大衛-坎普斯。傳奇的瓦拉比隊側翼說橄欖球失去了娛樂價值

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大衛-坎普斯。傳奇的瓦拉比隊側翼說橄欖球失去了娛樂價值

澳大利亞橄欖球大師Dave Campese認為現代橄欖球比賽有很多問題需要解決--其中最主要的是缺乏娛樂價值。

"60歲的Campese告訴BBC Sport NI,"現在的比賽已經到了沒有真正娛樂性的階段。

"這些天來,踢箱子的數量是令人難以置信的。"

這位1991年世界盃冠軍對他的運動方式長期持有疑慮,今年早些時候,澳大利亞和全黑隊在墨爾本的比賽用了51分鐘才完成上半場。

"你有這麼多的停頓。新西蘭隊在比賽中拿了7分鐘的球。澳大利亞有6分鐘。這就是51分鐘中的13分鐘,球是在比賽中。

"這真的有娛樂性嗎?有很多問題"。

裁判員有太多的控制權

坎普斯認為,裁判員在一定程度上被 "荒謬的 "新法律所束縛,而教練員在他認為的橄欖球聯盟的倒退中扮演着關鍵角色。

"法律已經改變了比賽。裁判員已經得到了太多的控制。

"你有Cheslin Kolbe、Antoine Dupont、Finn Russell、新西蘭的Barrett兄弟、Willie le Roux,我仍然喜歡Danny Cipriani,儘管他現在有點老了.....,這些球員非常有創造力。

"我們需要這些人。我們需要這些球員來娛樂,但不幸的是,教練們是把比賽變成這樣的人,因為對他們來說,這是一份工作。他們想贏。他們並不關心如何獲勝。

"有人告訴我,小袋鼠隊現在的比賽計劃是贏得踢球比賽,因為統計數據顯示,你踢得越多,你贏得越多。這不是橄欖球"。

坎普斯,儘管堅持認為他 "很想 "在國家隊中擔任一個角色,但他自己的教練如今僅限於在悉尼附近的紐卡斯爾執教孩子,他認為對比賽規則的不斷修補也使這項運動受到損害。

"我們的比賽中有橄欖球聯盟的規則。門線落球。這很荒唐。我們有50-22規則,這是荒謬的。

"為什麼我們確實要去找另一項運動來給我們的運動帶來。我們是非常獨特的。所有的尺寸都可以玩我們的遊戲,但我們卻讓人到處去試圖改變我們的遊戲.....,我不明白這一點。"

驕傲的澳大利亞人Campese特別關注的是,他說現在橄欖球聯盟在國內的曝光率越來越低,儘管他的父親是意大利人,母親是愛爾蘭人,但他堅持認為自己絕不會考慮代表任何其他國家隊。

"我們在免費電視上看到了橄欖球聯盟和澳式橄欖球規則。橄欖球是付費觀看的,.....,孩子們不看,他們不知道球員是誰。我只是認為這是一種恥辱。他們知道所有關於其他運動的情況。

"我們正在慢慢地,慢慢地變得更小,因為我們只是沒有娛樂性,如果我們在澳大利亞沒有娛樂性,我們就會受到影響。"

儘管他對現代比賽感到擔憂,但坎普斯的愛爾蘭之行給他帶來了美好的回憶,1984年他第一次來到翡翠島,當時小袋鼠隊在老蘭斯多恩路(Lansdowne Road)取得了16-9的勝利,這是著名的大滿貫戰勝四個國家的比賽的一部分。

四天後,澳大利亞的周中隊在拉文希爾以15-13擊敗了阿爾斯特隊。本周,當坎普斯回憶起在小袋鼠隊的大巴上穿越愛爾蘭邊境前往北方時,他笑了起來。

"路上有一輛警車擋住了巴士。所以我想'這將會很有趣'。

"於是這個人上了車,他拿着一把槍和一個橄欖球,他說:'馬克-埃拉在嗎?你能為我的球簽名嗎?

