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#1 oldrover

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:32 AM

why is rugby league more successful in Australia than GB.? the population of yorkshire and humberside, greater manchester, lancashire and cumbria is pretty much the same as NSW, queensland and melbourne, give or take a million. i am not counting the 8 million in london. the Australians are running a 16 team competition and there is talk of them bringing in 2 more clubs.. GB has 14 club elite competition and are talking of reducing it to 12 teams because there is not enough quality to go around,(after 17 years of s/l). since the inception of s/l the australians have expanded into new zealand, melbourne, north queensland and the gold coast. s/l have expanded into france,(paris failed) wales (crusaders failed) London(went bust, 3 million pound debts written off, limping along).. the Australians have a thriving youth system and play state of origin at u16, u18, and u20 level and their schoolboys have just beaten our academy 2 tests to nil. s/l has just scrapped u20s and u18, s/l clubs will run u16s u19s and ermm...... The nrl have just signed a multi billion dollar tv deal, raised the salary capand have handed over the running of their game to an independent commission, s/l last sponsorship was some vynil stickers on stobart trucks .......................i can't go on, i'm depressed
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#2 The King Of Leon

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:09 AM

All down to the media mate, they get tons of coverage in the press same as soccer over here, we are lucky to get a few lines.
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#3 oldrover

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:34 AM

get the product right, then go out and engage the media.the AFL is expanding and growing with 2 teams in sydney and 2 in queensland. soccer is growing rapidly. grand final winners Melbourne storm are a stand alone r/l club in an ausssie rules mad city. the NRL are getting it right. the management of the game in this country are putting self first, game second.
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#4 Griff

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:26 AM

You may remember this Old Rover - Rugby missed a trick a long time ago. The RFU held out against professionalism and let soccer get a head start.

Rugby was the most popular code in the North in the 1880s. Look at the formation dates of soccer clubs in the West Riding - mostly after 1900.
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