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Tana Umaga helps Colin Charvis after huge Jerry Collins hit

Would be put on report and suspended for a minimum of a week today, I have no doubt.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Gio Aplon knocked out with brutal elbow from teammate

Where's the evidence for that? We should have procedures in place concerning concussions, but I'm over people making farfetched claims based on American research into a completely different sport. There is no long-term brain damage pandemic in Rugby, and neither will there be.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Gio Aplon knocked out with brutal elbow from teammate

It would never be a fair comparison anyway, just look at the number of tackles in each average game, a league player gets tackled or makes a tackle about 10 x the amount a rugby player makes in his career.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Gio Aplon knocked out with brutal elbow from teammate

You stopped watching NFL because of media created controversy? What a silly thing to do. You do realise, don't you, that at the professional level the concussion rates in NFL and Rugby are the same. The only difference is the media coverage of the epidemic in both codes, with the rugby concussion situation being ignored and covered up, largely.

If you've given up on the NFL because of the concussion situation then you absolutely shouldn't be watching rugby, either.

1 Year, 8 Months ago

Sonny Bill Williams off to Japan then returns to the NRL and Rugby League

That's debatable, domestically League is a bigger sport in England than Rugby Union. League is also the number 1 sport in PNG. It's en-route to overtake Rugby Union in Fiji(despite what funkiesol says). Eventually, and that's the keyword, it will be bigger than Rugby in NZ by almost every measure. At the moment tv ratings and merchandise sold are the only strong suite, but once the NZ schools stop preventing the creation of League teams and the NRL puts another team or two in NZ then the sport will well and truly flourish.

As an avid viewer both codes I can comment wherever I like, and will. Considering that this is a story pertaining to League I don't think it's out of order to, much to the disgust of some people, speak about League.

The issue of strong competitors in League is a tricky one and one that people who have not played or experienced League will fail to understand. League is not like Rugby, where a second rate team can make a scoreline close on effort and a few penalty kicks. In League if there is a notable gulf in class you cannot miss it. A Tier 1 team will put a bucket of tries on a Tier 2 or Tier 3 nation. In Rugby, by design of the game, teams are more likely to kick and thus the superior team will play negative, as will the inferior team, which usually results in a flattering scoreline for the lesser team.

Even between Tier 1 nations differences in class translate to big margins on the scoreboard. You only have to look at England (Not GB, GB doesn't exist) coming up against Australia in recent years, the scoreline is very unflattering.

You don't really see Australia(England) getting blown off the park against the All Blacks(Kangaroos) in Rugby in much the same way, because of differences in the game.

If you don't want to comment on League I suggest you find a post that isn't about League. That's just my opinion.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Sonny Bill Williams off to Japan then returns to the NRL and Rugby League

Erm, are you kidding? The less games a competition has, theoretically, the higher their average attendance should be. NRL teams have double the amount of home games as Super Rugby teams. In theory if you reduced the NRL season to 18 games the average would rise, and if you stretched Super Rugby to 24 games the average would fall.

That's theoretically of course, nobody can say for definite. What you can say is that your theory doesn't even make sense on paper.

As far as stadiums go, that's your perception, and like EVERYTHING else you've said, you're wrong.

Interesting fact, I know this will annoy you. State of Origin, the annual 3 game series, turns over more profit than an entire season of Australian super rugby.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Sonny Bill Williams off to Japan then returns to the NRL and Rugby League

There was no handshake agreement. That is what SBW and his camp invented to make SBW look honourable. If they present SBW as honouring a handshake agreement then people think, "Oh, okay, he actually does have some loyalty, he doesn't really want to go back to League, but he shook a hand so he has to". Honourable SBW going back to the nonsense game of mungo ball, lol.

SBW is bored of Rugby. Write it down, make note of this comment. I'm telling you that IF he plays well enough in 2013 to be in the run in for the Kiwis that you aren't going to see him in NZ Rugby again. You lot have a very high opinion of your game, and don't seem to understand what NRL boys like SBW actually think of it.

