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Question: at the 28 minute mark in the Force v Waratahs game today the Force player was penalised for playing the ball with his hands. Can you tell me why there was not a penalty for the waratahs players lifting that player about the vertical and driving him into the ground. This play is becoming a more eveident way of clearing out and is dangerous. Will it take a serous injury to get it stopped, because if this was in general play i think it would attract a yellow card
Asked By: Graeme Mead

Answer: Hi I can't recall the incident in question but can tell you; Dangerous tackles/tip tackles are being dealt with and many are being YC…good examples by Kaplan and Joubert in Chiefs/Blues and Stormers/Crusaders games last weekend. Illegal cleaning out of players at tackle/ruck is an area referees and AR's know they need to improve on…it's a blight on the game and as a team of 3 we are trying to get these illegal actions but at present it's a 'work in progress'. Teams who take out players aw...

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Management

Question: The NZRU appt the referee for a Ranfurly Shield Defence. Do the Asst Refs come from the home Assn or are they also appointed by the NZRU?
Asked By: Dave Woodhouse

Answer: All referee appointments are made by NZRU and assistant referees are appointed by local union.

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Tactical

Question: Hi could I get clarification on a ruling (possibly truck and trailer) regarding a line out. Team A throw the ball in and win it and set up a drive. Team B allows team A to win the line out, come down and start the drive. Team B does not contest the drive at all. Is this a truck and trailer penalty against team A? Team B could presumably go around the back (no offside) and tackle the ball carrier? This was done quite often a few years ago by Italy. Could you clarify what options are available to team B and if when team A could/would not be penalised for illegal truck and traier? Many thanks.
Asked By: Mark Calverley

Answer: The term "truck and trailer" does not appear in law. The term has been used colloquially by referees and commentators but in terms of Law, it simply means obstruction. Obstruction is a foul play offence (Law 10.1). For there to be a maul, there must be at least one player from each team who are "bound to" or "caught in" to the ball carrier (Law 17). This means that there must be at least three players to form a maul. Looking at your question, provided no player from Team B is caught i...

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Physical

Question: How fit do you have to to referee
Asked By: Joshua Hamill

Answer: Hi Joshua Referees have to be very fit as they need to keep up with the play at all times. They must have stamina as well as speed. On our website, click on the “Pillars” tab and then on “Physical” and you will see articles on how fit the referees have to be, what testing they undergo and the sort of training they undertake to ensure they are best prepared to referee, especially at the elite level of the game.

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