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Evil Homer

Member Since 20 Mar 2004
Offline Last Active Mar 24 2015 03:21 PM

#3058904 Sweden Rugby League

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.

#3058103 Sweden Rugby League

Posted by Evil Homer on 20 January 2015 - 08:17 PM

His post reflects the truth.

The truth that many RL fans are idiots, yes.

#3057725 Sweden Rugby League

Posted by Evil Homer on 19 January 2015 - 10:39 PM

And all they need now are thirteen Aussies with Scandanavian grandparents and they can compete in the next World Cup,

Embarrassing post.

#3056842 News from Sweden

Posted by Evil Homer on 18 January 2015 - 12:55 AM

I misread that as 'Impact Power League'. Now that would be a good name for a competition.

What does this mean for the joint Sweden-Denmark league?

#3054679 USA Pioneers v Leeds: live streaming

Posted by Evil Homer on 11 January 2015 - 08:43 PM

What was the point of that?
It did no good for either team.

Rugby league fans, everyone!


I'm sure it does something for the USA Pioneers team, which wouldn't exist if it wasn't for this match.

#3052214 Red Star v Partizan live streaming

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  :good:  

Say that to the face of the Serbian administrators and see what response you get.

#3051020 Intoduction- League newbie from Canada

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. 

#3035112 Belgium-Netherlands

Posted by Evil Homer on 19 November 2014 - 05:33 PM

Joint Belgium-Netherlands domestic competition to start in 2015.



#3030270 Carcassonne v Lezignan 9/11/14

Posted by Evil Homer on 09 November 2014 - 04:16 PM

Steam is working just fine for me, perfect quality.

#2997668 Scotland independence / GB / Catalans (merged threads)

Posted by Evil Homer on 17 September 2014 - 11:11 PM

The GB rugby league brand ended in 2007, get over it.

#2988077 RLEF has revoked Germany’s Affiliate Membership and Catalonia’s Observer status.

Posted by Evil Homer on 04 September 2014 - 05:23 AM

Good to hear about the reboot, hopefully things will turn out differently this time.


Looking at other threads, a reboot seems to be the right thing, for Germany at least (don't know anything about the Catalonia business). Re-admit them when they are ready.

Any activity in Catalonia would be covered by the Spanish and French associations.

#2977921 Amnrl officially dead

Posted by Evil Homer on 15 August 2014 - 05:51 PM

That article is dishonest and hypocritical to the point where it's actually humorous to read. A fitting way for surely the most backwards organization in sporting history to bow out.

#2976260 West Indies RL?

Posted by Evil Homer on 13 August 2014 - 04:52 AM

It always baffles me how many people fail to understand that international sport is competition between nations and not regions, ethnic groups, made-up representative teams or anything else.

#2973205 RLWC 2017 Qualification

Posted by Evil Homer on 07 August 2014 - 06:47 PM

^ FFS, really? I thought we'd got past this bush league nonsense.


I also heard that they were planning to host qualifiers mid-season, which would be a disaster.

#2969630 RLIF Announce Latest World Rankings

Posted by Evil Homer on 01 August 2014 - 10:00 PM

Lebanon are also 7 places behind Russia who they have never had any difficulty beating. I think they more or less just put some flags in a bowl for chimps to pull out below the top 3

Do you understand how sports ranking work? It's based on international results and matches played, not just a random guess of which teams could beat each other or who has the strongest domestic setup.


Nations like South Africa haven't played any real matches since the RLWC qualifiers in 2011 (?), and they lost all three of those matches. I don't think Lebanon have played any real matches since the RLWCQ either, whereas the likes of Russia and Germany have consistently been involved in European Shield and other competitions which explains their higher rank. The fact that the international calendar is so sporadic and the RLIF is a disorganized shambles is what results in these strange, lop-sided rankings. I don't know why they bother TBH as the whole thing is pretty meaningless without a standardized, organized international calendar for all nations.


As for the unofficial rankings posted above, are you serious? Niue, Catalonia, Latin Heat?