NRL CEO backs dash race in league gala

2021-05-14 05:32:47

The NRL’s nice dash race is again on the desk with CEO Andrew Abdo backing the idea as a part of an end-of-season expertise showdown.

The subject of a race-off between rugby league’s quickest males has lengthy been mentioned, with the closest factor being a cross-code mannequin in 2010.

The AFL has a dash race on grand last day made up of top-grade gamers, with Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield a three-time winner.

Debate over league’s quickest man stays ongoing, with information exhibiting that Melbourne’s Josh Addo-Carr has been the quickest man on discipline at any level this yr.

Manly flyer Jason Saab and Brisbane’s Xavier Coates are the subsequent finest, with the 2 a part of Magic Spherical’s opening evening on Friday.

However Abdo would like to see them battling off in a correct race, together with different expertise challenges throughout totally different league disciplines.

“I feel it is an ideal concept. I feel it is one thing followers would like to see, say who’s the quickest face to face sprinter within the NRL,” Abdo advised AAP.

“Who can kick the furthest? Who can soar the very best?

“We’ve got unimaginable athletes within the sport and for followers to see them duelling it out on their particular person strengths could be an superior factor for us to do.

“I might like to see it completed in rugby league.”

Nathan Cleary received a kicking contest at this yr’s NRL launch for hitting targets, however at one stage a battle for who might kick the furthest was mentioned.

Whereas this weekend’s Magic Spherical offers the perfect alternative for such competitions with all gamers collectively, Abdo stated the post-season could be probably.

“We have to consider accidents and occupied with ensuring no matter we can we do it from a participant welfare perspective,” Abdo stated.

“Possibly it will be one thing we do on the finish of the season. However I feel it will be an ideal initiative.”

The largest problem for any competitors would probably be golf equipment, who could be nervous over accidents to star gamers.

However there are gamers would assist it, with Saab eager to get the prospect to point out he’s in truth the quickest over 100 metres.

“I do know there’s all the time been speak about the necessity to have a 100 metre race within the low season, and I am all for that,” Saab stated.

“I do not know (if I might beat Addo-Carr). Fox is fast.

“On a observe, everyone seems to be totally different as a result of it is a totally different pace. There’s just one strategy to discover out.”

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