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#1 trakl

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:34 PM

What excuses will the sports editors of our national daily and Sunday newspapers make re the paucity of coverage between now and the big day itself?

The Challenge Cup has a long and proud history fascinating to anyone interested in the sporting traditions of this country.

The final is a 90000 sell-out and is to be televised live in HD by BBC1 and broadcast, I presume, in many other countries around the globe.

How much space will be afforded to the game via our dwindling crop of rugby league writers? Will this weekend's Sunday Times employ somebody who loves rugby league as much as it is hated by Stephen Jones to devote 2 broadsheet pages as has happened in the past for rugby union's relatively pale imitation?

Will the Guardian's Andy Wilson take this opportunity to feature players - preferably ones he believes define what makes rugby league a very special game and not returnees from other sports - before coaches as he so often appears to do?

Our great players have never received the recognition bestowed so casually upon athletes representing sports traditionally much less popular than rugby league - opportunities such as the one forthcoming are not to be spurned.

I trust also that Chris Irvine is able to sign off from his stint on the Times with a flourish by questioning as to why the company that invests money in televising (high-rating) rugby league refuses barely to acknowledge its existence in its own newspapers? I hope he gives them both barrels - while saluting the likes of, say, Morley and Sinfield or Myler and Burrow...




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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:57 PM

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#3 ArmchairRhino

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:59 PM

Here's to a voluptuously rewarding game of rugby
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#4 John Rhino

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 02:26 PM

Stephen Jones has a friend in Wembley and he has never heard of Rugby League.

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#5 petero

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 04:35 PM

No excuses required, we are within the cissyball season, didn't you know?

#6 shaun mc

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 09:03 AM

At a guess the Sunday Times will have less than half a page.
The Womens RU World Cup will dwarf it.

#7 Manx RL

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 10:48 AM

Who cares?

However much they print it will never be the right article, not positive enough, or just seen as lip service from the TRL army of world class armchair critics, marketeers, club administrators and RL development gurus.

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#8 dkw

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 10:48 AM

QUOTE (shaun mc @ Aug 21 2010, 10:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
At a guess the Sunday Times will have less than half a page.
The Womens RU World Cup will dwarf it.

Is it wrong that I read that as Womens dwarf RU world cup and though it wounded brilliant?

#9 Blind side johnny

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 11:13 AM



Today's Guardian:

Wire vs Hull - 1/6th page

Women's "Rugby" World Cup - 3/4 page. Played in front of packed stands apparently!



Just think how little coverage we would get if we didn't have a pro club in London.


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#10 thirteenthman

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 03:55 PM

QUOTE (Blind side johnny @ Aug 21 2010, 12:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Today's Guardian:

Wire vs Hull - 1/6th page

Women's "Rugby" World Cup - 3/4 page. Played in front of packed stands apparently!



Just think how little coverage we would get if we didn't have a pro club in London.

Whatever you're opinion on womens RU, their World Cup involves teams representing England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The SL match you mention featured 2 teams from towns in Northern England. Proof of the value of international competition.


#11 Blind side johnny

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (thirteenthman @ Aug 21 2010, 04:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Whatever you're opinion on womens RU, their World Cup involves teams representing England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The SL match you mention featured 2 teams from towns in Northern England. Proof of the value of international competition.



So you're saying that the Women's RL World Cup will attract more media attention than Leicester vs Wasps I presume?


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#12 paley

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 04:58 PM

QUOTE (thirteenthman @ Aug 21 2010, 04:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Whatever you're opinion on womens RU, their World Cup involves teams representing England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The SL match you mention featured 2 teams from towns in Northern England. Proof of the value of international competition.


Proof of the value of union.
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#13 Cardiff Cymru

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 05:04 PM

Womens RU World Cup. Packed crowds, live on TV, good promotion.

Womens RL World Cup. Rugby League World magazine probably.

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#14 thirteenthman

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 05:08 PM

QUOTE (Blind side johnny @ Aug 21 2010, 05:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So you're saying that the Women's RL World Cup will attract more media attention than Leicester vs Wasps I presume?

If the England side win the Womens RU WC then it may well do. The point I'm trying to make is that RU has built national recognition through the international game. This has a knock on effect for the rest of the sport. Whether we like it or not, RU is much more of a national sport at all levels - pro and amateur. It's no media conspiracy, it's just that RU is more popular.

But why do RL fans constantly feel the need to compare the sport with RU? County Championship cricket matches get plenty of coverage, yet hardly anyone goes to those games. Should we complain about that? The amount of coverage given to tennis is totally out of sync with the interest in it, but does anyone complain about that? Maybe we should starting asking what the RFL and the clubs do to help push the game to the national media.