Gloucester Blog - Season Preview and musings on opening game

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SonofPricey 13 Sep 2017 15:07 pm said..

My latest blog. A little difficult as I was unable to watch the game on Saturday so I have had to rely on extended highlights and other reports. Preview of Leicester game included too.

https://candwglasses.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/harlequins-28-17gloucester-friday-29-th.html?m=1
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Asgard 13 Sep 2017 16:23 pm said..

A well written and perceptive piece. Well done.
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Geoffy 13 Sep 2017 20:58 pm said..

So the possibility of Jonny up against Charlie on Saturday - could be very interesting. Go Charlie.
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SonofPricey 19 Sep 2017 11:00 am said..

Latest blog offering. A short piece on the recent sponsorship and commercial deals, a review of the Leicester game and a preview of the Worcester match.

https://candwglasses.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/professionalism-and-all-its-perils.html?m=1
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torchy6 19 Sep 2017 13:42 pm said..

Thanks SOP, good read, I enjoy your blog and insight keep them coming.
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Asgard 19 Sep 2017 14:14 pm said..

Your point re. professionalism will be of greater significance in the very near future. I suspect that every Premiership club will show losses this year and next and it would be financial suicide for the owners to keep putting in money or give guarantees to the banks to maintain liquidity. Maybe central contracts for the England squad with the clubs leasing them back?
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SonofPricey 29 Sep 2017 12:22 pm said..

https://candwglasses.blogspot.co.uk/201 ... e.html?m=1

Latest blog offering with review of Worcester game and my take on the new shirt and debate about tackling in schools.

No preview of Sale game on this occasion.
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Fat Taff 29 Sep 2017 12:48 pm said..

SonofPricey wrote:https://candwglasses.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/worcester-review-school-rugby-debate.html?m=1

Latest blog offering with review of Worcester game and my take on the new shirt and debate about tackling in schools.

No preview of Sale game on this occasion.


A good read with plenty of points for discussion.

This is an interesting piece of the size/weight debate
http://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/?subsection=64
Some of the best youth coaches I've met are school teachers, and many schools have fairly regular assistance from Premier clubs' community coaches, who do a great job. That being said, the worst game I've seen in terms of player safety was a school u14s game being reffed by a PE teacher with little rugby experience.

Body armour seems to have had it's time. About 5 seasons ago, a fairly high proportion of kids were wearing it, but I see very few now. I'm not sure a headguard encourages reckless tackling. Players wear them for different reasons. my son, now 17, has worn one since contact started. He's hooked for a lot of that, and also plays openside. Twofold reasoning, to stop his ears getting mashed up, and to prevent cuts to the head.
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SonofPricey 29 Sep 2017 13:39 pm said..

FT, I think the use of head guards is absolutely fine in the pack. It is proven to help prevent cuts, bruising and the early onset of cauliflower ear, but I have a problem with wingers, fullbacks 10's wearing them - this extends to the Premiership by the way.

If padding is on the decline then that is good. I remember seeing a kids game (u13's I think) not to long ago, padding was ubiquitous and one child was wearing the equivalent of a 1980's female power suit, a head guard and gloves. He looked ridiculous and I dread to think how much that cost the parents!
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SonofPricey 06 Oct 2017 10:45 am said..

This wasn't a fun one to write about. Having to watching the 'highlights' and go through the stats was pretty painful!

Review of sale game and small preview of game against Northampton.

http://candwglasses.blogspot.co.uk/2017 ... t.html?m=1
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