Jim Lenehan (48)
It was in an article somewhere, but it was described as Athletes vs football players.
Good rugby players are the balance of both, and all teams need a balance between those types. Far too often in Australian rugby in recent years we have gone for athletic players over footballs players, it starts in juniors and flows through rep-teams etc selecting young players because they’re big and strong. physical attributes only get you so far, but if you can’t catch and pass effectively then all the height and weight means sweet f-all.
Interestingly enough, I saw a byline that the Kiwis are now shifting to a weight based school grading system. Hopefully we'll do something similar as what you described just produces lazy athlete's as they grew up just being able to steam roll others. So they were never incentivized to develop their skills.