The Law is an Ass Posted over 12 years ago

The All Blacks leaders, Graham Henry and Richie McCaw, nominate laws they would like to see changed. Mark Reason asks what law would you like to see scrapped?

Reason: What law most annoys you, Richie?

McCaw: The thing that frustrates the hell out of me is when you’ve got a really good scrum and the opposition half back nips in and disrupts your ball. They stick their foot in, they shave a hand in, they give you a nudge and they’re usually offside anyway. It’s so frustrating. It’s purely negative and stops the attacking side getting clean ball. I would change the law to stop the scrum-half advancing beyond the halfway point of the scrum.

Reason: But us pesky half-backs like being pesky. Oh well. What about you, Graham?

Henry: We have to get consistency of refereeing at the tackle area. The Northern Hemisphere refs allow the tackling side more leeway to compete, southern hemisphere refs favour the attacking side. Why can’t we clean this area up?

My other demand is that refs ensure that the three front rowers push square with their heads above their hips. Too often the tight head is allowed to bore in on the hooker, the loosehead has nowhere to go, puts a hand on the ground and gets penalised. But he has nowhere to push. If we went back to folding the front rows in and eliminated the hit, it would make it easier for referees to make sure they were square.

Reason: I would like to see the height of the tackle lowered. Too many players are getting injured, particularly at junior level. What about all of you out there, who play and watch each week, what laws would you change?

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Mark Reason has been a sports journalist for over 25 years. He currently works for Fairfax Media and will also be part of the Telegraph's World Cup team and a regular panellist on Radio New Zealand during the World Cup. He has covered every Rugby World Cup since 1991, the 2000 and 2008 Olympics, over 40 golf major championships, the FA Cup final, the Epsom Derby and a lot of other stuff he can't remember. Mark emigrated to New Zealand in 2010 having spent over 20 years covering sport for the Telegraph and Sunday Times in Britain.

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