|Rugby League: Why play in the winter?
||[Dec. 30th, 2009|03:07 pm]
Well, Christmas certainly provided a reminder of why we were keen to get away from winter rugby 15 years ago.|
Only five of the ten scheduled friendlies were played - further evidence that it is time to pull the plug on this miconceived attempt to milk a bit of cash from this throwback to a different era.
I don't say that because I don't personally want to go. In many ways, there's nothing I'd rather be doing on Boxing Day than watching Saints reserves play Wigan reserves. I just don't see the relevance of it.
While we're at it, can you believe that we're still playing junior rugby in the winter? No wonder a lot of kids get put off.
When the ultimate aim was a professional career in a winter competition, you could see why the sprogs had to hone their skills in the sleet. Now, to recall a previous paragraph, it has no relevance. We would get better equipped young players going into the pro game if they had learned their trade in summer.
About this time of year, I generally make some wild predictions about the season ahead.
Thinking about the Co-op Championship, I reckon this could be Toulouse's year. After a season settling in, they look like being considerably stroger this time.
One division down, don't rule out the South Wales Scorpions making an instant impact.
I don't know what odds you'd get on a double on those two, but I fancy you'd get a run for your money.