The spirit in which rugby has been played has always been one of respect, and while the game has changed, the sportsmanship has not. We want to take a look at the changes in the game and the areas that make a difference to how we play (and how we win).
“Truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations.” This is not an unguarded soundbite from any of the interviews conducted this week by a variety of men in ties talking about why a group of those same men made a decision about the future of women, but a quote from Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
Rugby is a game steeped in tradition and romance. However it is the same sentiment that holds it back from what it could become. In order to save itself, we argue that rugby needs to take a step back in order to move forward.
Rugby has never been so popular. We’re on the verge of what will be the most financially successful World Cup; the BBC, Sky and BT Sport are committing considerable time and resources on coverage of the domestic game as well as internationals and European competitions; crowds are at record levels, and yet...
By September 2016, a raft of rule changes will have been brought in at schoolboy and junior club level. These will ultimately affect the future of the game as whole.
With high penalty counts and subsequently penalty goals resulting from rolling mauls, are they ruining the spectacle of the game?