Friday, August 29, 2008
Growing up, most of us are used to having referees as these old, grey haired guys who puff and pant all around the park. It's rapidly changing though, as more and more young refs are coming in and making it to the highest level of rugby out there.
As rugby speeds up, so do the refs, as they need to be fit, agile, and by the looks of this clip - able to take a knock or two!
We've had a few ref clips here on RD, most of which show the ref tripping like an idiot or getting sandwiched and injured for getting too close to the action.
League referee Gavin Badger looks to be in the new breed of ref though. Young, in shape, and pretty supple by the look of it, Badger took two big knocks recently, but managed to roll back onto his feet with no problem at all.
It's a pretty rare sight, but just goes to show that you can 'accidentally' knock into some refs as hard as you like, but there's a few out there that are better equipped to deal with it than you'd think.
Have a good weekend all.