Rugby’s TMO Challenge System

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Two days have passed since the All Blacks again displayed why they are the number one side in world rugby.

There has been a lot of discussion about the ‘controversial call’ surrounding Speights no-try, but very little has been constructive.

The only coherent, unbiased analysis of the incident has come from Nick Pfitzner in his article TMO – Time to Move On?. He discusses the laws behind the TMO’s decision and the ambiguity and inconsistency behind them. He also attempts to offer a constructive solution, which I have dubbed the TMO Challenge System (TCS).

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Hypothetical Pacific heritage rugby teams: Samoa

Manu Samoa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Manu Samoa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup

A little while back we looked at the hypothetical Fijian side, which was overflowing with barnstorming backs who were accompanied by some great forward talent.

There was a 9-6 split of Fijians and ‘foreigners’ in the starting XV, with a further 4-4 split on the bench.

This weeks Samoan side is heavily laden with Samoan talent who have pledged allegiance to other nations. Similarly to the Fijian side, a lot of top tier nations sport Samoan talent among their ranks, however the Wallabies and All Blacks dominate this squad with 5 and 4 respectively.

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