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#3016475 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by nec on 19 October 2014 - 06:06 PM

By the way, the due diligence suggested to allow the Canadians to spend their own money in our league would see most kpc or kpc1 clubs excluded if it were applied to them

#3016469 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by nec on 19 October 2014 - 05:53 PM

I watched the union results on the news last night, some cup competition. I was jealous to death.
I'm pigged off with being stuck in a corner. I've lived with it nearly all my rugby following life. What pigs me off even more is that people think we can't do anything about it, and what pigs me off even more is that people, think that we shouldn't.

Rugby League - beset by small time thinking since 1896. We had Welsh and London clubs involved way back when but we consciously made life difficult for them because it cost too much to go there and they brought too few fans. We had Yugoslavia and Italy and we didn't nurture them. We pander to the loudest naysayers and create a league structured to appease them rather than boldly seeking to spread the game. The rugby league family can be a unit that makes anyone outside the immediate circle feel quite unwelcome. We either decide to prioritise growth or manage the decline into a kind of clog-wearing shinty for pit villages.

#3014702 Ben Flower banned for 6 months

Posted by nec on 15 October 2014 - 10:01 PM

If you can get a sine die ban for hitting someone opposite you, if you hit a player adjacent to you can you pick up a cosine die ban? ;)

I'm grabbing my coat as we speak

#3012144 Ben Flower Sending Off / Reaction / Apology (merged threads)

Posted by nec on 12 October 2014 - 10:13 AM

The ban will be what ever the powers that be decide it will be and I don't think anyone will argue that its to harsh, no matter how long it is.

I do like the idea floated earlier though that as well as the ban there should be some sort of education programme to accompany the ban so in this case it would be head trauma related. Sorry, in the flurry of posts I can't remember who suggested it to give credit. But 100% agree its something that we should bring into the game.

Twas mine, just thought it was the only way of turning the PR disaster into a redemptive tale over time.

#3011542 11/10/14 - SLGF: St Helens v Wigan Warriors KO 6pm (TV)

Posted by nec on 11 October 2014 - 12:58 PM

Stop it, I'm in danger of becoming hopeful.

#2995502 Gateshead Thunder announce Falcons double header (merged threads)

Posted by nec on 14 September 2014 - 07:58 PM

No but it was 160 miles on a Wednesday night,which resulted in amateurs taking half days leave,but that's what happens when you play in a "national" competition ,get on with it or go back to playing kick and clap.

Welcome to the family of rugby league Hemel, now f*** off and play union


we don't need enemies

#2982182 22/08/14 | London Skolars v Hunslet Hawks | 7.30pm | Friday Night Lights

Posted by nec on 24 August 2014 - 12:51 PM

Rugby League, a sport that welcomes and encourages new teams, players and supporters lol

#2982019 22/08/14 | London Skolars v Hunslet Hawks | 7.30pm | Friday Night Lights

Posted by nec on 23 August 2014 - 09:03 PM

Dont know where that crowd figure was produced from. 600 there at the most.

You really have to hand it to our traditional RL fans, they can turn a positive into a huge great negative with such aplomb. To be fair hunslet fans should be adept at estimating mediocre attendances though

#2978811 17/08/14 - London Broncos v Leeds Rhinos KO 3pm

Posted by nec on 17 August 2014 - 04:00 PM

Inherent professionalism seems to be producing better games and performances from the relegated duo than jeopardy did ... Odd that :)

#2978290 Amnrl officially dead

Posted by nec on 16 August 2014 - 11:08 AM

Now for Italy!

Meanwhile in the uk we see many on the community game forum that want to ressurect our own 2 governing body nightmare :(

#2977981 For all the embarrassment endured by Widnes and it's true fans, thank you...

Posted by nec on 15 August 2014 - 06:59 PM

Very classy, well done all at Widnes for that. Hope it gets the publicity it deserves.

#2972949 Height of Summer Rugby?

Posted by nec on 07 August 2014 - 12:19 PM

Everything that has kept UK rugby league as a small-time, insular, locally relevant but nationally invisible sport can be seen in this thread. Which successful sports want to see constant warfare between differing governing bodies or splits to make new governing bodies for subsets of the sport? Which successful sports have more than one governing body per country for that matter?


BARLA did a great job increasing participation within a relatively small geographical area but many of those starting clubs up outside that area seem to have found that they were unhelpful or didn't fully understand the difficulties faced. They were distrustful of everything that the governing body tried to do and fiercely protective of their own fiefdom.


The RFL under Maurice Lindsay then Richard Lewis at least had a strategy for what they wanted to achieve and seemed to understand that mid 20th century solutions wouldn't work in the 21st century. The current incumbents appear clueless to the extent that even BARLA are looked upon with fond reminiscence. The move to summer has been handled so guilelessly that it has allowed the naysayers to death ride it from the start and now come on here like the 4 Horsemen of the Wintry Apocalypse and state that it has failed. RFL press releases are written in a style that would see mass sackings in other sports. Having said that few other sports have as many people constantly working from within to destroy new initiatives, undermine authority and discredit officialdom.


We don't just have a difficulty getting people singing from the same hymn-sheet we have no ability to determine a common language, common religion or even what time of year to sing the bloody hymns. Any piece of good news is immediately jumped upon to see if there is a negative angle to suit someone else's agenda. This forum is no longer the first port of call for new people starting new clubs in outlying areas, it is the agenda-ridden, mud-slinging dirty laundry airing cousin of RL Meltdown meshed with League Weekly letters page.



#2972808 Expanded World Club Championship

Posted by nec on 07 August 2014 - 09:05 AM

Clubs no doubt trying to line their pockets again... when are we ever going to learn that internationals are the way forward to develop the game rather than convulted rubbish like this? Clearly we haven't learned anything from 2013...

Indeed, it is a poor idea, with a dreadful format that takes us further away from what we should be doing ie reducing fixtures to play more internationals

#2966814 Voluntary tackles

Posted by nec on 27 July 2014 - 11:52 PM

Any referee alive would have eschewed penalising the godlike figure of Chris Joynt when faced with the snarling pantomime villain of Jimmy Lowes. Never a penalty:)

#2941730 2015 GB Lions tour off?

Posted by nec on 09 June 2014 - 05:17 AM

talk about completely missing the point of a combined celt team lol...

That is another short termist gimmick to give England tougher opposition than they would face from playing proper internationals? Or as a laughable northern hemisphere take on origin?