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James Oddy Column - 19th December 2011
Posted by southstander on December 19 2011 - 08:55:21

Local Hero
by James Oddy

We've got a new columnist who will be contributing on an occasional basis with his thoughts about our great game.

This week James argues the case for us to have confidence in our sport, and focus on its strengths.

Be gentle with him!

Read more here....

All views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the site.

Rugby League likes to view itself, for better or worse, as an innovator in British sport. Play offs, video refs, club calls, and magic weekends are all our sports inventions. The RFL seems to be on a constant quest to add to the sport, presumably with the joint aims of creating more media coverage and earning more money.

But the RFL, and indeed the Rugby League community should perhaps should examine their lot and while not be completely content with it, appreciate it for what it is. Players and fans often bemoan the lack of profile the sport gets. But for me, Rugby Leagues appeal, even at the very top level, is the level headiness of everyone involved in the game from an England captain to top administrators and journalists. The relative poverty of the sport when compared to the likes of soccer keeps a sense of togetherness and community within the game, which other sports must envy.

Surely Leeds fans enjoyed the clubs historic recent success because the lads on the field, while well paid, were still in touch with their local roots enough to understand what their achievements meant to the supporters in the stands? I`m not making an argument for stagnation, but maybe the game could benefit from shaking off the seemingly inbuilt inferiority complex regarding how good our ?product? is, and focus on its' unique historic attributes rather than constantly trying to trying to invent a new gimmick.

James Oddy.

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