There are too many forward passes in the game nowadays, in my opinion. If a bloke passes the ball and it moves towards the try line, it's a forward pass. Doesn't matter how fast he's running. It might even be behind the player who threw the pass, but it's still forward, relative to the try line. And that should be all that counts. The IRB can always change the rule. They got it wrong so they can put it right.
great offload by Cruden though, shame the pass at the beginning of the move looked a metre forward, at least. why don't the powers that be use the technology used in football to determine offside? Just draw a line across the pitch from the point of release, and another one half way up the pitch where the bloke catches it, and bob's yer uncle. all this guff about direction of the hands is complete cobblers. what's important is that the ball should not go forward in the direction of the opponents try line. Simple. Way too many forward passes lead to tries nowadays. grrrr.