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welshmagpie

5th interchange, specifically a young half back?

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Had an idea jump into my head whilst in work earlier...

I can think of countless times where many RL fans or forum users have bemoaned the lack of opportunities and exposure, or even merely 'lack of' quality young half backs in the British game. Secondly many a game have been ruined, for me anyway, where one teams star half has gone off injured and they have rejigged their team, lost all rhythm and the game has sort of lost its way.

So anyway my idea... Introduce a 5th option on the interchange bench, one that can only be used once throughout the 80 minute game and has to specifically be an under 23 homegrown half back? When teams are winning comfortably give the youngster 15-20 minutes to show what he can do and develop his game at a high level when they may be in limbo between first team regular and dual-reg in the lower leagues.

Or alternatively, referring back to my original annoyance a viable replacement should a Scott Dureau, Lee Briers or Danny Brough etc suffer injury early on.

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I suspect if this was adopted we'd start seeing a new breed of 18 stone 6 foot odd half backs who quite like to run it up a bit. Cynical, me?

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I'd like there to be more players on the bench, but less interchanges. I'd go for for 7 subs and 4 changes. So you can have options to cover different eventualities, but it would also become a bit more tactical as to when and how u use them.

Not sure If I'd put the change in for next year, but would like to see it trailed in friendlies as an experimental rule.

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I suspect if this was adopted we'd start seeing a new breed of 18 stone 6 foot odd half backs who quite like to run it up a bit. Cynical, me?

I'm also struggling to see how you could ensure that the fifth interchange was a half back.

Indeed, if it was successful and we were overwhelmed with halfbacks a few years down the line, would we then move on to centres or loose forwards ?

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I'd like there to be more players on the bench, but less interchanges. I'd go for for 7 subs and 4 changes. So you can have options to cover different eventualities, but it would also become a bit more tactical as to when and how u use them.

Not sure If I'd put the change in for next year, but would like to see it trailed in friendlies as an experimental rule.

So you pay three blokes to sit on the bench ? Can't see the clubs going for that somehow......

One of the reasons we allowed players to come back on the field was to keep costs down.

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Restricting the number of overseas players running around with numbers 1,6,7 & 9 on their backs would be a good way to develop more home grown creative players

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Restricting the number of overseas players running around with numbers 1,6,7 & 9 on their backs would be a good way to develop more home grown creative players

well said that man............

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So you pay three blokes to sit on the bench ? Can't see the clubs going for that somehow......

One of the reasons we allowed players to come back on the field was to keep costs down.

Happens in RU and football, and we effectively do it anyway by having squad members not in match day squad. It's effectively just putting a shirt on and sitting on the bench rather than your club (track)suit and sitting in the stands! Would be a good way to blood youngsters as well and bring injured players back as you would only have to use in tight circumstance.

Anyway, just an idea!

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Happens in RU and football, and we effectively do it anyway by having squad members not in match day squad. It's effectively just putting a shirt on and sitting on the bench rather than your club (track)suit and sitting in the stands! Would be a good way to blood youngsters as well and bring injured players back as you would only have to use in tight circumstance.

Anyway, just an idea!

Take your points - as long as they don't get any win bonus if they don't play.

But I actually think our system's better than soccer or union.

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4 changes would never be enough, the fat lads up front would be buggered

For me, that's a problem with the modern interchange system.  What about rewarding the side with either greater stamina or greater skill in knackering out your opponents?  Yes, you might get more last 10 minute blow-outs but it'd stop some players running around for 10 minutes like wrecking balls then going off for a breather then back on again.

 

Maybe it's just me being a bit old-fashioned though...

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Feca may have only been good for 10 minutes, but he was something to behold for those 10 minutes (when nasty Warrington players weren't running round him).

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