WHY IS IT SO PROFESSOR?
Why not leaving the traditional colours and just add geometric figures and patterns to them? (Such as squares, circles, stripes, etc. Why?
BECAUSE CHANGING JUMPERS IS A HUGE BUSINESS…
THE GAME – THE SHOW – THE BUSINESS
For the last 26 years (since 1995) first IRB today WR, has absolutely neglected keeping The Laws progressing with the times! – They were and still are too busy operating the till, having meetings with JV Capitalists, TV Executives, giving lip service to those Tier 2 and Tier 3 countries. Swinging votes from UK, Ireland to France and back (a circuit which has been alive for 140 years. From the likes of Aristocratic Eton College, Rugby School, Oxford and Cambridge Colleges etc. We have plenty of equivalents in Australia, and how about Auckland Grammar? Stellenbosch and Pretoria Universities?
Rivalries such as Northern Hemisphere vs Southern Hemisphere through these years of secret ‘opulence’ have been gradually smoothed over with nice trips to The Rugby Championship, RWC’s, European Tournaments, Global Seven’s Tournaments, etc. Before 1995, the traditional destination for those well-to-do, the ubiquitous corporate executive of multinational companies, on well-oiled and imbibed junkets to Hong-Kers! – A full week with 1 Board meeting, or a 1-hour conference about the local weather, you know what I mean? Don’t you! Were you part of one of them? Good on you! Ans… today, The Rugby Union Gravy Train never looked better…!
So, any French fries with that?
Australian Rugby has been for those 26 years squandering millions and millions of dollars of public money. E.g. Pay-outs to Executives sacked, Court Cases settled out of Court, Sponsors (airlines bullying the administrators, and playing hard nose $$$ to get, demands on certain disciplinary actions in the cases of players’ misbehaviours? – Ahhh… on this subject, have been saying for long time, RUGBY UNION seems to ignore the highly specialised skills and knowledge needed to deal with Human Resources, conflict resolutions, misdemeanours or grave incidents? – And funnily enough they seem to come in threes, just to list a few, do you remember…
- The Three Rugby L recruits?
- The Three Amigos?
- The Player Power Group, The Brumbies Coach, and The Sacking?
- The Wallaby Coach, The Woeful Scrum and English Thumping?
- The Coach, The Player and The Coach’s PA?
- The Waratah Coach, The Press Box and The Fists?
- The Bible, the player and The CEO?
Man, those incidents above-listed were never addressed by a Professor in Behavioural Psychology (or at the very least an Expert Psychologist to deal with those infidels?
We have seen enough plenty of incompetent Head Coaches and Assistants sticking their noses in ‘none of their business’ – And… incompetent Directors and Employees for that matter! – Some observations and recommendations for the downtrodden organisations who allegedly run ‘THE GAME’! – In particular Rugby Australia and Union Argentina de rugby (UAR). Many similarities between these two, maybe because I know too much about the inner sanctum and iinner dealings???
Have a look at these curious displays of ineptitude…
- COACHES ARE (supposedly) THE EXPERTS ON ‘THE RUGBY GAME’, NOT LOGISTICS, NOR FIANCIALS, AND NOT HHRR
- CEO’s, DIRECTORS AND CHAIR PERSONS ARE NO EXPERTS IN THE GAME, SO, NO “HIRE AND FIRE” FOR THEM!!
- THE INTERVIEWING, HIRE, AUDITS, ASSESSMENTS AND FIRE, NEED TO BE DONE BY A COLLEGIATE GROUP OF REPRESENTATIVE COACHES! – AS MANY AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY ASSEMBLE!!
- REFEREES… STOP TALKING TO ANYONE OF THOSE 30 PLAYERS, BLOW THE WHISTLE AND PLAY ON
- TMO AND LINESMEN COROBOREE TYPE CONSULTATIONS? NO, ENOUGH OF THAT
- STOPPAGES IS KILLING THE GAME, CAN’T YOU SEE THAT THE SPECTATORS ARE BORED SHITLESS, AND LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENT SPORT TO SUPPORT?
- BRING THE RUCK BACK – STOP THE ILLEGAL SHOULDER CHARGES!
