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The frustration of reset scrums is set to diminish, and there will be harsher policing of crooked feeds, with the International Rugby Board today announcing a new engagement process to be globally trialled from next season. A new "crouch, bind, set"
The scrum is a stress test for everybody: players, referees and, most of all, spectators. Will the painfully slow procedure of engagement continue with more free kicks based on hair trigger movements followed by arbitrary judgements?
The 2010 Tri-nations had the highest average of tries per game in more than a decade and saw a dramatic reduction in tactical kicking, according to an International Rugby Board (IRB) report released on Tuesday. The 52 tries scored over nine matches
Saracens coach Brendan Venter, seen here in Jnaury 2010, urged officials to ensure a consistent approach to refereeing in this season's European Cup and maintain the fast open game the sport's global chiefs want to promote. Saracens coach Brendan
Engine Room Friday May 28 2010 IT is fairly safe to assume that not too many female eyes stray to this part of the paper. There are a variety of reasons for this (not least the oestrogen-repelling, Gok Wan-esque leering face at the top of the page)
He presided over a multitude of straightforward decisions affecting the sport. He was in charge as the Rugby World Cup went from strength to strength, mushrooming into the sporting world's third biggest event. But despite all that, the greatest
The All Blacks coaches have shuffled their roles again for the new season with Steve Hansen returning to the forwards job. Graham Henry will assume the role as attack coach with an emphasis on strategy while Wayne Smith will remain as the defence
This first raised its head a month or so ago when the prospect loomed of the north adopting the same law changes and improving the game there. The head of the IRB referees, Paddy O'Brien, shot back that the same rules were in force in the Northern
Rugby's new refereeing interpretations are set to have a major effect at the World Cup next year. That much is being made crystal clear by IRB referee co-ordinator Paddy O'Brien. There will be no changes from this policy...There will be the same
The northern hemisphere's leading rugby referees have been told to adopt a policy of zero tolerance on issues seen as crucial to improving the game. Top officials from the northern hemisphere met in London this week and were warned by IRB referee co-