Hooker was absolutely the next position I'd have written about but it was late and I was already writing too long for most people to reach the bottom of the article. haha.
That position is certainly changing a lot. beginning with the fact the expectation that they're the smaller front row forward is now a dated one.
Great name drop - Kaluwitharana was one of my favourite players when I was younger. He certainly helped pioneer the exciting opener/keeper movement!
"It’s been upskilled, but surely that’s just what you expect from professionalism." You say this but that's kinda my point. I acknowledge that a lot of the change is professionalism taking full effect. I'm just curious to find out the how it's changed.
You make a point about the world cup Jerry - that might be the last bastion of safe rugby above all.
2015 might be a bit different though. Even the Northern Hemisphere teams are working out how to attack it seems. :)