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Evil Homer

Member Since 20 Mar 2004
Offline Last Active Jul 23 2014 08:01 PM

#2955008 Russian Rugby League (Merged threads)

Posted by Evil Homer on 05 July 2014 - 10:31 AM

Baffling that this is still happening in 2014.

#2822581 Petition: Allow Malta to participate in 2017 WC qualifying

Posted by Evil Homer on 31 October 2013 - 03:50 AM

Link here


This was posted in the international section but I felt it was worth posting in here too to bring more attention. The RLIF are planning to exclude Malta from entering the 2017 RLWC, despite the fact that they meet all the entry criteria. This is unacceptable since the World Cup is supposed to be open to all nations and shouldn't ever be run as a closed shop. Sign the petition to allow Malta to compete.

#2812342 RLEF Problems, Changed Demanded & International Rugby League Controversy

Posted by Evil Homer on 21 October 2013 - 01:47 AM

TBH that article is totally embarrassing. Stop using the WC as an excuse to push your agenda, if you want this unspecified 'change' then start a dialogue with the RLEF and work towards making it happen. Circulating poorly written articles with no legitimate information or content isn't going to achieve anything other than making people less sympathetic to your cause.

#2811999 The worst result in international Rugby League history..

Posted by Evil Homer on 20 October 2013 - 03:52 PM

It's funny that the 2000 WC was shot down in mainstream media, and the only people shooting down the 2013 WC are alleged fans of the sport.

#2808451 Eddy Pettybourne called up for USA

Posted by Evil Homer on 16 October 2013 - 12:02 AM

It's a FARCE.
While I am happy to see him in the flesh at Bristol from a Wigan persective, the US and Italy are taking the p___ with their approach to the tournament.

How are Italy any worse than any other nation? All the players are Italian, their team is just as legit as Ireland, Scotland, Cook Islands, Tonga and Samoa.

#2806331 'Heritage' player teams (i.e. USA & Italy) in the RLWC 2013

Posted by Evil Homer on 11 October 2013 - 01:40 AM

No problem with the Italy team. The issue with the USA is not the heritage players, but the selection policy and the standard of player selected.

#2801425 Questions about 2013 World Cup

Posted by Evil Homer on 02 October 2013 - 03:11 PM

The pitch dimensions are just a guideline, there is a minimum and a maximum allowed but not all fields are exactly the same size. The Super League Grand Final is played at Old Trafford every year.

#2797020 Italy WC Squad

Posted by Evil Homer on 26 September 2013 - 04:42 PM

Look I see your point Russia is a massive example in 2000 why we need to shield some nations to these belting.
What worries me is 60 thousand at opening at v Italy and the novice welsh fans all union fans get onto the realisation that if there team loses it is to basically a heritage Italian team, to me the pr is very damaging. Why can we load up sides full heritage which is deemed ok but not use union players much like Wales did in 95 which is worse?

I really don't think anyone would know or care, apart from 'Paul Vaughan' and 'Craig Gower' they're all clearly Italian, and any RU fans would probably be aware that Gower has represented Italy at RU. In fact the Wales RU side currently has Tongan and South African players in the squad, while the England RU team has featured the likes of Manu Tuilagi, Shontayne Hape, Lesley Vainikolo, Henry Paul etc. It happens in all sports, I don't know why we're so insecure in RL.

#2796415 Italy WC Squad

Posted by Evil Homer on 25 September 2013 - 05:19 PM

Because they're not a "proper" rugby league nation by any stretch of the imagination. We ought to have the confidence in our game to accept that we can have perhaps a dozen nations where league has sufficient roots to field national teams. Italy's domestic game is a joke and their national squad reflects this. Look at it another way - if they weren't there whose mind would it cross that the competition would be poorer for their absence? If the event was - let's consider the rich diversity of Australian immigration Cup - then they'd be at the front of the queue.

Who are you to determine what constitutes a 'proper' nation? Italy are members of the RLEF, they have two local governing bodies and have been playing international matches since 1951. The fact that their strongest national team largely consists of players based in Australia is no surprise considering the alternatives are pretty much amateur players in local competitions, but that doesn't make them any less valid than the next team. They earned qualification fairly, the players qualify under rules that would apply for any international sport and they are likely to have about as many domestic players as the likes of Scotland, Ireland and Tonga and probably more than Cook Islands.


If you don't like the fact that RL is a European sport and Italy happen to be able to call upon a bunch of talented heritage players then that's your problem.

#2796389 Italy WC Squad

Posted by Evil Homer on 25 September 2013 - 04:31 PM

Just 2 "Italians"? Very disappointing for me. I dont have a problem with heritage players, but for me this was a chance for locals to mix with Professionals and bring back to the domestic clubs what they had learnt, whilst training with the likes of Minichello etc. Something like 18/19 Heritage players that would play in games  and 5/6 Domestic players as reserves as involved in Training etc would have been better. Maybe one or even two getting some game time against Scotland who I would put as weaker as Tonga. 

They're all Italians.

#2767383 The secret to World Cup TV success is to....

Posted by Evil Homer on 13 August 2013 - 10:49 PM

Chappers is a fine host. The secret to TV success is for as many matches as possible involving nations other than England to be broadcast on BBC.

#2738375 England to play Italy in historic first international

Posted by Evil Homer on 04 July 2013 - 12:05 AM

^ Both sides fielded the strongest available teams, which consisted of both locals and overseas-based players. Italy also didn't beat Lebanon, they tied and Italy went through by virtue of points difference. It's the second time Lebanon have failed to qualify for a WC without losing a match.


There is no glory and no points for fielding a fully domestic sides. Nobody wants to see a bunch of amateurs be whipped by 100+ points, nothing is gained and it's also a concern for the players' safety.

#2736955 Fans to be consulted on Super League structure changes

Posted by Evil Homer on 01 July 2013 - 09:31 PM

If anyone gets the chance, tell the RFL that we want strong, decisive leadership without excessive pandering and attempts to appease everyone regardless of their relevance to the long-term success of the sport. Basically the approach of the previous administration and the exact opposite of what they are trying to do now. If someone could get that message across that would be great.

#2727532 What will be the legacy of the Italy World Cup team?

Posted by Evil Homer on 20 June 2013 - 06:59 PM

It should be Italy if that's the case so as not to devalue the tournament.

#2727523 BARLA Great Britain Emerging Young Lions tour (Merged threads)

Posted by Evil Homer on 20 June 2013 - 06:52 PM

I'm not criticizing the players or the touring/development work, that's fantastic and a credit to the sport, and I hope it continues regardless of what happens to BARLA. That's no reason for a biased and unprofessional match report, which does nobody any favours.

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