"我一直很喜歡來這裡。我認為我在歐洲打出了我最好的橄欖球,因為這裡從來沒有任何壓力。"

七年後,坎普斯在蘭斯多恩路對陣愛爾蘭的世界盃四分之一決賽中發揮了戲劇性的作用,戈登-漢密爾頓的嘗試使東道主領先,而邁克爾-林納最後的觸地得分則為小袋鼠隊贏得了勝利,後者在特威克納姆的決賽中擊敗了英格蘭。

"我從未輸給過愛爾蘭。不幸的是,不像現在的人那樣,"坎佩斯補充說。

"回憶是偉大的,因為這是你在場外也能記住的事情。

"世界盃是驚人的。我們在都柏林呆了兩個星期,那裡的氣氛,那裡的人,顯然我打出了我最好的橄欖球,因為我們喜歡在這裡。"


Australian rugby great Dave Campese believes the modern game has a lot of problems to address - chief among them the lack of entertainment value.

"The game is getting to the stage now where it isn't really entertaining," Campese, 60, told BBC Sport NI.

"The amount of box kicking these days is unbelievable."

The 1991 World Cup winner's long-held misgivings about the way his sport is going were only increased earlier this year by the 51 minutes that it took to complete the first half of the contest between Australia and the All Blacks in Melbourne.

"You've got so many stoppages. New Zealand had the ball for seven minutes in play. Australia for six. That's 13 minutes of 51 that the ball is in play.

"Is it really entertaining? There are a lot of problems."

'Referees have too much control'

Campese believes referees, in part hamstrung by "ridiculous" new laws, and coaches are playing key roles in what he perceives as rugby union's regression.

"The laws have changed the game. The referees have got too much control.

"You've got Cheslin Kolbe, Antoine Dupont, Finn Russell, the Barrett brothers from New Zealand, Willie le Roux and I still like Danny Cipriani though he's getting a bit older now.....players who are very creative.

"Those guys we need. We need those players to entertain but unfortunately the coaches are the ones who put the game the way it is because for them, it's a job. They want to win. They don't care how they win.

"I've been told that the Wallabies' game plan now is to win the kicking competition because the statistics show, the more you kick, the more you win. That's not rugby."

Campese, whose own coaching these days is confined to coaching kids in Newcastle near Sydney despite insisting that he "would love" to take on a role with the national team, believes constant tinkering with the game's laws has also blighted the sport.

"We've got Rugby League rules in our game. The goal-line drop out. That's ridiculous. We've got the 50-22 rule which is ridiculous.

"Why we do have to go to another sport to bring to our sport. We are very unique. All sizes can play our game and yet we've got people going around trying to change our game…..I don't understand that."

Of particular concern to proud Australian Campese, who despite having an Italian father and an Irish mother insists he would never have considered representing any other national team, is what he says is the diminishing exposure rugby union now gets Down Under.

"We've got Rugby League and Aussie Rules on free to air TV. Rugby is pay to view…..kids don't watch and they don't know who the players are. I just think that's a shame. They know all about the other sports.

"And we are slowly, slowly becoming smaller [also] because we are just not entertaining and if we're not entertaining in Australia, we're up against it."

Despite his concerns about the modern day game, Campese's trip back to Ireland has brought fond memories of his first time in the Emerald Isle in 1984, when the Wallabies clinched a 16-9 triumph at the old Lansdowne Road, as part of the famous grand slam of victories over the four home nations.

Four days later, Australia's midweek team were defeated 15-13 by Ulster at Ravenhill and Campese laughed this week as he recalled crossing the Irish border on the Wallabies' team bus as it headed north.

"There was a police vehicle on the road blocking the bus. So I thought 'this is going to be interesting'.

"So this guy gets on the bus and he's got a gun and a rugby ball and he says: 'Is Mark Ella here? Can you sign my ball for me?'

"I've always enjoyed coming here. I think I played my best rugby in Europe because there's never any pressure."

Seven years later, Campese played in a dramatic World Cup quarter-final against Ireland at Lansdowne Road as Gordon Hamilton's try put the hosts ahead before Michael Lynagh's last-gasp touchdown sealed victory for the Wallabies, who went on to defeat England in the final at Twickenham.

"I never lost to Ireland. Not like the current guys unfortunately," adds Campese.

"The memories are great because it's the things that you remember off the field as well.

"The World Cup was amazing. We were in Dublin for two weeks and the atmosphere, the people and obviously I played my best rugby because we enjoyed being here."

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