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Ok Boomer. IMO you are absolutely right. Cricket should not have any sway in politics. They can release a statement for or against climate change action and it should make no difference whatsoever to political in/action.
Doesn’t mean I agree the climate change is fictitious. Now where’s my prize?

Time for sport to realise climate change is its fight, too

This is simply not true. Mankind has indeed thrived during the Earths warming cycles but those cycles are nowhere near the average temperatures or arid conditions the Earth is currently experiencing and which data suggests will continue to experience and worsen. I invite you to google climate of Ancient Rome or something similar to compare the climate of that era to now or provide a link to any scientific evidence at all that refutes climate change.

Time for sport to realise climate change is its fight, too

Essentially yes, because it is science not religion. The scientific evidence is overwhelming and freely accessible to anyone who wants to educate themselves on the matter. I understand that some of those journal articles have some big words that you may struggle with but there are plenty of informative videos where someone has dumbed it down for the masses.

Time for sport to realise climate change is its fight, too

Theyre in the link. For the most part they arent bad. Not sure why they needed additional verses in that version as well.
Although im as left (and as white) as they come and even i dont like the line about honouring the dreaming, as it doesnt represent me. I could do respecting the dreaming as i respect the right for Indigenius people to honor the dreaming and believe to move forward together we should all respect that right of theirs.

No need to play the anthem before the NRL All Stars game

Actually the fact that most think that grievance over the word young (and many other aspects of the song that havent been highlighted in the article) is only new shows that perhaps these players are the ones leading the charge.
Aboriginal people have protested the anthem for many years, however until a bunch of footy players decided to join in the protest noone has noticed or cared. It was protested by Aboriginal leaders when it was offered up as an option to vote on and It was protested when it was instated.
I know this example is still somewhat recent but it was even the topic of entire episode of a pretty ordinary ABC tv show called Redfern Now back in 2015.

No need to play the anthem before the NRL All Stars game

I obviously dont feel as strong as you do about it but agree there is something suspect about it. The problem is that none of us really know any details about what exactly is wrong with his shoulder and what was previously wrong with the shoulder, or the rules as to what constitues a new injury. It would be difficult to write an article with a strong opinion one way or the other without knowing these things.

A look back at a decade of NRL football

Hey mate,
I didn’t address the issues with expansion in general, that would be several whole articles worth of writing but why in my opinion Perth must be a new team if expansion does happen.
In regard to diluting the talent pool, I think the simple argument is the amount of Australian talent playing overseas suggests there is more than enough players to fill 2 more teams without a notable drop in overall talent. There is obviously more considerations but this would be the basis of my argument.
I am also not yet convinced Brisbane 2 is a better bid than anywhere else. Nor am I convinced that it isn’t. But unlike Perth, Brisbane wont attract ‘new’ fans. Brisbane rugby league fans typically already have a club, be it broncos, cowboys or a Sydney team. To be immediately successful Brisbane 2 would need to convert these existing fans to their team. Additionally, the saturation of Broncos in the Brisbane media may make it difficult for a new club to gain a foot hold in Brisbane. Whilst I believe a new Brisbane team would be a success, I don’t think it will be an instance success. I think they would take just as long as a Perth team to establish themselves.

Peter V'landys' problems are an easy fix

But what happens here? The bunker stuffs up, the coach challenges and its referred to the bunker. Why is the bunker suddenly going to change their mind?

NRL make raft of major rule changes for 2020 season

The thing is. We already see plenty of midfield scrums when knock ons occur. Yet, We never see any plays such as youve described. I don’t expect coaches to suddenly start doing so now.

NRL make raft of major rule changes for 2020 season

Because mutual infringement applies to more than just the trainer interrupting play. And in most cases a one tackle advantage (you have to give someone the advantage) is better/fairer than a 6 tackle advantage. They could have added some sort of clause like if play is impacted by an official from one team, then it results in a hand over to the other team or something similar. But the mutual infringement rule applies to a whole variety of situations where it is not always the attacking team who will benefit.
The most common example is the ball hitting the ref. Maybe a try was about to be scored only for the ball to hit the ref and deflect over the dead ball line. Replaying that one tackle is hardly justice but at least its something. Similarly, maybe the opposition fullback would have picked it up with no one in front of him and gone the length of the field. The kicking team don’t deserve the ball back but at least its only for one tackle not 6.
Other more obscure examples where this should have been applied but wasn’t include something else disrupting play. There was a game against the Tigers where a ball, like not a match ball but just a random old footy, ended up on the field. A player kicked it forward towards the tigers winger as he was preparing to catch a cross field kick. It clearly disrupted his attention and he dropped the ball, resulting in a try to the opposition.
There was a game against Raiders (I think Sharks) where Sharks were attacking. Sharks threw a horrible pass that looked forward and knocked on. All the raiders (and sharks) players stopped. One sharks player picked it up sort of looked around and started running. Raiders started to react then the touchie put his flag up (then back down, who knows what he was thinking) raiders players stopped again and the shark went through unopposed and a try awarded.
Both these are examples of mutual infringement (but not adjudicated correctly at the time).

