WHY IS IT SO PROFESSOR? A few answers to long standing questions to rugby union!

https://inews.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/ireland-wales-away-kits-colour-blind-world-rugby-guidance-1240515

WHY IS IT SO PROFESSOR?

Why not leaving the traditional colours and just add geometric figures and patterns to them? (Such as squares, circles, stripes, etc. Why?

BECAUSE CHANGING JUMPERS IS A HUGE BUSINESS…

THE GAME – THE SHOW – THE BUSINESS

For the last 26 years (since 1995) first IRB today WR, has absolutely neglected keeping The Laws progressing with the times! – They were and still are too busy operating the till, having meetings with JV Capitalists, TV Executives, giving lip service to those Tier 2 and Tier 3 countries. Swinging votes from UK, Ireland to France and back (a circuit which has been alive for 140 years. From the likes of Aristocratic Eton College, Rugby School, Oxford and Cambridge Colleges etc. We have plenty of equivalents in Australia, and how about Auckland Grammar? Stellenbosch and Pretoria Universities?

Rivalries such as Northern Hemisphere vs Southern Hemisphere through these years of secret ‘opulence’ have been gradually smoothed over with nice trips to The Rugby Championship, RWC’s, European Tournaments, Global Seven’s Tournaments, etc. Before 1995, the traditional destination for those well-to-do, the ubiquitous corporate executive of multinational companies, on well-oiled and imbibed junkets to Hong-Kers! – A full week with 1 Board meeting, or a 1-hour conference about the local weather, you know what I mean? Don’t you! Were you part of one of them? Good on you! Ans… today, The Rugby Union Gravy Train never looked better…!

So, any French fries with that?

Australian Rugby has been for those 26 years squandering millions and millions of dollars of public money. E.g. Pay-outs to Executives sacked, Court Cases settled out of Court, Sponsors (airlines bullying the administrators, and playing hard nose $$$ to get, demands on certain disciplinary actions in the cases of players’ misbehaviours? – Ahhh… on this subject, have been saying for long time, RUGBY UNION seems to ignore the highly specialised skills and knowledge needed to deal with Human Resources, conflict resolutions, misdemeanours or grave incidents? – And funnily enough they seem to come in threes, just to list a few, do you remember…

  1. The Three Rugby L recruits?
  2. The Three Amigos?
  3. The Player Power Group, The Brumbies Coach, and The Sacking?
  4. The Wallaby Coach, The Woeful Scrum and English Thumping?
  5. The Coach, The Player and The Coach’s PA?
  6. The Waratah Coach, The Press Box and The Fists?
  7. The Bible, the player and The CEO?

Man, those incidents above-listed were never addressed by a Professor in Behavioural Psychology (or at the very least an Expert Psychologist to deal with those infidels?

We have seen enough plenty of incompetent Head Coaches and Assistants sticking their noses in ‘none of their business’ – And… incompetent Directors and Employees for that matter! – Some observations and recommendations for the downtrodden organisations who allegedly run ‘THE GAME’! – In particular Rugby Australia and Union Argentina de rugby (UAR). Many similarities between these two, maybe because I know too much about the inner sanctum and iinner dealings???

Have a look at these curious displays of ineptitude…

  • COACHES ARE (supposedly) THE EXPERTS ON ‘THE RUGBY GAME’, NOT LOGISTICS, NOR FIANCIALS, AND NOT HHRR
  • CEO’s, DIRECTORS AND CHAIR PERSONS ARE NO EXPERTS IN THE GAME, SO, NO “HIRE AND FIRE” FOR THEM!!
  • THE INTERVIEWING, HIRE, AUDITS, ASSESSMENTS AND FIRE, NEED TO BE DONE BY A COLLEGIATE GROUP OF REPRESENTATIVE COACHES! – AS MANY AS YOU CAN POSSIBLY ASSEMBLE!!
  • REFEREES… STOP TALKING TO ANYONE OF THOSE 30 PLAYERS, BLOW THE WHISTLE AND PLAY ON
  • TMO AND LINESMEN COROBOREE TYPE CONSULTATIONS? NO, ENOUGH OF THAT
  • STOPPAGES IS KILLING THE GAME, CAN’T YOU SEE THAT THE SPECTATORS ARE BORED SHITLESS, AND LOOKING FOR A DIFFERENT SPORT TO SUPPORT?
  • BRING THE RUCK BACK – STOP THE ILLEGAL SHOULDER CHARGES!
  • A TACKLE BY DEFINITION IS = BOTH ARMS IN FRONT AND… BETWEEN KNEES AND HIPS – ANYTHING ELSE IS ILLEGAL, AND IT MAY BE DEALTH WITH, AS ‘ASSAULT’.

