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James Hooper On Hip Drops

‘Jiu-Jitsu Training’: James Hooper’s Theory Behind NRL’s Controversial Hip Drop Saga

Leading NRL journalist James Hooper has raised the theory that wrestling and jiu-jitsu training could be the key reason behind the competition’s controversial hip drop saga.

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The NRL’s crackdown on hip drops this season has divided fans and players.

Several controversial moments marred Brisbane’s 26-16 win over the Eels on Friday night, with Broncos pair Payne Haas and Ezra Mam, along with Eels utility J’maine Hopgood, all hit with charges for hip-drop tackles on the night.

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“Are we all in agreeance that this is a by-product of all the jiu-jitsu training that’s been implemented into rugby league on a military level scale for the last 10-15 years?” he said on Triple M’s Sunday Sin Bin.

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