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Do we need to understand the ruck? by David Clarke
January 6, 2010, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, ELVs, Rugby News | Tags: , , , ,

There is a debate amongst the English premiership coaches over the interpretation of the ruck laws. Brendon Ventor, the Saracens coach, has been censored by RFU for his comments on how referees are not controlling the breakdown area.

He has found some support, but not from all parts. Toby Booth, the London Irish coach, says put up and get on with it. Deal with the situation and play rugby.

There are over 30 offences that can happen around the tackle area. With the speed of the game as it is, plus players aiming to play on or over the edge of the law, there is some sympathy for the referee.

However, this does not make it easy to play or coach. Witness a top level coaching session and the ethics of the law seem to be on hold.

At lower levels, everything is perhaps worse. Poorer quality of everything leads to a mess which could envelope the game and remove it from its first priniciples. Can we cope with this, or does the IRB need to revisit the ruck law again?

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