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#41 bearman

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:16 PM

So does this mean the end of the shoulder barge, where two players running in the same direction can use their shoulders to barge the opponent off his running line?
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:19 PM

so it gets banned 4 days before the wcc game thus giving melbourne a massive lift and forcing leeds to change there tackling drills at short notice .
why did they even need a short notice video conference about it they shoud have waited until there next regular meeting in june


Are they likely to incorporate shoulder charges in their tackling drills?

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

If banning shoulder charges is giving Melbourne a massive lift their players must be in a terribly awful state coming into this match. If Leeds are so dependent on shoulder charges I would be very worried for them. Though shoulder charges or not will in reality change very little.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:54 PM

Is there any other sport in the world where a competition in one country can change its rules, and then the "international governing body" decide to discuss such a rule change, a couple of months after said competition has already made the change?..

If the RFL are serious about stopping dangerous tackles to the head, which they clearly are not, all they have to do is dish out some proper sentences to the offenders, and they'll soon see a change.

We'll still see swinging arms and players using the head in a tackle and such like, all because the RFL haven't got the nuts to dish out appropriate bans.

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#45 gingerjon

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:31 PM

Is there any other sport in the world where a competition in one country can change its rules, and then the "international governing body" decide to discuss such a rule change, a couple of months after said competition has already made the change?


I believe that in ice hockey the NHL makes up its own rules which may or may not follow what the rest of the world does.

People who know more than me might confirm that.
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#46 DeadShotKeen

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:32 PM

I believe that in ice hockey the NHL makes up its own rules which may or may not follow what the rest of the world does.

People who know more than me might confirm that.


Not sure about that but I do know from my more general exposure to US sport that the NHL isn't afraid to make new rules or amend existing ones "on the fly" (to use an ice hockey term) and have even done so during the play-offs in recent years. The general opinion on their discussion shows (Pardon The Interruption and the like) is that this is a good rather than bad thing and they receive plaudits for it. They (the NHL) recognise that ice hockey (like rugby league) is an evolving sport witnessing breakthroughs in player fitness/stamina etc. and that what fit the bill 10 or even 5 years ago rule-wise doesn't necessarily now.

Would be interested to know how many of the shoulder charge advocates actually play/played the game. It's easy to scream for maximum carnage for our own gratification from the sidelines isn't it?

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:04 PM

So does this mean the end of the shoulder barge, where two players running in the same direction can use their shoulders to barge the opponent off his running line?


Only if an English player does it to an Australian when Tony Archer is officiating. ;)

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#48 Wolford6

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:13 PM

So does this mean the end of the shoulder barge, where two players running in the same direction can use their shoulders to barge the opponent off his running line?


Presumably that is still allowable because it can't be classed as a tackle. If it was classed as a tackle, it would never have been allowed in the first place as it would constitute tackling a man who did not have the ball.

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#49 Wolford6

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:25 PM

does it?

can you back that up with some facts, statistics and scientific data


Apparently the ARLC have some. As dhw says, the mechanics of the shoulder barge action means that the collision-momentum of both tackler and tacklee is focussed to impact on a smaller part of their bodies than would be the case if the tackler had raised his arms and, by doing so, flattened the point of his shoulders to effect a conventional tackle.
I think that it's also harder to jump into making a conventional tackle than into a shoulder charge.

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#50 BulldogBurt

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:52 PM

Shoulder charge now banned by RFL effective this weekend onwards

"To all Match Officials



The RFL Board of Directors have today agreed to the Law change that will
mean that the shoulder charge will not be a legal tackle in all RFL games
with immediate effect.



Anyone making a tackle must now do so using the arms or hands. Failure to do
this will result in a penalty being awarded. This applies to "hits" on the
ball carrier, hits on a player who has passed the ball, "hitting on
suspicion" and challenges on the kicker.



I have also attached the Referee Policy with guidelines on the shoulder
charge and the an updated version of the Laws of the Game.



While I appreciate that all this is very short notice I am confident that
you will be able to manage the situation this weekend with your usual
professional approach.



Stuart



Stuart Cummings

Match Officials Director"

I received the above email a couple of minutes ago

#51 BulldogBurt

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

So does this mean the end of the shoulder barge, where two players running in the same direction can use their shoulders to barge the opponent off his running line?


No, this was specifically addressed as part of the above communication and is still deemed ok.

#52 hindle xiii

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

<snip>

I presume the email didn't end with small print, something like "this email is confidential and privileged and intended only for the stated addressee(s)"?!

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#53 BulldogBurt

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

I presume the email didn't end with small print, something like "this email is confidential and privileged and intended only for the stated addressee(s)"?!


No, it was a circular from NWC containing the email above, it's hardly going to be a secret is it?? Jesus wept...

#54 hindle xiii

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

No, it was a circular from NWC containing the email above, it's hardly going to be a secret is it?? Jesus wept...

;) I'm only pulling thy leg. I hope someone has told the coaches!

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#55 hindle xiii

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:17 PM

So what's the ruling for trying to bump someone into touch in the act of scoring a try? Penalty try?

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#56 Futtocks

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:36 PM

Sam Burgess, sitting on the fence, there.

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#57 hindle xiii

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:46 PM

St Helens’ Jon Wilkin, chairman of League 13, said: “We balloted 305 players and not one player came back and said they were in favour of it being banned.”

Haha!

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#58 BulldogBurt

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

;) I'm only pulling thy leg. I hope someone has told the coaches!


Apologies, difficult to tell on here hence why I don't post a lot! I am a junior coach so I'd hope they told the important ones first!

#59 JohnM

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

St Helens’ Jon Wilkin, chairman of League 13, said: “We balloted 305 players and not one player came back and said they were in favour of it being banned.”

Haha!


I wonder what the question was, when it was asked, when the ballot was closed and if it was a secret ballot.

or else it was , " eh up sithee.. You OK wi' shoulder charge?" " depends how much it is."

Edited by JohnM, 20 February 2013 - 05:08 PM.


#60 OMEGA

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

Shoulder charge now banned by RFL effective this weekend onwards

"To all Match Officials

The RFL Board of Directors have today agreed to the Law change that will
mean that the shoulder charge will not be a legal tackle in all RFL games
with immediate effect.

Anyone making a tackle must now do so using the arms or hands. Failure to do
this will result in a penalty being awarded. This applies to "hits" on the
ball carrier, hits on a player who has passed the ball, "hitting on
suspicion" and challenges on the kicker.

I have also attached the Referee Policy with guidelines on the shoulder
charge and the an updated version of the Laws of the Game.

While I appreciate that all this is very short notice I am confident that
you will be able to manage the situation this weekend with your usual
professional approach.

Stuart Cummings
Match Officials Director"

I received the above email a couple of minutes ago


This will result in an absolute pantomime!





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