NRL make raft of major rule changes for 2020 season

The 20 in 40/20 was because of commentary and stats about tackled in the opposition 20, and referring to inside the 20m as the attacking end or the red zone. The 40 was because (of more the idea than the reality) teams would be waiting until they reached the opposition half before spreading the ball. The threat of a 40/20 is supposed to result in wingers dropping back creating the chance to spread the ball to make metres/line breaks when still in your own half, instead of waiting until you get to halfway before playing attacking football.
But, the simplest answer is because you need lines to determine distance. There would be no issue with a 30/30 but imagine the bunker trying to determine a real tight call of a 33/27 or 26/34. The software exist that it shouldn’t be tough, but these guys cant even put a line across the screen to determine onside.

NRL make raft of major rule changes for 2020 season

It was only trialled once in first grade, and in that instance the captain could only challenge decisions resulting in tries, not at all stoppages. In that game the ref didn’t use the bunker for any tries but they were also all clear tries that should not have been sent to the bunker so it is hard to say if the option to challenge had anything to do with it.
The system as it is now is a captain can challenge any call that results in a stoppage in play. It has been trialled in the past in lower grades and was largely unsuccessful. This is largely due to there being lots of grey area around many rulings, (e.g. strip/lose carry, was a player actually obstructed etc). It becomes similar to NFL in needing “clear and obvious” evidence to overturn. And in most contentious situations in NRL nothing is clear and obvious. IMO it will just create more drama about what should have/shouldn’t have been overturned each week.
Then you have the problem of a team wasting their challenge (they only get one) and not having it when they need it in a key moment later in the game. In some cases, and in many peoples mind, the opinion is well to bad you’ve wasted your challenge. But there will also be the usual complaints of the ref should have got it right (which they should have but still wrong calls are always going to happen) and calls for teams to have more challenges, and even the usual the game is rigged they made that call knowing they couldn’t challenge.
So the challenge really does nothing to mitigate pressure on refs and result in more correct calls (which is what it is supposed to do)
The game however wont really slow down with only one challenge each and only used at stoppages. There are plenty of areas where the game is slowed down and no action is taken, either by the refs or the rules committee. For example the committee meeting before deciding what to do at a penalty is one area that really irritates me.

NRL make raft of major rule changes for 2020 season

I don’t particularly like any of these changes except obviously the trainers off the field and mutual infringement law.
20/40 why should a team that has won territory lose both territory and possession off the back of one kick? At least it will rarely happen.
The scrums. I actually don’t mind the idea but as others have said its fixing a problem that doesn’t exist. Would be nice to see some creativity and set plays but they seem to be thing of the past and I don’t think this will change that.
Captains challenge, the biggest issue I see here is that many rulings are subjective, even with replays. The best example is the one play can be both a strip and a loose carry. The other issue is the any play on call cant be challenged, so if the ref missed a knock on, or got a 6 again or still the last call wrong this cant be challenged as you cant stop the game to do so.
Tackled in the air. Im all for player safety but the defensive team now has no way of defending a try if they are out jumped for the ball. As the article has stated this will also create added difficulties for referees. The danger comes about from a player taking out the legs of a player who is in the air, causing them to flip and come down on their head. This doesn’t happen when two players in the air make contact. Would like to see the rule change to not allowed to tackle someone below the waste in the air. This way a person who has been out competed in the contest can still defend the other player. Will also eliminate the was he competing for the ball or was he tackling the player decision needing to be made by the ref. This will 100percent be (even more of) a problem next year.

NRL make raft of major rule changes for 2020 season

None of those would be on significant money, Croft, Chambers and maybe Scott would of had decent contracts but not huge. The others all close to minimum wage. Papenhousen would of gone from minimum wage to a pretty decent contract. 2 young forwards, Faasuammaleaui and Kamikamica, given how heavily they were pursued by other clubs would have been significantly upgraded deals (compared to what they were previously on, still not massive contracts but).
I would think essentially these 3 would be getting the Croft, Chambers, Scott money whilst 3 other kids would be promoted from development contracts to minimum wages in the top 30.

Were the Tigers right to withdraw their offer to Latrell?

I don’t get how you come to the conclusion that it looks like he was never committed. If he just wanted out of the Sharks there are plenty of other ways he could have gone about it.
He could have followed the examples of every other contract breaking league player and moved to North Queensland in 2019 and earned far more than he would of made as a NFL practice squad member.
I highly doubt he would have gone through the hassles of relocating himself and his family overseas if he wasn’t committed. Then he would of had to fool all the staff in the international pathways program into believing his commitment and excel enough to get a practice squad contract. He then would again need to fool all the Jets coaching staff into believing he was committed to not be immediately booted from the squad.
The timing of his release makes me think you are right in that he would have initiated the release. But I think it would have just been an honest conversation along the lines of “coach do you think im progressing enough to make the team next year?’… “Na, sorry kids”…. “Okay may as well leave now and take this 6 million then”.

