Don’t doubt Ir­ish pride Make game bet­ter value

Rugby World - - BOOTCAMP - Le­van Namoradze, via Face­book

3. The Six Na­tions play each other ev­ery year to be­come cham­pion of... of what? Not the world, not even Europe. Do you be­lieve that is the way for progress? In my eyes Gre­gor Paul has al­ways been a con­tro­ver­sial jour­nal­ist. His ( NZHer­ald) ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the “Ir­ish tac­tic” of re­cruit­ing play­ers from abroad, which he deemed “eth­i­cally ques­tion­able”, reaf­firmed my thoughts.

Paul claims Bundee Aki and Jared Payne were both of­fered con­tracts by the IRFU with the prom­ise of be­ing Ire­land’s suc­ces­sor to Brian O’Driscoll.

Firstly, Paul ig­nored the ex­is­tence of the likes of Garry Rin­grose and Rob­bie Hen­shaw, and their rise in the post-O’Driscoll era.

Se­condly, con­sider the cal­i­bre of All Blacks, like Mils The ob­ject of the game of rugby is to score tries. But harsher laws, though much needed to pro­tect play­ers from se­ri­ous in­jury, have re­sulted in more penal­ties be­ing awarded.

The place-kick­ing skills have also much im­proved in the pro­fes­sional game. Thus it may be ar­gued that the skill re­quired to score a penalty goal is the same as con­vert­ing a try, which is worth two points.

Should a penalty goal also be worth two points? This may en­cour­age kick­ing for po­si­tion and so more tries. Keep­ing the drop-goal value

Trav­el­ling sup­port Ge­or­gia fans in Florence

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