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Special report on World Rugby's plans to tackle concussion

Six of one, half a dozen of the other really... there have been more protocols brought in aimed at reducing injuries, however they tend to be more superficial cuts - rucking players on the ground has been removed from the game... I guess some could argue scrums are safer... I'd disagree when you consider the battle that occurs now that hooking the ball is not really a "thing"...

Fights are less common, but again, this all tends to be somewhat more of a reduction of superficial injuries, maybe a few KO's and missing teeth reductions... but again, these are more than made up for by bigger hits and head clashes...

Actually, reminds me of that advert that came out in Aus about the human that was evolved to survive car crashes.... The average rugby player has 'evolved' to take bigger hits on the surface, but beneath, they're still squishy... the contents of heads will still rattle if you hit them hard enough, regardless of who's enormous shoulders they may sit upon....

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Billy Vunipola tries to keep ball in play with near disastrous result

Can't really say more than the commentators, Vunipola did very well in his effort, and Turner was so so nearly there, great awareness from him as well!

Also a good potential example of why you should always chase kicks, you never know what you might get gifted....

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Friday Funnies - Vaea Fifita avoids the tackle with perfectly executed jump

Actually to be fair, I don't really have a problem with the kiwis.... I love their game, I have a problem with the drivel that comes out of a lot of their supporters mouths, including the ones stating the Franks non gouge (I agree it wasn't actually a gouge in the original intended fashion, more of an accidental poke in the eye) wasn't worthy of any kind of intervention, then the drivel coming out of the above guests post (was that you?)

1 Week, 6 Days ago

U9 kid goes into BEAST MODE and nobody can do a thing about it!

Actually, it's interesting you point out the "3 pass rule"... we still use forms of that in training now for senior rugby... tends to be maybe 5 passes or even 10, it helps work around offloads and the like...

Also as you mentioned his team mates... I just re watched the video, look how many of his team mates are just standing around watching....

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Taranaki lock produces best around the corner offload you're likely to see

Oh I dunno, I did get a couple bites...

But alright, I'll concede, it was a very skillful offload and thanks for sharing RD...

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Should You Take Time Off Rugby To Focus On The Gym?

Difficult dilemma really....

Gym and no rugby will equal a crap player..

Rugby and no gym COULD equal a broken player...

The weight thing is relative... Look at a lot of the centres these days they're 15-17 stone on average, this is at least a 2 or 3 stone heavier than a bunch of years ago... but it's becoming natural for forwards to be 2 or 3 stone or more heavier than forwards used to be as well...

I still think that being an athletic type of player with strength but mostly the ability to play a high standard of rugby will always be the winner. Look at the majority of AB's they're big, but their skill set is second to none.

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Special report on World Rugby's plans to tackle concussion

The thing is HB, it's flipped. Back in the day of course everyone wanted to play a game (I can't speak from 20 years ago I guess, but less than that), but if there was an injury, there tended to be a less cut throat attitude towards players... perhaps because it was somewhat less of a solid career, it was something that could be done along side a bunch of other followings.

These days it's a proper career. I read an article on the BBC recently about an ex scotland player turned agent. He said how there is a massive focus on players G's.... Coaches want the players who have high G impacts, so the players that hit hard. They have targets that if players fall below, then they aren't interested in them. The problems with mind set is not only is it dangerous to player welfare, it's also a shame for the game as some of the smaller players, Jason Robinson, Shane Williams etc, would get over looked, because they don't make "big hits"...

In the article and just being aware of the game, you can see there is more pressure on players to recover and be fit, the article stated how players are given the final hour before the game to prove their fitness... and to some extent that is 100% true, how many times do you hear that a player wasn't deemed fit right before a match so there's a last minute substitution... It mentioned how this is basically an example of how no player is ever 100% fit... they're all carrying small injuries, small niggles, small somethings, lack of recovery etc.

The only way I can ever really see this going is some sort of intervention that teams must not play the same 15 guys in consecutive matches or some BS like that.... however I can still see the problem with that in the fact that coaches will view that as an extra week to really drill their players so they're harder next time...

Maybe some sort of truck drivers tachograph and laws against how much they can train or play...

1 Week, 6 Days ago

Taranaki lock produces best around the corner offload you're likely to see

*snigger*....http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/247/207/813.gif

2 Weeks, 12 Hours ago

U9 kid goes into BEAST MODE and nobody can do a thing about it!

This not little little guy has got some skills, but realistically if he remains in this age group of rugby, what sort of progression will he make?

He might be the lucky one that makes it through to the pros and continues developing, but there will be some 'lumps' like him, which will have the natural attributes to go places, but none of the skills because they don't need them...and when they find they do need them, they'll be older and surrounded by blokes who are the same size and weight as them anyway....

I don't know what the answer is really, using your example, this kid could weigh as much as a 16 year old in a couple years.. he'll only be 11, that also won't allow his skillset to develop....

2 Weeks, 20 Hours ago

Eben Etzebeth's giant frame revealed after jersey rip in scuffle

Or Quade.... either way..

2 Weeks, 20 Hours ago