The Bill will sign a 1 year NRL contract, but plans to return to League for good should things go his way. The reason he's going 1 year is because there are doubts within the SBW camp that he'll be good enough, quick enough, and that his body can cope with the physical battering that League presents. It's a matter of apprehension. If SBW hits form you'll never see him playing Rugby(outside of Japan) again. If he can't keep up with the intensity and skill for whatever reason, then he'll be back in Rugby.

Mentally he wants out of NZ Rugby and back into League. In 2013 the plan is he will sign another NRL contract on the back of strong form, and the contract will enable him to play some Rugby in Japan, and Japan only, again.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Sonny Bill Williams off to Japan then returns to the NRL and Rugby League

And to make things worse, Rugby in NZ is in terrible state, financially and in terms of popularity. This despite hosting the World Cup

More and more Kiwi kids are playing League, more and more people are watching League. League is audaciously swooping down on rugby school kids and converting them to league, with the appeal of the Toyota Cup, a televised junior league that puts to shame the amateur Rugby Union set-up in NZ.

Rugby in NZ is at the top of a rollercoaster, just getting view of the bottom. School kids all over NZ are begging to play League, the only thing preventing a sporting revolution is school teachers refusing to make League part of the program. League has become "cool", it's about to be a cultural phenomena. Go to NZ and count all the people walking around in NRL shorts and fitted hats.

The establishment bias in NZ is slowing the decline of Rugby, and subsequent rise of League, but the cracks are evident. In 30-40 years NZ will look like the east coast of Australia as far as sport is concerned, the NRL will be on top. It might only take 20, who knows.

The worlds Rugby hotbed is faltering, and rugby fans, even NZ Rugby fans don't even realise it because they're so out of touch with the young. Give it a few years, NZ Rugby is going to be a sport that is known for being the sport of old white people, I bet you.

Rugby is losing in the Pacific. The IRB are going to lose Fiji to League very soon also. So many Fijians now play League that they can't find the fields to play on, the FNRL are struggling to cope with all the teams popping up. Rugby in Fiji has been in bad state for a while, Sevens has been the only thing keeping it thriving.

The Fijians, like the Maori and the Indigenous Australians, are learning that Rugby League is a sport that will celebrate and embrace their athletic talents. The Toyota Cup is 40% Polynesian already. NRL will be 50% by 2020.

50 years and League will dominate Rugby in Aus, PNG, NZ, Tonga, Fiji, etc

1 Year, 9 Months ago

Sonny Bill Williams off to Japan then returns to the NRL and Rugby League

Well, you've embarrassed yourself with that comment, haven't you.

A few things:

1) Sonny Bill Williams IS a Rugby League player. He played League all his life, played professionally in League for most his life. He's the model second-row forward for League players. SBW's natural athleticism and skills were developed playing League. He learnt to pass, run lines and fend in League, he learnt to tackle in League. He is a League player, he played in the NRL from 2004 - 2008 and represented the Kiwi several times, that's without going into his impressive junior background.

Sonny has played twice as many League games as Rugby games, he knows what he's getting and he will enjoy and thrive once more in League, a sport that will reward his natural athleticism and allow him to utilise it in the way of trade-mark shoulder charges. At first he will struggle with the intensity and speed of the game of League, given he's spent so long in a slower-paced sport, but once he gets fit again he will enjoy it and come into his own. SBW loves the game. Keep in mind he only went to Rugby for money and glory, not for passion or genuine interest in it.

2. Your argument about stadiums is also without sense, considering the average crowd for each is near enough the same. I believe Super Rugby has an average of 1-3 thousand more fans, depending on the year, and the difference is usually South African fans. If it was about attendance then SBW would be playing for the Brisbane Broncos, a team with an average attendance of 35k, which dwarfs anything in rugby. That he chose the Roosters shows that he does not care about how many people are in the stadium.

1 Year, 9 Months ago

 
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