Coming Holmes: Former Shark quits NFL, signs six-year Cowboys deal

no one is suggesting you get more points for a golden point win than a regulation time win. In fact the suggestion is the opposite, less for a golden point win than a regulation win and more for a golden point loss than a regulation loss.
It seems logical to me. Just a year to late for the Tigers unfortunately.

NRL must change its scoring system to resolve the golden point farce

I dont see any benefit in this at all.
You can already wear a Marshall #6 or Ponga #1. How would it be different if it was Marshall #36 or Ponga #21?
Also, do the fans genuinely engage in the number teasers? Is it there no other way to engage fans in preseason? I know id rather hear somethinh like who is setting lift or run records or pbs.
Finally, the casual fan may recognise a superstar due to their number, but like above they would do this anyway. Its not like the superstars are changing position every week. Currently however the casual fan can also recognise position. This would no longer be the case.
Lastly, to the arguement that you can better identify players making a big play if they have a unique number. How? They already have a number as an identifier. If you cant recognise that #3 made the big play how will you recognise that #43 did?

Should the NRL finally adopt squad numbers?

Cant get enough variety from 5 bowlers? More often then not a well balanced attack will get enough variety from 4 bowlers. In some conditions a 5th will be needed for added variety and workload management, hence Australia’s obsession with finding an allrounder. But like I said, i have no issues picking a 5th bowler especially as there is no quality all rounder to choose. Im not sure what conditions or where you could possibly need more than that? I cant see what a 5th quick could provide that the first 4 haven’t?

Australian selectors should toss conventional thinking for Tests this summer

Agreed, both coaches owe a lot to their support staff for their respective successes. It is to difficult to truly assess who has had the most help from their club’s professionalism and who is most responsible for their clubs professionalism. I personally feel like Storm have better support staff at the lower grades as they seem to have a production line of future superstars ready to go by the time they are given to Bellamey and the first grade team. The roosters do this too, but not to the same extent. The Roosters ability to seemingly sign anyone they want/need, to me, seems to suggest that they have better quality amongst the staff at the top level and as such they don’t need to rely on producing first grade ready players.
Most the arguments put forth in this whole debate can be interpreted multiple ways as well. Eg. storm players regress when they leave the storm system, therefore the storm get the most out of their players. Maybe, other clubs give their players a more rounded football education and as such they can perform at other clubs whereas Melbourne only teach them to be a cog in the Storm machine and don’t give them enough football education to be a success elsewhere.
But, This whole thing is a bit of chicken and egg, do they have the best roster because they are the best or are they the best because they have the best roster. There is no way we will ever know.

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

Smith and Slater were hardly noname youngsters when Bellamey arrived at Melbourne (Cronk was though).
I do also wonder how much it is the coach that turns journeymen into stars and how much it is having the 2 best organisers in the game on the field turning journeymen into stars.
Bellamey certainly has a good record in this no doubt. But for every success he has had, like every other coach he has had his share of failures to. Croft being the current example.

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

Not only what KenW said but its one thing to keep players at the club on unders as Melbourne have, a whole different thing to recruit players to the club on unders like roosters have.
Although, admittedly i think the location of the clubs also favours the roosters in this.

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

In this regard though who is responsible for recruiting or developing the star players?
Melbournes best were recruited either before Bellamey was there or signed as kids and developed in systems that would be down the ladder below what Bellamey oversees. This shows the strength of the club as whole, not just Bellamey.
Whereas established top level first graders taking unders to play for roosters shows players want to play for Robinson.

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

its absurd because you can only have one person bowl at a time. 5 bowlers (4 quicks/1 spinner or 3 quicks/2 spinners depending on conditions) is all you need because by the time bowlers 4 and 5 are being used 1 and 2 are rested and ready to go again. More bowlers doesn’t equal more wickets. I understand a 5th bowler due to quicks needing a rest and agree if our batsman are no good may as well use a bowler but there is certainly no need for 7

Australian selectors should toss conventional thinking for Tests this summer

Captains/coaches challenges dont work in rugby league because to many of the decisions are genuinely 50-50. The best example of such is when there is a loose carry ANd a defender is playing at the ball in a 2 man tackle. It has been trialled a couple times and quickly abandoned each time.
I dont mind stopping the clock to eliminate time wasting. Id prefer time is stopped whenever a penalty is awarded and started when the foot touches the ball for tap/goal kick/ kick for touch. This way the fake committee meetings where players are pretending to decide what to do whilst their real objective is to waste time or the 3 minutes off the clock to kick a penalty goal from right in front either wont happen or wont impact the clock.

Golden-point bonus points are unfair

I dont disagree but the reason is ratings increase during golden point and hence the tv execs insist its part of the game and contributes to value of tv rights

Golden-point bonus points are unfair