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Please let common sense save us from the Australians. While I am all for moving forward with the game there has to be limits. Rugby league has always been the biggest innovator in sport never afraid to keep the game alive as a thrilling participant and spectator sport but if the Australians go down this road and we follow them then we may as well sell our souls and sporting integrity to the devil and start watching association football! What would Lewis Jones, Vince Karalius and Albert Goldthorpe have made of it. As for the Australians just doing things by themselves anyway well this is where we need a genuine International governing body with authority. We will never make the impact of the other major sports until this comes into being. We will always be sports best kept secret and a poor cousin to rugby union until this happens and that includes making the Australians being told in no uncertain terms that these are the rules and you cannot just go ahead and change them.
Posted 13:50 26th March 2012
Just a comment to say that if you can't check for a forward pass what about seeing if the receiver is in a offside position.
Posted 20:04 25th March 2012
What a joke - we need one governing body making rule changes. What happens when we play the aussies in an international game if they play under new rules and we dont adopt them - play 2 25min quarters and one 40min half??
Posted 20:10 22nd March 2012
If these changes do come into rugby league i will definitely stop watching the sport. it will start out with these changes coming into effect and over time more breaks will be introduced and before u no it we will have a sport that resembles American football. the players kits are covered in sponsors the grounds are covered with billboards advertising sponsors. i would suggest that what needs to be done is for the nrl to get more ppl into their venues and as such would be able to charge a higher price for all their advertising oppotunities
Posted 14:59 22nd March 2012
thats one change they can keep, its bad enough having breaks every five minutes during the build up. if this comes in how long before shoulder pads. helmets and pom poms? no way the pom poms are here arghhhhh
Posted 08:07 21st March 2012
What a terrible idea, it would turn viewers away from the game, it's not in the British culture to have advertisement stuffed down our throats, that's why sky have taken the BBC approach to F1 with no adverts, at the end of the day we're trying our best to build the reputation of Rugby League, so let's not detract potential suitors. Maybe if each try scorer was 'sponsored' and this was broadcast, that is a potential place to advertise. Even underwear is sponsored in the NFL, think about that kind of thing.
Posted 02:42 21st March 2012
while i accept that more money in the british game would help the sport, this idea is one i find quite worrying. Most people who dislike the NFL dislike it because of the constant breaks (admittedly the way the game works that cant be helped). Therefore a sport like rugby league whose attraction of new supporters relies on the quality of the product would surely only suffer from constant advertisement breaks. Also what is to say once in a while this won't cause viewers to miss some of the action? While it is probably rare to happen, England's goal against Germany in the 2010 world cup missed by ITV does spring to mind. So without imposing a minimum amount of time between restarts which would slow down one of the quickest sports around which would annoy many fans, i think that could cause problems. As a commentator do you not think the few seconds between plays is crucial in giving you a chance to analyse what has just happened, therefore does this not put you off? I also think this wouldnt go down well with the clubs, many of whom already moan about there being too many games in a season. While ten minutes on its own doesnt seem much, in the context of the current minimum season length of 27 league matches and 1 cup game thats already the equivalent of an extra 3 and in the extreme of Kevin Sinfields 42 matches last season an extra 5+ games. Apart from the obvious strain on fitness by the end of the season i think it would also greatly change the dynamics of the game, with the shorter bursts meaning a potential move back to the use of impact players that the rfl has just tried to get rid of by reducing the number of interchanges as they can then go on longer whilst getting a break. but then the strain on those who play the full 80 would increase greatly as i think is clear from the way so many teams already tire in the last 10-15 minutes.
Posted 20:48 20th March 2012