Injuries happen in rugby, it’s a contact sport after all
COLIN Boag’s com parison of golf club members and club tennis players versus Tommy Fleetwood or Andy Murray to rugby players from level 3-5 against Premiership/ Championship players is insulting and ill informed.
The reason there is an alarmingly diminishing number of players at club 1st XV level is that the level of skill, fitness and, quite frankly, bravery required to compete calls upon players to be a unique human specimen and dedicated to their sport which mirrors the top level in content and structure.
In addition they have to hold down jobs while fitting in fitness and training regimes. They do not pull out the golf clubs or tennis racquets on Sunday afternoons.
While “elite” players have access and time for fantastic conditioning and skill development in full time clubs, none of them would underestimate or belittle the ability and commitment of their counterparts in lower leagues.
I currently coach Rossendale in the Northern Premier Leagues having plied my trade at levels 1-6 including backs coach at Sale Sharks when we won Premiership and head coach at Vale of Lune in NW1 and all points in between including head coach England Counties and Lancashire.
The greatest asset this game has are the players and as the game gets more difficult to play, these players are becoming fewer and fewer. Show them the respect they deserve. MARK NELSON via email