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DO YOU THINK THAT LOSING CAUSE AMNESIA OR LOSE OF TESTOSTERONE?

MESSAGE TO ALL THE NSW RUGBY TRULY TRAGIC FOLLOWERS…after 50 years involved with rugby I can assure you…

YOU DO NOT LOSE YOUR FITNESS IN 2 OR 4 WEEKS,

YOU DO NOT LOSE YOUR SKILL LIKE YOU DROP YOUR PANTS on your way t the toliets,

YOU DO NOT GET AMNESIA PLAYING RUGBY (except when concussed!!! (FULL ATTENTION TO IT)

YOU DO LOSE YOUR MORAL AND ETHICAL CAMPUS WHEN AN ORGANISATION IS NOT RUN PROFESSIONALLY!

YOU DO LOSE YOUR WILLPOWER ONLY WHEN YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY NAYSAYERS!

THEREFORE… START WITH THE TOP DOGS AND GET ALL THE ROOSTERS TO SING FROM THE SAME PAGE.

By The Way, while restructuring the whole joint, (it goes for Rugby Australia also), commit everyone to a 50% salary cut until they get hungry and start winning again!! Just like the ASX (you know, gamble, you lose or win, and the occassional useless moral draw.

Move out of Moore Park Now, and rent out the joint to a richer/solvent organisation. Set up your lux offices in Penrith, Wollongong or Newcastle. The train is quite accessible and comfortable from Bondi Junction, Central Stn, Town Hall, Killara or Hornsby.

Am I too tough? I can guarantee you, it is tougher to see listless operators going through the motions, and to stomach people devoided from ideas on HOW TO WIN, particuallry when they get paid obscene amounts of money for NO SERVCE AT ALL!

If you are not prepared to bite the bullet, please do not call me!!!

Enrique TOPOand comfortable Rodriguez

Sydney 08/06/2021

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jun/08/waratahs-in-crisis-how-did-it-all-go-so-horribly-wrong-for-nsw?utm_term=54de54ad26a5860e1520e6a69582bcac&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayAUS&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=GTAU_email

WHAT IS WRONG WITH RUGBY UNION IN 2021?

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/sport/other/a-fine-phrase-that-sums-up-what-rugby-has-lost/ar-AAKNyAA?ocid=msedgdhp

Plenty has been said about the pedestrian display of referees, coaches and players…

RUGBY UNION 2021, WHAT IS WRONG WITH IT?

THE GAME – THE SHOW – THE BUSINESS, I metaphorically said this in my book The ART of Scrummaging, (self-published August 2012), “professional rugby has morphed into a monster with three heads, and all of need to be fed, equally”. It is a very good point,…for the backline to be evasive, not crashers! – However, the forwards have to first and foremost set up a solid platform for the backs to be able to ‘avoid’ or ‘evade’.

Without a solid platform up front, you have No team, No play and No win.The problem has been from the time the myopic and inept administrators decided that rugby had to be ‘perfect’ and ‘precise’, and added rules and Laws to CONTROL the forces of the scrums, the tactics, strategies, behaviours and even the ‘complexion of the game!!! (jaaa, trying to favour the attack? they killed its nature, spirit and soul, by MICROMANAGEMENT.

Referees, the Lawbook, TMO, Consultation with linesmen, and now Captain’s challenges are STOPPAGES that have stifled and stopped the entertainment and the show. A display of complete pedantry and constabulary attitude has marred the game of rugby morphing it into a pedestrian process, when in fact what is needed is quick OUTCOMES, even if surrounded by imprecisions or exacting moves.

Bring the RUCK back, the counter-attack and the surprise factor! – Players do not need to be coached or dictated tactics by half referees! By the way, it is not their fault but World Rugby (IRB since 1995) who uses them like pawns to ‘keep not the game but the business till ticking and in good working order.

JOINT VENTURE Capitalists, stick to the commodities, finance, industrial, agricultural pursuits. Leave sport to be a Humanistic Pursuit of excelence, and a way for healthier and fitter population. Provide health care as well, do not use athletes’ like nappies…

The referees’ function is to enable the game. They must always be RIGHT even when they may appear to be WRONG! – World Rugby must leave the Laws alone for truly professional Lawmakers, FULL STOP.

As for TV executives must not interfere with the Laws, playing times, etc. etc. No microphones up peoples’ orifices. Stop promoting voyeurism with the crowds. Show publicity and advertisements, but leave the game, and the players alone! –

For Christ’s sake help the referee by allowing ore ‘discretion’ (latitude, trust).Then we can talk and evaluate how are, The Game, The Show and The Business going ?????????????????????????????? (In that order!)

TOPO

08/06/2021

RUGBY UNION 2021 needs more than sensationalist headings or cheap commentary!

This comment from Andy ‘Badde’, is utterly amazing! – The fact that you not only would consider but also write:

“We don’t want to see coaches calling each other liars or the integrity of individuals or the sport being called into question but drama like that does get everyone talking and I don’t think it was a bad advert for rugby”

– Man, you and other scribes and TV presenters are way out of touch! ANDY Goode, rugby union 2021, needs a lot more than just bad cheap banter.

World Rugby has plenty of serious issues to deal with in regards to its integrity and soporiferous actions of their top management and countries delegates. You don’t believe me? OK, I’ll get Steve Thompson and his Class action Group to smarten you up a bit! – Misinformed rugby followers have no idea about the potential for billionaire claims in damages due to a negligible ‘Duty of Care’ – It doesn’t help to inflame the following public with such senseless comments like yours.

