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#341 Impartial Observer

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 03:58 PM

What has happened with the academy that was happening in West Wales from Whitland School that was announced in a similar manner last November?



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 04:13 PM

What has happened with the academy that was happening in West Wales from Whitland School that was announced in a similar manner last November?


Whitland was never an Academy - just a RPDC (Regional Player Development Centre).

In other words, some players trained there maybe once or twice a week but there's no full time training such as the new one at Maesteg School.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 04:47 PM

Thanks for clearing that up but is it still operating as Rpdc?

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 06:10 PM

Thanks for clearing that up but is it still operating as Rpdc?


As far as I know it is. John Ellis is the West Wales DO so I will find out for you.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 06:50 PM

And what about the academy up in North Wales, at dee side leisure I believe? That still being used?

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 07:02 PM

The North Wales centre at Deeside is not an Academy in the same sense as Maesteg. However, it has exceptional facilities and some great staff who fully support WRL.

I think the World Cup squad will be using his facility. Maesteg was offered but due to timescales whilst everything was being agreed, it was not possible to confirm.

However, Maesteg School's entire Year 7 are studying 17 lessons a fortnight as part of their sector leading skills curriculum ALL on the RLWC, up until the end of h tournament. This constitutes more than 3 full days per fortnight purely looking at the RLWC !

As a result of this, after a visit and a talk by Ray Tennant, the ex-international referee last week, the pupils and their families have snapped up over 200 tickets for the Cardiff opener, and demand has been such that another 100 were ordered yesterday due to demand.

It's a pity that Boots N All haven't seemed interested in doing a feature on the entire Maesteg Academy, especially in the run up to the RLWC....

Edited by Pen-Y-Bont Crusader, 25 September 2013 - 07:06 PM.


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 07:21 PM

The North Wales centre at Deeside is not an Academy in the same sense as Maesteg. However, it has exceptional facilities and some great staff who fully support WRL.
I think the World Cup squad will be using his facility. Maesteg was offered but due to timescales whilst everything was being agreed, it was not possible to confirm.
However, Maesteg School's entire Year 7 are studying 17 lessons a fortnight as part of their sector leading skills curriculum ALL on the RLWC, up until the end of h tournament. This constitutes more than 3 full days per fortnight purely looking at the RLWC !
As a result of this, after a visit and a talk by Ray Tennant, the ex-international referee last week, the pupils and their families have snapped up over 200 tickets for the Cardiff opener, and demand has been such that another 100 were ordered yesterday due to demand.
It's a pity that Boots N All haven't seemed interested in doing a feature on the entire Maesteg Academy, especially in the run up to the RLWC....


I forgot to say PBC, well done to WRL on this outstanding move.

I do feel however the annoucment has been overlooked by much of the RL press, which is a damn shame.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 07:26 PM

Not sure about that -LE have asked for the info.

Emailed Sky twice but nothing back -can only think that persons emails went straight to junk.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 07:29 PM

And on WRL being congratulated they certainly deserve it. Equally, Ian Lenaghan, Iestyn Harris, Andy Coley, Wayne Joyce, Keith Schmecel and all the Wigan staff at Central Park deserve it to, for their full and unstinting commitment to this. Also a big shout to Dan Clements who did much of the original spade work for WRL over the first seven months of this project being set up.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 07:47 PM

PBC, did any of the TV media turn up?


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 07:55 PM

Seeing as Boots N All had a big interview with Ben Flower today and spoke about Welshmen at Wigan, I was really surprised they couldn't give this even a mention. A number of the Sky Sports people would have had an email around midday today and they mentioned other news like that Bradford chairman pulling out which happened after this.


Edited by Cardiff Cymru, 25 September 2013 - 07:55 PM.

About time I updated this.

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#352 The 4 of Us

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 09:02 PM

Probably not as spectacular announcement as some were expecting but all the better for it. RL has had too many Halley's comets ( I note that a former director of a certain welsh SL club pleaded guilty to fraud this week )

This is a real acorn that hopefully can populate RL over the next few years and do much to strengthen the international team.

You never know in a couple of years there may be so many players another welsh semi-pro team might be viable.

Very good stuff.

Edited by The 4 of Us, 25 September 2013 - 09:07 PM.


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 10:06 PM

Seeing as Boots N All had a big interview with Ben Flower today and spoke about Welshmen at Wigan, I was really surprised they couldn't give this even a mention. A number of the Sky Sports people would have had an email around midday today and they mentioned other news like that Bradford chairman pulling out which happened after this.


In which case, CC, despite my own personal circumstances, I will be emailing once again to that person at Sky, as I really can only assume that the junk filter has been over-zealously applied and that is why there has been no recognition of all those involved in this.

