Archive for May, 2008

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

ELVs – All shapes and sizes, only if your very mobile!

       Adam Thomson Source: Henry sends rejection message – Steve Deane Masoe seemed to be the unluckiest discard, with Hansen saying the versatile flanker had been a casualty of the new experimental laws, which required a different type of player. That could see a high value being placed on mobile loose forwards with lineout […]

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

ELVs – Aussie ELV comments hits the nail on the head!

                          Source: The ELV debate is a sideshow distracting us from more important questions – Chris S More points does not mean a more exciting game. Rules that create more points will not necessarily make it more compelling.The biggest global sport by far is soccer – this game commands huge revenues and crowds, […]

Monday, May 26th, 2008

This is just funny – more please !

    Yeah, Robbie don’t care, he got $AUD in the bank !

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Super 14 Semi not sold out – Why?

               Source: Struggle to give away tickets for Crusaders-Canes’ semi – The Press Canterbury rugby officials have had trouble even giving away tickets for the Crusaders’ Super 14 semi-final against the Hurricanes in Christchurch tonight. The Canterbury Rugby Union (CRU) and radio station More FM staged a promotion yesterday giving away a ticket with […]

Monday, May 26th, 2008

ELVs – Munster vs Toulouse Comments

          Source: Not beautiful, but this proved an intense and absorbing game – George Chuter Not the most beautiful and free-flowing of games, but these big finals rarely are. There’s not much arguing with the excitement it generated, though, another intensely fought contest between two of Europe’s best sides. I fancied Munster beforehand, but […]

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

ELVs – AFL and ELV rugby are a match !

           Source: Crusaders-Force great advert for the ELVs– Spiro Zarvos Critics of the ELVs complain that they bring union closer to league. This is a woeful misreading of the variations. If you want to look for a similar football code to ELVs-rugby, that code is Australian football. Like AFL, ELVs-rugby features a continual contest […]

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Look what the French clubs have done !

            Source: Sonny Bill could switch codes within two weeks – manager The manager of Bulldogs player Sonny Bill Williams says the Kiwis forward could walk out on rugby league within two weeks.  Former Australia coach Eddie Jones said Williams could earn up to $800,000 (AUD)  a year if he headed to Europe. Jes wayne, […]

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

ELVs – Why would these statistics lie?

       Source: More tries and action, thanks to trial laws– Greg Growden Statistics Super 14 season 2007 vs 2008 (91 matches) NOTE: (1) These statistics are under 13 and not the full 23 ELVs. Excluded are the ELV laws for lineouts, mauls and hands in the ruck. (2) Average game time is in minutes. Lets […]

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

ELVs – Henry can see the dark side.

     Source: Henry relieved at lift in standards – Graham Henry All Blacks coach Graham Henry is relieved that the Super 14 spluttered into life after enduring six weeks of what he described as shapeless rugby “The game has a lot more shape now than it initially had,” Henry told NZPA. “We were worried about […]

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

The effect of removing rucking is still with us today.

          Source: RIP rucking — and rugby – Andrew Logan I was sitting in the sun recently, dreaming idly, when I started trying to remember the last time I saw a real, solid, honest-to-goodness ruck in a game of rugby. My mind turned the years over like pages on one of those desk calendars […]

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Extended Super Rugby Play Offs, more rugby.

Source: Finals expansion on cards – Greg Growden ..”THE expansion of the Super 14 finals to a six-team play-off next year is all but a certainty after this season’s logjam saw two form teams miss the cut. SANZAR officials have been considering revamping the finals, with the most obvious first step being to increase the number […]

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Dan Carter rule, very naughty!

                                         Naughty Boy (Dominion Post/NZRU)! Source: Rule on Carter Needs Backing – Dominion Post Extract If the “Daniel Carter Option” that allows the great five-eighth to go to France for six months, earn $1.4 million and then return to play for the All Blacks in June 2009 isn’t a done deal, it should […]

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Tri Nations out, something else in, Please !

                       Source: Where to next ? – Jim Kayes Extracts.. For a long time one solution had seemed simple. Create a longer Super competition with the Air New Zealand Cup played at the same time as a feeder competition, leaving plenty of time afterwards for test matches and a decent break over summer. There you […]

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Hurricanes (17) vs Blues (19) 16-5-2008

                     A review of the game based on the balance between structured vs non structured rugby. Conditions: Dry, ground hard. – Short Lineouts: 16 – Full Lineouts: 12 – Scrums: 20 – Rucks: 120 (The best I could count) – Mauls: 2 – Tries Broken Play: 2 – Tries Set Piece:0 – Tries Phase […]

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

ELVs – There are 50 more tries, relax its better, really!

