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#1 John Drake

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:36 PM

RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD - ISSUE 384 (APRIL 2013)
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Later this year, England will attempt to pull off what many cynics regard as an impossible task and win the Rugby League World Cup. The scale of the challenge in front of them could not be more daunting. However, Australia were equally hot favourites in 2008 but that didn’t stop New Zealand winning the tournament. Our cover star Lance Hohaia scored two tries for the Kiwis in that game and he talks to Jamie Jones-Buchanan about how to win the World Cup as well as offering his views on the banning of the shoulder charge and the unfolding sporting drug scandal in Australia.
Sonny Bill Williams is back in Rugby League, but not for long. Steve Kilgallon catches up with the controversial but multi-talented superstar for us and Steve Mascord kicks off a new series of interviews with players who are plying their trade in some of the less well known corners of the globe.
On the home front, the dual registration argument has dominated the opening stages of the Kingstone Press Championship and we get to hear both sides of this contentious story from Hunslet Hawks and Sheffield Eagles. We also have interviews with Jason Golden at York City Knights and Workington Town star Ewan Dowes.
Former second row sensation Paul Medley who is now nurturing the next generation as Bradford’s head of youth development talks to us about his life and career.
Secret Speccie returns with a visit to Championship One newcomers Hemel Stags. We also take a look at the continuing growth of Rugby League in Hertfordshire as well as evaluating the impact of recent Sport England funding cuts on development work in London and the South East, plus the launch of the new Conference League South and an interview with Gordie Long, head coach of Sharlston Rovers.
On the international scene, Dave Hadfield looks forward to a Festival of World Cups and we chat to England Women’s captain Emma Slowe. We pay a visit to Eastern Europe to find out how Rugby League is growing in Ukraine plus coverage of the Cabramatta Nines which saw nations as diverse as Japan, Niue, Portugal, Greece, Canada, American Samoa and the Philippines in Rugby League action. We also have our regular dispatches from Australia, New Zealand, France and Wales.
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#2 G Las D

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:01 AM

You could probably devote half your issue to the controversial Sonny Bill - the mention of him on this forum provokes plenty of heated comments!

You're also right to highlight the dual registration argument. The experience we had with it was very mixed. I'd hate to think any club would come to rely on the scheme rather than emphasise the development and use of their own players.
While it may be seen as a quick fix, cheap option, useful to SL clubs and Championship Clubs I can't help but feel very uneasy about its sudden extended development and use.

One thing not in your magazine this month that could be visited is the inconsistent use of the bonus point system
If it is a good system then it should be used throughout the professional game. It appears that SL won't have anything to do with it. I understand it was to be tried in our Championship divisions so that if successful it could then be used in SL. SL have seen it in operation and from what I can tell won't touch it with a barge pole. So it's time to ditch the bonus point. We need a consistency of approach.

Edited by G Las D, 01 March 2013 - 11:01 AM.

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