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Peter Bills: Scrum just a charter for cheats

Peter Bills

Published 05/05/2011 | 05:00

You might think that a rugby player -- someone like Dan Carter, Brian O'Driscoll, James O'Connor or Victor Matfield -- might actually make most of the headlines at this year's World Cup. But I fear you could be wrong.

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I suspect, as my colleague Tony Ward intimated last week in his excellently argued column on the intricacies of the scrummage, that this single aspect of the game is likely to dominate the forthcoming event.

Find me a rugby game in the modern world which is not disfigured by a series of collapsed scrums. In Super 15, Heineken Cup, Magners League, Aviva Premiership or any other rugby competition anywhere in the world, this ludicrous scenario is enacted time and time again. It has become the No 1 stain on the game.

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