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What's in a number?

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Interesting to see what numbers the players have been given for the new season,i'm sure Tom will be putting on all the information later,but what do people think about seeing Austin at 21,Akaidere at 2,Jy-Mel at 7,Spaven at 23,then Makali Aizue at number 32! Would be interesting to see if Glenn thinks the squad numbers are important or just numbers.

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Interesting to see what numbers the players have been given for the new season,i'm sure Tom will be putting on all the information later,but what do people think about seeing Austin at 21,Akaidere at 2,Jy-Mel at 7,Spaven at 23,then Makali Aizue at number 32! Would be interesting to see if Glenn thinks the squad numbers are important or just numbers.

I'm surpirised GM sees hales as a centre - thought he was a back rower who could play centre at a pinch.

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Have these numbers been given out to the players or have they been picked by the players themselves does anybody know ?.

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The link to the allocation of squad numbers gives a fairly comprehensive explanation behind them, if you would care to read it.

My main concern is the youthfulness of our half-back partnership and front row - it's going to be a steep learning curve for some of these lads and I do hope they're up to it.

In GM we trust. :mellow:

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Makes me wonder if those players with the higher numbers are the ''also-rans'' and will be drafted into the squad only when necessary. If GM sees them as merely numbers, then what's the point? Number 21 as a winger and 23 for a scrum half/hooker is ridiculous, but then so is the whole squad number system.

So James Craven gets the no.1 shirt as he was the first player signed for the coming season (and not that it is the number for a full back) and Spaven gets 23 in memory of some former football player! If Aizue is 42 then give him that number instead of trying to take ten years off his age (although I understand he is really 35).

It's all so unnecessary.

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The squad numbers are just that - numbers. No one is going to get picked because they have a particular number.

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The squad numbers are just that - numbers. No one is going to get picked because they have a particular number.

If that's the case, I will ask the question again - what's the point of them? The numbers should be used to indicate position, not someone's ideal age or the first to be signed.

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If that's the case, I will ask the question again - what's the point of them? The numbers should be used to indicate position, not someone's ideal age or the first to be signed.

I think it has all been explained previously CF that it is to do with the cut and fit of modern shirts, which are bespoke for each individual player. One right wingman may be quite a different size to another for example so it could be unreasonable to expect the same shirt to fit both.

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Squad numbers are here to stay. There's no going back this time, We only changed last year because of promised financial savings that didn't materialise.

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Squad numbers are here to stay. There's no going back this time, We only changed last year because of promised financial savings that didn't materialise.

What promised financial savings were these?

As you seem to be in the know about such things, kindly inform the wider audience - well me, anyway.

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What promised financial savings were these?

As you seem to be in the know about such things, kindly inform the wider audience - well me, anyway.

The "fact" that we'd use less jerseys. Which turned out not to be a fact at all.

All this is old ground.

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I know it's been explained, but I will never agree with it.

Oh. Like the scrummaging rules I guess!

:rolleyes:

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To be honest a number is a number.

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To be honest a number is a number.

Clearly not. You yourself stated in an earlier post that it would be interesting to see what number players were given.

For us older members of the forum, numbers have very specific positional meanings and it has been hard getting used to a prop playing with the number 4 or a winger with the number 16, though in reality it made no difference.

Personally I used to be dead against squad numbers, but am now for them, and understand how they make sense.

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Clearly not. You yourself stated in an earlier post that it would be interesting to see what number players were given.

For us older members of the forum, numbers have very specific positional meanings and it has been hard getting used to a prop playing with the number 4 or a winger with the number 16, though in reality it made no difference.

Personally I used to be dead against squad numbers, but am now for them, and understand how they make sense.

I think you're right. After all at one time they didn't necessarily all wear the same shirts (so GOR tells me anyway).

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I think you're right. After all at one time they didn't necessarily all wear the same shirts (so GOR tells me anyway).

That's true - have a look at the St Helen's team from the 1897 Cup Final. They look a reyt rag-tag bunch. :lol:

Interestingly, player id started not with numbers, but with cricketers wearing different coloured belts in the mid 19th century.

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It might be old ground we're covering Griff, but it is certainly stimulating correspondence. A number on a shirt should help indicate position and nothing else.

I will not be swayed from this!!!

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Clearly not. You yourself stated in an earlier post that it would be interesting to see what number players were given.

For us older members of the forum, numbers have very specific positional meanings and it has been hard getting used to a prop playing with the number 4 or a winger with the number 16, though in reality it made no difference.

Personally I used to be dead against squad numbers, but am now for them, and understand how they make sense.

That was Andyram, I'm Kelsey the ram, but I get the point you're getting at, it's just that even though makali aizue is number 32, we still know he is a prop.

Or is it. According to Wiki,

A notational symbol that represents a number is called a numeral. In addition to their use in counting and measuring, numerals are often used for labels (telephone numbers), for ordering (serial numbers), and for codes (e.g., ISBNs).

In common use, the word number can mean the abstract object, the symbol, or the word for the number.

In rugby league terms, I'll take a guess and say yes it is, but for the terms you stated, I would be stupid to say no

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That was Andyram, I'm Kelsey the ram, but I get the point you're getting at, it's just that even though makali aizue is number 32, we still know he is a prop.

In rugby league terms, I'll take a guess and say yes it is, but for the terms you stated, I would be stupid to say no

Apologies if I got the wrong Ram(I never thought I would ever say that!!!). Despite being appreciative and understanding of squad numbers, it is a bit frustrating not knowing who of the opposition is playing where. Mr Aizue is a familiar figure, but it used to be useful in the past when a sub came on to know where he was playing.

Of course I could just buy a programme I suppose!

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Apologies if I got the wrong Ram(I never thought I would ever say that!!!). Despite being appreciative and understanding of squad numbers, it is a bit frustrating not knowing who of the opposition is playing where. Mr Aizue is a familiar figure, but it used to be useful in the past when a sub came on to know where he was playing.

Of course I could just buy a programme I suppose!

Do they not give team sheets out at Batley? Not to worry though, the reason i get team sheets is because folk are asking who plays where...

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