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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.