Law discussion: Knock-on penalty
A humble knock-on - everybody knows what it is - or do they? And offside - everybody knows what it is and yet still gets hot under the collar about it.
They should be understood as they both concern ancient laws.
Knock-on dates back to 1866 and offside even earlier - 1846.
In 1846, the Rules of Rugby School said: A player is off his side if the ball has touched one of his side behind him.
A player being off his side is to consider himself out of the game, and is not to touch the ball or in any way to intercept the play.
(Note off his side - offside, not offsides, not even for a split personality.)
It's still, 172 years later, in its essence the same.
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