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Change rules. Breakdown go back to hand on ball allowed ball will cause ball to move away from dangerzone. Stop lifting at lineout - jump! Stop `in front of ball` at mauls/breakdowns obstruction invites `hit`. Go back to how scrums used to bind front middle back no `hit`[am exhooker] If ball visible = out stop reset nonsense. Change pens to minor/major minor = tap. Must stop bodies as weapons
Take 2 players out from each team. One less back and no No 8.
The Telegraph's exclusive yesterday kind of nailed it; the unintended consequences of the IRB's rule changes this season have seen this spike happen in injuries, not least because the tackle area is now being less contested. Cue more players in defensive setup. This plus significant increase in size/altheticism = more impacts/more injuries. One of the risks of sporting evolution and pro sport!
271 rorythegeeI echo your comments. Too many pundits have latched onto the "sports-bar machismo" nomenclature of "hits" and "impacts"...something I think that has come out of American-influenced sports marketing theory i.e. we all want a "car-crash" style entertainment product.That said, I think we're past peak-Warrenball and more skill is returning to the game, but players are too big!
@269Yes, I share that concern, which is why I believe that the language of Rugby, and the general hyperbole, of which many commentators and pundits are guilty, needs to be moderated. I remember well, as an amateur club player, the post-match feelings of joy and well being, as well as the pain and exhaustion. I just don't want to see the game changed out of all recognition!
266 TrytasticWho knows...my son plays U18 rugby for a top rugby playing school. They just played a NZ touring team and, whilst hanging in, were still well beaten by 20 points.The NZ team were simply much better and more determined to win...they were also quite cute with it as you would expect and had a couple of 17 stone Tongan "scholars"!The size limits apply younger and seem to work
I'd hazard a guess that most,if not all the posters on here have played rugby whether @ club level or professional & all have played with injuries.....but had great days with their team mates & wouldn't change a thing.My concern however is that the number of injuries is putting off parents allowing their children to play,they think that what they see on TV is what the kids play.A change is needed.
251. Bill Somebody Else You say no other job is more dangerous, yet the state pay Industrial Injuries Benefit out on over 50 life changing life ending diseases caused by thousands of jobs done on a daily basis, including beauties like Leukaemia, pulmonary Anthrax, asbestosis too name three, so I would rather take my chances. give us a break (no pun intended) Life is dangerous so enjoy it.
You only need to listen to the childish and gratuitous language of commentators and pundits to realise how much our sport has declined since 1996. There is nothing in the Law Book about 'clearing out' or 'the hit' or 'collision'. The sport that I love is taking on all the characteristics of a violent video game, while the media and anyone else with a vested interest spouts it's puerile hype.
265, They do, and it is riddled with cheating. My son would probably be playing versus the under 11s, who don't have active scrums, no line-outs and13 a side, so when he plays for the school or county at under 15, he has to play a different game? When a player grows, do they have to move teams?A weight cap is completely unrealistic, you would have a token midget to balance out the weights.
264 TrytasticBut they play by weight and height in New Zealand junior rugby and it works for them. My own experience with my own son in junior rugby was one of egregious and cynical cheating by coaches playing much older players and of parents whooping and cheering their empty, crushing victories. It damages the sport!At pro-level this can only be solved by sub numbers and weight caps.
The whole weight limit things is unworkable. My son's Under 15 side, range from 6 and a half stone to17 stone, and 4'10 to 6'5". My son being the lightest, but he has grown 8 inches so far this year, so would he have to move teams part way through a season, or do you take their weight at the start of the year?I played a Vet's tournament where one guy was 35st, useless, but out with his mates.
So, clearly, the best thing to do is to increase the length of the season?
Christ, we are making this sound like fight to the death cage fighting?? Rugby has its dangers, yes, but so does soccer, hockey, netball anything really. suggestions of weight and size limitations are ridiculous, as are most of the law changes mentioned. Just teach kids to avoid contact when running with the ball rather than aiming for it. Most importantly tackle correctly, "cheek to cheek".
Sobering..... I have great respect for the young men who play. Sheer bravery and insane foolhardiness.. Professionalism has raised the stakes. Risk versus reward. As long as young men are prepared to gamble the fifteen years of a playing career against a healthy post retirement life, Rugby will continue to produce its share of heroes and casualties. I applaud them....... and fear for them.
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