Jonathan Golding

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  • in reply to: Substitutions – time to revise? #3627
    Jonathan Golding
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    I see where you guys are going, but I am not sure I fancy the idea of “specialists” on the bench! I am more interested in just ensuring that teams are not forced to play with less than 15 (unless there have been multiple cards!) or worse, where all the subs have been used and some guy is forced to continue to play with a popped rib or wonky knee! If the law is not changed maybe coaches need to not use all their subs after 65 or 70 minutes and keep at least one sub on the bench?
    In terms of “5 meters behind the last feet” – right now, there could be penalties after virtually every ruck because it seems impossible for the refs to patrol it. In football, the assistant refs do the off-sides monitoring – this could happen in rugby without law changes. But I would support the change.

    in reply to: The scrum as I saw it #836
    Jonathan Golding
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    Hmmm! Numbers 1 and 3 are the fat boys who can not possibly play anywhere else or any other sport. Concepts of a side-step and a dummy are foreign words. Number 2 is a frustrated centre who is simply too slow to crack a nod where the real rugby is played. Numbers 4 and 5 get on the field because they are nice and tall, no other skills really required. 6,7 and 8 are actually proper rugby players and assist 9 to 15 in playing some rugby. Having said that the real players cannot do too much without the ball!

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