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Ask the Ref: Shorthanded U19 Teams and Scrums

image for this articleHey Ref: "We had a U19 game the other day and our winger was yellow carded. At the next scrum, the referee told us that both teams had to go to a 7 on 7 scrum in a 3-4-0 configuration since one team was down to 14 players - is this correct?"


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Ask the Ref: Two Quick Taps

image for this articleWhy do refs stop you from taking two quick taps in a row? (Ed Hagerty photo.)


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Ask the Ref: Refereeing Sevens

image for this articleHey Ref: "What should I be doing differently to prepare for Sevens now that I've finished my 15s season?" (Ian Muir photo)


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Ask the Ref: Hands at the Ruck - iRB Law Ruling 4

image for this articleThe IRB clarifies the law on what constitutes a ruck, and when hands in the ruck applies, and Chris Draper clarifies the clarification.


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Ask the Ref: Material Knock-Ons

image for this articleChris Draper talks about when, and why, you'd not call a knock-on.


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Draper Enjoys Chance to Ref at HK 7s

image for this articleUSA-based referee Chris Draper officiated at the Hong Kong 7s this past weekend, putting the former Cal player in the cauldron of one of the most celebrated rugby tournaments in the world.


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Hey Ref: Releasing the Tackled Player

image for this articlereferee Chris Draper talks about what happens, and what refs should be thinking about, when a tackler releases the player quickly. (Marshall Sports Media photo.)


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Hey Ref: Foul Play

image for this articleDid you see the punch? What about the guy who did it first? And what does it mean? Talking punching, hitting, red cards, and making the tough decisions. (Photo by Rob Wagner, www.dropkickphotos.com)


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Ask the Ref - Referee Fitness

image for this articleAre you fit enough to be a referee? It's not an easy job, and you have to be in shape to do it well. Chris Draper discusses the tests and the standards. (Ed Hagerty photo.)


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Ask the Ref - Sealing Off

image for this articleIt's illegal and referees have allowed it for years - what's OK and what's not?


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Hey Ref - The Scrumhalf Offside Line

image for this articleChris Draper talks about the changing offside line for the scrumhalf. (M. Ernest Marshall, Rob Marshall photo.)


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Ask the Ref - Throwing into the Lineout

image for this articleWe all know that all throws are straight right? Well maybe not. (Ed Hagerty photo.)


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Ask the Ref: Collapsing the Scrum

image for this articleChris Draper looks into why scrums collapse, and who is at fault - yeah right, the other guy. (USA prepare to pack down against Munster under the watchful eye of Chris Hanshall. Ed Hagerty photo.)


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Ask the Ref: Through the Gate

image for this articleDo you come through the gate or do you hop the fence? Chris Draper takes us through the proper conduct. (Red Mountain and Wisconsin show respect for the Gate. Dina di Camilli photo.)


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Ask the Ref: The Duties of the Tackler

image for this articleHey Ref: "I tackled a player, took the ball, and got penalized for not releasing; how is this possible since I wasn't the ball carrier?" (Red Mountain and Wisconsin explore the question of the tackle at the DII semis. Dina di Camilli photo.)


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