ATTENTION, anytime you want to ask me some questions I am available, I have been since 1992 when I retired from playing rugby at 40 years of age. I dare you!! –

Fyi – My mobile phone number since 1992 has been exactly the same, yet it has been ‘silent’ since 1995 when I coached the forwards and scrum for the Australia’s Under 21’s team. Have made many overtures and proposals for a Scrummaging Academy, the Australian Rugby Academy (ARA), ARSA Worldwide, Australian Rugby Skills Academy, silly of me! – I do not have the old Boys Network behind me, so I am useless at anything to do with coaching. Yet, before 1995, I used to give Scrummaging Lectures with the ARU, for the Levels I, II, and Elite III Coaching Courses, but…??? Something has been lost in the translation?

UAR – ARGENTINE RUGBY UNION, back in 2012, I proposed to another Three Amigos (Luis Castillo, Carlos Araujo and Agustin Pichot), a project to set up the IASA (INTERNATIONAL ARGENTINE SCRUMMAGING ACADEMY, with a special focus on SAFETY FIRST, prevention of injuries, in particular spine and brain related. DEATH SILENCE. And death it was, last Saturday a player from Hurling RC died of an incident which triggered a recurring previous injury to his spine. It certainly could have been prevented if they had a routine checking list with a doctor’s and player’s signature on it. Many have become permanently disabled and others died since. These lackadaisical irresponsible attitudes from the authorities are unforgivable. Again (jobs for the boys) unqualified people in positions of power playing not rugby administration but Russian roulette with other people’s lives.

In 2012 and 2015, I authored and published two thesis masterpieces with Multi-Award-Distinctions (see cover picture above), unbelievable quotes form world authorities amongst many, the much-celebrated Ray Williams OBE (RIP) [Wales, UK Coaching Hall of Fame] who wrote.

“I have read TOPO’s monumental piece on scrummaging – let me state that it is the most in-depth study of the scrum that i have ever read”

So, Ladies and Gentlemen again, why is it so? It doesn’t really matter anymore; I am a RAINMAKER but me… wait for No rain!

In October 2021, I have acted upon a 25-year-old dream of TEACHING & COACHING Rugby, by merits of having founded two universities (one, for the Latino world, and the other for the Anglos, you know?) Both will command slightly different approach and sociology; and I am well versed and privy to these idiosyncrasies. So, I have honoured these cultural differences with…

http://www.unirugbyalternativo.net (Universidad de Rugby Alternativo

http://www.uar.university (University of Alternative Rugby)

Both are currently under ‘formulation’ of various courses, lectures, workshops, masterclasses, videos, Zoom Webinars, etc. LEADERSHIP and Ontological Coaching (for Sports and Corporate Executives also. In recent years I have assembled a Great Team of Experts, with more than 30 collaborators, current and former Coaches with vast International Experience, scientists from neurology to psychiatry, psychology, dieticians, biomechanics, cardiologists, respiratory experts, physiotherapists, the lot. We all are as we speak working on:

a) Injury Prevention Programs and Policies

b) Health and Wellbeing Preservation Strategies (Physical/Mental/Emotional)

c) Career Planning, After Sports Careers, Re-insercion in Society Plans

d) Players, Coaches, Referees, Administrators, and Directors’ Code of Ethics and Responsibility Ownership (as vs. Responsibility Avoidance)

e) Courses for ‘Professional Administrators of Professional Sports’

f) Psychology of Sports 2021, and Human Resources Management

g) Referees and The Law (ethics, principles, objectives and outcomes)

h) And much more…

The services of the ISSF (International Sports Sciences Forum – iss-forum.net) have been enlisted as part of our Professional Scientists Advisory Team.

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez

Executive Chairman & Founder

# WELLBEING LEADERSHIP & SPORT Pty Ltd | The ERC Group

# Founder & General Convener, International Sports Sciences Forum

# ARA – AUSTRALIAN RUGBY ACADEMY

# SSC – SCRUMMAGING SAFETY COACHING

# ARSA – AUSTRALIAN RUGBY SKILLS ACADEMY

# ARSA Worldwide

“Las Ciencias del Deporte”… al servicio de un RUGBY Alternativo, Seguro, Comunitario y Equitativo!

https://unirugbyalternativo.net/

ALF (Alas Latinas Forum)

Bienvenidos!

