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#1 Rugby League World

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:27 AM

Three quarters of Super League stars would consider leaving for the NRL or rugby union, according to a groundbreaking poll conducted by Rugby League World magazine and players association 1eagu3.

 

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In a first for this country, players in the top flight have been asked about a host of key issues in the game.
The full results will be published in the October edition of Rugby League World magazine, which is out this Friday, September 6.
Among them is the fact that 75 per cent of those polled admitted that their heads have been turned by the greater salaries on offer in both the NRL and the 15-man code.
Using a text service put in place by 1eague3 to canvass the opinion of its members, players were asked for their opinion on issues such as depression, the marketing of the sport in England, refereeing standards and whether a reserve grade should be re-introduced.
The poll attracted responses from over 150 different players - almost half of the total number involved in Super League at present.    
Jon Wilkin, the Chairman of 1eagu3, believes that now is the time that players' opinions should be properly heard.
"One of the big issues for us is that players' opinions have never really been taken seriously in the game," Wilkin told Rugby League World.
"Individual players have been asked their opinion, but they are usually the high-profile players who have had good careers within the game.
"This survey gave us the opportunity to cover all bases, and hear what young and old players alike think about the big issues in the game, whatever their profile is.
"These players do a fantastic job for the game week on week, and it's the general consensus of 1eague3 that it's a really valuable thing to be able to understand how they feel.
"Pieces of work like this allow us to gauge opinions across Super League. We are passionately protecting the best interests of the sport.
"I found some of the results really surprising. They certainly weren't what some of my preconceived ideas were."
Wilkin added that the response to the question over the NRL and rugby union shows that Super League needs to tackle the issue of keeping its leading stars.
"We knew it was an issue, with the amount of press that the Burgess boys have been getting in Australia, and everything around the England RU set-up with guys like Chris Ashton," Wilkin said.
"There seems to be a lot of positive momentum towards leaving the game in this country, and that's something that we need to address."

The full results of the first ever players poll in this country will be revealed in the October edition of Rugby League World magazine, out this Friday 6th Sept.

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#2 Rugby League World

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:42 AM

The online edition of the new issue of Rugby League World is available to read now

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#3 ckn

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:50 AM

You really have to wonder at the thinking behind running these surveys just before the World Cup and SL playoffs.

 

It's almost as if someone has said "Hang on, we've had no seriously negative coverage of our game for a while, how can we remedy that?"

 

FFS...  Yes, the results are highly important and really need to be discussed but why not keep it for off-season or a quiet time when there's nothing going on.


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#4 hindle xiii

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:00 AM

You really have to wonder at the thinking behind running these surveys just before the World Cup and SL playoffs.

 

It's almost as if someone has said "Hang on, we've had no seriously negative coverage of our game for a while, how can we remedy that?"

 

FFS...  Yes, the results are highly important and really need to be discussed but why not keep it for off-season or a quiet time when there's nothing going on.

Perhaps the announcement on the restructuring is imminent?

 

Hopefully these changes the game are taking will help remedy some of the problems highlighted in the poll.

 

 

I'd be interested to see if there are any questions with a personal ability angle, i.e. What do you think of the training? I doubt any of those polled consider themselves ###### players but ultimately it's their ability that provides the quality of the competition. I doubt half the London squad will submit the answer; "I'm stealing a living here, I should try harder and smarter but I can't be arsed".


If you use "should of", "would of" or "could of", you are a moron.

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#5 Ackroman

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:05 AM

Whats the big deal SL is 3/4 full of Aussies.

#6 gingerjon

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:07 AM

You really have to wonder at the thinking behind running these surveys just before the World Cup and SL playoffs.

 

It's almost as if someone has said "Hang on, we've had no seriously negative coverage of our game for a while, how can we remedy that?"

 

FFS...  Yes, the results are highly important and really need to be discussed but why not keep it for off-season or a quiet time when there's nothing going on.

 

Indeed.  Or ask follow-up questions about practical things that can be done - and include those in the story.

 

Still, not like there's anything important going on with Salford or the RLWC right now.

 

Cretins.