It hasn't been done for that reason but the results of their actions are going to significantly contribute to the sustained and consistent growth of Welsh Rugby League after over a century of huge success but little consolidation. Consequently, the premier RL media channel in the UK and the premier RL programme should be screaming this from the rooftops.

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 10:12 AM

Another sponsor for the Welsh team:

 

 

Pr1mo Provide Energy to WRL  

Wales Rugby League has entered an exciting new partnership with Pr1mo Energy, an energy drink which is set to compete on the global market and whose logo will appear on the back of the welsh shirt during the World Cup.

 

Pr1mo Energy Sales and Marketing Manager Louisa Chiarelli enthused “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Wales Rugby League team especially with the excitement surrounding the World Cup in October.  We look forward to working with the team in building our brand awareness and enhancing the Pr1mo experience.” 

 

WRL Chief Operating Officer Chris Thair said “We are delighted to enter a new partnership and have listened closely to what they wish to achieve as a business. Pr1mo will gain considerable exposure from the World Cup and we have already started to put them in contact with our existing portfolio of partners who may be able to assist their growth. It is a great tasting drink and we welcome them to the Wales Rugby League family”.

 

The partnership will go through to 2014 and be reviewed after the World Cup. Pr1mo will appear on the upper back of the WRL jersey during the World Cup whose name and brand takes inspiration from Italian owner Joe Giammasi who established a successful engineering business in the UK after moving here over 50 years agoPr1mo Provide Energy to WRL  

Wales Rugby League has entered an exciting new partnership with Pr1mo Energy, an energy drink which is set to compete on the global market and whose logo will appear on the back of the welsh shirt during the World Cup.

 

Pr1mo Energy Sales and Marketing Manager Louisa Chiarelli enthused “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Wales Rugby League team especially with the excitement surrounding the World Cup in October.  We look forward to working with the team in building our brand awareness and enhancing the Pr1mo experience.” 

 

WRL Chief Operating Officer Chris Thair said “We are delighted to enter a new partnership and have listened closely to what they wish to achieve as a business. Pr1mo will gain considerable exposure from the World Cup and we have already started to put them in contact with our existing portfolio of partners who may be able to assist their growth. It is a great tasting drink and we welcome them to the Wales Rugby League family”.

 

The partnership will go through to 2014 and be reviewed after the World Cup. Pr1mo will appear on the upper back of the WRL jersey during the World Cup whose name and brand takes inspiration from Italian owner Joe Giammasi who established a successful engineering business in the UK after moving here over 50 years ago


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:51 PM

The North Wales centre at Deeside is not an Academy in the same sense as Maesteg. However, it has exceptional facilities and some great staff who fully support WRL.

I think the World Cup squad will be using his facility. Maesteg was offered but due to timescales whilst everything was being agreed, it was not possible to confirm.

However, Maesteg School's entire Year 7 are studying 17 lessons a fortnight as part of their sector leading skills curriculum ALL on the RLWC, up until the end of h tournament. This constitutes more than 3 full days per fortnight purely looking at the RLWC !

As a result of this, after a visit and a talk by Ray Tennant, the ex-international referee last week, the pupils and their families have snapped up over 200 tickets for the Cardiff opener, and demand has been such that another 100 were ordered yesterday due to demand.

It's a pity that Boots N All haven't seemed interested in doing a feature on the entire Maesteg Academy, especially in the run up to the RLWC....

 

It is a pity but Sky are not covering the tournament so it's not a surprise. Didn't they pull some such with the Challenge Cup when they had no coverage.?



#356 MR51CUK

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 07:48 PM

When's the big announcement for Wales being made then?

#357 The 4 of Us

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 07:55 PM

Oh dear.

#358 welshmagpie

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 08:44 PM

When's the big announcement for Wales being made then?


That's uncalled for from a fan from a welsh club.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 01:41 PM

Wales name their 23-man World Cup squad

 

Wales have released their 23-man squad for the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup that kicks off on Saturday 26th October when Iestyn Harris’ side takes on Italy at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

 

The squad contains 14 players from Super League, eight of whom are Welsh born and have come through the WRL development system, and five of whom are in contention for a Super League Grand Final appearance next Saturday.

 

Another of the Super League stars, Salford’s Jordan James, needs to play just four matches to overtake Ian Watson to become Wales’ most capped player. The opening game comes on the 10th anniversary of his international debut when on October 26th 2003 he scored a try in Wales’ 74-4 win over Russia in Aberavon.

 

There are four potential new caps in the squad including Anthony Walker, who made his Super League debut with St Helens this year, and Larne Patrick from Super League Leaders Shield winners Huddersfield Giants.

 

Patrick, with over 100 Super League appearances to his name, qualifies through a Welsh grandmother.

 

Warrington’s Rhys Evans, a Bridgend-born former Wales junior international, joins his twin brother Ben in the Wales squad for the first time while James Geurtjens from Queensland Cup side Norths Devils is the other newcomer.