I can foresee, the 2023 RWC (if it goes ahead) will be a pivotal moment to straighten up the Laws & Rules of the game, adjusting for the mophological changes in the fitness components of the modern players. I dare say 40 years ago the average BACK weighted 80-85 Kgs training 3 times weekly, today that has gone to 100 Kg plus and training sometimes twice daily! FORWARDS? In 1980 an average prop would have weighed 100 Kg, today we see players at 125-130kg going full tilt towards a ‘target’ (at shoulder height, taking aim at head, neck and all). There is no attempt whatsoever of PRESERVING THE HEALTH OF THE OPPOSITION during skirmishes, it is a war of attrition where the referees eyes are constasntly tested by the reckless, the nasty, and the followers of Coaches’ instructions to the letter!

Wake up people! – Rugby Union is self-destroying itself! – Rugby as we know it, in 3-5 years time will only be played by over 21’s players, at elitist clubs. [Those that can sign off their life to sports] – Because schoolkids and underage players will be playiing a somewhat ‘modified’ game with a rugby ball, but no tackles, no lineout and no scrum! –

And… there is more, we are heading the USA NFL, the participation will be restricted to 1 mega club in one big city. What we see in the Sydney rugby Union (the supposed to be ‘caring parents’), 7 not-so-super clubs and 1 University are squeezing out another 3 clubs for the outer area. Soo EXCLUSIVISM and ELITISM is back in the menu of aristocratic Old Boys Sports. “for is a jolly good fella and so say the other GPS schools…

In one or two words, have been saying it for at least 6 years, “the Professional Rugby Union EXPERIMENT since 1995, has failed” – Rugby is going backwards at a rate of knots!

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez (iss-forum.net)

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/was-late-welford-road-drama-really-a-bad-advert-for-rugby-andy-goode/

“ONCE UPON A TIME”

Re PETER V’LANDYS vs NRL Players Association STOUSH about Catastrophic Injuries, concussion, dementia, chronic depression, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, No payouts, and… the collapse of Rugby league through player’s doctors bills and class-action comoensations!

ONCE UPON A TIME, a great smart rugby coach and friend of mine told me, that Sports is and OUGHT TO BE like a ‘tripod’ structure, where the three legs are:

a) The Administrations (first) Not dissimilar to the administrators/owners of a company that provides secure employment, trade, glory, etc.)

b) The Players (second) (Not different to the actors of a play at the theatre, if a show is not available, you just get another even better show!)

c) The Coaching Staff (third). Ditto, for all the employed HHRR.

By understanding a tiny little bit of physics and the gravity Law, “If one of the legs gets too close to the other” – What happens?

When you, the readers have an educated guess of what the results is likely to be?? So the players, unions, managers, agents, media, sponsors, Tv, etc. You have no relevant and trustworthy information to make NO DECISIONS with a longer term view! Or do you?

Neither of the above personnel is irreplaceable (nor the administrators, but…)

So fellow Unionists, watch very carefully where you step into because you could be the worst influence on the SPORT THAT YOU SUPPOSEDLY ‘LOVE’. And your livelihood is at risk. Go and consult with mums, dads, partners and nobody else!

PS: So you do not like your Skipper? Let me tell you, a boat without a properly trained and committed ‘skipper’ is… suicide on high seas!

Amen,

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez

Founder & General Convener – iss-forum.net

Sydney, 06/06/2021

FOLAU-PALMER INC. – “A PERFECT MATCH” (?)

https://www.theguardian.com/…/israel-folau-takes-out…

Is there such a thing as “A PERFECT MATCH” in the world of professional sports?

For two people from such diverse and different background? Maybe or maybe Not!- One digs for IRON ORE and GOLD, and the other continues digging his own grave seeking popularity? – And… this perfect match was not “made-in-heaven” but in the corridors of Law Firms and Law Courts.

Israel, as an ex-Wallaby Captain (1987) I can tell you from personal experience. Today, as the entire world knows, I object and criticise the aristocratic stance and not-doings of Rugby Administrators from Dublin, to Sydney, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, etc. Yet, I love the game that gave me the opportunity to represent THREE countries, with equal passion!I met thousands of people in 50 years of rugby, made dozens of top good friends, and the other benefits that money cannot buy.

For amoent, just one mmite, remember, since 1984 The Grand Slam and 1986 Bledisloe Cup Winning (non-paid) Wallabies, paved the way for your ‘fame’. I neither defend you nor Raelene Castle, neither Cameron Clyne nor the RA Board at the time. (and the dedicated people members of the RWC teams of 1991 and 1999)

In my not-so-modest opinion, the three of you were completely ill-advised or… probably not advised at all. A word of advice from an almost 69 years old gizzer (who still packs a good SCRUM): Matey, change your Legal Advisers NOW/TODAY. Neither the Good Bible nor the word of God is about “greed”, “arrogance”, “petulance”, or behaviours associated with an incessant and unhumble search for monetary compensation.

Furthermore, in Australia alone (one of the most blessed countries) we have thousands of homeless people (man and women, who barely go to sleep… wondering what they might eat tomorrow? Mr Folau, please, visit and talk with Father Bill Crews for an attitude adjustment and BTW, do some charity work outside your Father’s Church!

The Wayside Chappel at Kings Cross, Sydney may be a good place to start, empty your soul from hatred. Be repentant, forgiving and try to live a more normal average Citizen live off the spotlight, like millions of Australians!!

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez

iss-forum.net (Looking after athlete’s Health & Wellbeing)

Sydney 04.06.2021