Taking the "mark"

Taking the "mark"

Post by bobs » Fri, 09 Jul 1999 04:00:00


> > > > 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?

What about it? Go on, say it.

Taking the "mark"

Post by robg.. » Fri, 09 Jul 1999 04:00:00

   >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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Taking the "mark"

Post by Ian Didda » Mon, 12 Jul 1999 04:00:00

On Sun, 27 Jun 1999 14:37:53 +0100, "Kenny MacLeod"


>Thanks, lads, good explantions.

>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.....

By the extremely loud shout of "MARK" as he claims the catch.

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