By STEVE MASCORD
IN the shadows of the 125th anniversary of rugby’s Great Schism, former NRL CEO David Moffett is inventing a new code.
Moffett has spent the last month during the media rounds for his invention, a simplified game named Rugby Rules, which he is planning to launch worldwide.
“It’s a variation of rugby union but it’s it’s a much simpler game to understand,” Moffett, 71, said.
“It’s safer to play. I’m very critical of the way rugby’s going.
“What I’ve tried to set out to do is write a set of rules which simplifies the game for everybody: coach, player, referee, but most importantly, spectators.
“One of the big big issues with rugby is it’s become quite a dangerous sport … they have all these players being taken out on the fringes of rucks and malls, injured badly.
“Brodie Retallic, a great All Black, knocked out of the game for three months. The issue is not so much what’s happening to those players now. It’s how they’re going to 20 years’ time, as we’re seeing in American sport.
“In rugby now there’s an unacceptable number of concussions, I think. I know they’re trying to address it, but unless they change the laws, um, it’s going to be difficult.”
Moffett’s rules have not yet been made public but he says he hopes to launch the new game in schools.
“Writing the 10 rules and six regulations has been simple, really, by comparison with the next steps.,” he explained.
“We will get the game played and then we’ll have some footage of it.
“It’s a game that can be played by people from eight to 80.
“We’re already seeing that we’ve got a lot of people that are going to be working as advocates and ambassadors and people that are going to be, you know, just talking about the benefits of this game.
“I think the way to start this is most likely within the school system, within the juniors in the club system. Because you can get hold of players there that haven’t actually learned all the wrong things and and then build it from there.
“We’ve given ourselves some six months targets, 12-months targets, year targets and we’ll see how we have we progressed. “