Estudiantes y Profesionales, Colegas, Entrenadores, y amigos del deporte y todos aquellos que desean forjar una carrera estudiando, aprendiendo y especializandose en nuestra URA (UNIVERSIDAD de RUGBY ALTERNATIVO).

1. Las ciencias del deporte aplicadas aqui… en un abordaje de 360 Grados alrededor de la vida del atleta.

2. Estudios fundamentados en ‘experiencias vividas’ y conocimientos adquiridos de… jugadores, entrenadores, preparadores fisicos, psicologos, psiquiatras, sociologos, neurologos, fisoterapeutas, bioquimicos y demas profesiones y disciplinas requeridas.

3. Nuestras formulaciones y programas estan basados en resultados ’empiricos’ de investigaciones y ensayos realizados por expertos en cada una de las materias. Nuestros SCRUMS estan formados por grupos profesionales inter e intra disciplinarios.

4. NUESTRO LEMA CENTRAL es…

“Intervenir activamente, manteniendo nuestra curiosidad y sed de conocimientos aplicados – Una proyeccion de carrera de vida de SERVICIO a la comunidad, sin excusas ni paradas”

5. Aqui y ahora, estamos para compartir, el Respeto a las Leyes de juego y de convivencia. Promover el Espiritu y Valores intrinsicos de cada deporte. Hoy comenzamos con Rugby. Los invito a que se registren ya sea en caracter de:

A) Estudiantes Candidatos a los cursos que ofreceremos pronto (Enero 2022, o antes)

B) Disertantes para los cursos dictados por nuestra URA.

C) Aspirantes a Maestrias, Especializaciones, Seminarios, Talleres de Trabajo, y Conferencias Internacionales.

Quedamos a vuestra disposicion y servicio!

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez

y Scrum URA

Fundador | Filantropo | Impresario | Coordinador General

ISSF (International Sports Sciences Forum) | iss-forum.net

The ERC Group | Wellbeing Leadership & Sport | Australian-Argentine Business Council

Autor, The ART of Scrummaging (1 Pub. 2012) y (2 Pub. 2015)

HQ = PO Box 4131 Carlton NSW 2218 Australia | 06/10/2021

To: My Dear Friend Nicholas Campbell Farr-Jones, fellow ex Wallabies Phil Kearns, Phil Waugh, and Church of England Stalwart Mr Hamish Mc Lennan. And CCIS (Chief Controller of Inner Sanctums) Mr Andy Marinos.

This new initiative/thought needs to be clapped and saluted. This new-yet-old in the backburner ‘solution’ proposed by your TEAM SAVE RUGBY AUSTRALIA (a big mea-culpa) on behalf of previous Directors.

I feel compelled to clarify from the outset, an ALTERNATIVE view is, this enormous yet erroneous vision will sink us into an endemic mismanagement by the ‘haves’ in detriment of the ‘have-nots’. Funded by the public. This definitely is not the view of Australian Rugby People? THE Clubs!!! – In fact, it may be said… this is just another Aristocratic-Un-Australian well-intended gimmick!

I have known Australian Rugby for 37 years, from the grounds of Warringah RC to the inner-sanctum of Rugby Place, St Leonards and nowadays the opulent Moore Park. Have met and worked ‘with’ great Administrators and Delegates such as Sir Nicholas Shehadie, AC OBE – Mr John Freedman – Dr Roger Vanderfield – Mr John Dedrick – Mr Bruce Hayman – Mr David Clarke – Mr Dick Marks – Prof John Yeo (Spinal Specialist, Royal North Shore Hospital) – And many notable selfless Citizens of good!

Back in 1984 (Grand Slam of UK & Ireland) and two years later the bloody Bledisloe Cup in NZ (yes, you need to give blood to get it), ahhh those winning days? Furthermore, two RWC’s to add (1991 and 1999) under our belt and in our trophy room! (The Castle), a little something I always called “THE GOLDEN YEARS OF AUSTRALIAN RUGBY” built on human effort, teamwork and good will, of at least 25 years, a united country (Scrum-Like) and now… let me get into the ‘Leading personnel’, the Brains of today… shall we?

In that phenomenal year of success, 1984, Mr Nick F-J, from Newington College (2nd XV), you were 22 yo then – Mr Phil Waugh (Shore Old Boy), one of the ball boys at Warringah RC (5 years old) – Phil Kearns (Newington College, 2nd XV, (17 yo) – Hamish McLennan (Shore Old Boy), today Advertising Man Extraordinaire (18 yo).

