I wonder how many of these French players will actually make it to Super League and how many will drift away like so many other good French junior teams. English clubs should be scouting all of these players but I doubt it will happen.
Are people seriously suggesting a name change?! Laughable.
Why is it laughable? I've spent years trying to explain to confused acquaintances that I'm a rugby fan, but that the type of rugby I like is totally different to the one that they're familiar with and that I detest the culture and the sport that they associate with the word rugby, but I'm still a rugby fan, it's just a different sport with the same name. I'm sick of getting birthday and Christmas cards from relatives with pictures of mauls and line-outs and horrible hooped jerseys. Even without taking into account the inevitable problems that it will continue to cause in countless fledgling nations, the name 'rugby' just isn't suitable for our sport.
They have no claim though because 'Rugby' is not a thing. There are two separate sports, RL and RU, both have the name 'rugby' but that's it, they have about as much in common as ice hockey and field hockey, or polo and water polo.
Posted by Evil Homer
on 22 January 2015 - 05:22 AM
At the risk of getting this thread back on track, I'd like to see the RLEF try to organise some sort of calendar for international games to take place each year. Below the 6 Nations there is a 12 team league system (2 divisions of 6) in place in Union that runs over a 24 month period and sees teams play each other home and away in their division.
Georgia, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Russia & Spain make up the first tier, whilst Belgium, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden & Ukraine make up the 2nd.
I have no illusions about this being anything other than an amateur competition as it is most likely to be in Union, but at least they manage the competitions centrally and ensure there are fixtures organised......5 Weekends away over 2 years is hardly going to be a major problem, especially if you have 24 months notice to get things booked!
For example, the weekends of Feb 7/14 and 28, together with March 14 and 21 Germany will host Russia, Romania and Georgia and play away in Spain and Portugal.......stadiums will be booked, officials arranged and judging by previous years, "home" teams look to maximise revenues to contribute to travelling costs.
Great news that the Cub scene is growing in Sweden, but I believe we need to grow internationally to gain traction and recognition across Europe.
Not sure what you are talking about here as the RLEF have been organizing annual international RL tournaments for all nations since their inception. Also Moldova has not played RL since 1995 and AFAIK Romania has never played the sport.
If you want to keep up to date with European developments then visit rlef.eu.com.
Posted by Evil Homer
on 05 January 2015 - 05:49 PM
...and then they'll immediately ditch the players that got them there and pick 20 aussies from the NRL who qualify because their grandmothers' possibly ate a bit of Serbian goulash while on holiday there once. Some reward
Say that to the face of the Serbian administrators and see what response you get.
Posted by Evil Homer
on 02 January 2015 - 07:06 AM
There probably won't be any rough stuff in the Ontario competition, I don't even know why the guy posted that. In fact most of the advice posted on this thread is garbage apart from the stuff about cardio and passing/catching and running with the ball, that is very important since you'll probably run with the ball more in one game of league than an entire season of union.
If you've been playing in the forwards in union then it will probably be a pretty different experience for you, since it's a much faster game and there really isn't too much grappling and static pushing like you're probably used to. Here is footage of a recent Canada vs USA international match to give you an idea of what you're in for, you will probably end up playing with or against some of these players.