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Get rid of the scrum. It would help England, Tonga and Aa-tora, as the influence of the halfbacks would be less. Get rid of the edge-forwards. How about calling the sport, huddersball? Get rid of the 40/20. For the kick-off, the ball has to travel 20 metres. No 40 metre line. 

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2 minutes ago, Oliver Clothesoff said:

I’d add another two men and start calling the game Rugby Union. 

It's Brexitball because it isn't happening

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1 hour ago, southwalesrabbitoh said:

Get rid of the scrum. It would help England, Tonga and Aa-tora, as the influence of the halfbacks would be less. Get rid of the edge-forwards. How about calling the sport, huddersball? Get rid of the 40/20. For the kick-off, the ball has to travel 20 metres. No 40 metre line. 

What sort of response were you expecting for this really?


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According to Tony Collin's podcast, 11 or 12 players was a preferred option of many clubs over 13-a-side after 1895.  With the age of fully professional athletes, 13-aside has too much biff and not enough space for backs. Additionally, with the resulting concussion issues, 11-a-side could be a solution for a faster more balanced game. Of course, it will never happen now as everyone is too set in their ways. 

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15 minutes ago, ojx said:

According to Tony Collin's podcast, 11 or 12 players was a preferred option of many clubs over 13-a-side after 1895.  With the age of fully professional athletes, 13-aside has too much biff and not enough space for backs. Additionally, with the resulting concussion issues, 11-a-side could be a solution for a faster more balanced game. Of course, it will never happen now as everyone is too set in their ways. 

Never? Never say......  :)

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12 minutes ago, southwalesrabbitoh said:

Never? Never say......  :)

Exactly, businesses have to be "agile" to compete in  competitive market, maybe RL should revaluate what sports fans want to see in this day and age (e.g 20-20 Cricket). If 80% of the game is big blokes running in a straight line directly at each other, it is a tad repetitive.

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5 hours ago, ojx said:

Exactly, businesses have to be "agile" to compete in  competitive market, maybe RL should revaluate what sports fans want to see in this day and age (e.g 20-20 Cricket). If 80% of the game is big blokes running in a straight line directly at each other, it is a tad repetitive.

Similarly watching teams score tries for fun with gaps all over the place gets a tad repetitive too.

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9 hours ago, southwalesrabbitoh said:

Get rid of the scrum. It would help England, Tonga and Aa-tora, as the influence of the halfbacks would be less. Get rid of the edge-forwards. How about calling the sport, huddersball? Get rid of the 40/20. For the kick-off, the ball has to travel 20 metres. No 40 metre line. 

Up the teams to 15 a side, bring back lines-out and brown envelopes, and call it onanism.

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6 hours ago, ojx said:

According to Tony Collin's podcast, 11 or 12 players was a preferred option of many clubs over 13-a-side after 1895.  With the age of fully professional athletes, 13-aside has too much biff and not enough space for backs. Additionally, with the resulting concussion issues, 11-a-side could be a solution for a faster more balanced game. Of course, it will never happen now as everyone is too set in their ways. 

There were also calls to use a round ball.


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7 hours ago, southwalesrabbitoh said:

I agree with you. 11 a side should be made law in December. Something like that Wellzee.  

So these negative responses must be somewhat of a surprise to you then?


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sounds awful.. and thats even comparing it to some of the other ideas you've posted on here recently.. you really must hate the game which begs a number of questions... 

For all of those of us with/who have had small kids and Nick Jr on too often... heres Southwalesrabbitoh introducing himself to Dora the Explorer 

 

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8 hours ago, ojx said:

According to Tony Collin's podcast, 11 or 12 players was a preferred option of many clubs over 13-a-side after 1895.  With the age of fully professional athletes, 13-aside has too much biff and not enough space for backs. Additionally, with the resulting concussion issues, 11-a-side could be a solution for a faster more balanced game. Of course, it will never happen now as everyone is too set in their ways. 

 Not impossible!   I don’t think it’s impossible that rugby union would reduce the number of players at some stage either. 

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8 hours ago, ojx said:

According to Tony Collin's podcast, 11 or 12 players was a preferred option of many clubs over 13-a-side after 1895.  With the age of fully professional athletes, 13-aside has too much biff and not enough space for backs. Additionally, with the resulting concussion issues, 11-a-side could be a solution for a faster more balanced game. Of course, it will never happen now as everyone is too set in their ways. 

For me, there is plenty of space available to see fast and well executed plays. Scoring should be a premium with a balance of tries with tough defence. I really don't want to see 50-40 scorelines with 11 aside.

As for concussions. The vast majority are incurred executing a tackle rather than carrying the ball.

These are all about tackle collisions and they will still be there with 11 aside. To avoid any incidents of concussion you have to completely overhaul the tackle which fundamentally changes the sport.

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It was run in the Heavy Woollen area(Batley and Dewsbury) many years ago as a workshop league, off the top of my head the positions dropped where fullback and loose forward..

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1 hour ago, southwalesrabbitoh said:

Loads of people are resistant to change, so not really. 

Maybe, but that are clearly not resistant to union trolls, which is sad.


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1 hour ago, RogerT said:

It was run in the Heavy Woollen area(Batley and Dewsbury) many years ago as a workshop league, off the top of my head the positions dropped where fullback and loose forward..

  You could have 12 a side and drop the loose forward.In todays game they are only another prop or second row.It would give the backs a bit more room to play as the forwards would have to work that bit harder.i do however miss the old fashioned ball playing loose forward they added to the game,as well as being able to STEADY the cheeky scrum half.

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