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Shoulder Pads

siv

First Grade
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With so many players mainly the forwards strapping padding to the shoulders or upper body

Should some players consider wearing shoulder pads again ?
 

Zadar

Juniors
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I wore shoulder pads as a kid playing league, but only because it made you look bigger, and it was a bit of a fad, you wanted to look like an 80s player.

not sure if the serve much purpose, and they weren’t very comfortable
 

DeeJ

Bench
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I was thinking about them the other day. It could potentially prevent some bruising but I'm not sure of any other advantages.

I always thought someone like Keary could use them, because he is so slight.
 

oinkoink

Juniors
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it's weird who no one wears them any more.
Even the hi tech light weight ones

Same with mouth guards - plenty don't have those either
 

soc123_au

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I wore shoulder pads as a kid playing league, but only because it made you look bigger, and it was a bit of a fad, you wanted to look like an 80s player.

not sure if the serve much purpose, and they weren’t very comfortable

Yep, the bigger the better. I think their best attribute was psychological. It's well known that going into a tackle committed is less likely to result in getting hurt than being tentative. The shoulder pads gave you the confidence to go in hard, especially as a smaller kid.

That & I liked looking in the mirror with the pads & jersey on. Ha ha.
 

gunpk

Juniors
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401
I remember wearing the older style ones when I first started playing because mum made me and I also wanted to look like beaver. They were so uncomfortable. I couldn't even raise my arms up properly.
The newer lighter ones that come in the shirt style were better but still uncomfortable
 

Zadar

Juniors
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it's weird who no one wears them any more.
Even the hi tech light weight ones

Same with mouth guards - plenty don't have those either

really?I just assumed they all wear mouth guards, maybe I just asses it on watching the roosters, because teddy’s mouthgaurd is a wide as the Sydney heads, and young flanno always puts his in his sock when kicking for goals.
 

big hit!

Bench
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didn't Canterbury wear the american football style fibre glass ones back in the 80s? No wonder David Gillespie was Cement
 

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