IRB mulls rule change

2011-11-08 16:02

London -The International Rugby Board said on Tuesday it was mulling a change to disciplinary procedures after being prevented from acting upon evidence of serious foul play during last month's World Cup final.

A statement from the IRB said the body was considering increasing the length of the window in which individuals can be cited following an incident involving France's Aurelien Rougerie and New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw.

Television footage appeared to show France centre Rougerie raking his hand across McCaw's face as the All Blacks captain lay trapped on the floor.

However, because the footage only emerged more than 36 hours after the completion of the match, the IRB's citing commissioner Scott Nowland was unable to act on the evidence.

The IRB said on Tuesday it was now considering increasing the 36-hour window.

"The International Rugby Board can confirm that no action can be taken to initiate a citing case following an alleged act of foul play during the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final on 23 October," the IRB statement said.

"Mr Nowland has determined that he cannot cite the alleged act of foul play as the footage emerged outside the citing period and he is unable to bring the matter within the exceptional circumstances provisions contained in the Tournament Disciplinary Rules which deal principally with mistaken identity and where further time is required to identify a player who may have committed an act of foul play.

"Both Unions have been advised of the outcome.

"The IRB and Rugby World Cup Limited take all acts of foul play seriously.

"The ongoing review of Regulation 17 governing the disciplinary process will give consideration to Tournament Rules and IRB Regulations to consider either extending the citing periods or widening the remit of the exceptional circumstance provisions to deal with the emergence of evidential materials following the elapse of the citing period."


  • Kevin Nicklin - 2011-11-08 16:32

    How about empowering the third referee to over rule blatant bad decisions made by the field ref! No names mentioned, am sure you know whom I am referring to!

      Gillbert - 2011-11-08 16:39

      how about kicking bryce in the balls

      Johan - 2011-11-08 17:22

      Spot on Kevin! The third umpire is already in place for major games, he's got the tools to see things happen up close (unlike the touch judges). Involve the video ref!

      Danny - 2011-11-09 07:53

      Yes Kevin - a very good idea. It will also take the pressure off the ref on the field. A general rule that sees the on-field ref ask the 3rd ref - "is there any reason why I should not award a try", every time a try is scored. Then the 3rd ref can rule when there is a forward pass, illegal entry into a ruck / maul or a knock-on, etc., leading up to the try. The IRB will say they don't want to slow the game down, but this does not carry any weight any more.

      roboman1 - 2011-11-09 08:37

      This is typical IRB, trying to divert the attention from their rubbish NZ referees. The citing rule is fine, find a way to stop the Bryce Lawrences of the world, yes an active 3rd TV ref might help. I saw so many forward passes going unchecked in this world cup, for a while I thought I was watching American Football. Ditto with the off sides rule. (The only time I saw Richie McCaw onsides in the whole tournament was during the Haka

      Wesley - 2011-11-09 11:55

      @Gillbert......You Champion! ahahahaa

  • wbschorn - 2011-11-08 16:40

    Uhm i recorded it...i had it 1 min after the match finished... Maybe they must ge a PVR?

  • AcidBlade - 2011-11-08 21:14

    Bok supporters still bitching and moaning about old Brycie?? 456 GROW UP!!! You lost with the team of pensioners u sent to NZ. The pensioners have been paid and the SA rugby public is still suffering from Bryceheimers disease....

      William - 2011-11-09 04:57

      How much did you Kiwis bleat when you were cheated at 2 RWC's cups. You guys cried for 4 years, then 8 years non stop. So you are suffering from a very short term memory, trolling so far from home and been a typical spinless Pakeha

  • William - 2011-11-09 04:52

    MCcaw was lying on the ground, offsides playing the ball on the ground and Rougerie took the law into his own hands when the ref failed to stop MCcaw playing the ball on the ground. THIS IS WHY THEY DID NOT CITE HIM AS THIS WOULD HAVE EXPOSED THE REF'S COMPLICITY. Schalla did the same to Pocock raking his face with fingers. Pocock was off his feet playing the ball in the ruck. SAME AS ABOVE. The single worst dirtiest game in rugby took place between South Africa and Samoa with countless dangerous illegal tackles, swinging arms and tip tackles, stamping. NOT ONE CITING AND THIS GAME WAS PLAYED WAY BEFORE THE FINAL. Rugby has become a sham. One law for some and another for others as we see Nonu get away with two off the ball punches in the last 2 games. McCaw, while one fo the greatest players ever, is doing more harm to the game as he gets away with cheating yet he does not get pinged so players frustration turns to dirty play.

      Pieter - 2011-11-09 09:53

      William, you should remember that right from the beginning everything was structured so that NZ would win the World Cup no matter what happen. 1) The tournament was held in NZ; 2) The referee boss was/is a NZ (And everybody knows that NZ does not produce honest/competent referees and never has ); 3) The rules were interpreted to suite NZ; 4) The IRB has been leaning towards rules and rule interpretation that suits the NZ style of play for a long time. For instance: this truck and trailer obstruction that is regarded as legal was started by NZ way back when and worked into the rules to suite them. Is there anybody in the whole wide world who did not know that NZ would win this year? Sure, other teams hoped but we all knew it would be virtually impossible. The only team with a realistic chance of upsetting the apple cart was SA - and we were without seremony bundled out of the tournament by a NZ referee. The only price he paid was that he was not allowed to referee any further in the tournament - a small price to pay for ensuring his country would win the cup! Believe you me: he is an unsung hero in NZ at this very moment!

      Pieter - 2011-11-09 10:00

      Oh, and I forgot: Touch a NZ player and you're banned from the game! Touch any other player and nobody cares. Even the disciplining body helped to ensure victory for NZ!

  • Darren - 2011-11-09 08:04

    I find it interesting that once again the IRB are only considering taking action or changing rules when the precious little All Black's are involved... When it's anyone else? They get fined for talking out of turn. Ridiculous.

  • Frik - 2011-11-09 10:41

    How about the IRB reveals who of them made the decision to make a NZ ref officiate the game that's outcome will play his own national team. That os against the IRB's own rules but they decided to let Bryce officiate the game..smells like new zeelands masterscam. Please IRB we are waiting to hear who the fraud amongst you were to make sure the boks were cheated out of the world cup.

  • rondee.scherman - 2011-11-09 11:35

    Any rules to get a ref banned for screwing up? Start at the basics -proper good refereeing! The IRB are a lot of clowns. If they were competent they might be called the Mafia.

  • Jonnie - 2011-11-10 04:51

    Boks supporters are clearly bitter and twisted and looking for someone to take a dig at. its pathetic.

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