Point 3 suggests refs should police the tackle/PTB - I assume, verbally instead of piling in.
They referee the PTB, by observation they have no need to give any instructions. Players know the rules, follow the rules, take responsibility for their own actions or the whistle will follow. Late tackle, whistle. Player on the ground and tackler merely lends weight to slow ptb down, whistle. Good tackle but lay on too long, whistle. Thats how it was done in the past.
I generally like Greenwood - he is one of the more enlightened union bods. Some of what he says in the article also makes for reasonable advice, but the overall tone of the article is one of condescension and is vomit inducing in the extreme. Who the hell does he think he is talking to? Sam is a world class "rugby" player. Yes, he has a lot of new techniques to learn but Greenwood, in this article, just comes across as saying, "hey Leaguie, you might think you can play rugby but union is much more complex and demanding and you will be totally out of your depth....." Telling Sam how and when to pass, how to run, blitz defence - do me a favour. Perhaps it is Sam who should actually be telling his union team mates how to do those things. The article just comes across as a point scoring exercise for union, in an attempt to detract from the fact that a mere League player is commanding such excitement in the media. He mentioned somewhere that he is not trying to teach his granny to suck eggs. That is exactly what he is trying to do.
It's a pure RU is so skillful PR piece. That offload in his first game showed them up no end, no one was remotely interested in trying to play that way. Bit surprised at SB for that you'd think he would have cottoned on to that sort of thing immediately unless he is getting one set of pep talks and the rest of the team know their limits. I can imagine the bovine is spread pretty thickly on any inducement package, it has to be, they couldn't tell the truth to him. I still think that after the SSR victory if he could have stayed he would have done.
It annoys the fek out of me when I hear people being described on TV or radio or in the press as a Rugby Correspondent or Rugby International etc, when they clearly mean Rugby Union. Like you say, if a club was formed before the split, then fair enough, Rugby Football Club is fine. I think more Rugby clubs, like St Helens, should reclaim the title of 'Rugby'. In my opinion, of course.
How much press coverage did the netball final featuring nz and Aussie in a comp that had included England get?
Serious question.......netball is a big deal with young girls ( my wife is proud of the fact she represented Cornwall)....yet I see no mention of the final in the uk press. Netball is more prominent in uk schools than any other team sport apart from soccer.......why aren't there bra-burners at no 10 demanding BBC coverage?
As for the press! They print what their readers will pay to read.......80,000 RL fans who attend games at the weekend or 1,000,000+ on TV is all well and good, but compared to other sports it's tiny.........just because you can't accept this it is not proof of a conspiracy!
I hope my mentioning netball doesn't get this moved to the cross code forum!
How many hundreds of years has netball attracted paying crowds?
Outside of children at school who is playing netball?
Is it a spectator sport?
You continue to produce a circular argument with no relevance to the facts. RL attendance and match viewers on tv easily match up to club RU, lower division Soccer, Cricket and frankly anything you care to mention. Just because you make spurious comparisons with Netball doesn't make the considerable ignorance of RL in the media now and in the past some sort of oversight. From NZ I doubt your appreciation of the British media is acute.
It is been mentioned that RU tends to have better facilities (i.e., clubhouses) than RL clubs. Why is this? Is it simply that having to make payments to players meant less to spend on facilities? Or that RL clubs tended to be located in poorer areas?
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