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  1. But does minor contact to the head cause the brain to rattle around the skull moreso than a legitimate forceful shoulder contact to the ribs that consequently rocks the head back? From an uneducated layperson viewpoint I would guess the latter is more damaging. But that is purely a guess. I think the RFL should be alot harsher on any head high tackles these days (and punching for that matter). That said, I suspect the vast majority of concussions occur from legitimate play.
  2. You'll have to forgive me, as I don't know loads about union, but aren't all defenders stood level with the back foot of the ruck? I.e. zero metres back? So if backs are more likely to get concussions in union, surely this would still apply in league, regardless of whether the defence is back 5 or 10m? I'm not trying to be a smart-###### here - just trying to get my head round it.
  3. I would imagine so too, but rugby union appears to have lots of problems with concussions as well, and their defensive line is back zero metres. I think when people talk about major rule changes such as reverting from 10m to 5m defensive lines, it could potentially throw up lots of unforeseen/unintended consequences without actually solving the problem.
  4. Is it a given that cutting to 5m defence will reduce impact and risk? If players only have to cover half the distance over the course of a game, will this reduce the aerobic demands and see their training emphasis shift to more strength and power, consequently not affecting impact or risk at all? I'm not necessarily suggesting it would, but just making a point that it perhaps isn't as straightforward as we may think.
  5. Fair point. Despite what some people on this forum think, I'm a big fan of the history side of it, and was very disappointed when so much history got jettisoned. It's what other sports use so well to help build up the prestige of their events.
  6. I'm not convinced to be honest - seems more by chance than by design. Plus I think abandoning virtually all home nations activity in favour of GB is daft and a missed opportunity. I'd love to be watching a Summer European Championships where the likes of Lachlan Coote, Kane Linnett, Michael McIlorum, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Regan Grace, Ben Flower etc are all representing their respective home nations to put themselves in the shop window by bashing the English in a bid to gain selection for the Autumn GB tour. And I know alot of those names are heritage players, but I don't care!
  7. I agree that is stupid, and not how I envisage that GB should be working.
  8. I would argue that they were still stronger than they are now. However, alot of Wales's fixtures during that time clashed with GB fixtures, which is ludicrous IMO. For the matches that didn't clash with GB (such as those played in the Summer or during World Cups) they tended to get stronger teams out. My view on how GB should operate has been entirely consistent - I'd like to see a comprehensive home nations fixture schedule with regular meaningful European internationals every Summer (instead of the sodding loop fixtures) with tournament qualification points at stake. Then every Autumn alternate between an international tournament (e.g. World Cup or the much talked about Continental Cup that never happened) and a GB Lions series. These would hopefully act as a selection carrot to encourage players to make themselves available for the Summer internationals. It would also give the home nations the same or greater number of fixtures that they currently have, but they would be higher profile.
  9. Pretty much yes. Personally I don't see that as a problem. It's the same reason that Tonga have recently become so competitive. These players were able to make themselves eligible for Wales at that time, because they were still able to play for GB in the Autumn and therefore weren't waving goodbye to their international career. Which is great, but unfortunately the standard of most of the current Welsh squad is somewhat below Super League. The higher quality players such as Ben Flower and Regan Grace haven't been making themselves available for Wales's matches, but now are enthused enough to make themselves available for GB.
  10. No. 20 years ago all of the former RU players had already gone back.
  11. Agreed. Case in point the game against Panama that England won 6-1 in the last soccer World Cup. It led the country to get excited and carried away that we were going to win the entire tournament. Despite the fact that Panama are ranked 74th in the world.
  12. But how many of those are realistic opponents for the foreseeable future? There hasn't been any sign that Tonga and PNG are going to tour over here, and Wales won't have the resources to tour down under. The Kiwis and Australia won't entertain playing Wales because there's no evidence that it would make any money (unless part of a bigger tournament). If England played them currently they would likely thrash them, unless there was some selection on the line for GB or a World Cup to encourage all of their best eligible players to play. So that leaves France and Serbia, and as I've already posted, the likes of Ben Flower and Regan Grace won't be enthused to want to be a part of that. It's a nice idea that Wales would be able to play games against all of those teams, but in reality it's a long way off and the game needs to work out how it's going to get to that point. But what is that in reality? Is that more pro teams? If so, where is the money coming from? How do you get to that point? We haven't had GB for 12 years and Wales are now arguably weaker than they were 20 years ago. What has never been done is provide a comprehensive fixture schedule for the home nations, with GB as a complementary part of it. I'm open minded to good arguments, but unfortunately the ideas you've put forward lack detail and are very vague, and therefore not convincing.
  13. But who do you envisage them playing tests against, and what would constitute a better professional pathway? You've pooh-poohed the idea of GB as a stepping stone to help the home nations improve, but haven't really suggested any plausible alternatives. At present, I'm more inclined to base my views on what players such as Ben Flower have said about GB, and how it could positively impact the pathway for Welsh players. Unfortunately you haven't really provided any alternative arguments to convince me otherwise. I'm open minded and would welcome other ideas though.
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