‘Whistleblower’ is David Matthews, a long serving honorary
life member of the club .
He was President of Lancashire County RFU for 2014/2015
He enjoyed twenty years on the RFU Referee List, including two seasons on the International Panel between 1992-
David Matthews proposes a radical change
When the game between Italy and England opened the 2018 Six Nations Championship rumours abounded that the hosts were poised to unleash another example of how the Laws could be manipulated to completely baffle the opposition in preventing a normal game from taking place. You will remember in 2017, not with very much affection if you were Eddie Jones, that Italy totally bamboozled England by not committing any players to the breakdown following a tackle, so rendering the ruck non-
As a warm up for my shock alteration to the Laws here come two proposals which, though difficult to implement, drive me round the twist: the first is the ‘box kick’ from the base of a ruck or scrum. Beloved by the commentators, who consider England scrum-
Next in line for the axe comes the tedious, obsessive practice of choosing to kick a penalty to touch, awarded to the side on the attack within about twenty metres of the opposition try line, often as close as five metres. The anticipated sequence is, line out-
And now to a very controversial suggestion -
Critics of Rugby League, with some justification, claim its principle failing is the predictable nature of play. Well, here are three fundamental weaknesses in Rugby Union. Chances of any change? Nil.
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