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In Topic: How about sweeper as the new name for the hooker?

01 June 2014 - 04:21 PM

As the hooking role is pretty much defunct and the role is all about ball distribution, maybe we could use the fractional system that applies to backs? So as well as a full back, three-quarter backs and half backs, we could make the hooker a three seventh back. Not only does three sevenths fit in nicely as being a bit less than a half, it is also an irrational number. Which seems appropriate.

In Topic: Gateshead Thunder taken over by Newcastle RU

24 May 2014 - 10:01 AM

If the idea is just for the Falcons to get some bums on seats through the summer, no it won't work. But what we've been led to believe is that Thunder will sit alongside the Falcons under the umbrella of Newcastle Rugby Ltd, run as a separate entity. Certainly the owner, Semore Kurdi, does not seem to have an intercode axe to grind. So maybe this will work. Let's face it, the only code that has actively closed down RL clubs in the North East to date has been RL itself!

In Topic: Huge Investment at Fev, Club Statement

06 May 2014 - 02:20 PM

They would look unprofessional


To be honest they've already done that by putting out an ungrammatical, typo-strewn and downright chippy official statement.


If all this excitement about anonymous persons putting up unspecified millions is justified, then all the very best to them. However, if I had a few quid for every NFP/National League/Championship club over the years that announced it had the backing to march all the way into the Super League, I'd have a fair amount to invest myself by now.

In Topic: Newcastle Falcons RU trying to buy Gateshead Thunder

07 March 2014 - 11:09 PM

Tricky one for the North East rugby league fan... Do you trust the goodwill of the code with a history of hostility to the sport in the North East? That will, if the going gets tough, look after its own at your expense?


Or do you trust a rugby union club?


Ok, I'm being tongue-in-cheek, but it wasn't the RFU that voted South Shields RLFC, Newcastle RLFC and the original Gateshead Thunder RLFC out of existence. And besides, rather than a buy out by a rugby union club, my understanding is this is a buy out by a businessman who happens to own a rugby union club, among other interests. I think there are risks attached to this move, but you rarely make significant gains without taking risks.