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Monday, April 9, 2007

David, Meet Goliath.

When we picture an Australian rugby player, I kind of assume he looks something like this. So when he suffers a season-ending injury, I expect something colossal; like in the case of “hulking South Sidney Rabbitohs forward David Kidwell.”

Kidwell has played rugby for 10 years and is even considered one of the toughest forwards in Australia’s National Rugby League. And at 29-years-old Kidwell suffered his first knee injury by possibly tearing ligaments when he fell awkwardly to avoid crushing his two-year-old daughter during a game at an Easter barbecue.

“Playing 10 years of first grade and no knee problems and something like this happens at home,” said Kidwell. “That’s definitely my season. I’m pretty shattered.” But, thank goodness, his little girl isn’t.


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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

David Kidwell plays league, not rugby. Being American, I'm fairly certain you'll fail to recognise the difference between the sports and your article will remain the same.

Anonymous said...

Another slight correction. He's not Australian.

This Suit Is Not Black said...

Thanks, anonymous, for not explaining the difference between league and rugby. Being an elitist is fulfilling, isn't it? I certainly think so!

Anonymous said...

Agreed.
Where to start? They're completely different sports.

- The games originally split over 100 years ago over pay (league was professional, whereas rugby was amateur up until 1996) and has evolved since then

- rugby is 15-a-side, league is 13-a-side

- Biggest difference is at the tackle. League is more like football in that the attacking team must stop to play the ball after the tackle. Rugby players must release the ball when tackled to the ground or be penalized.

- In rugby the attacking team has no limit on possession; following tackles the ball is deemed to be 'up for grabs' by both teams. In league teams must hand over possession on the 6th tackle.

There's about a hundred differences, but these are the main ones that affect the way the games are played. There's plenty more information out there, you might want to start with wikipedia.

David Kidwell is not Australian, he's a New Zealander, here's a picture of him in his Kiwis strip
http://www.souths.com.au/images/thumbnails/80_1562_0.jpg

I'll remain anonymous because I don't have an account.

This Suit Is Not Black said...

Crisis. Averted.

notthequarterback said...

And seriously, the dude didn't trip, it was more of a stumble.

And the girl wasn't actually his daughter, he was just babysitting his neighbor's kid.

And he didn't really tear any knee ligaments, he simply sprained them.

Other than that, your story is shipshape.

Fuckin' jagoff Brits/Aussies/whatever the fucks...

Anonymous said...

Good to see accuracy and facts aren't valued here.

notthequarterback said...

hey douchefucker -

first of all, get a handle because "anonymous" criticism is really lame.

secondly, just because we don't follow your sport so religiously as to understand the ins and outs of designations and general nomenclature doesn't mean we aren't serious about the facts. I'm certain that any Brits who might be reading can think of times their local media are a bit gratuitous with the reporting of "facts," no?

douchefucker said...

just because we don't follow your sport so religiously as to understand the ins and outs of designations and general nomenclature doesn't mean we aren't serious about the facts
Then how about correcting the article?
You still have him playing the wrong sport and refer to him as Australian.

This Suit Is Not Black said...

A few reasons, really:

a.)He plays for the Australian National Rugby League. If it’s not rugby, Australia should consider calling it the Australian National League League.

b.)I never said his nationality was Australian…I said he was an Australian rugby player (see above for why I said rugby). Tony Parker is French, yet I would still call him an NBA player. It was a reference to where he plays, not who he is.

c.)All 3 of my readers (my mother makes 4) are concerned with the irony of the story, not the difference between league and rugby. If I had said “an Australian league player,” most people would be inclined to ask “what league?” And frankly, you’ve explained it so I don’t have to.

d.)Never once have I claimed this site to have journalistic integrity, that was your own assumption.

Rugby League Betting said...

Rugby League and Rugby UNION have different rules but they are essentially the same game! Many sports have regional rules when they are in the early days and if a set of rules gets popular enough it get deemed as a different sport but it actually isnt!