By MATT CLEARY
YOUND journalists fortunate enough to be mentored at the knee of the late, great editor of Inside Sport magazine, Greg Hunter, would often hear the missive: “Don’t pick at your own scabs”.
What he meant is that it’s not wise for journalists to bang on about journalism, because outside of those one percenters actually in the game, who gives a damn?
AS EVERY Speccie reader certainly will be aware and no doubt heartily applaud, the game of rugby league was born in the north of England as an assertive child of the working class. The northern clubs, determined to pay their players for missing a shift on Saturday in the mines or mills, broke with the London controllers of English rugby, who refused to tarnish the amateur status of the game.