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Monday, July 16, 2012

A whole new piece of kit

Details of the latest law amendments were published recently. Some, concerning rucks and scrum engagement have already been the subject of much discussion - not to say ridicule in some quarters. However there are a few others that are worthy of comment.

1. GPS. Players can wear GPS equipment during games.This apparently is not in order to ensure that the concussed props know which way to face after half-time, nor is it to ensure that the game can continue on particularly foggy days - apparently it is because some professional clubs now monitor exactly where each player goes during the game. Amazing. The coaches will be using remote control next...

2. Tights. Female players can now wear "cotton blend long tights with single inside leg seam under their shorts and socks". It will be interesting to see how long it will be before such tights appear in equipment catalogues, what funky colours will be on view, and how quickly we will see equipment logos on them.

3. Conversions. Apparently kickers will now have 90 seconds to do their dances, throw grass into the air, say their prayers, smile for the camera, give interviews, sign autographs and generally waste time before they kick the ball. Why? 60 seconds always seemed more than enough.

More seriously, there are some interesting videos for referees (but also good for players) highlighting the things that refs are supposed to be particularly looking for next season.


  1. I guess that means that we in Uganda have been wearing long tights illegally for years ... no logos on them but funky colours all right - bright blue, fluorescent pink, red ... :)

  2. Conversions: the difference is in 90 seconds from when the try is SCORED and 60 seconds from when the kicking tee ARRIVES. 90 seconds is an awfully short time to celebrate with your teammates, drink water, comb your hair, have the kicking tee brought to you, do your pre-dance etc etc.


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