No rest, just keep play­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

PAUL Green, as coach of the Cow­boy’s rugby league team, I am one of your great­est fans but I can­not agree with your pol­icy of rest­ing play­ers for a fix­ture.

I re­alise we now live in a copy­cat so­ci­ety and it is a trend now for coaches to rest play­ers, but surely we don’t have to fol­low blindly down that track.

There should be one only pol­icy and that is to pick your 17 best play­ers. If there is an in­jury, that player will be re­placed. That is the end of the story and if there is a player re­quir­ing a rest be­cause he is weary, he should se­ri­ously be con­sid­er­ing another sport.

In de­fence of rugby league play­ers, I would say it would be very rare for a player to for­feit his place in a team. They choose to play rugby league, they know what to ex­pect, and they have that com­pet­i­tive spirit to carry mi­nor in­juries to its ex­treme, just to make sure they are cho­sen.

FRED WOODHEAD,

North Ward.

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