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#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?

#2941189 Totally disillusioned with international rugby league

Posted by nec on 08 June 2014 - 12:05 PM

So what should we do? Abolish SOO because it is so successful? Why can't we just enjoy TGG for what it is?

Stop using it as the end in itself and start using it as a means to an end.

#2940900 2015 GB Lions tour off?

Posted by nec on 07 June 2014 - 06:10 PM

I'm torn, on the one hand the Aussies are seemingly hellbent on destroying international rl to protect the insular (almost) NAtional Rugby League; in the other hand they are preventing a pointless reversion to being GB. I will support any idea that involves genuine countries playing internationals against each other, not celtic tiggers, exiles, lancs, yorks. Think long term, get Toulouse in ASAP, stop pandering to those that won't attend matches regardless and build a structure to support international growth.

#2940527 Commonwealth Games Rugby League 9s

Posted by nec on 07 June 2014 - 08:29 AM

Only 6 Scottish born lads in the Scotland squad,surely it can't be right to use the grand parents qualification rule at U19 level.

Better that they have enough scots born to be credible but are competitive on home soil

#2928145 Six Game GB Tour planned for 2015

Posted by nec on 11 May 2014 - 07:35 PM

The era we are pandering to won't attend if any aspect of the game or tournament or pricing or rules or squad is not to their liking. The concept belongs in the past. It is appalling that England are not playing France, Wales, a pacific nation before they leave these shores to build on the momentum. To muddy the future potential with the outdated GB tour is so retrograde as to be laughable. We have a huge new constituency that bought into England rl, we are abandoning them to pander to traditionalists who thrive on finding reasons to downplay the modern game. Astonishing and reprehensible!

#2927759 Six Game GB Tour planned for 2015

Posted by nec on 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 :(

#2897327 History of this forum?

Posted by nec on 11 March 2014 - 05:56 PM

First started looking at VT when I got internet access thanks to Newcastle uni back in 1997, so I've been on all the various incarnations since then.

The whole late nineties/early 2000s was when I fell in love with RL, and this forum (+ Gateshead getting going) were key factors in my rugby education as a non-heartland fan. I was a complete Gateshead fan from the start and I would post anytime Gateshead was mentioned: I remember one poster (Carlisle Saint perhaps?) posted something along the lines of "Grinner, do you have a alarm that starts flashing any time anybody anywhere on the internet posts about Gateshead Thunder?" Made me laugh that. These days my Gateshead interest has waned since I moved to Scotland, most of my rugby watching is on telly, and the odd big game 'down south'.

Great to remember some of the names from the past, some sadly departed to pasture new.

yes that was me, pre empting the technological advances that mean you can be told every time anyone mentions your side