Rugby league is the sporting equivalent to evolution. When you think about how the game got here you realise just how lucky we are to have this game. It is the epitome of entertainment.
It’s fast and skillful and often brutal.
In 1823, while playing soccer, William Webb Ellis apparently picked up the ball and began running with it. Obviously playing soccer just wasn’t enough for the bloke. Rugby union was born.
But rugby union clearly wasn’t exciting enough for some.
1895 saw the spawning of a break away competition in England with the new Rugby Football Union almost immediately abolishing certain rules to make the game quicker and more exciting.
By 1908, rugby league was here in Australia.
The thing that has made our game so great is the fact that we can evolve and change to make the game more entertaining. But for all the morphing our game has done in the past, it seems the Australian Rugby League Commission is hell bent on watering down the perfect sporting creation.
The majority of people that want the shoulder charge banned are people that have never played the game. They don’t understand the simple fundamental that you accept the risks that come with playing rugby league. If anyone could play rugby league, they would.
Should we ban tackling?
Make the players wear joggers incase someone gets studded?
Better yet, let’s just play touch.
It seems the ARLC have been advised of the risks and are shaking at the possibility of a lawsuit in the future. Instead of standing up for the game that is making them rich, they’re hiding behind political correctness and an uneducated view of the game.
Do they realise the players they think they are protecting are the ones that accept the dangers of playing in the National Rugby League?
If the brutal nature of our game disappears, what do we really have?
It becomes just another game.