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Mary Konstantopoulos

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I was happy! 🙂

Why did the NRL introduce the new rules anyway?

@nrlphysio may be able to help with that!

Why did the NRL introduce the new rules anyway?

MPC, It’s an interesting thought. What I have been observing is that the teams that takes the lead in games this year, then uses the new rules to their advantage to pin their opposition in their own half. This year we have only had three come from behind wins and in each circumstance the team that has come from behind to win has won in circumstances where their opposition has lost three or more players ot injury. That can’t just be a coincidence?

Why did the NRL introduce the new rules anyway?

Probably not John… I might look around and see when we did actually start keeping those stats.

Why did the NRL introduce the new rules anyway?

Tom, I think the bigger issue is how quickly these rules were brought in and seemingly with very little thought or analysis.

Think about a player like Jake Trbojevic. The new rules do not suit his style of play at all. Manly extended his contract, for a huge amount and then new rules come in and make his style of play less effective. It’s made many other players less effective too.

Why did the NRL introduce the new rules anyway?

Diamond Jackie, the real issue I have with the 18th man is that it is a reactive solution, not a proactive one. The problem here is concussion – try to solve the number of those actually happening by preventing them, rather than giving teams another player to use.

Why did the NRL introduce the new rules anyway?

I think I would hold the same view as you Dexter, if I was a Sharks fan!

Why is Cronulla coach John Morris under pressure?

They have shown a lot of patience in their last three games matth, which has been pleasing for me. We’ll know more over the next few weeks.

Why is Cronulla coach John Morris under pressure?

Andrew, I don’t think you can underestimate how highly revered a coach is when they deliver the clubs only premiership.

Why is Cronulla coach John Morris under pressure?

This comment makes a lot of sense, Sharkman. I don’t think the Sharks should be under any pressure to re-sign him… but when I heard speculation that he was under pressure, I was very surprised.

Why is Cronulla coach John Morris under pressure?

Paul, can’t I just stir the hornets nest and walk away? 😛

The Dally M system is well overdue for reform

Doing my best, Rhys! 😊

Lucy Lockhart pursues Rugby World Cup dream for the love of rugby

Thank you for the support Hugh! Lucy spoke glowingly about the opportunity in the UK and said it did wonders for her game.

Lucy Lockhart pursues Rugby World Cup dream for the love of rugby

Will let you know if I hear anything LBJ.

Lucy Lockhart pursues Rugby World Cup dream for the love of rugby

One step at a time, JD!

Lucy Lockhart pursues Rugby World Cup dream for the love of rugby

Will do!! Thank you for your support.

Lucy Lockhart pursues Rugby World Cup dream for the love of rugby

I’m not sure what your point is exactly?

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18

So Noosa Duck, where do you draw the line?

17 years 8 months?

How about 17 years 2 months?

Or is it just arbitrary?

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18

Then simply change the rule.

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18

Craig, I don’t know what the processes are for 18 year olds and I assume some work is done to ensure they are ready.

Before 18 though, I question whether that is too young?

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18

Big Mig, I have some thoughts on the Toby situation too.

Please understand that I am not outraged about it at all. I’m making a comment. I love that players show personality but language matters + tiny behaviours contribute to gender equality. Women aren’t ‘things’. Toby is one of my favourite players in the comp, might be a chance to learn.

Does that make sense?

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18

Additionally, I would say Succhi that the demands of the game have changed significantly since those men played. The players have to deal with much more physically and mentally these days – social media and the challenges this poses for players makes it a different ball game too!

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18

So it’s just a question of being physically ready then?

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18

Watcher, could not agree more with this comment.

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18

Jimmmy, couldn’t agree more re your first point. Personally, I think they longer we hold players back the better for development, but I am certainly not an expert in this space. People are different and have different capabilities and that should be able to be taken into account.

The problem is that the current rule doesn’t allow this flexibility as you say in your second paragraph. The importance of transparency and consistency can’t be overstated here.

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18