> > > > Hey, it was only changed in the 1970s! It's not like we're old geezers or
> > > > something.
> > >Old bastards. I wasn't even born for most of the 70's. ;-)
> What about the 90s?
>The mark was only restricted to the 22 in (if I remember correctly)
>the mid 70s. This was about the time that it became the 22 instead
>of the 25 yard line.
But isn't it interesting that while that measurement was metricized "soft",
10 yard distances were metricized "hard", becoming 10 meters instead of 9
meters? The required distance of a kickoff, the separations at free &
penalty kicks and lineouts, all increased by about a yard.
>Before then we could call a mark anywhere
>(once again if I recall correctly) in our own half. But I think
>the goal from the mark was abolished a little earlier.
I think that change was made at the same time, but I could be off by a year.
Whatever; a year or few before that, you could take a mark anywhere, as well
as kick at goal. I paid no attention to rugby from the fall of 1971 until
the spring of 1974, so I lost track a bit. Among other things, a try became
4 points while my back was turned.
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>One more question - how does the catcher indicate to the ref and
>players that he is in fact calling his mark? I don't recall seeing
>overt hand signals or whatever.....
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