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It seems that every day Australians are coming up with zany “whacked out” ideas about what would be good for rugby. Bless their little [black, cold, emotionless] hearts.
The New South Wales Waratahs (I believe it is once again in vogue to have the place in the team name) are going to try out their new playing strip in a pre-season game against the Canterbury Crusaders this weekend. Most notable about the powder blue uniforms is the absence of numbers on the back.
The numbers have been replaced with the players’ initials. So Loti Tuqiri (pictured) has LT on his back instead 11. The number is now situated on the left leg of the shorts. For those with a hyphenated surname the initials are of their surnames (i.e. Sam Norton-Knight is NK). Luckily for the ‘Tahs there are no double-ups, though they may have to be selective about who they hire in the future.
"We felt there was too much fixation, internally and externally, on the numbers the players had on their backs," Waratahs head coach Ewen McKenzie said. "The players shouldn't be inhibited by their run-on number. The Waratahs aren't about who plays 10 or who plays 13 because those positions are only temporary on the playing field."
It is then a bit ironic that at the bottom of the Waratahs’ own page on the subject they have their players listed by number and not position.
The numbers are there for reason retards! It’s not for you; it’s for people watching the game. This means: fans; commentators and referees.
What about the #8? Does he still have to wear a number?
The new Western Force franchise wants to have 17 year old David Pocock on their team roster. The Australian Rugby Union and the International Rugby Board do not allow players younger than 18 to compete in senior tournaments (probably why they are called SENIOR tournaments). And so Pocock has to wait another year. What a sad story. The ARU, and hence the IRB, must be monsters!
Zimbabwe-born flanker David Pocock, 17, isn't in Coach John Mitchell's playing squad of 28 for tomorrow's pre-season match against the Blues in
Pocock said: "When I was on the field I didn't feel intimidated at all. If you're good enough, you're old enough.”
David has missed the point somewhat. Seventeen year old boys are still developing physically and mentally. If you’re good enough, then you’ll still be good enough in a year.
Why does the Western Force think that taking a high school kid is going to make their team better? Let’s look at Maurice Clarett. He wanted to join the NFL, he was too young. A year later when he finally joined he sucked and was dropped before playing a game. He was later arrested for some stupid criminal thing. The NBA is loaded with high-school players who are loaded with talent and then suck when they get to the senior level.
Just let the boys mature a bit before making them run into the tacklers.
In late 2006 the Australian Rugby Union voted against
After we noted the knife in our back from our closest neighbours we asked: “et tu
Not long after that decision the ARU made another one: to pull out of a yearly IRB tournament designed to help smaller rugby nations (like
The new tournament is part of a £28m [NZD$72.5m] IRB investment programme for developing countries.
"This competition presents a marvellous opportunity for the 60 best locally-based players in each union to gain experience in a higher level competition and press their claims for national selection", said IRB's Bob Tuckey.
Thanks for the help Aussie. Maybe you should just stick to cricket, go ruin that.