LETTER: Flaws to be found in the offside law

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From R Phillips

Sir: Further to Steve Bale's commentary on last Saturday's Wasps-Bath encounter illustrating the negative blight that is still apparent in our game, I would like to question the complete lack of control of the offside law by officials so far this season.

The persistent flouting of the offside law in ruck, maul and line-out is stifling the game, while at the same time an expansive and adventurous approach in the Southern hemisphere is funding the new professional era. Why not really open the game by extending the offside law to 10 metres behind the scrum?

Yours sincerely


Redland, Bristol