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I reckon we won't be seeing this bloke on the field for a fair while, if ever again. I have no medical knowledge, just speculating.
 
Yeah it's scary for him, here's hoping he gets great results.

The game is so brutal now it's crazy.
 
Yeah it's scary for him, here's hoping he gets great results.

The game is so brutal now it's crazy.

I think it's always been brutal, it's just that nowadays there's a lot more emphasis placed on the well-being of the players - which is a good thing of course.

There's a lot of noise around it at the moment, and the same with the AFL. I do wonder if we'll start to see some changes implemented in the coming years, aimed at reducing the long-term effects a lot of players have to deal with once they retire.
 
I do wonder if we'll start to see some changes implemented in the coming years, aimed at reducing the long-term effects a lot of players have to deal with once they retire.
I don't disagree (mainly because the administration will be shitting themselves about lawsuits), but then what could they be? Without changing the underlying nature of the game.

I mean it would be easy to say that players can't tackle above the waist, which might rule out some of the head knocks to the ball carrier, but probably just increase it to the tackler. Even now it almost seems like a 50/50 split between ball runners and tacklers for HIAs (I have no real evidence of this, just going off gut feel, I mean it's certainly not 90%/10%)

Part of me wonders if it just has to be in the players contracts that if they want to be part of rugby league played at the highest level, they have to accept the inherit risk that comes along with that.

Not saying the game shouldn't put in as many measures as they practically can, but at what point do you stop?

I mean where did the advice come from to put the new 11 day stand down in place? From all reports currently they don't know the full effects of CTE until a person actually dies and an autopsy can be done. What if over time 30 days becomes the new advice, or 60 days, or even 1 is enough to cause long term damage.

At what point does the game (and it's participants) accept the risk, or does the game just morph in to something else (or completely die).
 
I also think this new 11 day stand down rule is going to be a massive issue post season.

Chances are someone is going to miss a grand final over it this year.
 
I also think this new 11 day stand down rule is going to be a massive issue post season.

Chances are someone is going to miss a grand final over it this year.
Yep that's a big one, get a knock in the GF qualifier and that's that for your season.
 
really is as simple as having 2 weeks before the GF
if it is a bad enough head knock to keep you out longer you probably shouldn't be playing
 
I don't disagree (mainly because the administration will be shitting themselves about lawsuits), but then what could they be? Without changing the underlying nature of the game.

I mean it would be easy to say that players can't tackle above the waist, which might rule out some of the head knocks to the ball carrier, but probably just increase it to the tackler. Even now it almost seems like a 50/50 split between ball runners and tacklers for HIAs (I have no real evidence of this, just going off gut feel, I mean it's certainly not 90%/10%)

Part of me wonders if it just has to be in the players contracts that if they want to be part of rugby league played at the highest level, they have to accept the inherit risk that comes along with that.

Not saying the game shouldn't put in as many measures as they practically can, but at what point do you stop?

I mean where did the advice come from to put the new 11 day stand down in place? From all reports currently they don't know the full effects of CTE until a person actually dies and an autopsy can be done. What if over time 30 days becomes the new advice, or 60 days, or even 1 is enough to cause long term damage.

At what point does the game (and it's participants) accept the risk, or does the game just morph in to something else (or completely die).

Great post mate, and I think you're absolutely spot on.

For any changes to have enough of an impact that players wouldn't be at risk, then the game itself would have to undergo seriously major changes. It would almost be like a whole new sport.
 
I don't see why going to Canada is going to help Ponga with his head knocks. Maybe working on his defense with coaches teaching him to put his head in the correct position might be more beneficial.
 
Putting him at 6 with his history is up there with one of the dumbest decisions in recent memory tbh.
It’s not the dumbest move ever but **** me they could at least give him a baby sitter
Locky had one in carroll
Soward had beau Scott
You need someone to look after him in the front line
 
really is as simple as having 2 weeks before the GF
Yep, but I guess the NRL couldn't change it for this year at this point in time. Although you'd think they could have implemented this new 11 day stand down before the season. Would be interesting to see when they got this "new advice". Abdo said on NRL360 a couple of weeks back this wasn't in response to the recent head knocks, especially Ponga, but I'm not convinced.

I think a week off before the finals, and a week of before the GF. It's not really ideal from the momentum of the game, but I'd rather see the finals, especially the GF, with as many of the top line players as possible.
 
Griffin Neame gone for two months with a throat injury.
 
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