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NZ pioneering under 85kg rugby
Discussion started by bigbitty , 26 February, 2020 07:58
NZ pioneering under 85kg rugby
bigbitty 26 February, 2020 07:58
A very interesting article in the Telegraph today about Under 85kg rugby. They recognise that not all good players want to bulk up, and even in the amateur game you could be up against a committed weightlifter.

So, to stop losing exciting but diminutive players, they have come up with this. Only for the amateur game I believe.

Re: NZ pioneering under 85kg rugby
x_ile 26 February, 2020 08:09
I vaguely recall reading, some time ago, that NZ run junior/schools rugby teams by weight rather than age. Forgotten the details.

Re: NZ pioneering under 85kg rugby
DaveTVT 26 February, 2020 09:26
As a former rugby Dad I'd say that NZ have probably got this right at the junior level. I can remember watching my son (and several other forwards) at u14 trying to bring down our very own Chunya in games, and another where an opposition parent confessed to us that his son in an U16 game being same height and weight as Sam Burgess. In both cases these lads would have benefited from playing at an age group above simply to give them better competition. It's probably the case that some of the players mismatched against them may well have drifted away from rugby as even those with great technique just couldn't compete with the size disparity.

Re: NZ pioneering under 85kg rugby
Ajax Treesdown 26 February, 2020 11:40
Quote:
x_ile
I vaguely recall reading, some time ago, that NZ run junior/schools rugby teams by weight rather than age. Forgotten the details.

It was mentioned in an article about Jonah Lomu, how he represented the first XV when in the first year of senior school because of his size (it also helped he was pretty handy)


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