of the referees, the Irishman Alain Rolland. Which is, an unquestionable authority ...
... who, however, made a mistake!

In this film - that can be found on Youtube (see here from 7:32 minutes) - Allain Rolland, while pretending to explain the prohibited and forbidden actions of the new ruck law, ignores the determination that, from the beginning of a ruck - Law 16 - it is no longer considered general game and decides to draw from Law 11.3 - Player reset in-game by an opponent's action to declare that players in offside will be put into play if the opponent carrying the ball passes, kicks or runs 5 meters with it.

That is: nonsense! Because, in addition to the methodological error presented, it would not make any sense to change a law to ensure the impossibility of repeating the behavior of Italians (do not create contact in the ruck and thus prevent the creation of off-side lines) in the last 6 nations, to allow the same or worse - with the interpretation of Rolland, any coach would tell his players not to withdraw from the offside position to wait for an action of the opponent that put them in play and thus gave them intervention advantage .
[...] this piece of the intervention if not immediately canceled by World Rugby will create enormous confusion [...]

"Translated" from XV contra XV, João Paulo Bessa's blog.

The full article (in Portuguese): ... results=19

The film:

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