Legendary coach, Duncan Thompson begged rugby league authorities not to introduce a six tackle rule, claiming it could set the game back years.
Thompson was a great supporter of the four tackle rule, an English initiative introduced in 1967, replacing the old unlimited tackle rule.
“The four tackle rule brought variety back into the game, and surely that is what we want, rather than those unsightly series of rucks with only the forwards handling the ball,” he said.
“Last weekend I watched a TV replay of the 1966 Third Test between Australia and Great Britain at the SCG.
“Don’t ever let us get back to that style of play. You know, I counted 38 consecutive play-the-balls by one side and the ball never passed the halfback. There were series of 19, 23 and 17 rucks by one team.
“It was heart breaking to see the backs lined out and starved for the ball while the forwards butted, barged and slammed each other, while hogging possession.”
Thompson, who played seven Tests for Australia between 1919 and 1924, spoke his mind from his bed at Brisbane’s Holy Spirit Hospital following knee surgery.
The Courier-Mail’s Jack Reardon did the interview and and also reported that Thompson was thrilled with the appointment of former international, Don Furner as coach of Easts in Sydney.
Furner played under Thompson in Toowoomba in the 1950s, and made a trip to the Downs capital late in 1969 to discuss coaching with his former mentor.
In Brisbane club news, state five eighth, Johnny White switched from the Ipswich League to play for Wests.
White had trained with Redcliffe and discussed contract terms, but chose Wests after conferring with close friend, Wests international forward, Ian Robson.