Speaking on the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast, Harlequins legends Danny Care and Ugo Monye have warned that rugby could be set for some changes when the game resumes.
Harlequins and England man Care said: “Every player is going to be different, none more so than props who haven’t scrummaged for five to six weeks.
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“Your body will change and I think it will take a fair while for them to get used to scrummaging against people again.
They’re going to have to build up their neck muscles, core, ankles and the calves.”
Monye went a step further, suggesting uncontested scrums in the early rounds of fixtures in order for players to get back up to speed.
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“It’s summer rugby, let’s see the ball in play, let’s see some backs moves on brilliant hard surfaces and we can chuck the ball around,” said Monye.
“Uncontested scrums will allow forwards to spend a little bit more time in training to get the detail, to get their bodies up to speed technically as well as physically without rushing them.”
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Here are THE WORST ever buys by current Gallagher Premiership clubs. Just don’t think about how much they cost…
Bath Rugby: Sam Burgess
What a corker to start off with. The rugby league superstar was signed for Bath Rugby on huge money, joining in October 2014.
His inclusion and performances at the Rugby World Cup were widely scrutinized, and seen by some pundits as partly to blame for England’s “humiliating” early pool stage exit from the tournament—the worst result for a host nation in the tournament’s history.
And following the disastrous campaign, Burgess quit rugby union after just 12 months, opting to return to South Sydney Rabbitohs, signing a three-year contract.
An absolute flop.
Bristol Bears: Tyrese Johnson-Fisher – Bristol Bears
More disappointing than bad.
The speedster, who went viral as a youngster for his four tries at Twickenham in the NatWest Schools Cup, joined Bristol last summer but left the Premiership side with immediate effect in February.
He’s since revealed he’s taken the decision to pursue other opportunities outside of professional rugby.
Exeter Chiefs: Nemani Nadolo
Signed for the club 11th Jan 2011 but was registered under his Aussie passport and therefore cost the club 2 points and £5000 for fielding too many overseas players.
He was then convicted of drink driving, banned from the road for 18 months, and released by the club in May 2011.
He failed to score a single try in his four appearances for the Chiefs. His career has done nothing but rise ever since so that’s nice.