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C H Calthrop

Member Since 27 Apr 2014
Online Last Active Today, 07:35 AM

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In Topic: RU Law Trials - RFU Trials

Yesterday, 11:08 PM

I thought this was a skit at first!

RU have taken the worst possible example they have of a flawed, static, indulgent, failing element of rugby and have the gonads to advertise it as a positive for their WC. They are secure in the knowledge that there will be absolutely no discredit heading their way that will gain publicity that tarnishes their image.  A masterclass of advertising.

RU may be buying RL players but we need to buy their publicity people. If they can polish this ###### then imagine what they could do for a game that got rid of the turds decades ago.

They also don't seem to understand the play on words of "too big to fail", "too big to miss" is not the most socially reputable motto for an event given it was used to describe  morally corrupt, disreputable organisations that were bailed out by the taxpayer.

In Topic: Incoming Bath signing Sam Burgess will play at centre

15 September 2014 - 06:37 PM

Seeing as we invented tackling that should not be a problem  :tongue:

In much the same way that a man jumping off a cliff with an ostrich feathers clenched betwixt his cheeks is classed as the inventor of the aircraft    :danced:  

In Topic: RU is far from perfect

15 September 2014 - 12:06 PM

rl is a fine game, not many watch it and dislike it. The vast majority just cant relate to it though imo.
They dont have a local club in their village to play at. They dont have a pro or semi pro club to watch regularly. They didnt play it at school, college or university, their kids dont play it at school, there is little regular international rl for them to buy into, hospitality tickets are not on offer by major companies and so on.

For the vast majority, rl is a sport that maybe only touches their life on Sky on a Friday night, the viewing figs there are generally good.

This is true. But RL just settles for the shoddy end of the stick sometimes and seemingly lacks the initiative to define itself rather than let others define it. 

In Topic: RU is far from perfect

15 September 2014 - 08:29 AM

There have been several initiatives that placed greater importance on scrums and lineouts. There have been a whole raft of initiatives around the areas of the scrum and lineout. 

Marks along with other rules were brought in to punish poor quality kicking.

'Kicking out on the full' is a strange point to make since changes were made with the aim to improve the quality of of the kicking, those rules also result in a greater number of lineouts. 

Yeah but these initiatives aren't really meant to increase  the quantity or the spectacle of the set piece just solve the penalty/practicality related problems again..


Kick out on the full and marks are interesting issues. In a sport that advertises itself as complex and skillful one of its major tools for both attack and defense is to kick the ball straight out into the crowd and as a response to offensive pressure which may legitimately involve skill and flair a player gets to catch the ball and suspend all the attacking teams momentum with a simple word.

In Topic: RU is far from perfect

14 September 2014 - 09:40 PM

I think the actual quality of the sport, ie rules etc. Is only important for fanatics like us and in instances where we are protective of our sport.
The reality i have found is that the mainstream are not overly bothered about the quality of the sport, to a large extent.

Having a brilliant sport will not see it spread worldwide, just as having a poor sport will not hamper its spread.

Of course it is all subjective.

There are a hundred things more important than the quality of the on field action imho.

This is true geography, tradition, opportunity all more influential but when we are constantly told that wider audiences are the key then the quality of the on field spectacle and reasons behind it should not be ignored as a vehicle for RL promotion.