In 1954, the world of rugby league was very different to today.
There was unlimited tackles (meaning you would only get the ball if the opposition team lost possession). The defence only had to retreat five metres (compared to 2017 where it is ten metres) and referees were generally more lenient towards players and their actions. In fact brawls had become a inconsistent part of rugby league in the 1950’s although none could match what would happen in the post season tour match between Great Britain and New South Wales. Continue reading