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#2967599 Catalans Rumour

Posted by roughyedspud on Yesterday, 03:11 PM

ie...depends how much money Toulouse bring to the table......





which has always been the case

#2966718 The all-new never-ending League Restructure debate thread

Posted by roughyedspud on 27 July 2014 - 08:07 PM

surely it would depend on whether a club was a worthwhile investment for the future of the game, rather than just share it out?

if a club is in the RFL LEAGUE STRUCTURE its worth investing in

#2966278 The all-new never-ending League Restructure debate thread

Posted by roughyedspud on 27 July 2014 - 11:16 AM

Scubby, can't do quotes on my phone so replying to your #148 post. My real issue for the Championship clubs is how are they going to fund their assault on SL. A salary cap of £1m but only with a maximum grant of £500k is a massive amount for what are basically small time rugby clubs. Throw in the requirement to fund full time staff as well means all clubs will need a massive interjection of funds from elsewhere. It is a real risk and there are going to be some casualties in the Championship.


out of the new tv deal there is enough money to seriously increase the grants too all clubs in all 3 leagues...something like £1.8 for ESL clubs,£1m to championship clubs & £250,000 for league one clubs and the RFL would still have £5-6m a year left over..


someone somewhere is pocketing a huge wedge

#2964467 Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

Posted by roughyedspud on 24 July 2014 - 02:27 AM

if the RFL didn't put millions back into the game then the profits would be millions instead of £120k

#2957340 Is wayne Bennett about to coach in Super League?

Posted by roughyedspud on 10 July 2014 - 11:28 PM

england need him in a director of rugby/head of performance role

#2955419 Mick Morgan commentating at soccer world cup in Brazil

Posted by roughyedspud on 06 July 2014 - 11:56 AM

they played a mick morgan clip on the footy show a month or 2 ago.......brian carney has slipped in a "i can't speak" too lol

#2955414 Mick Morgan commentating at soccer world cup in Brazil

Posted by roughyedspud on 06 July 2014 - 11:49 AM


#2953293 2015 League Structure line ups.

Posted by roughyedspud on 02 July 2014 - 05:31 AM

At least 4 of the 12 SL2 clubs will be FT, and if Fax/Doncaster crash the top2 then that will increase

I hope the Overseas is maintained at 1, but certainly no more than 2 in that division, and that a number of SL later developing academy players not retained find a FT home here

I think next year Jeopardy returns and there is a lot to get excited about


the sad thing about how they carved up the tv money from the new tv deal is theres enough money in the pot to give ALL the championship clubs £1m so they could all go full time


SL clubs could have got £2 per year....a 66% increase

champ clubs could have got £1m per year....a 1000% increase

and champ1 could have got £250k per year...a 200% increase


that would have left the RFL with £4-5m left per season to us for whatever it liked...development,promotion...whatever




but nevermind...just another wasted opportunity 

#2939091 Fiji to enter 2015 NSW Cup

Posted by roughyedspud on 04 June 2014 - 07:53 AM

its a different culture...

take the PNG hunters,a brand new "club",they have funding from the government & PNGRL and have national sponsorship deal...its a "national issue" thing

where as toulouse are a old stand alone,independent business..

the wales RL & South wales venture is similar,if not identical,to whats happening in png & fiji....and i see no reason why the scottish & irish RL can create and promote one of their domestic clubs into the championship and use it as a development pathway for players from the domestic league into a higher standard of league and beyond.

#2938555 2015 GB Lions tour off?

Posted by roughyedspud on 03 June 2014 - 09:34 AM

England, though it should be Europe, are playing Aus. at the MCG in October this year, how much bigger can it get than that? Not much bigger. You can't expect Smith, Slater, Thurston etc. to be playing on into Nov. every year, you just can't, unless we reduced the number of NRL and SL matches and had a mid-year 4 Nations tournament the year after a WC instead, say at the end of July beginning of August, and the year after a mid-year Test Series between Australia and Europe, alternating every 4 year between the two countries. So the 2015 mid-year Test Series should be up here. There would be no Test matches in 2016 though, as the WC would be in Oct. & Nov. in 2017.

i know who you are.....don't feed him!

as for what should happen in 2015...

we should organise a "federation shield" type 8 team tournament for everyone except southern hemisphere teams...sod em'

#2938004 2015 GB Lions tour off?

Posted by roughyedspud on 02 June 2014 - 02:11 AM

told you it was off 2weeks ago...

the NRL union will also stop all the pacific island nations playing post 2015 season...and also puts the french tour to nz at risk

its a absolute disgrace..

#2935855 English Origin

Posted by roughyedspud on 28 May 2014 - 03:53 AM

theres always one isn't there....

#2935850 2017 RL World Cup tidbit

Posted by roughyedspud on 28 May 2014 - 02:11 AM

Completely disagree. Ireland have played in 3 WCs now, yet they still had zero domestic players in their squad for the WC. Scotland only had one and they've been in three as well. The much maligned Italians even had two! If there's no reward for countries developing and growing the sport, then what's the point? A nation of 24 heritage players and pretending it's helping their development is a joke, come 2017 no doubt Ireland will still have no domestic players. How much longer do they need?

so impliment a law that states each squad has to have x number of domestic players per 24 man squad

start with a 19/5 rule...19 heritage / 5 domestic...and over the next 20-30 years ( yes thats how long it will take) work towards making it a 12/12 split...

to acheive this we (rlif) need to invest in the domestic league setups..

take ireland....concentrate on having a 8 team domestic senior league,each club has to have a u21s who league mirrors the senior league...

that simple model would be replicated throughout the 2nd tier nations and would mean,in time,each nation will be able to field ..

a national under 21s team, who would play in euro/pacific u21 cup & U21 world cups..

a national 'A' team who'll play in regional 'A' comps and
personally id like to see Ireland 'A',scotland 'A',wales 'A' & france 'A' enter into the challenge cup....id even stick russia & serbia in it too

and a full test team (19/5rule) to play in euro/pacific cups,4nations & RLWCs

in no time at all the likes of ireland will build up a core group of "domestics"..

#2935684 "Oh Papua New Guinea"

Posted by roughyedspud on 27 May 2014 - 02:55 PM

png hunters new stadium looks fantastic as does the plans for lloyd robertson oval....and they building a stadium to host the pacific games...

that 3 modern stadia......for a 3 test series!

#2935682 2017 RL World Cup tidbit

Posted by roughyedspud on 27 May 2014 - 02:48 PM

if anything...for heritage players to be eligible for their chosen nation in world cups & 4nations the must make themselves available for 2nd tier comps like the euros & pacific cup...

heritage players need to integrate themselves into national teams better instead of rocking up once every 4 years...

also from 2006-08 there was actually a RLIF rule that said each national squad had to include 5-6 domestic players...and was set to be a rule for the 08 world cup....until tonga challange the rule in court...

sad thing was tonga ( and samoa) played domestic players in that world cup play off comp held here in 2007 and none of them looked out of place or out of their depth...