Letter: Boot bores

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Sir: Now that the World Rugby Cup has ground to a stultifying conclusion the overall statistics speak for themselves. The top 16 scorers in the entire championship included 15 kickers and Jonah Lomu.

The rugby authorities seem to have no wish to change a thing, beset by a smug certainty that the game is perfect as it is, or a pained inability to imagine how to make it better.

Rugby has become hamstrung with rules, petty judgments and cheating, with the honours going to the teams who can sucker the opposition into making mistakes and then employ their resident boot nerd to capitalise on the error. Can somebody - please - suggest a release from this grim strangle-hold?

JOHN CAIRD,

Highgate, London

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