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Gordon Street

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  1. I answered your question in a civil, and I hope rational way.
  2. I know what you are saying. I don't disagree that strongly. I'm just acutely aware that player welfare is paramount.
  3. it wasn't a voluntary tackle. For it to have been a voluntary tackle, he would have had to go down and get up and play the ball without being touched.
  4. you might be able to play the ball after a high shot and still have a major injury that has not manifested itself or might be delayed. A player might have a spinal injury, or an injury to another part of his body that requires immobilisation. A HIA would hardly be appropriate for someone with say, a possible/probable leg injury.
  5. no. The chief exec enacts the decisions taken by the RFL, his employers, relating to the direction and general health of the game. If Rimmer has been involved in the implementation of this year's World Cup, after last year's disappointing but understandable postponement of it, then perhaps he deserves credit rather than opprobrium. The direction and general health of the game is in the hands of all sorts of influences.
  6. sometimes probably about 40 years ago somebody decided that it would be a great idea if players when tackled could get up really quickly, the acting half back be promptly in position along with the support players in order to catch the markers and defenders on the wrong foot, out of position, or even offside when the ball was played. Later, probably the next day, somebody decided that it would be a good idea to delay the tackled player rising to his feet in order that the markers could be set and the defenders be in position, maybe even causing the tackled player to drop the ball or make a poor decision in his/her frustration. The next day someone thought that it would be a good idea for the tackled player to wriggle around on the floor as if someone had speared her/him to the ground and for the marker to raise their arms despairingly and look imploringly at the ref. Watch any game from forty years ago onwards and you will see this. it would happen at just about every tackle and happens much less nowadays. For instance you can watch just about any footage of Shaun Edwards for a master class in it; and that's no disrespect to Edwards, he's just a prominent example.
  7. no. I think we hear it more, and see more of it in close up. I also think that there is far less thuggery, cheap violence and deliberate foul play.
  8. no it isn't, certainly not any more than it ever was. Players are under far more scrutiny now.
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