Yesterday I sent this letter to the Editor of UK's Daily Telegraph. I may get lucky and it is published!
I refer to the Laws of Rugby Football, Section 20.6. “The scrum half must throw in the ball straight along the middle line, so that it first touches the ground immediately beyond the width of the nearer prop’s shoulders”.
The disregard of this law by referees has been abundantly evident to all of us watching TV during the current six nations competition. The scrum is the icon of rugby union and these days it is rarely executed in international fixtures without a penalty infringement.
Over time, the failure to award a free kick for this infringement has led to the demise of hooking. Sadly there is no longer a place in the side for the stocky, somewhat diminutive yet skilled striker wearing shin pads and embedded between two large props. The essential service traditionally provided by the hooker is now achieved by scrum halves who deliver the ball into their own second row under the referee’s nose!
Proper enforcement will surely correct the now farcical attempts to restart the game with a scrum without the seemingly inevitable penalties.
John K C Maclean
Posted 13 Feb 2017 08.03am
Level 1 Coach
I fully agree. Or the rule is changed or the rule is applied. Nothing in between shall be acceptable.
One day a team will introduce on the right (i.e. not the left) side of the scrum since the geometrical hooker's advantage (position in the scrum, how many defending feet are potentially between him and the introduction) does not matter anymore...
All the best to all
Posted 20 Mar 2017 01.03pm
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