 

There are two players from Championship 1 table-toppers North Wales Crusaders, Christiaan Roets and Rob Massam. No current players from South Wales Scorpions have made the Wales cut for the first time since their inception, but skipper Joe Burke is among the three stand-by players.

 

Disappointingly for Wales, Wigan’s Andy Powell, Castleford’s Michael Channing and St George Illawarra’s Tyson Frizell have all been ruled out of the tournament by their respective clubs due to injuries.

 

This is Wales’ fourth World Cup finals and they know it will be their toughest yet. Wales reached the semi-finals of the 1995 and 2000 World Cups and managed to beat England, New Zealand and France in the 1975 tournament. Harris knows the quality of opposition that Wales have to face but he believes he has the squad to take them on.

 

“While I welcome our four new quality players to the squad, I’m really pleased that we’re maintaining consistency and we don’t have a whole team of newcomers,” said Harris. “We have a lot of experience in the side with 14 Super League players – the most I’ve ever known in the squad – and all of our players are improving year on year as they continue their international career.

 

“We have an enthusiastic 23-man squad, all of whom are raring to go for their country. We can’t wait for the tournament to start and, as always, aim to cause a few shocks.”

 

Wales will stage a warm-up match on Tuesday 15th October at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay when they will take on a Welsh Rugby League Select XIII. Further details on that game to follow.

 

Tickets for all Wales’ World Cup matches can be bought by going to www.rlwc2013.com.

 

WALES SQUAD: Neil Budworth (Moranbah Miners, Australia), Ross Divorty (Halifax), Gil Dudson, Ben Flower, Rhodri Lloyd (Wigan Warriors), Jake Emmitt, Jordan James (Salford Red Devils), Ben Evans, Elliot Kear (Bradford Bulls), Rhys Evans*, Rhys Williams (Warrington Wolves), Dan Fleming (Castleford Tigers), James Geurtjens* (Norths Devils, Australia), Danny Jones (Keighley Cougars), Craig Kopczak, Larne Patrick* (Huddersfield Giants) Peter Lupton (Workington Town), Rob Massam, Christiaan Roets (North Wales Crusaders), Matt Seamark (Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Australia), Anthony Walker* (St Helens), Ian Webster (Central Queensland Capras, Australia), Lloyd White (Widnes Vikings).

 

*= possible new cap

 

STANDBY: Andy Bracek (Halifax), Joe Burke (South Wales Scorpions), Craig Moss (Keighley Cougars)

 

Coaching and Management Team             

Head Coach - Iestyn Harris

Assistant Coach - Damian Gibson

Assistant Coach - Lee Briers

Analyst - Russ MacFarlane

Strength & Conditioning Coach - Mick Turner

Physiotherapist - Ben Stirling

Doctor - Dr Richard Lawrence

Team Manager - Bob Wilson

Kit Man - Colin Sergeant

Performance Psychology - Mick Farrell


Edited by DugSWRLgan, 30 September 2013 - 01:41 PM.


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 01:47 PM

Opening Ceremony travel tips
 

The Rugby League World Cup 2013 Opening Ceremony is just one month away, and supporters from around the world are planning their journeys to Cardiff.

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will provide the perfect setting for an exciting day of world-class entertainment, as England face Australia and Wales square off against Italy.

The match action follows the spectacular RLWC2013 Opening Ceremony, which will feature many famous faces and plenty of surprises and spectators are advised to be in their seats by 1.30pm to make sure they don’t miss a second of what will be a spectacular show.

An electric atmosphere is anticipated under the closed roof in the Millennium Stadium, one of the best venues in the world, and if you’re a part of it we want to make sure your experience is an enjoyable one.

We want everybody – fans old and new - to enjoy their experience of Rugby League World Cup 2013. So we are encouraging fans to share their plans for their trip to Cardiff on the RLWC2013 Facebook page and by using the Twitter hashtag #RLWC2013.

Located in Cardiff city centre, the Millennium Stadium is surrounded by great pubs, and restaurants. The city also boasts various accommodation options.

Just over 40 miles away, RLWC2013 host city Bristol also offers fantastic city breaks which would enhance any fan’s experience of the tournament.

Fans coming by train can book trains at National Rail. Train travellers should be aware that between Saturday September 21 and Sunday October 27, the railway between Bristol and Newport will be closed for essential engineering work in the Severn Tunnel.

Rail replacement bus services will be in operation between the two points and additional bus services between Newport and Bristol Parkway will also be provided for fans.

There are no parking facilities for the general public at the Millennium Stadium, so please follow the electronic signs for the park and ride.

Should you wish to travel to and from the stadium by taxi, it is advisable to book both journeys in advance.

Due to road closures on a match day around the stadium, taxis are not allowed to collect from outside the ground until the restrictions are lifted.






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