Somerset Times

Week 7, Term Two, 2017 Articles

Backwards and Forwards Passing the Test

By Andrew Wrigley, Senior Teacher - Mathematics

Rugby is a game about going forward but so are the passes – and that is the problem. It is an issue that is gaining momentum in both League and Union but it is momentum, in essence, that causes the confusion over the rule. A forward pass in both our rugby codes is against the rules whereas in 1906, American football allowed the forward pass based on safety concerns. At the time, the Chicago Tribune reported that in the previous year, 25 players had been killed and 159 seriously injured on the field of play. Theodore Roosevelt, the US President at the time had even threatened to ban the game were it not made safer.