In rugby’s marriage to professionalism, big changes are needed

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by snoopy snoopy dog dog, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. I reas this article a couple of hours ago. It's not particularly well written but it takes a sideways view of the laws of the game which is something I'm always interested in:

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    Some of these thoughts may seem radical but I think there is some merit to them. Banning the collapsing of mauls is necessary and I don't think many people could disagree with reimplementing the old laws. The third proposal of effectively banning kicks to touch is stupid in my opinion. Implementing this rule would lead to a monotonous game similar to the one which Harry Viljoen tried to get his Springbok team playing. Endless recycling of possession would lead to calls for a tackle count to be brought in and see Union move down the path of League.

    The proposal I'm most intrigued by is is the ability to call a mark anywhere on the field, resulting in a free kick back where the ball was originally kicked. The Ireland v England game in Croke Park last weekend was a complete borefest which descended into a game of aerial ping pong. That is becoming more and more the norm. Bringing in the "mark" proposal would punish aimless kicking while also rewarding good fielders of the ball. Basically, bringing in such a law would banish much of the turgid fare which has blighted European rugby this year without radically changing the fabric of the game.

    Am I looking at the "mark" proposal through rose tinted glasses or is there any merit to it?
     
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  3. gingergenius

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (snoopy snoopy dog dog @ Mar 3 2009, 08:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Some of these thoughts may seem radical but I think there is some merit to them. Banning the collapsing of mauls is necessary and I don't think many people could disagree with reimplementing the old laws. The third proposal of effectively banning kicks to touch is stupid in my opinion. Implementing this rule would lead to a monotonous game similar to the one which Harry Viljoen tried to get his Springbok team playing. Endless recycling of possession would lead to calls for a tackle count to be brought in and see Union move down the path of League.

    The proposal I'm most intrigued by is is the ability to call a mark anywhere on the field, resulting in a free kick back where the ball was originally kicked. The Ireland v England game in Croke Park last weekend was a complete borefest which descended into a game of aerial ping pong. That is becoming more and more the norm. Bringing in the "mark" proposal would punish aimless kicking while also rewarding good fielders of the ball. Basically, bringing in such a law would banish much of the turgid fare which has blighted European rugby this year without radically changing the fabric of the game.

    Am I looking at the "mark" proposal through rose tinted glasses or is there any merit to it?
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    Like the idea of Marking anywhere on the field, that is if we have to stick with these ELVs.

    But it cannot mean a free kick back where the ball was kicked from. It should simply mean a free kick from where the ball was caught. Because taking it from where the ball was kicked means no one will ever kick, and sometimes it is necessary.
     
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