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The Six Nations tournament will take place in 2024.


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Abstaining from alcohol in January may have a negative impact on cognitive function. I just managed to see the beginning of the France against Ireland rugby match last night. I was under the mistaken belief that the Six Nations tournament would commence at a later date in the month. :oops:

Ireland performed well, whereas France seemed to be in a state of slumber.

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The drowsy Bleus inadvertently enhanced Ireland's performance above their actual ability. The outcome of the match was determined by the performance of the teams at the breakdown.

Observe the quantity of turnovers/penalties awarded to Ireland, despite the presence of hands on the ground before the ball or without supporting weight (3).

However, it is worth mentioning that several aspects of the officiating were quite accurate, such as the Bleus' last attempt.

Has anybody seen how Ireland strategically position themselves around and exploit the breakdown, similar to the All Blacks, but in a manner that may be considered technically illegal?

Improved and uniformly applied officiating would be quite desirable.

I really dislike the skewed scrum feeds.

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The second half has been influenced by several unnecessary penalties, sluggish forwards receiving the ball as the first receiver and obstructing the play, lack of offensive threat, and the backs being practically irrelevant in terms of attacking.

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England's performance was mostly abysmal, despite their ability to barely secure a victory. Italy obtained a third attempt and earned a bonus point after 90 minutes, when at 89 minutes and 30 seconds, England had possession only 5 yards away from the Italian try line.

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Wales inaccurately determined the tournament's start time and arrived 50 minutes late. Furthermore, they needed a few minutes on the field to adequately warm up.

This is an excellent illustration of why the Six Nations tournament is highly regarded.

Although I believe that the increasing prevalence of penalties, and their subsequent consequences, is starting to have a significant impact on the game, similar to the effect of penalties in Formula 1. The advantage rule, while beneficial for facilitating continuous play, is too prolonged in my opinion. This results in the consumption of time, which, in turn, provides an extra edge to a team that has momentum. It is often the teams with momentum who reap the benefits of more penalties.

Furthermore, I must express my dissatisfaction with the scrumming regulations, since they are just inadequate. Historically, the objective was for the ball to be directed towards the centre on a linear trajectory. Currently, it is possible to position yourself two-thirds of the way towards your own side of the scrum and throw the ball in at an inclined angle.

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In recent times, I have seen that during scrums, the scrum half tends to face their own second or back rows and inserts the ball at an angle beyond the hooker's elevated leg, aiming towards at least the second row. This practice has somewhat diminished the seriousness and authenticity of scrums. Nevertheless, if the ball is placed in a crooked manner during a line-out, the referee will blow the whistle.

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I recall that the previous technique included inserting it in a direct manner, but coordinating the timing such that your partner would be prepared to intercept it with their footwear and return it using their head. The game has evolved to become more stylized and ritualistic, particularly in the scrum, when the objective is to either force a penalty or quickly pass the ball from the back.

It seems that we are setting them up and organising them more efficiently than in previous years.

Admittedly, Rugby excels in many aspects. It has undergone and continues to undergo evolution. The use of video for decision assistance has improved the situation. However, it is essential that they organise their belongings.

In relation to lineouts, it is recommended that lifting of players be prohibited and that the number of players in the lineout be specified. Furthermore, players should be prohibited from moving after the lineout is established. That would nullify the rapid throw I disliked - and diminish the amount of control.

The implementation of the yellow card sin bin is commendable, yet the duration of 10 minutes is excessive. A first offence results in a 5-minute penalty. 10 minutes later.

The advantage should have a duration of 10 to 20 seconds at most, or until the completion of one phase, or until a certain distance is reached. If a side has not gained an edge in terms of distance or possession by that moment, then the game should be reset back to the penalty. Otherwise, the benefit is lost and the drawback is overlooked.

 

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