Law Discussions


Law discussion: Prop suicide

Are prop forwards in the process of committing suicide, of making such a constant mess that they are in danger of being written out of the game?

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Law Discussion: Maul over

Commentators tell the world and the world believes. This is a pity when it comes to the laws of rugby for the commentators often get it wrong.

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Law Discussion: Touch or not

Touchline decisions are often difficult, it is not just the law but the judgement required while a replay is there to show that the assistant referee was wrong.

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Law Discussion: late tackle option

Not that it's new, but an incident in the match between Bath and Exeter Chiefs aroused interest, because it was surprising.

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Law Discussion: the standing tackle

Tackle is a difficult word in that it can have more than one meaning.

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Law Discussion: Air collisions

It is common knowledge that rugby nowadays forbids playing a player who is in the air. This led to the IRB (now World Rugby) to amplify the law a bit.

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Law Discussion: Maul tactics

The maul from a line-out was a great South African weapon. They developed it first and used it most profitably. Until November, that is. 

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Law discussion: Who put it out?

There were similar incidents in two of the weekend's Test matches with different outcomes. They were, note, similar but not the same.

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Law discussion: Who is to blame?

rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson takes a look at the reasons for the anger, with righteous indignation, hurled at Irish referee George Clancy.

Law discussion: Make them the same

OPNION: rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson takes a look at what may simply be beyond the capability of a single human being.

Law Discussion: Touch and go

rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson looks at an incident that caused some consternation where it should not have - a try by Pumas against the the Cheetahs.

Law Discussion: Tries at Craven Week

At the end of Craven Week we received a 'question' from a reader about two tries. Because the reader's assertions are interesting, we discuss them.

Law discussion: Too much discussion

Are we on the verge of retrogression - or at least to the days before 1892 when deciding a match could take a long time, years in one notorious case?

Law Discussion: Two tries in Nelspruit

There is always something to discuss after a rugby Test match, especially one as thrilling as the clash between the Springboks and Wales in Nelspruit.

Law Discussion: That conversion

The Highlanders beat the Lions by one point in Dunedin. rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson looks at the referee's contentious decision.

Law Discussion: Rebels try no bonus

It sounds a silly question. But is touching your boot to a ball a kick? rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson discusses a contentious Rebels try.

Law discussion: Two Super incidents

rugby365 law guru Paul Dobson looks at two incidents from Super Rugby in the last two weeks, which caused debate, argument and even acrimony.

Law discussion: Hogg's cards

Don't ever believe that you have seen it all. the incident involving the upgrading of the sanction on Stuart Hogg of Scotland is possibly unique in the annals of Test rugby.