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Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport


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#41 londonrlfan

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 09:29 PM

Good on him, but I don't think buying an NRL club will make the game 'global'. I'd like to see him organise a pre-season friendly in Asia or Dubai, that would help promote the sport to a wider audience. Though, I would still rather he bought the RLIF and helped spread money over the globe. 



#42 gutterfax

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:36 AM

We don't want this in this great grittily northern game of ours

 

Going to an away game and being home in time for your tea.....that's what PROPER Rugby League is all about!



#43 stewpot01

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:47 AM

 

Marwan Koukash is prepared to shift to Australia to realise his dream of owning an NRL club, claiming he can help transform rugby league into a truly international game.

Koukash owns the Salford Red Devils, saving them from financial ruin, and is keen to add an Australian club to his portfolio. The British billionaire has been linked to Newcastle but refused to confirm which NRL clubs he is negotiating with.

The man whose net worth is estimated at $3 billion revealed he is in negotiations to stage a nines tournament, featuring NRL and Super League clubs, in Dubai. However, his priority is to take a stake of an Australian franchise, preferably as a sole owner.

"There are plenty of advantages in being involved on both sides of the world. It would help to globalise the sport," Koukash said from Dubai.

 

"My family absolutely adore being in Australia. We did start talking about the possibility of moving over to Australia," he said.

"Some people say I'm more Australian than Australians. I love it, that way of life suits me very well.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.a...l#ixzz37yyZcdXD

 

 

 

He certainly grabs the medias attention.

 

 

Hope he locks the door behind him. Frankly I am sick of him gobbing off, Australia is welcome to him as long as he stays there.



#44 Adelaide Tiger

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:51 AM

I like marwan. Look at what he's done for Salford already......challenging for honours and with bigger crowds than 2012.....oh, hang on!
He needs to understand that unlike the north of England, where he can mouth off and make claims left right and centre but not follow through, the press in stralia will hold him to every claim he makes....


What he has done at Salford - well for an outsider like me he has brought financial clout to the club, gave the coub stability from the basket case it was, rescued the club from a perilous position, sold his vision to players that would never have touched Salford with a barge pole 18 months ago and generated lots of column inches for RL.

But as Salford are not 10 points ahead of the pack then I reluctantly have to agree with you ......

#45 scotchy

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:51 AM

i dont trust your summary, which is sort of my point. People dont want facts, they want boogeymen.

that the game is contracting under wood is a fact, that the he took Halifax to the brink of destruction is fact. That he hasn't run any other businesses (bar the raging success that is the rlif. Right now) is also fact

#46 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:29 AM

Going to an away game and being home in time for your tea.....that's what PROPER Rugby League is all about!

call yourself a fan? Yer dunt naw what yer on abaht

 

walking barefoot to Whitehaven barefoot in a blizzard that's being a real fan

 

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#47 markleeds

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 08:14 AM

This is a bit off topic but I was reading Owen Farrels twitter page yesterday, in one tweet he thanked Nike for a load of free golf equipment. In his profile he mentions Nike and Redbull, for just doing this he probably gets loads of free stuff.

What is the RL equivalent, a player thanking their local tatooist for their most recent eye sore??

Edited by markleeds, 21 July 2014 - 08:14 AM.


#48 Wellsy4HullFC

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 10:03 AM

If Koukash wants the make the game global, he needs to set up a proper WCC tournament. The closer we bring the two biggest competitions together, the more attention they will get.

If he does that in Dubai, even greater chance of investors.

I'd go as far as having a secondary tournament for emerging nations.
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#49 Dave T

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 10:19 AM

If you look at the way both Football and RU have grown in recent years, it is through International events and international club competitions. 

 

We do both of these things very halfheartedly.



#50 JohnM

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:25 PM

If you look at the way both Football and RU have grown in recent years, it is through International events and international club competitions. 

 

We do both of these things very halfheartedly.

We do both of these things very halfheartedly.

 

I disagree.

 

We do them VERY VERY VERY  half-heartedly...(except for the last World Cup...which now seems to have vanished into obscurity)


Edited by JohnM, 21 July 2014 - 04:25 PM.


#51 lionheart

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 05:47 PM

The man hasnt even got Salford into the top eight of a fourteen team competition and you lot think the sun shines out of his head

#52 keighley

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 05:53 PM

The man hasnt even got Salford into the top eight of a fourteen team competition and you lot think the sun shines out of his head

 

The way they are currently performing they might just sneak into the playoffs and then anything can happen.



#53 zorquif

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:24 PM

The man hasnt even got Salford into the top eight of a fourteen team competition and you lot think the sun shines out of his head

 

Give him a chance. Even chelsea didn't win owt in the first season of abramovich ownership



#54 Futtocks

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:26 PM

He's turned around a club who would have been a strong relegation contender this season, and the team should be better next year. That's a damn good start. Instant changearounds don't happen with sports teams - even the billions behind Chelsea and Manchester City (with no salary cap) took time to take effect.


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#55 GIANTSTRIDES

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:31 PM

The man hasnt even got Salford into the top eight of a fourteen team competition and you lot think the sun shines out of his head

 

The mans a complete failure, His trouble is he doesn't know his place, What's he doing messing about with Horses anyway, he should be racing Whippets and Pigeons.


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#56 Futtocks

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:32 PM

The mans a complete failure, His trouble is he doesn't know his place, What's he doing messing about with Horses anyway, he should be racing Whippets and Pigeons.

Can't trust a man who never worked down t'pit.


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#57 RSN

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:32 PM

Marwan is clearly an intelligent guy, he's built up a multi million pound empire for goodness sake.

The task is large but at least he is trying, the amount of people who seem to shoot him down because he is trying to expand the sport and gain media attention is baffling.

#58 zorquif

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:41 PM

Marwan is clearly an intelligent guy, he's built up a multi million pound empire for goodness sake.

The task is large but at least he is trying, the amount of people who seem to shoot him down because he is trying to expand the sport and gain media attention is baffling.

 

Well, not all media attention is good... 



#59 GIANTSTRIDES

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:48 PM

Marwan is clearly an intelligent guy, he's built up a multi million pound empire for goodness sake.

The task is large but at least he is trying, the amount of people who seem to shoot him down because he is trying to expand the sport and gain media attention is baffling.

 

That's because some people are afraid of change, particularly if they think it might impact on their cosy little league.

Futtocks is right ,How can you trust a bloke who has made Billions, and not a penny of it from being down't Pit, What does Rugby league want with Blokes who have Billions, Sooner he leaves us to get back to winter and one big League, the better.


Dont expect anything from a pig but a grunt

#60 Gerri Monside

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 05:40 AM

Think I'm in the (significant) minority , but i simply don't buy that he's "great for the sport". Yes, he has money. Yes, he has saved Salford. Yes, he has a "huge" media presence and(allegedly) a grand vision to make the game global. But the constant sniping against the RFL and "toys out of the pram" attitude if he doesn't get his way don't strike me as responisible, or well judged. He strikes me as little more than an egotistical loudmouth, who will move out of the game just as soon as he came crashing into it...just as soon as he gets bored or finds something else to interest him for a moment.

It's an easy kick for the lad but, as we say in Rugby League, there's no easy kicks.

 

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