        Source: Northern sceptics will be blown away – Spiro Zavos …”A COMMENTATOR in New Zealand revealed the interesting statistic that the 2008 Super 14 tournament, up to the 13th round, had produced 100 fewer penalties and 50 more tries than last year’s tournament. One of the points his column has made about the ELVs (the […]

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

ELVs – Paddy O’Brien’s videos support my arguments!

                                               Paddy O’Brien – IRB Referee Manager  : His bio.    Paddy posted three YouTube videos explaining the Stellenbosch ELVs, (posting date October 2007).    – Video1: – Video2: – Video3:  In video3 Paddy lists statistics from the ELV studies. The statistics are from three surveyed competitions:       – Scotlands Super Cup 2007 ( 8 games) […]

Friday, May 9th, 2008

ELVs – ‘The Field Wide Trench Defence’ or ‘FWTD’

    Defined: The players in the defending team pan out in a horizontal line from touch line to touch line. I would describe this play as a WWI style trench defence, moving the game into stalemate. The generals of WWI invented the tank to overcome this strategy, what is rugby unions ‘tank’ to be?   Let’s review […]

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Private Ownership will stop player drain! (NewBy)

Source : Newby: NZRU must introduce private ownership  ..”Departing ex-All Black Craig Newby says the NZRU must embrace private ownership of its five Super Rugby franchises in a bid to secure funding to tackle the player drain. But I would be all for it. You look at worldwide soccer, and how they are successful with […]

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

ELVS – ‘Its like league!’ (Laurie Mains)

Source: New laws making game like league ,,”If the aim of these laws was to speed the game up then they’ve succeeded. But the real concern I have is rugby is looking more like league every year. People who love the game don’t want that to happen. We want to see rugby maintain its identity […]

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

ELVs – The ELV Committee flawed, scope flawed.

In 2006 IRB created a Laws Project Group (LPG), the members being.   – Bill Nolan  – ex Chairman and IRB Council member (Scotland) – Rod Macqueen – ex World Cup winning Australian coach – Ian McIntosh  – ex South African coach Ian McIntosh – Richie Dixon – ex Scottish coach – Pierre Villepreux – […]

Monday, May 5th, 2008

ELVs – Endangered Species: Maul and Lineout

                        The grave yard of rugby union. RIP – Forward Rucking RIP – Scrum Push Over Tries Soon there could be the ‘maul’ and ‘full lineout’ added to the grave yard. THE MAUL – Possible death by ignorance. Here are some comments by NZ and AUS journos on the ELVs concerning the maul. (Note: For […]

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

ELVs – It’s McRugby, for cash. (Andy Jackson)

                    Source : Why change, just when we`re loving it?   According to the bumf, the ELVs have been designed to “provide greater clarity in terms of the Laws of the Game for players, coaches, referees and spectators; allow players to determine the outcome of matches [and] not the subjectivity of match officials”. It would […]

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

ELVs – ‘It’s touch football!’ (Aussie TV commentators)

Game Chiefs vs Force – Round 11 Super 14 2008 After a try by the Western Force the aussie TV commentator yelled out ‘It’s touch football!’ in delight. How correct he is, the game was basically 15 vs 15 loose forwards playing helta skelta rugby. Sure that’s fine, but this is the only style you will […]

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

ELVs – ‘No intelligent life forms here Scotty! (Grant Fox)

Source: Sunday Star Times – ELVs decision could be rugby landmark Extracts…. “there’s less straight arm penalties under the new laws.Previously, there were between 15 and 25 free kicks and penalties in the average game.That’s now up to 25 to 30. There are more free kicks but less penalties. That’s allowed for more quick restarts which […]

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

ELVs – Hail the New Caesar (Ian McGeechan)

Thank god there is some one out there not pouring red wine on their cornflakes. This article is soo good, a must read. Please read it twice. ce. McGeechan slays IRB’s ELVs Coaching guru Ian McGeechan fears the ELVs have the potential to ruin rugby’s traditional qualities. The IRB council has voted to introduce the […]