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#7 Rugby League World

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:08 AM

Gareth Walker's Rugby League World editorial on the Players' Poll results

http://www.rugbyleag...gory/page-xiii/


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#8 Big Red Keev

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:11 AM

So Superleague players would consider changing jobs for the offer of more money elsewhere?

 

Well i for one am totally shocked!!!

 

What exactly is the story here??



#9 Gruff

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:15 AM

Cant really see this having any shocks - it will highlight what we, as fans, think and with regards to players leaving the competition why is this such a surprise?

 

If someone offered to pay me twice as much to do the same job in Australia, I'd go.  If someone offered to pay me twice as much to do a similar job in this country, i'd go.  Why are sportsmen any different.

 

The only way to combat this is to get more money in the game, which only works by improved perception and people wanting to be associated with the game, which will never happen if articles come out saying 75% of the players want to leave the game, especially 7 weeks before the biggest tournament in its history.  

 

Good job no-one is dumb enough to do this..... oh



#10 gingerjon

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:17 AM

 

 

The only way to combat this is to get more money in the game, which only works by improved perception and people wanting to be associated with the game, which will never happen if articles come out saying 75% of the players want to leave the game, especially 7 weeks before the biggest tournament in its history.  

 

And you certainly wouldn't press release it an hour before one of the sport's biggest and most exciting club relaunches in a very long time.


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#11 Just Browny

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:22 AM

It does make you wonder what LPL's agenda is. I suppose I'd guess they've seen the negativity and apocalyptic nature of posts on here and decided to jump on board.

I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.


#12 Gruff

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:23 AM

And you certainly wouldn't press release it an hour before one of the sport's biggest and most exciting club relaunches in a very long time.

You'd think wouldn't you...

 

Potential Sponsor: "What's all the hub-bub with Salford, whats going on there then?

 

Marketeer: "Well, this time last year they were about to go bust, then this great new investor has come in, shaking things up, about to undergo a massive relaunch, has signed some of the best players available, and is investing lots of money"

 

Potential Sponsor: "Wow, that sounds like something I want to be involved with and get my name associated with"

 

Marketeer: " Oh, hang on, I've just got something else through saying that 75% of their players want to leave to go to Union or Australia"

 

Potential Sponsor: "Lets sponsor that instead then"

 

Morons, the lot of them



#13 gingerjon

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:25 AM

It does make you wonder what LPL's agenda is.

 

If I were the good Doctor I'd ban the lot of them from Salford.  What's the ****ing point?


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#14 Just Browny

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:30 AM

If I were the good Doctor I'd ban the lot of them from Salford. What's the ****ing point?

Martyn, Neil and Gareth will be on a minute to say this is a fnatastic piece of investigative journalism, and to compare Jon Wilkin to Deepthroat.

EDIT: Perhaps not quite a minute, I'm sure there's buffet and champagne at Salford to get through first.

Edited by Just Browny, 05 September 2013 - 11:32 AM.

I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.


#15 gingerjon

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:31 AM

Martyn, Neil and Gareth will be on a bit to say this is a fnatastic piece of investigative journalism, and to compare Jon Wilkin to Deepthroat.

 

Aye, I noted you were reading twitter as well ...


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#16 frank

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:42 AM

These players need to play a decent standard of footy if they want higher wages etc



#17 Dave T

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 12:12 PM

So Superleague players would consider changing jobs for the offer of more money elsewhere?

 

Well i for one am totally shocked!!!

 

What exactly is the story here??

Absolutely spot on.

 

I'm surprised that 25% wouldn't change their job for more money tbh!

 

If you did a survey at Castleford for example and asked how many of them would consider a move to Warrington, Wigan or Huddersfield, you could easily get 100% of them saying yes - this isn't the same as 100% of Cas players wanting to leave.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 12:20 PM

And you certainly wouldn't press release it an hour before one of the sport's biggest and most exciting club relaunches in a very long time.


No point doing it an hour after.

#19 gingerjon

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 12:21 PM

No point doing it an hour after.

 

Very little point doing it at all.


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#20 Johnoco

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 12:32 PM

Come off it you lot. It's only telling it like it is. :rolleyes:




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