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RUGBY FOOTBALL.

AMENDMENTS TO RULES. WING FORWARDS ABOLISHED. (By Telegraph.—Fresi Association.) WELLINGTON, Thursday. Delegates to the Council of the New Zealand Rugby Union met to-day for the purpose of considering the proposed amendments to the rules with the object of making the game more attractive. The Chairman (Mr. G. F. C. Campbell) said the proposals, if carried, would have a great effect on the conduct of Rugby in New Zealand, and would mean a possible breakaway from the International Board. Alterations were carried to the following effect: — Law I.—That the game bo played in four spells of 20min each, with an interval after the second spell. Notes referring to the tackle are altered to provide that if a player carrying the ball be brought to the ground, and the ball touches the ground, he may nevertheless get up with it and continue his run or pass it, provided it is done immediately. In every case when the referee orders a scrummage he shall put the ball into the scrummage. The off-side rule relating to the scrummage is amended to read: "A player is placed offside if he crosses an imaginary line drawn down through the back of the scrummage on his own side, while the. ball is in the scrummage.' . Law 10, relating to free kicks, is altered to read: "In all cases of free kicks, or kick at goal, the opposite 3ide shall not charge such kick."

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RUGBY FOOTBALL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 67, 19 March 1909

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