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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

IRB clamps down on backline 'jiggery-pokery'

SRNZPA: IRB top brass moved moved swiftly to stamp down on the early RWC backline flair and skill, fast-tracking new laws that ban flair altogether. "Rugby Union is scrums, dropgoals, stern reprimands from the ref and dirty songs on the bus ride home" said IRB chairman Dr Syd Millar. "This backline jiggery-pokery belongs in the 70's. It's as unacceptable in this day and age as wearing sideboards down to your jaw, or being Welsh."

Extra emergency law 6.09, paragraph 3, which comes into effect immediately, reads: 'Ball emerging from scrum, line out or ruck must be A. kicked out or B. proceed in an orderly manner from fly half to inside centre, outside centre, then possibly a winger, in that order. The full back must not get involved under any circumstance.'

"Referees will be on the lookout for side steps, wipers kicks, or forwards carrying the ball further than 5 metres" said RWC head referee Paddy O'Brain. "For example, Jerry Collins' chip ahead against Italy would have earned him ten in the bin, not five points."

William O'Shanter of the Morning Empire welcomed the IRB's bold move. "You didn't see England 2003 fart-arseing about with cut out passes, double arounds or dummy runners, did you? The Twickenham faithful simply won't stand for bloody colonials running around our chaps. They must enter the fray and let the claret flow. Or something."

New Zealand Rugby analyst Stu Wilson was quick to wade into the the debate, saying "Well fark. Ireland. The Irish. Big drinkers. Big, big drinkers. Don't tell me about Dublin pubs. I know, mate. Shiiiiiiiiit. '78 grand slam tour. Say no more. What was the question again?"

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