Sunday, May 31, 2020


There was live rugby, from Australia's National Rugby League, on the television when I switched it on yesterday morning.

I'm not interested in the sport, but I was intrigued to see how the league was operating in the midst of the pandemic.

A few days ago, I was listening to the radio and heard that rugby officials here in Britain were discussing plans to change some of the rules of the sport following the outbreak. One of the reported adjustments was to limit the number of scrums in a game, which - to me - seems quite silly. 

If they're concerned about scrums, wouldn't ONE of them be a risk to the players' health?

Anyway, back to what I saw in the brief viewing of yesterday's game.

I noticed that they were playing in an empty stadium. However, some seats were filled. Not by regular patrons, though. 

NRL Crowd

As you can see, the stadium had at least one section filled with stand-in fans. 

It looks to me like they've had fans send in their pictures and the league - or television company - created cardboard cut-outs.

It wasn't just humans that made the (cardboard) cut. A couple of dogs were also sitting in the seats. One of them appropriately a fan of the bulldogs!

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