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by Cardiff Tig
Sun Oct 24, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: LEICESTER TIGERS 2021/22 SQUAD/TRANSFERS/CONTRACTS: There and Back again a Tigers Tale by Steve Borthwick
Replies: 677
Views: 105785

Re: LEICESTER TIGERS 2021/22 SQUAD/TRANSFERS/CONTRACTS: There and Back again a Tigers Tale by Steve Borthwick

I think we are going to see a lot of this. French clubs have no issue with discussing these situations publicly. I suspect George could double his money in France. I hope he stays but I will not blame him in the circumstances if he left. I find it remarkable that Rugby has a situation whereby the f...
by Cardiff Tig
Tue Oct 19, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Welford Road Chit Chat
Topic: Rugby tonight
Replies: 77
Views: 1563

Re: Rugby tonight

Always found the laws of thermodynamics to be pretty reliable myself... :smt017 Theyre still debatable but law of biogenics? Life must come from life. And what about law of probability? You number 10 cards 1 to 10 and give them a good shuffle and there's a one in 3,326,800 chance that they would fa...
by Cardiff Tig
Mon Oct 18, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Welford Road Chit Chat
Topic: Rugby tonight
Replies: 77
Views: 1563

Re: Rugby tonight

Always found the laws of thermodynamics to be pretty reliable myself... :smt017
by Cardiff Tig
Sun Oct 17, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Reffell still not in the Wales Squad
Replies: 66
Views: 4616

Re: Reffell still not in the Wales Squad

If I was Tigers I'd be pointing out Costelow, Holmes, Roberts and probably more I've forgotten who all listened to the WRU and have ended up in arguably a worse position Holmes had little choice. He was capped, and therefore had to sign for a Welsh side when his contract ran out else he wouldn't be...
by Cardiff Tig
Sat Oct 16, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed
Replies: 52
Views: 2507

Re: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed

You cracked first, Tig - I was resisting the temptation. However, I suspect this is an unwinnable argument. Selective quotation and confirmation bias provides a comforting sense of rightness for many these days, when compared with the wearisome task of ploughing through peer-reviewed science only t...
by Cardiff Tig
Sat Oct 16, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed
Replies: 52
Views: 2507

Re: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed

The issue with rugby and 4G pitches is that the sample size is always going to be small for any study, and so a conclusive answer is probably a number of years away at least. It does seem that there is little evidence of a difference in injury rates from reliable sources (i.e. not players' opinions...
by Cardiff Tig
Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed
Replies: 52
Views: 2507

Re: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed

The issue with rugby and 4G pitches is that the sample size is always going to be small for any study, and so a conclusive answer is probably a number of years away at least. It does seem that there is little evidence of a difference in injury rates from reliable sources (i.e. not players' opinions ...
by Cardiff Tig
Sat Oct 16, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Reffell still not in the Wales Squad
Replies: 66
Views: 4616

Re: Reffell still not in the Wales Squad

I guess that it's one of those things where if the player challenges the practice in the courts - what's the chance of him getting picked if he wins? Remember the Bosman ruling in Wendyball? Nobody touched him after his legal challenge The issues are completely different though. There is no right f...
by Cardiff Tig
Sat Oct 16, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed
Replies: 52
Views: 2507

Re: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed

And another study saying that players have a negative bias towards artificial turf even with little evidence of physical differences between the two:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10 ... src=recsys
by Cardiff Tig
Sat Oct 16, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed
Replies: 52
Views: 2507

Re: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed

Here's a study from 2018 that finds no difference in injury rate, and where there are differences it is mainly due to the very small numbers involved (I'm not sure if everyone will have access to the full report): https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02640414.2018.1458588 Interestingly, the ...
by Cardiff Tig
Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed
Replies: 52
Views: 2507

Re: 4G Pitch bans? Leggings are allowed

Wasn't there a fullback from Perpignan(?) that played at Welford Road once in gloves and leggings, and got lots of attention from the crowd that day as he struggled to catch anything despite all the extra gear?
by Cardiff Tig
Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Saracens etc and the future
Replies: 38
Views: 3159

Re: Saracens etc and the future

Interesting comments here. I don't think it says anywhere in the article that players' wages are an issue or that they want to turn the game into NFL. The latter would be nuts if they want to crack the US market. It reads, to me, like they want to jazz up the game, more cheerleaders and very loud m...
by Cardiff Tig
Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Saracens etc and the future
Replies: 38
Views: 3159

Re: Saracens etc and the future

I've said it many times before on here that rugby is pretending to be a professional sport.

Something will have to give in the future. And I doubt it will be player wages - who wants to earn 20k a year only to have brain damage by the time you're 45.
by Cardiff Tig
Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Exeter's woes
Replies: 28
Views: 4683

Re: Exeter's woes

The hardest thing in sport is staying at the top consistently. Tigers are probably the only team to have done this for a long period of time - 10 finals in a row plus the early 2000s successes. Wasps had a good run (3 seasons?), and Quins and Sale have had one-off years. Exeter have spent a long tim...
by Cardiff Tig
Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Fans Forum
Topic: Who's the employer?
Replies: 6
Views: 942

Re: Who's the employer?

It is an interesting question and, whilst I have read the news stories about the football cases, I have not gone into much more depth. That said, from the words used in the football cases, there appears to be a request for the football authorties, with their far deeper pockets, to set up funds to h...