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Six Game GB Tour planned for 2015

But Aussies wont sign off

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#1 Scubby

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 12:16 AM

Sounds like the Aussies are huffing and puffing over agreeing to a GB tour down under in 2015. Mentions a six-game tour with some other rep games.

 

http://news.theage.c...0510-381oz.html

 

Be interesting if it did get the go ahead. What about all those NRL players who are eligible for the home nations (Frizell, Linnett, Wallace, McManus etc)? Would they be under consideration for the squad?



#2 Methven Hornet

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 06:31 AM

It would be bizarre if players from Welsh and Scottish squads were not included if good enough.
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#3 welshmagpie

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 07:48 AM

Sounds like the Aussies are huffing and puffing over agreeing to a GB tour down under in 2015. Mentions a six-game tour with some other rep games.

http://news.theage.c...0510-381oz.html

Be interesting if it did get the go ahead. What about all those NRL players who are eligible for the home nations (Frizell, Linnett, Wallace, McManus etc)? Would they be under consideration for the squad?


Interesting point about the likes of Frizell, McManus etc. Tier one international representatives cannot play origin once they have been capped, I.e. by England and New Zealand. I wonder if GB would constitute toward that.

#4 Wellsy4HullFC

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 07:51 AM

Any mention of what those six games might be?

And what's happening in 2016? Are we getting something on these shores? The Aussies best not have a year off again.
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#5 londonrlfan

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 09:07 AM

Hopefully they say no and we can have a real international tournament instead, not GB v Queensland residents. We should be playing Fiji and PNG instead. 



#6 Southern Tiger

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 10:28 AM

Step backwards with no benefits as far as I can see, no better ideas than a 2 yr WC hemisphere cycle as yet.
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#7 Mr frisky the marra

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 01:31 PM

What odds for a GB call up for Irish international Pat Richards ??? Now there is a thought!

#8 welshmagpie

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 01:52 PM

What odds for a GB call up for Irish international Pat Richards ??? Now there is a thought!


IIRC he once said on Super League Supermen that he wouldn't do it. See's himself as Australian-Irish and not British as such.

#9 Dave T

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 02:39 PM

I'm ok with a GB tour, but the way the rota is going and the fact that the Aussies just can't be bothered with this, why don't we just sack it off and get a decent series over here? Get New Zealand over for a three Test Series, including a Wembley rematch, and bring over 1 or 2 other nations - PNG and Tonga or similar and have a few decent test matches. The NZ Tour should subsidise these other matches if we are going to get serious and invest in the international game.



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Posted 10 May 2014 - 05:36 PM

I'm ok with a GB tour, but the way the rota is going and the fact that the Aussies just can't be bothered with this, why don't we just sack it off and get a decent series over here? Get New Zealand over for a three Test Series, including a Wembley rematch, and bring over 1 or 2 other nations - PNG and Tonga or similar and have a few decent test matches. The NZ Tour should subsidise these other matches if we are going to get serious and invest in the international game.

 

NZ are due to be to hosting a tour by the French in 2015, so we'd have to tour NZ. If the Aussies can't be bothered, I'd be quite happy to play some games in NZ and then play one off tests in PNG and one of the islands. At least that way it would make it more affordable for the PNGRFL and the whoever else we played. But it is pretty poor that the next time England play in this country could be 2016.



#11 sweaty craiq

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 05:57 PM

3 tests, 1 v png and 2 v states



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Posted 10 May 2014 - 10:31 PM

we won't play states....it'll be png,fiji & samoa or tonga plus 3 tests with either oz or nz if the aussies back out.

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#13 nadera78

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 08:07 AM

The same people who have been demanding the return of GB for the last ten years would go bonkers if Frizell or Wallace were selected.
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#14 JonNgog

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 08:16 AM

Are Frizell and Wallace et al really necessary anyway ?

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 10:21 AM

The same people who have been demanding the return of GB for the last ten years would go bonkers if Frizell or Wallace were selected.

 

I'd rather see actual Welshmen like Ben Flower, Rhys Evans, Ben Evans picked. England and a couple of Aussies isn't Great Britain. 



#16 dhw

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 10:36 AM

Step backwards with no benefits as far as I can see, no better ideas than a 2 yr WC hemisphere cycle as yet.

Why is it a step backwards?



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 10:54 AM

The decision was made rightly or wrongly to build the brands of the home nations so there now needs to be a resolve to providing meaningful international competition, returning to GB tours is counter-productive IMO resulting in an endless cycle of rep experimentation. The WC generates money now in both hemispheres so the opportunity exists to capitalise on this by repeating the tournament every four years in both Aus and UK. Only tradition holds this back, it's time for a real commitment to change.
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#18 nec

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 11:14 AM

We have a successful England rl brand that attracted big crowds in their last matches, I know let's not have them play at home again for 3 years :(
Rugby League is a sport that desperately needs to expand its geographical supporter base and its player base. This imperative means that all other requirements are secondary until this is done.

All power in the game should be with governing bodies, especially international governing bodies.

Without these actions we will remain a minor sport internationally and nationally.

#19 Futtocks

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 11:26 AM

Any mention of what those six games might be?

For traditionalists, only an underwhelming first run-out against the Burleigh Bears will do. ;) 


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#20 RugbyLeagueGeek

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 01:38 PM

We have a successful England rl brand that attracted big crowds in their last matches,

It had nothing to do with the 'brand'.

 

Successful brands are things like apple and coca cola that are omnipresent. England RL is a very weak brand, because they hardly ever play. I agree if they had more games the brand would become stronger. But just as many people would turn out to watch if it was GB as opposed to England, and just as many people would turn out to watch if the branding was completely different.