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Pen-Y-Bont Crusader

Rugby league players and coaches with degrees

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I was being frivolous. Exactly what scientific content is there?

Depends. Which definition of the word science would you like to use? ;-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_science

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_science

And before anyone says it-I know Wikipedia isn't the best but its late and I can't be bothered to find any others :-)

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Sports Science = oxymoron?

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Sports Science = oxymoron?

I wouldn't say so, just an extension of human biology, but in a heavily practical surrounding. The game today owes just about everything to sport science.

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Johnny Woodcock, recently retired from Sheffield Eagles, is a school teacher so would need a "proper degree" for that. John Wells has an LLB from Leeds University, similarly wasn't Brian Carney studying law at one time?

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Ray prosser was a famous down-to-earth rugby union prop for Pontypool and Wales. Perhaps surprisingly, he then coached Pontypool in the glory years of the 1970's and 1980's.He was always popular and a real charcter.

 

There are a number of Prosserism, generally quoted by friends who came from  more sophisticated backgrounds. 

 

The two most famous are: -

 

When on tour with the British Lions: 'That's the trouble with you university types, you're always showing off by coming out with long words like ... oh, I don't know ... Marmalade and Corrugated Iron'

 

When a coach was suggesting a new forwards tactic: 'You can't think and shove!'

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I was at University at the same time as Joe Lydon - think he was studying Graphic Design, but don't know if he actully finished the course as he was becoming famous by them and rugby became more important.

Also played against a Liverpool University side containing Ralph Rimmer - answers on a postcard as to his degree!?!? (It was a 92 - 0 loss as well!)

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From the NRL and maybe not what you're looking for but Corey Payne has a Master of Commerce degree

 

Does the SL have anything like the NRL as far as getting players in education? I know the NRL has a Academic Team of the Year they do each year. From an old article

 

"the Broncos are leading the way in the education stakes. A whopping 17 players from their 25-strong Toyota Cup (under-20s) squad are studying at university - far ahead of the competition’s average of 23 per cent and the NRL mean (15 per cent)."

 


84 per cent of NRL players have completed or are currently engaged in further education or workplace training;

60 per cent of NRL and Toyota Cup players currently attending university are the first in their families to do so;

68 NRL players (15%) are enrolled or have completed a University Degree; a further 109 Toyota Cup players (23%) are enrolled in a University Degree;

264 NRL players (58%) are enrolled or have completed a Vocational Education Training (Certificate II to Diploma); another 146 Toyota Cup players (29%) are also enrolled or have completed a VET program;

52 NRL players (11%) have completed at least two years of a trade apprenticeship; while 68 per cent Toyota Cup players (15%) are currently working as an apprentice;

More than 345 education grants have been provided by the NRL-RLPA for NRL and Toyota Cup players in 2012;

25 per cent of Indigenous players in the Toyota Cup are attending university;

This year’s inaugural Under 20s State of Origin teams included eight players studying at university, five doing apprenticeships and another 16 players involved in studies ranging from Certificate 2 to Diploma level.

17 members of the Brisbane Broncos’ Toyota Cup squad are studying at university.

 

 

http://nrl.com

http://media.uow.edu.au/news/UOW130899.html

 

 

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Who needs a degree when you can sign up to the Herbalife pyramid scheme instead?

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Who needs a degree when you can sign up to the Herbalife pyramid scheme instead?

:D  :D  :D  :D  :D

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Ray French studied at Loughborough University and then did a teaching course.

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I wouldn't say so, just an extension of human biology, but in a heavily practical surrounding. The game today owes just about everything to sport science.

 You mean they study farces, shambles, disgraces and stitch-ups? :lol:  

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Betts may have something if I recall correctly.

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 You mean they study farces, shambles, disgraces and stitch-ups? :lol:  

Year 2; how heads should roll. ;)

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Does Dr Brian Noble count?

 

 

dunno...is his PhD in numeracy?  :P

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