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RUGBY FOOTBALL.

REPEEEES' CON'PBBEXCE. RULES Asm SUhTNGS. (Br-- Telegraph:—Press Association;)' NEW PEYMOUTH; Saturday. Th« annual conference of the-New Zealand Referees'' Association opened' last night, Mr. C. W' Oram .bwig, chairman. It- was- resolved that- affiliated: associations- be recommended: to instruct theij members not to referee in foreign .matches unless the unions concerned agree to pay expenses on: the scale mentioned*' in: the annual report of the officers. The next conference will be held: a t Wellington; It was- decided that should" any part of: a player who i 3 ■running with, the ball swing into touch or touch-in-gpal, such* player to be considered in touch or touch-in-goali respectively; It was- further -resolved' that if'an attacking' player; carries the ball' racross his- opponent's goal line, and simultaneously with; his 'placing, the' ball" on the ground an opponent' places? his hand on* the "ball, a-scrum five yards out be awarded. A motion was moved that if' a- player, with the ball runs- back ' Virer goal line*" with the intention; ; of. gaining the field of play,, hut before"' doing: so is forced. by his: opponents': to, j make the ball-dead; a touch< down: shall, .be: awardfed; It- was' decided" to state a case such as that referred 1 to in "the to- the: Appeal: Council for; a> ruling; and'in the '-meantime- to-act hvae*cordance with, the motion; It was-decided, that when any part of the original formation"; ofs a= scrummage still remains', consisting of at' least one player on', either side, Only' such part shall be considered as the scrummage. It was 1 decided- to' recommend' 1 the local association to. consider the question' of taking: steps- to afford, players an opportunity of discussing the"- laws ofg the game" with referees; so- as to familiarise" the players" with the present: interpretation: of rules. Affiliated, associations are: to be* urged to' use; every,' effort' toward: ,seeuriug": insertion- of' a' by-law" ih~ their local Rugby union!s- club contest rules whereby the appointment off referees: to 1 such matches should', be solely to the local referees'' associations; Referees Were- urged, to- pay, particular regard to' enforcement of sections B;. C,and D of law 11. penalties for failing to drop, the ball when held,, for failing to rise from* the ground when! tackled" with- the- hall, and'for' preventing: an' opponent getting up or dropping the ball). " ' Officers- for the'- ensuing- year were elected 1 as follow his ' Excellency the Governor-; president, Mr. RI M.- Isaacs; vice-presidents, Messrs. A.Campbell (Auckland), G. Griffiths (Ta,ratfaki},. WT Po*wdrelT \(Sbuth Taranaki), G. R. Simpson (Wanganui),, A. *_ Gib< 'boils" (Manawatu), James' Mclntyre (Hbrowhenua), F*. A. Laws- (Wellington),, E: McKenzie- (Wairarapa); W." Snell (Danrievirke), Si. Henderson (Hastings), G. Proctor (Hawke's Bay), H; Nalcler (Nelson); J: O'Eeary (South' Canterbury), H. McEarlane (Otago); lion; secretary and 1 treasurer, Mr. J. M: Rbbb"; committee,. Messrs. ■]?.- A. Hempleman, J. H. A. Laughton, H: Card, G: B: Lusk; L. Siever; hon. auditor, Mr-; C. H. Manson. The-executive was instructed to revise the by-laws and report.

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RUGBY FOOTBALL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 86, 12 April 1909

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