• Sorry, but if you were right, you would be calling forward passes all day, since a very large percentage of passes actually﻿ go forward (the whole point of this video). The fact that you are only going to call it up when the pass happens to be over the 22m just makes you a bad referee, not right! The issue in Law is the direction the player passes the ball, not the direction the ball travels in.

• Fine - but can you see how﻿ this is an illogical approach. As per the video - if you are consistent in your rulings that the ball can't travel forward, you will be calling up passes left right and centre and make a joke of the game - because so many passes actually go forward due to momentum.

• From the 2010 rulebook:

"Definition: Throw Forward

A throw forward occurs when a player throws or passes the ball forward. 'Forward' means towards the opposing team's dead ball line."

Thus a forward pass﻿ is dependent on the field of play not the passer or receiver. Which directly contradicts this video.

• No, incorrect. The definition actually validates the video. Regardless﻿ of where the ball travels, this issue is the direction the player passes the ball. And as the video demonstrates, you can pass the ball backwards and have it travel forward due to momentum.

• Kirbz678,

As﻿ an avid sporting fan and student of physics I can say that you do not understand the concept entirely. You're pretty much wrong. MKuwashima is correct. We can continue this discussion later on. I gotta go right now.

• Can you imagine the number of scrums in a game! as if the game wasn't enough of a mess﻿ because of scrums!

• Yes, it's all about the initial trajectory of the ball, initial being the key word.﻿

• okay so someone else wrote this first... bah.﻿

• Key is the words "throws or passes" the ball forward. In the video, the ball is "thrown or passed" backwards, even though it travels forward.

The law is worded like that because the important element is the throw or pass, not the travel of the ball. The rulemaker could have written the law differently if he'd intended the decisive factor to be the travel of the ball relative to the ground. Yet he didn't -﻿ which is why we start with examining the throw or pass when applying the law.

• the laws of physics are outdated? good to know﻿