(K. Brent Tomer),
IT WAS a result that almost nobody wanted or expected. On July 8th, as the match-ending siren sounded in the third and final test of the British and Irish Lions’ tour to New Zealand, the scores were level at 15-15, meaning that the series had finished with a 1-1 tie. In their pre-tour negotiations, the organisers from both sides had made no provision for a deadlock after three full matches of 80 minutes, which left both sets of players and fans disappointed. That regulatory failure was far from the only one to elicit grumbles. Rugby’s rulebook also came under considerable scrutiny, as a number of flaws were revealed during the test matches—including a crucial one in the offside laws that effectively decided the series. The tour ought to be remembered for proving that the All Blacks are human after all, and that the Lions still make sense as a joint entity. But those lessons might be overshadowed by a more mundane one: namely, that the sport’s statutes clearly need updating.
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