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Nomad XIII

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  1. From games in the 1980s the biggest difference I notice, and something that infuriates me about the modern game, is how quickly players got on with the game after a change in possession. A handover was about as quick as any other play the ball. If a scrum got formed you saw 12 players RUN towards the spot and get bound into two packs. Actually quite funny when the referee said “not there” and the two packs went for a walkabout to the correct spot. Now I can understand that with the modern game being at such a relentless pace, players want to suck in some deep breaths at a break in play, b
  2. Yeah, non-infringing team, sorry. From 1988 the handover was also awarded after a knock-on when the team was on the last tackle. Probably for a forward pass on the last tackle though I didn't see an example. By the late 1990s when I was really into the game it replaced almost any scrum when the infringing team was on the last tackle (knock-on, forward pass, accidental offside, ball kicked into touch on the full). I think the only exception was a kick to touch not on the full. About 10 years ago the NRL started awarding it for a kick out on the full regardless of tackle count, SL snuc
  3. During lockdown the NRL website put up every NSW Grand Final and State of Origin match going right back to 1966, so I amused myself watching those. I also kept a word document open making notes of rule changes as and when I spotted them. Before 1983 it seemed that scrums worked on the principle that put-in was awarded to the team in their own half, and loose head to non-infringing team. In those days I when a straight put-in was reasonably enforced the loose head must have been deemed the real advantage. The one that really blew my mind, though. After a kick to touch the loose head was aw
  4. Australia played a ROW side in 1997. The match was organised by the ARL, the Super League war having left them short of options. Wigan released Jason Robinson and Gary Connolly for it.
  5. They did it throughout round 2. Not in round 1, so that must've been a decision to cover the silence after a try.
  6. I only discovered them as a live band a few years ago. May, Dick Taylor and three younger guys; absolutely fantastic. Saw them a bunch of times in those few years. They finished at the end of last year, and reading between the lines I think it was due to Phil's failing health. I last saw Phil and Dick make a guest appearance with Arthur Brown in January. Phil sounded as good as he has in the times I saw him, but it was noticeable he was being helped on and off stage.
  7. 1997 and The World Super League. Those were the days.
  8. I'd agree with shouldn't, but cannot..... 1966: 4 tackle limit introduced 1993: 5 metre defensive line increased to 10M 1995: Kick off switched to scoring team, ban on marker striking, ban on tackled player playing ball forwards 2013: Ban on shoulder charge
  9. Hemel played in the NCL for some years before joining the pro system (playing in the reserve grade). I think there was a Nottingham team for a while. I think both of those were late 80s/early 90s. London Skolars were in there about 97-01.
  10. I heard that clip years ago (probably included in an obituary in 2009). And instead of just telling it I remember playing my family this clip. Probably the same thinking as you, that there's no way I could tell it as well as Clement Freud.
  11. In the UK, the kick off was switched to the scoring team part way through the short 1995/96 season in preparation for the new era of Super League the following year (the ban on the marker striking and the tackled player playing it to himself was done at the same time). In Australia it applied only in the Super League for the one year it actually ran in 1997. It never applied in the NRL the following year, and was reversed in the UK in 1999 as the rules were harmonised. I really liked that one myself. In the modern game where possession is more key than position I thought it evened up thin
  12. I watched the 1966 NSW Grand Final a few days ago, there was a reference to it by the commentator there. Limited tackles came in the following year, so I suspect it was made redundant by that soon enough.
  13. That whole business where a country splits up leaving a communist one and a democratic one. That always confuses me. Apparently I'm in need of some Korea advice.
  14. As recently as about 2004 the BBC would still give you the total weight of each pack as the first scrum went down. On the pulse with the modern game as ever.
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