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  1. Pablo

    [Ruck] Refuse to engage, pull rucking opponent off feet

    Would value the thoughts of the hive mind on the following situation I encountered last week: Red ball carrier tackled Blue tackler releases and moves far enough away to not be penalised, though slow to feet Red support arrives, adopts rucking position over tackle zone, though no blue...
  2. Pablo

    [Ruck] Refuse to engage, pull rucking opponent off feet

    Would value the thoughts of the hive mind on the following situation I encountered last week: Red ball carrier tackled Blue tackler releases and moves far enough away to not be penalised, though slow to feet Red support arrives, adopts rucking position over tackle zone, though no blue...
  3. Pablo

    [Junior] U13 NRoP gain in ground clarification

    Buffing up on U13 variations in Reg 15 Appx 7. Section 5 defines a Free Kick as sanction for all offences that would earn a PK in adult rugby, then goes on to say "A free kick is a kick from hand. This can either be a tap by the player to themselves, or a kick to gain ground." The...
  4. Pablo

    [Junior] U13 NRoP gain in ground clarification

    Buffing up on U13 variations in Reg 15 Appx 7. Section 5 defines a Free Kick as sanction for all offences that would earn a PK in adult rugby, then goes on to say "A free kick is a kick from hand. This can either be a tap by the player to themselves, or a kick to gain ground." The...
  5. Pablo

    [Line out] Uncontested line-outs at U15?

    Gradually getting back into the business after a few years out with career/house moving/small children distractions. Brushing up on Junior variations and came across this: I don't remember (a) being the case AT ALL when I last reffed juniors. Are LOs really uncontested for U15? What does...
  6. Pablo

    [Line out] Uncontested line-outs at U15?

    Gradually getting back into the business after a few years out with career/house moving/small children distractions. Brushing up on Junior variations and came across this: I don't remember (a) being the case AT ALL when I last reffed juniors. Are LOs really uncontested for U15? What does...
  7. Pablo

    The importance of learning one's lessons...

    Anybody see this article in Metro, about the Keynsham player jailed for 6 months for punching an opposing player and breaking his jaw? http://www.metro.co.uk/news/892370-rugby-player-jailed-for-on-field-punch-that-broke-opponents-jaw I sent the same player off five years ago... :norc: for...
  8. Pablo

    The importance of learning one's lessons...

    Anybody see this article in Metro, about the Keynsham player jailed for 6 months for punching an opposing player and breaking his jaw? http://www.metro.co.uk/news/892370-rugby-player-jailed-for-on-field-punch-that-broke-opponents-jaw I sent the same player off five years ago... :norc: for...
  9. Pablo

    Juggling rugby with relationships

    Ok, so how do you all get on with balancing your relationships against rugby? The reason I ask is because this morning, the girlfriend (with whom I live) threw a strop at me for spending both days this weekend refereeing. Some background: we both have busy jobs (I'm a management consultant...
  10. Pablo

    Juggling rugby with relationships

    Ok, so how do you all get on with balancing your relationships against rugby? The reason I ask is because this morning, the girlfriend (with whom I live) threw a strop at me for spending both days this weekend refereeing. Some background: we both have busy jobs (I'm a management consultant...
  11. Pablo

    Saracens Women v Richmond Women

    I'm refereeing at Sarries Women on Saturday with fully miked-up TJs/ARs, which should be fun. A few questions though: - Anybody refereed either of these teams recently? Any inside info? - Do Richmond women play in the same black/red/orange confection as the men's side? Because the Sarries...
  12. Pablo

    Saracens Women v Richmond Women

    I'm refereeing at Sarries Women on Saturday with fully miked-up TJs/ARs, which should be fun. A few questions though: - Anybody refereed either of these teams recently? Any inside info? - Do Richmond women play in the same black/red/orange confection as the men's side? Because the Sarries...
  13. Pablo

    Thoughts on ELV 13: The corner posts

    My first league match of the season on Saturday was a fast, physical contest between two early-season favourites for promotion and gave rise to an ELV-related incident towards the end of the game (which incidentally, didn't affect the result). Black get quick ball from a line-out on the right...
  14. Pablo

    Thoughts on ELV 13: The corner posts

    My first league match of the season on Saturday was a fast, physical contest between two early-season favourites for promotion and gave rise to an ELV-related incident towards the end of the game (which incidentally, didn't affect the result). Black get quick ball from a line-out on the right...
  15. Pablo

    Petition for a reprieve for Nick

    I think that thehookah has learned his lesson and will not post hi-res uncropped photos of questionably talented Canadian pop-strumpets again. I hereby petition Mr Burns that the unfortunate Mr Priscott should be reprieved from the horrors of his Celine Dion avatar forthwith. It's not just...
  16. Pablo

    Petition for a reprieve for Nick

    I think that thehookah has learned his lesson and will not post hi-res uncropped photos of questionably talented Canadian pop-strumpets again. I hereby petition Mr Burns that the unfortunate Mr Priscott should be reprieved from the horrors of his Celine Dion avatar forthwith. It's not just...
  17. Pablo

    Anti-ELV rant: Planet Rugby - The View From The Stands

    Entertaining opinion piece here. The tone is rather more anti-ELV than is necessary, but two valuable points made: 1) The ELVs do not guarantee a "better" game than the existing Laws 2) The SANZAR nations' lack of meaningful domestic competition once the S14 has finished should be...
  18. Pablo

    Anti-ELV rant: Planet Rugby - The View From The Stands

    Entertaining opinion piece here. The tone is rather more anti-ELV than is necessary, but two valuable points made: 1) The ELVs do not guarantee a "better" game than the existing Laws 2) The SANZAR nations' lack of meaningful domestic competition once the S14 has finished should be...
  19. Pablo

    Some Friday entertainment

    For your amusement, I highly recommend you kill off the last half hour in the office here. Go on - you know you want to!
  20. Pablo

    Some Friday entertainment

    For your amusement, I highly recommend you kill off the last half hour in the office here. Go on - you know you want to!