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Ken Catchpole R.I.P

Postby artaneboy » December 22nd, 2017, 10:05 am

One of the true legends of the game and probably the best all-round scrum halves has passed away at 78. Even old grainy TV footage can’t disguise his greatness. He’d have taken to the professional game like a duck to water. RIP
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Re: Ken Catchpole R.I.P

Postby johng » December 22nd, 2017, 11:56 am

Ain't that the guy who's career was ended by colin meads?
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Re: Ken Catchpole R.I.P

Postby artaneboy » December 22nd, 2017, 12:46 pm

That’s the lad. A lot of bitterness across the Tasman still on that.


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Re: Ken Catchpole R.I.P

Postby Ruckedtobits » December 22nd, 2017, 11:41 pm

The original TV scrum-half pin-up. There was nobody with a smoother, quicker or longer pass in the '60's and early '70's. He gave out-halves all over the world the excuse that they "weren't playing outside Catchpole". And because we had seen it on TV or in a Newsreel, we knew it was a reasonable answer.
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Re: Ken Catchpole R.I.P

Postby johng » December 23rd, 2017, 1:13 pm

Before my time. Finished playing in 1968.The way I heard it Meads deliberately twisted his leg when he was trapped under a ruck. Finished his career.
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Re: Ken Catchpole R.I.P

Postby artaneboy » December 23rd, 2017, 6:37 pm

Catchpole was the purists SH.

Mead’s was a nasty piece of work- if a great player. I’d say he wasn’t too bothered, at best, on who he hurt.


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Re: Ken Catchpole R.I.P

Postby JohnB » January 26th, 2018, 2:55 pm

Despite the adulation afforded to Colin Meads in NZ he was a thug as were many of his contemporaries, such was the ambience of rugby at the time.
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