GASNIER PROPOSAL IS COMMONSENSE
I had given up in despair that I thought I would ever read again a rugby league article that would be intelligent, correct and solve the problems associated with the game.
Then along comes Mark Gasnier (“Change bench system or suffer”, 13/5), a babe in the woods journalist compared to the ones I have been forced to read over the past 20 years.
He wishes to take the game back, into the future and for the sake of the future. Fewer or no replacements — try that with the big, non-league players we currently have running around. A place for small players, a place for natural footballers, a place to return to open rugby league.
His analysis of all that is wrong in rugby league is spot on. He is virtually describing rugby league as it was before many self-centred coaches and officials have tried to destroy it. The trouble is, from my observations, any intelligent suggestions to those in charge are swiftly swept under the carpet. Mr Gasnier would not be out of place running the whole show. RICHIE BLANCH