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NSWRU look at new lean and mean league

By Adrian Warren 03/12/2004 07:11:46 PM Comments (0)

Big beefy props beware - the NSW Rugby Union is planning to establish a competition for players under 85 kilos.

NSW Rugby Union Chief Executive Fraser Neill revealed he held discussions on Thursday night with around half a dozen Premiership and suburban clubs about the formation of an under 85 kilo competition for next season.

Neill said he had already been approached by the Auckland Rugby Union about fielding an NSW under 85 kilo team against that province.

He added there was also a suggestion a world championship around that weight limit could be organised in Thailand next year to coincide with the 80th birthday of that nation's king.

Neill said the concept could attract additional players, who drifted away from the game because they hadn't had the time to build themselves up to be big enough to participate in the established competitions.

"The incentive is not to take players out of anything, it's to attract new players who may have left the code because of potential size issues," Neill said.

He said a weight related competition would be made up of 15-a-side teams and the only major difference to conventional rugby being the limited power of scrums comprising lighter players.

"You wouldn't have guys who are technically proficient (in the scrums), but what you get is really fast running rugby," Neill said.

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