Yeah, where Lindop / Thompson / Clay weren't happy till we'd wasted forever trying to get the scrum-half to throw it in "legally" and get the hooker to bind in accordance with the laws, and then blowing up for "feeding" or "feet-up" . Scrums were / are a blot on RL, and the sooner they're despatched to the history books, the better our game will become!
Today's players are fitter / faster / leaner, and yes better, than their counterparts when you / Keith / I were first cutting our teeth on the terraces at Station Road, and the game is a better spectacle for it!
Tell me Sam Tomkins has no flair! Name me one from the (so-called) good old days who was a better captain / leader / goalkicker than Kevin Sinfield!
Let's compare other sports - Snooker - Joe Davies dominated the game for yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeears, and yet in all that time, managed just one maximum break. Ronnie O'Sullivan has done eleven!
Darts - Phil Taylor and Co have put about ten points on the three dart averages from when Eric Bristow and his cohorts were toeing the oche!
Athletics - Roger Bannister had not even rounded the last bend in the times that are regularly being run by the guys of today. Usain Bolt is half a second quicker over 100 metres than when Lunch-Box Linford won his gold medal!
Swimming - Mark Spitz won seven gold medals, all in world record times at the Munich Olympics, but he could only have dreamt of the times that are set now!
If other sports have improved, why has in your (and Keith's) opinion, RL gone backwards? The answer is (in my opinion) it hasn't, and is far better in 2013, than it was in 1963!
To my friend Spelly:
Why pick 1963? How about the 1990s? Are you claiming that today's game is better than that
played under the rules existing for the 1990 GB v Aus. Ashes series? I would have to
respectfully disagree. That could be the best RL ever seen, at least in my lifetime. Certainly the most competitive. By the way, I was at Wembley for what I refer to as the Ellery Hanley
Test in 1990 and the 1992 World Cup Final. I remember Hanley fooling the whole Aussie team
with a great move from the scrum.
I can't for the life of me see what was wrong with the game then that justified such massive
changes. Help me out!
Is it better that there are no more tours? Is it better that the British Lions now play under the RU banner? That RU has taken so much prominence that it's about to be an Olympic sport?
It may be Rugby Yawnion to you but it's rugby takeover to me.
Sam Tomkins has flair, yes. More than Andy Gregory or Alex Murphy or Dave Bolton, or Daz
Davies or Danny Wilson or Wally Lewis? Who knows, it's one opinion versus another and
comparing generations is a no win game.
Kevin Sinfield? Great player. Better leader than Ellery Hanley? Opinion! How many wingers
today are better than Martin Offiah, centres better than Mal Meninga?
For me, RL stands for Rugby Lite and has since 1996!
My vote is to go back to RL as it existed prior to SL, scrums and all!
That doesn't mean I support the Lions any less than I did in the 60s. The two subjects are