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So-called 'Nash Rule' will be back in front of Congress in 2015

After some tweaking, the rule is back up for discussion.

Anthony Nash's style of free-taking came in for criticism.
Anthony Nash's style of free-taking came in for criticism.
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AFTER A MEETING of Central Council at Croke Park today, the GAA has confirmed that the motion to debate the ‘Anthony Nash style’ of free-taking in hurling will once again be brought before Congress in 2015.

Motion 58 was dramatically withdrawn at the 11th hour this year because it was feared the wording of the motion would adversely impact the taking of all frees and sideline balls.

The wording of the motion at that time proposed that players be penalised if they ‘advance the ball deliberately from the place at which a free puck, penalty puck or sideline puck is to be struck from’.

Referees were to be permitted in such instances to cancel the free and throw the ball in between two players instead but the motion was withdrawn before it could be voted upon.

After today’s meeting, however, it has been decided that the motion put to next year’s Congress will deal with 20m frees and penalties only.

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