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Re: Squad numbers Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:55 pm  
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Correct, there's also a sort of numbering system in the nba, not so much thats position related , but certain shirt numbers are permitted so the refs can hand gesture them to the scoring table
Re: Squad numbers Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:31 pm  

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Anyway, it's more of a minor annoyance and a talking point.

I would say the same about football too, although the numbering system broke down way before the introduction of squad numbers in 92(ish?) because formations and positioning are much more fluid.

For the sake of argument, I would also prefer teams to stick to their proper colours (i.e. Warrington in primrose and blue should only really wear an away kit at Leeds and sometimes Castleford and Catalans if they have shirts with lots of yellow on) but I realise that that doesn't sell shirts, as fewer people buy a shirt that might only be worn twice.

And then there was the Challenge Cup final debacle against Leeds where the referee should have made someone change to a different kit to avoid a clash, but no-one did :SHOOT: Bizarre.
Re: Squad numbers Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:34 am  
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That was Leeds fault for having an away kit that was also yellow and blue
Re: Squad numbers Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:39 am  

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Fantastic Mr Catpiss wrote:
That was Leeds fault for having an away kit that was also yellow and blue


Yes, so I believe. So no.1 it was Leeds being daft, but...

I don't know the exact rugby league rulebook on this, but I would expect it is the same as the football one.

If Sheffield Wednesday (blue and white stripes) for example are at home to Everton (who that season have a blue home kit and a white away kit), the referee can make the home team change if distinguishing players is likely to be a problem for him and spectators. Surely RL is the same?
Re: Squad numbers Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:37 am  
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davids wrote:

If Sheffield Wednesday (blue and white stripes) for example are at home to Everton (who that season have a blue home kit and a white away kit), the referee can make the home team change if distinguishing players is likely to be a problem for him and spectators. Surely RL is the same?


That works for a regular game, because in theory the home side would have easy access to an alternative kit. It may have been that in the CC final neither side had an alternative kit?

With Leeds vs. Wire it should have been picked up before hand though.
Re: Squad numbers Sun Jan 10, 2021 9:59 am  
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That works for a regular game, because in theory the home side would have easy access to an alternative kit. It may have been that in the CC final neither side had an alternative kit?

With Leeds vs. Wire it should have been picked up before hand though.


It was picked up in advance the problem was we won the right to wear our home colours, so it was on Leeds who had stupidly that year decided to do an away shirt in their home colours, and not consider a guaranteed clash with an opponent that year.

Chances are we were asked to play in our red and green away shirt and we probably told them to get stuffed, its a final, dont willingly back down on anything in a final.
Re: Squad numbers Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:34 am  

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They should ditch squad numbers and just go with shirt numbers based on the game day selection as they do in the NRL.
Re: Squad numbers Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:01 am  

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I’m pretty sure it went before the bbc who had no objections to the kit colours.
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Re: Squad numbers Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:54 am  
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rubber duckie wrote:
I’m pretty sure it went before the bbc who had no objections to the kit colours.


Going off the BBC's coverage of RL I'm surprised that the producers were even aware that there were two teams involved. They seem to spend more time showing the faces of the coaches than they do the play.
Re: Squad numbers Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:58 am  

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rubber duckie wrote:
I’m pretty sure it went before the bbc who had no objections to the kit colours.


An example of poor decision making by the BBC then.

But I'm not sure why it would be referred to them anyway? It is the match officials' remit and responsibility. If it was referred to the BBC then that is the match officials evading a decision. If it was requested that Wire change and we refused, that is also the match officials evading a decision.

I watched that game with a bunch of non-RL fans (I was working abroad, couldn't attend) and personally thought it was a poor advert for the game and they found it difficult to pick out once side from another at times. I would have been perfectly happy if the match officials had ordered us to wear red and green.
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