- A TACKLE BY DEFINITION IS = BOTH ARMS IN FRONT AND… BETWEEN KNEES AND HIPS – ANYTHING ELSE IS ILLEGAL, AND IT MAY BE DEALTH WITH, AS ‘ASSAULT’.
ATTENTION, anytime you want to ask me some questions I am available, I have been since 1992 when I retired from playing rugby at 40 years of age. I dare you!! –
Fyi – My mobile phone number since 1992 has been exactly the same, yet it has been ‘silent’ since 1995 when I coached the forwards and scrum for the Australia’s Under 21’s team. Have made many overtures and proposals for a Scrummaging Academy, the Australian Rugby Academy (ARA), ARSA Worldwide, Australian Rugby Skills Academy, silly of me! – I do not have the old Boys Network behind me, so I am useless at anything to do with coaching. Yet, before 1995, I used to give Scrummaging Lectures with the ARU, for the Levels I, II, and Elite III Coaching Courses, but…??? Something has been lost in the translation?
UAR – ARGENTINE RUGBY UNION, back in 2012, I proposed to another Three Amigos (Luis Castillo, Carlos Araujo and Agustin Pichot), a project to set up the IASA (INTERNATIONAL ARGENTINE SCRUMMAGING ACADEMY, with a special focus on SAFETY FIRST, prevention of injuries, in particular spine and brain related. DEATH SILENCE. And death it was, last Saturday a player from Hurling RC died of an incident which triggered a recurring previous injury to his spine. It certainly could have been prevented if they had a routine checking list with a doctor’s and player’s signature on it. Many have become permanently disabled and others died since. These lackadaisical irresponsible attitudes from the authorities are unforgivable. Again (jobs for the boys) unqualified people in positions of power playing not rugby administration but Russian roulette with other people’s lives.
In 2012 and 2015, I authored and published two thesis masterpieces with Multi-Award-Distinctions (see cover picture above), unbelievable quotes form world authorities amongst many, the much-celebrated Ray Williams OBE (RIP) [Wales, UK Coaching Hall of Fame] who wrote.
“I have read TOPO’s monumental piece on scrummaging – let me state that it is the most in-depth study of the scrum that i have ever read”
So, Ladies and Gentlemen again, why is it so? It doesn’t really matter anymore; I am a RAINMAKER but me… wait for No rain!
In October 2021, I have acted upon a 25-year-old dream of TEACHING & COACHING Rugby, by merits of having founded two universities (one, for the Latino world, and the other for the Anglos, you know?) Both will command slightly different approach and sociology; and I am well versed and privy to these idiosyncrasies. So, I have honoured these cultural differences with…
http://www.unirugbyalternativo.net (Universidad de Rugby Alternativo
http://www.uar.university (University of Alternative Rugby)
Both are currently under ‘formulation’ of various courses, lectures, workshops, masterclasses, videos, Zoom Webinars, etc. LEADERSHIP and Ontological Coaching (for Sports and Corporate Executives also. In recent years I have assembled a Great Team of Experts, with more than 30 collaborators, current and former Coaches with vast International Experience, scientists from neurology to psychiatry, psychology, dieticians, biomechanics, cardiologists, respiratory experts, physiotherapists, the lot. We all are as we speak working on:
a) Injury Prevention Programs and Policies
b) Health and Wellbeing Preservation Strategies (Physical/Mental/Emotional)
c) Career Planning, After Sports Careers, Re-insercion in Society Plans
d) Players, Coaches, Referees, Administrators, and Directors’ Code of Ethics and Responsibility Ownership (as vs. Responsibility Avoidance)
e) Courses for ‘Professional Administrators of Professional Sports’
f) Psychology of Sports 2021, and Human Resources Management
g) Referees and The Law (ethics, principles, objectives and outcomes)
h) And much more…
The services of the ISSF (International Sports Sciences Forum – iss-forum.net) have been enlisted as part of our Professional Scientists Advisory Team.
Enrique TOPO Rodriguez
Executive Chairman & Founder
# WELLBEING LEADERSHIP & SPORT Pty Ltd | The ERC Group
# Founder & General Convener, International Sports Sciences Forum
# ARA – AUSTRALIAN RUGBY ACADEMY
# SSC – SCRUMMAGING SAFETY COACHING
# ARSA – AUSTRALIAN RUGBY SKILLS ACADEMY
# ARSA Worldwide