Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

faz'_nose

The Tallest Set of Forwards Ever?

29 posts in this topic

I was watching the Melbourne/Newcastle game yesterday thinking about how many 'giants' the Storm have in their side. I know that they have used last night's 17 before but here are the official heights of some of their forwards (including interchange players) from yesterday:

McLean 196 cm

Harris 195 cm

Bromwich (J) 194 cm

Ryles 194 cm

Norrie 192 cm

Hoffman 192 cm

Proctor 189 cm

For reference, 6' 4" is basically 193cm

They also used Smith (185cm), Kenny Bromwich (183 cm) and Hinchcliffe (182cm) but the ten of them still have an average height over 190 cm.

Unless one of the shorter guys has ever been replaced, perhaps by Tim Glasby, it's hard to think of this not being the tallest set of forwards that have played the professional game.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yeah yeah they are all massive.........but they still lost

Thanks for that 'spud. I haven't watched that game yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

you can be the biggest lump of lard ever and have no rugby brain, and I've seen plenty huge players not use their weight, or just trundle a few feet and either lose the ball or give away a penalty 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think it's certainly the tallest I've seen in my time following the game (which isn't that long compared to some). One of Newcastle's tall forwards, a certain Willie Mason, hasn't been doing too badly lately. Whoever would have thought that he could rejuvenate his career and bounce back to playing at such a level after he looked so washed up? Full credit to him, he's done himself proud.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think it's certainly the tallest I've seen in my time following the game (which isn't that long compared to some). One of Newcastle's tall forwards, a certain Willie Mason, hasn't been doing too badly lately. Whoever would have thought that he could rejuvenate his career and bounce back to playing at such a level after he looked so washed up? Full credit to him, he's done himself proud.

it's strange isn't it when these Aussie supermen come here and are a load of , then when they go back to nrl they seem to become world beaters again. is it because super league is harder? or is it that both leagues are hard but just different? e.g played in a different way to each other, so sl might be a bit more physical, while nrl is a bit faster.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

it's strange isn't it when these Aussie supermen come here and are a load of ######, then when they go back to nrl they seem to become world beaters again. is it because super league is harder? or is it that both leagues are hard but just different? e.g played in a different way to each other, so sl might be a bit more physical, while nrl is a bit faster.

 

In Mason's case, surely it was all to do with his mindset and attitude?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Didn't saints have a set of Giraffes a few years back - so much that they did a gimmick promo that if you were taller than their tallest prop you got in free?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Didn't saints have a set of Giraffes a few years back - so much that they did a gimmick promo that if you were taller than their tallest prop you got in free?

I remember 6ft7 prop/second rower for saints called John Harrison, who I think headed the ball over the try line at the play the ball and a try was scored and it was legal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think Saints are due to have a few tall forwards next season.  Alex Walmsley is 6ft 5, Masoe is around the same (and about as wide) and I think the guy we've got from HKR is not far short of it. LMS is a mere 6ft 1. I don't know how tall Amor is though so that could spoil things!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Leeds had quite a tall pack ...................................then they played Rob Burrow at hooker and their average dropped to just a tad over 3'6".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think it's certainly the tallest I've seen in my time following the game (which isn't that long compared to some). One of Newcastle's tall forwards, a certain Willie Mason, hasn't been doing too badly lately. Whoever would have thought that he could rejuvenate his career and bounce back to playing at such a level after he looked so washed up? Full credit to him, he's done himself proud.

I didn't think Mason was too bad at Hull KR when he was on the pitch. He just wasn't on the pitch very often.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember 6ft7 prop/second rower for saints called John Harrison, who I think headed the ball over the try line at the play the ball and a try was scored and it was legal.

I remember that try, it was certainly legal at the time but I think they change the rules afterwards to stop ti happening again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember that try, it was certainly legal at the time but I think they change the rules afterwards to stop ti happening again.

Remember seeing it on a question of sport's "what happens next" round, LOL with David Coleman before I was a league fan.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yeah yeah they are all massive.........but they still lost

Just watched the game and I was waiting for the inevitable Melbourne winner. You rascal 'spud.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The average height and weight of the props and second rowers at barrow this season was 6 ft 3 103kg. Still didn't stop us getting dominated up the middle by other sides.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Raiders used to have a prop rotation of Tom Learoyd Lahrs (194m), David Shillington (194cm), Dane Tilse (200cm) and Brett White (189cm). TLL is always injured and Paul Vaughn (189cm) plays in his place now.

They're only props, not a whole pack. 3 of them used to be Test players, so I guess they did make use of their size.

Our two best forwards are Shaun Fensom and Josh Papalli, both 182cm. The aforementioned Vaughn was our best prop.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

it's strange isn't it when these Aussie supermen come here and are a load of ######, then when they go back to nrl they seem to become world beaters again. is it because super league is harder? or is it that both leagues are hard but just different? e.g played in a different way to each other, so sl might be a bit more physical, while nrl is a bit faster.

Buderus was there as well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And now they've signed George Rose - the fattest forward ever

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wakefields Grand Final winning pack was pretty big.

I remember Paul Cullen on TV standing at the end of the tunnel as the teams came out and saying "if there's a bigger set of forwards running around in the game than Wakefields then I haven't seen them"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also remember the Kangaroos touring side of 1990 being very tall and big, they included

Mark Carroll, Paul Sironen, Mark Geyer, Ian Roberts and Paul Harrogan who all stand around 6'4" or 6'5"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.



League Express - Mon 24th July 2017

Rugby League World - August 2017