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Is every rugby representative selection bias? by David Clarke
December 10, 2008, 3:18 pm
Filed under: Dan Cottrell

I have often writing about being fair minded and balanced in the face of seemingly adverse conditions. I spoke to Jim Love today for some articles in future issues of Rugby Coach newsletter. He said he always looks to himself first. “What can I do differently” should be your first question.

However I must say I was a little frustrated to find that of the 60 boys selected from five regions for the U16 Welsh squad, only 5 came from the Osprey region. Ok, we were not the best side but we were only outplayed twice out of the nine matches so far and won nearly half of our games.
What I think made me most annoyed was last night we played a team with 16 boys in the squad. This was a team we had beaten comfortably earlier in the season and last night we lost to 16-7. It doesn’t seem quite right.

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Dan, you are right to be suspicious or quuizzical about regional selections, especially where selectors refuse to explain themselves at all. Rejection of players without even the courtesy of being told , still less the decision explained , is rife in the Midlands of England, and does nothing for player development .

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