Russell calls for NRL junior teams to switch to weight over age divisions – at Herald Sun with photo of Russell and Tennyson.
“The single greatest move that Rugby League needs to make right now is to switch all junior competitions to weight, not age,” he says in an exclusive column in The Saturday Telegraph.
At the moment children can be pitted against opponents the same age but up to 30kg heavier.
No 11-year-old should be swung through the air by a player twice his/her weight,” said Crowe. “It’s unsafe, and patently unfair.
“If Rugby League doesn’t do something quick to reassure parents that we put the welfare of the kids who want to play the game as our priority, then the greatest game of all will wither at its roots,” he said.