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Video: Giant under-nine player dominates play at rugby tournament

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Parents of youngsters who play rugby league at the under-nine age category have this week been left somewhat bemused by the performance of a significantly well developed young man making a mockery of his opponents in a kids under-nine rugby league grand final in Australia.

An article posted by the Daily Mail displays a video of the extraordinary, well built, nine-year-old in action.

It shows the boy picking up the ball and ploughing through anyone unfortunate enough to be stood in his path, before taking the ball over the try line and casually placing it on the ground in between the posts.


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Another clip shows him surging forward with the ball, literally just palming off tackle after tackle - each opposing team member totally hopeless in their efforts to bring the boy to a halt - before barging his way through another pile of bodies and diving with the ball over the try line.

The final clip of note is the perfect way to summarise the points being made by the parents of the other kids.

It shows a passage of play where almost half of the opposition team are physically clinging to the boy, trying with all of their might to bring him to the ground.

Even with a multitude of the opposition's team members hanging from his every limb, the giant nine-year-old just keeps on going, eventually managing to shake them all loose, to then go on and score yet another try.

Instances like this one give light to the possible need for a weight category to be added to the division process, along with age.

It is clear to see from this video that the boy in question has a significant advantage over the other kids, who are quite literally unable to compete against him.

You can watch the full video below.

Since going viral, the video has sparked off some quite serious debates among parents of kids who compete in the sport.

One man said: "This is just stupid, this is why there should be weight classes for the little kids. It's ridiculous the size difference."

A second man added: "It's not doing the smaller kids any good and not doing his teammates any good either."

"These kids aren't learning anything but to pass to the big kid. The big kid who has no equal," added another.

While another man argued: "We move smart kids up with other smart kids, this kid is ahead in his development so he should play with older kids. This video doesn't impress me he's a man amongst boys."

Although it may be fun for the neutral to watch a big kid 'steamroll' his way through the rest of the field - who watch on helplessly - and score try after try, it is not so much for the children who have to compete.

For this reason it is plain to see that there needs to be changes in the current regulations, to make the sport a fairer game for all.

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Jonny Wilkinson
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