Nick, you and your ‘mates’ want to buy global success with Joint Venture Capital?

Your management team want to buy the holding rights for the 2027 RWC?

Did you ALL, know Australian Rugby, actually Rugby Australia is bankrupt?

Did you know that RA today is functioning thanks to a 16.000.000 pounds (or Euros?) lent by World Rugby?

So, now the greatest idea coming from advertising, apart from selling the RWC smoke is… to become even more top-heavy administration? – More incestuous? – More Nepotistic?

MORE FROM SHORE, and NEWINGTON?

More wisdom of dear Shore friends Michael Hawker and Bill Pulver?

No offense given; no offense taken!

No mate, first thing you need to do is, to convert all RA Staff to Spartan-like Life for 3-5c years. As MP Scott Morrison often says “We’re in it together” (???)

1) Relocate the opulent offices of RA to working buzzy Greater Western Sydney (talk to Stuart Eyers MP, to facilitate some Government premises (FOC) free of charge for 10 years;

2) Staff to travel by train, or bus (nothing wrong with public transport) you do, don’t you? Plenty of savings in petrol, tolls and parking!!!

3) Hire local talent, from University of Western Sydney and The Kings School;

4) Swap the largesse of five-star hotels to the Parramatta Park Royal Hotel (No, I have no kickbacks from them!);

5) Stop changing the playing jumper (and whole kit) every 12 months! (This irritates me more than anything else) because this is another money-spinner using National Pride by deception. SAVE-SAVE-SAVE (like Ausie John Symmonds and Gerry Harvey). This is what you guys need to do is, replace your flamboyant style executives for more ‘accountants’ like employees at HQ. Professionals who care about SOMEBODY ELSE’S MONEY. We the public are the true Stakeholders of rugby, stop playing with our ‘chips’ as if you were in the ASX or even Crown Casino. You guys are gambling with our future…

One last point Nick & Co, RA should change its name (just like the jumper) to ANR (Australian National Rugby). Convert the Wallabies and every other department in Cost Centres, also the States. Build a conscience and philosophy of responsibility throughout. Look after the grassroots!!! (With words and with money)

When you do this, WE THE PLAYNG PUBLIC WILL LOVE YOU… no hard feelings, fancy a pig’s ear HH?

TOPO

Philanthropist, Impresario, Scrum-Muster | Executive Chairman, The ERC Group

Founder & General Convener, ISSF (iss-forum.net)

Sydney 05/10/2021

FRATRICIDE in Rugby Union!

The big dilemma with ‘TACKLE’ vs ‘SHOULDER CHARGE’, and ‘ASSAULT’


This subject to me is like an invitation to party… with my keyboard. So much commentary is going on in global sports regarding this chain-reaction like consequences after episodes of brain degenerative diseases. These issues beg full attention from all and sundry, yet more so from ADMINSTRATORS, AGENTS, INSURERS and LAWYERS.

The injuries and illnesses affecting contact sports and others less confrontational, such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, cricket, etc. where a player

a) May or may not be hit by a hard ball on the head,

b) A clash of heads and neck, with an opposite or same team player

c) Be tackled by an opposite player (from hips down), or shoulder charged (neck and head)

d) Falling on a solid surface, a whiplash effect may cause damages also

I want to take this opportunity to share some of my views and thoughts that have been inside my head for a long time. Fifty years of experience with several different sports, and studies in different subjects such as psychology, strength conditioning, neurology, mental health management, team and individuals coaching, have come to roost.

Well before the announcement by the IRB (International Rugby Board), World Rugby of today! Who declared, “Rugby-is-no-longer-amateur’ back in 1995 RWC in South Africa. I will unapologetically indulge and expand on concepts and arguments that may be too foreign to a lot of people. Particularly those in World Rugby, who are devoid of common sense, and oblivious of especial nuances not apparent to the naked eye.

I will refer to some non-written ethical concepts and the morality of fair human beings may dictate ‘ways’ to handle things in life. In sports, we need a Fair Law which will enable two teams to go through 80 minutes of hard Yaka without killing each other, also regardless of nationalities or social upbringings, etc. We may call it an equal understanding by all those involved in the sport. These may be foreign concepts in the 21st century (since the 1995 RWC). Very often completely ignored by administrators, referees, and Lawmakers. Furthermore, today’s politicians when they play the-man-not-the-ball! – From the justice and the Law point of view when we look for ‘the motif’?
Your Honour, may I remind you, of the morphing process rugby union has been subjected to. In the last 50 years, this sport has been mutating from a wonderful sport played at weekends to the three-headed monster (The Game, to The Show, and The Business). Today, the order has been altered to the detriment of The Game. So ironic it is… when you win, the show wins, that is a good business for all. 


