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.


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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