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SBD Global/July 17, 2017/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes: Rugby To Simplify Law Book In Wake Of Confusion During Lions Tour

Rugby's law book "is being shredded by a whopping" 50%, as the game gets closer to a "much-needed simplification." In the wake of a British & Irish Lions series against the All Blacks which "threw up a number of refereeing controversies," the wheels are "certainly in motion to tidy up the mess that is the sport's rules." Unlike other codes, "rugby's nuances mean laws are generally just too hard to understand, and over time they have developed even further, to only add to the confusion" (STUFF, 7/16).

Former Committee of Administrators member Ramachandra Guha feels Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan are being subjected to "public humiliation" by the manner in which their appointment as consultants has been put on hold. His comments came after the COA "approved the appointment" of Ravi Shastri as coach. However, the committee "did not implicitly specify whether Dravid and Khan were on board as batting and bowling consultants respectively for overseas tours, as had been claimed by the BCCI" (PTI, 7/16).

Archery has "become ­Scotland’s most unlikely boom sport" -- thanks to "Game of Thrones." Archers across the country said that the sport’s "sexier image has led to a doubling in membership at clubs." They believe characters in ­the Westeros saga and in "The Hunger Games" series are "encouraging young ­people to take up the sport" (Scotland DAILY RECORD, 7/16).
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