INTENT OF FAIR PLAY OR INTENT TO MAIM? 
The body of the tackler must aim to get horizontal in relation to the ground. This ‘intention’ / ‘attitude’, start in your head from the moment you ‘see’ the ball carrier. If this intention is not trained in the practice, it will never be corrected. Thus, the Aim and How a true tackle is made responds to the following technique: FROM THE BEGINNING, LEAD WITH BOTH ARMS TRYING TO EMBRACE THE BALL CARRIER AND CLOSE THE ARMS (Definitely not a shoulder charge or assault. If you aim to the hips with your shoulder, it is unnatural and very risky because you may miss the tackle and hit the ground (in this case, you will cushion your way to the ground by placing your hands first.

A FEW POINTS TO NOTE
Rugby was invented or created as a replacement for physical battle with no quarters, an extremely hard but fair contest, hence the regulations. No better reference than the well-known quotes from Baron Pierre de Coubertin, on fair play. The ball carrier and the defender must have a ‘fair’ chance to contest or defend possession (the ball), and position (territory) – Furthermore, the prospect of sustaining an injury must be for both sides. The Spirit of the game, the Law and the Gentlemen who agree to play to win, say so. Not playing to hurt or maim! – The 30 players have friends and families, for some is a way fair of sustaining their household. Others may become money-making millionaires. Ca C’est La Vie En Rose!


PRINCIPLES OF RUGBY The four principles of rugby were and still are:

1) Go Forward; 2) Support the ball carrier; 3) Continuity of movements, and 4) Pressure when in defence. 

In my not-so modest opinion, professional paid Rugby (since 1995)

has committed ‘fratricide’ towards CONTINUITY.

DEFENCE vs ATTACK

Rugby today has over the last 26 years developed a ‘conscious’ bias towards favouring attack” – Why is it so? – In my philosophical and aesthetic perception, defence and attack have similar mental, physical and emotional processes of adapting our actions and reactions to the existing Laws. The objective of rugby and any other competitive sport is TO WIN (you also are likely to make more money by winning). So, referees, coaches, administrators, spectators, and media should leave players alone to win by one single point (so be it!) regardless of How is done. Therefore, defence is 50% of the game! –

Attack without defence equals No Game – In Cricket, you have No ball – In Boxing, a match may be suspended due to lack of ‘combativity’! – If you have no fair play, you have no contest, we might as well toss a coin and go to the pub to celebrate…? Sadly, Rugby grassroots today have been submitted to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) of sports. It is well-documented that human greed, media power ($$) ambition all money-driven power (JV capitalists) are sucking the life out of the followers and supporting the public. Rugby is heading towards the New Roman Circus of the oval ball… So, I quip, does TV want a blood-less spectacle?


The mindset and sciences (psychology and biochemistry) of a ‘defender’ are… to go and recover possession and position immediately (this is what rugby is about). Yet, when favouring ‘attack’, the defender’s frustration sets in. Anxiety, distress, anger, desperation, gamesmanship, negativity, ill attitude start boiling inside the head and blood of the defenders. So, my question to the boffins and experts is: Why incite the defenders even more? By allowing one team to retain possession, ad nauseum (Rugby League is the worst of them all). All players are trained to be hungry for the ball and knock the ball carrier whichever way as if life depends on it, and sometimes even more… (??) Money is the worst influencer-motivator.


To complete my self-appointed auditor and cleaner upper campaigner… Time to ‘the referees’ now. At times referees really are… the proverbial meat in the sandwich. We need to simplify the game with a LESS rigmarole process and stoppages, and… MORE outcomes-driven approach. The referee must be a Judge, not a Policeman! – Enable well, whistle up, play on and…no talk, Stop lectures, demonstrations, and showmanship.


Thus, athletes and coaches must constantly be encouraged to work fairly and respectfully with or against the other ‘cogs’ of the game. Hence, sweat…and you will get your pound of flesh! – Sports on the field must be like a clockwork of Intra-related individuals. So, to the administrators of this wonderful game, a short meaningful message: There is no room in rugby for favouritism, Nepotism, or Aristocracy. Therefore, teach and coach ‘meritocracy’ (Nirvana)… Let players, coaches, and referees ‘The Enablers’, work hard and have a fair-go-Mate! 
Amen.  

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez
Impresario | Philanthropist

ISSF (iss-forum.net)