Minutes of the Meeting of the PFU, held on April 3rd 2005|
Leeds youngster Dave Tootill has been noticed to be sporting a pair of silver and gold boots in recent weeks. Mr Tootill requested a personal hearing and explained that he was swayed by the actions of senior pros in the Australian game, citing Messrs Webcke, Civoniceva and Rauhihi. This goes to show that the actions of the experienced prop forward does have an influence on the younger generation. Mr Tootill swore under oath that he'd sport a more traditional black pair of boots next week and was therefore let off with a caution.
The continued presence of Ben Westwood as a front rower was discussed and the Warrington have filed the necessary paperwork to the union in order to register him as they plan to continue the experiment.
The Leeds club have received a warning for the unregistered use of Jamie Jones-Buchanan in the front row in their cup tie against Warrington.
This practice is becoming more and more widespread and the union seeks to protect it's members interests. Accusations of protectionism will be refuted without question. The union would not be doing it's job were it to allow non-union members to infringe on it's territory.
Mr Vagana of the Bradford chapter had not one, but two attempted shots at goal in the cup game against Featherstone. To compound this, one of them was successful. Fined one years subs and banned for two months.
[Our man writes: This sparked angry scenes as a small group stormed the platform. Carrying banners that read 'Prop forwards moving forwards' and similar slogans, a spokesperson grabbed the microphone and gave the following speech.]
'A group of members have become dissatisfied with the running of the union and demand modernisation. People should have the right to wear what they want on their feet. We should be encouraging non-union members to try their hand in the front row. Be all-embracing or the trade will wither and die. With official approaches to the chair having been turned down, we find no alternative other than to break away from the union and form a new organisation, to be known as the Democratic Alliance of Props (DAPr). We no longer wish to be associated with the old guard, stick-in-the-mud, unwavering PFU. If anyone wishes to join this velvet revolution, see Dave out in the car park.'
[Our man writes: As you can imagine, this caused quite a furore. The older members were naturally apopleptic, while the younger brigade seemed open to new ideas. This is one that could run and run as people either sign up to the new upstart DAPr or remain loyal to the PFU. Room for compromise seems limited. The Super League war has nothing on this. This will either kill propping as a profession or see it finally dragged into the 21st century. One thing is for sure - prop forwardism will never be the same again]
On that bombshell, our communiquÃ© ends. Our man has gone to ground while the dust settles as his cover could be blown at any minute. We will bring you more as we receive it.