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Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday Funnies - League ref takes a tumble, twice.

Growing up, most of us are used to having referees as these old, grey haired guys who puff and pant all around the park. It's rapidly changing though, as more and more young refs are coming in and making it to the highest level of rugby out there.

As rugby speeds up, so do the refs, as they need to be fit, agile, and by the looks of this clip - able to take a knock or two!

We've had a few ref clips here on RD, most of which show the ref tripping like an idiot or getting sandwiched and injured for getting too close to the action.

League referee Gavin Badger looks to be in the new breed of ref though. Young, in shape, and pretty supple by the look of it, Badger took two big knocks recently, but managed to roll back onto his feet with no problem at all.

It's a pretty rare sight, but just goes to show that you can 'accidentally' knock into some refs as hard as you like, but there's a few out there that are better equipped to deal with it than you'd think.

Have a good weekend all.



  • ha ha unlucky mate

    By Anonymous mitch, at August 29, 2008 1:01 pm  

  • That's pretty funny. Good to see some characters around like that.

    Rugby union needs a Billy Bowden... somehow. lol

    By Anonymous Shaft, at August 29, 2008 1:03 pm  

  • "... a little bit more smaller ..."

    good grammer mate lol!

    By Anonymous Dr Ben, at August 30, 2008 12:57 am  

  • anonymous: brilliantly spotted, RD mentions twice that it's a league ref, in fact the headline says so! I've no idea what the second part of your 'sentence' has to do with the first part or anything else in this item. Great post.

    By Anonymous breakaway, at August 30, 2008 4:16 am  

  • my take would be that he assumed it's from the english super league.

    By Anonymous jeroz, at August 30, 2008 7:06 am  

  • To annonymous: yes use rugbyzone, but you can forget it if you live in the UK,New Zealand or Australia. Great idea guys come up with a great rugby site, and make it unavailable to most of the countries that would actually beneifit from it ! Anyone know why, is it to do with licensing or something? your views please.

    By Anonymous Rugbyblogger, at August 30, 2008 2:03 pm  

  • Rugbyblogger - you've answered your own question there mate. Of course it's to do with rights. They're simply making rugby available to those that don't have it available in their countries.

    By Anonymous Benson, at August 30, 2008 8:37 pm  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2008 1:38 am  

  • The no name tough guys that post here must be so hard and scary.
    BTW that's "you're a faggot" not "your a faggot".

    By Anonymous breakaway, at August 31, 2008 2:53 am  

  • Most refs would be broken after getting bumped into like that. Pretty cool to see him handle it so well.

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at August 31, 2008 11:33 am  

  • you can see him enyoing the game like a little boy, that is why he is in the thick of it! absolute class

    By Blogger sebastian, at September 01, 2008 10:30 am  

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