Title text: Gorilla, yes. Adorable golden retriever, yes. But it says nothing about meerkats.
The situation is a reference to the animal athlete loophole trope, where an animal joins an underdog (no pun intended) sports team and saves the day. The other team, which is previously dominant, and usually has an entitled and/or bullying attitude, does not like it, but since there is not a specific rule against it, it has to be allowed.
Randall's combination of animal (Meerkat) and sport (rugby) is particularly unlikely, since meerkats are relatively small, slight animals, whereas rugby is associated with big powerful players, and has not been used in an animal sports movie before.
The title text implies that, as a result of similar instances of animal recruitment in the past, rule changes have been introduced to specifically exclude those animals from taking part, which may be why this team has had to work its way down to meerkats. The governing bodies could probably have avoided this by simply excluding non-human animals.
- [A Meerkat wearing a helmet and blue jersey, and two guys in the background supposedly on a rugby field.]
- You have to admit--there's no rule on the books saying a Meerkat can't play rugby.
A golden retriever is at the centre of the basketball film Air Bud.
In the film Mr. Go a gorilla becomes a star of the Korean Baseball League.
This concept was revisited in 1552: Rulebook.
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