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PSA absolute legend of the game, but taking Para off was just amature as for Basteraud how many 2 on 1's does he have to fluff before PSA drops him. Credit to Wales took the sting out of France and managed them out of the game well, but the French really don't help themselves.
As a RFU youth coach its amazing how wrong people can be head gear to quote the guy who wrote the new rules of play. "Head gear prevents minor abrasions & protect the ears - I recommend them & shin guards to prevent niggly minor injuries which might take you off the pitch - but head guards won't prevent concussion as shin guards won't prevent a broken leg." Ill take the expert view over some dad
@294 Well said. I agree wholeheartedly
#292 restriction on subs might help England, we have not always made the best use of subs.Most, if not all, of the English side would have no problem lasting the full 80.Long term no subs might make the props a bit fitter, but the major effect would be more injuries, as players play on carrying knocks or when suffering from fatigue
The reason why concusions are increasing is down to Newton's 2nd law of motion, f = ma. With professionalism the players are man mountains leading to increased force of collisions resulting in more concusions and career ending injuries. As much as I enjoy rugby it is not what it used to be. Size and brute force seem to have compromised skill and has made for less exciting viewing
Magician.Headguards, no, it will just encourage even bigget hits and the head will become more of a target. Change the rule at rucks where players have to dive in with their head exposed to try and win the ball, go back to the step over rule, much safer. Also get rid of body armour, it gives pplayers a false sense of security and again leads to bigger hits. Says me an ex 15 stone 5 ft 10 prop.
278 Agreed. Who would this affect most. Erm...... England. Just watched the under 20 game against Ireland last night. Brute force won the match, nothing else. This has to be wrong.
Wales ran out of gas against Eng and Scot - interesting last 10 mins coming up.Wanted Scot to win today - before the game. But they were back to their bad old ways - 100% credit to Italy
Wales vs France.Great to see Warran Gatland's effervescent, devil-may-care, joi de vivre, champagne style rubbing off on the Welsh players at long last. About time./sarc.
As pointed out by Andy Nicol in the build up to the Scotland game, the clearing out of the ruck with the shoulder, with no use of the arms, is one of the most dangerous things we see at the moment. The example shown of Gethin Jenkins was brutal. This is actually illegal, but is often missed by officials.
As a welsh person, I think Dan Biggar did nothing wrong. he ran, he jumped, he caught the ball, he got taken out.but do you really have a right to catch the ball and move forwards in the air? If Finn Russell had stood a yard further back, he still would've taken him out.this is just a headscratcher for rugby's lawmakers.
277 Keulie, I was under the impression that the laws already say that the tackled player has to release the ball when they go to ground. Then again the laws also say that players have to stay on their feet, and that doesn't happen either - most players "jackling" for the ball are not supporting their body weight.
For amateur clubs and schoolboy matches: better pitch drainage. Significantly reduced the number of collapsed scrums and mauls, and reduced the number ankle / knee twists in contact when my school put it in.Also allows for more expansive play (not that we managed too much of that).
282 JohnnyWal - unless you are Dan Biggar, I don't see why you are personally offended.The point is that if Rugby is serious about reducing injuries, then it has to start with players taking responsibility for their own actions. If DB had been injured, the rules say that FR was to blame, but many would argue that DB crossed the line between brave and reckless in the way he challenged.
"Helmets would reduce that. And although they can wear them at the moment, they don't like to as lots of their peers don't. It's seen as a badge of honour not to wear one. But they are hitting hard. Even at that age."While I appreciate the sentiment, evidence American (code) Football indicate that injuries often increase as the helmet is seen as an shield to allow a player to hit harder.
#278 reducing replacements would just lead to players playing on through injuries or when exhausted, resulting in more serious injuries.The choke tackle is dangerous, and incredibly negative as a tactic. Change the rule so that at a maul the side going forwards gets the put in, and you would drastically cut high tackles..
I'm actually getting quite personally offended with all the Welsh & Biggar bashing here for Russels yellow haha Dan put in an up an under, Dan jumped & daughter the ball, Dan was taken out in the air by Russell who clearly had eyes on the ball not the man & was unfortunate How is this a negative against DB? Haha really weirdWales & Gats don't make the laws lolGreat aerial play from DB
Interesting watching 6N Rewind today, it highlights several points raised, as well as how much treatment on field has changed.Ita v Sco '00: During last ruck of game prior to Sco try, Ita No9 (who is wearing headgear) knocked unconscious when cleared out and left lifeless on floor for prolonged period of time in full view of everyone.
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