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Railway End

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#3056700 Eng v NZ - What The Hell is Going On?

Posted by Railway End on 17 January 2015 - 04:23 PM

The Aussies have been saying they wanted no internationals in 2015 for the last couple of years. Why are we only now scrabbling around looking for venues for the Kiwi series.

The series and venues should have been sorted out at least 12 months ago.

Interestingly Union are shortly to announce the venues and scheduling of their 2019 World Cup in Japan. Have we done the same for our 2017 World Cup? Have the RLIF even thought about when they will meet to discuss it?

If only the administrators of the game could be as profsessional as it's athletes.

#3055991 Alex Mckinnon Stands Up

Posted by Railway End on 15 January 2015 - 04:53 PM

Fantastic news that Alex McKinnon's rehabilitation appears to be progressing so well.

Sad that the Aussie media seem unable to respect his privacy.


Mods; I now this should probably be on the Australian RL forum but I thought such a good news story should be seen by a larger audience.

#3055242 cas ground

Posted by Railway End on 13 January 2015 - 02:22 PM

Yep, it's the vacant plot of land to the north-east of J32...I know this because I had to assess potential noise impact upon properties on Stainburn Ave and Spittle Hardwick Lane

That's right, it is currently farm land and not a slag heap as someone mentioned earlier.

As such it's not a development proposed to regenerate an area of industrial wasteland as the original intended location next to xsscape was.

For the benefit of RL I hope the proposal comes to fruition, although after so many false dawns I'm not holding my breath.

#3054241 cas ground

Posted by Railway End on 10 January 2015 - 04:04 PM

See a bit of wind and cas ground falls down ?? Thats what you get kidding everybody over the years that we are getting a new stadium that never happens

Grow up!

I assume the wall was on the Princess Street side of the ground. Did it cause any damage to residents cars etc?

I hope Cas are adequately insured for this kind of thing.

#3053877 Strange Choice?

Posted by Railway End on 09 January 2015 - 05:34 PM

If I had to pick one....

The England/NZ Test series. I'm a firm believer that the sports growth can only be benefitted from a successful international calendar.

#3047568 gloucs/bath

Posted by Railway End on 20 December 2014 - 10:07 PM

And does n't Sam look #### off waiting for yet another reset scrum to end the tedium


They say a picture speaks a thousand words!

#3045913 most physical sport

Posted by Railway End on 16 December 2014 - 12:59 PM

Surfing is one of the most physically knackering sports I've done.

Maybe because I spent all my time falling off. :D

#3044567 Who should be in Super League's top 50?

Posted by Railway End on 13 December 2014 - 03:18 PM

Apart from the obvious ones already mentioned and avoiding England or Dream Team players, I'll add one or two quiet achievers who might just sneak in the top 50.

Lama Tasi
Junior Sa'u
Brett Kearney
Aaron Murphy
Akuma Ta'ai
Tommy Makinson
Anthony Gelling
Oliver Holmes
Liam Finn
Matty Russell
Vincent Duport
Zeb Taia
Jamie Shaul
Joe Mellor
Rhys Hanbury.

#3044558 What does it mean for both codes if Eng dont get out of their group in the RUWC.

Posted by Railway End on 13 December 2014 - 02:56 PM

Not sure of the timings, but maybe if England RU don't make it out of the group stages and England RL beat NZ at a packed Wembley, live on BBC to wrap up a series win, it may benefit league slightly.

Floating sports fans could compare and contrast and if they are looking for entertainment would probably side with League.

I agree though, England RL could be the best sports team ever to step on a pitch and they would still be largely ignored by the British media.

#3042108 Union World Cup Preview in Telegraph

Posted by Railway End on 07 December 2014 - 02:58 PM

Although I grew up in a League heartland we were forced to play Union at school, however come the weekend we all played League.

Exactly the same with me. I played Stand Off for the local RL team on a Sunday and Fly Half for school, it was frustrating as hell. On numerous occasions I was dropped from the school team for "not kicking the ball" when in possession in our own half (even though we were making more ground moving the ball about???).

In our last ever game for school we decided as a team to try and play as much rugby league as possible. We kept the ball in play at every opportunity, didn't commit forwards to rucks, had shortened lineouts, attacked from every part of the pitch etc etc. We won the game by about 70 points. We did however get the mother of all rollickings from the PE teacher and Headmaster for not playing the game "in the right spirit" :D

I was exposed to both codes in equal measure as a youngster. I was won over to League due to its physicality, speed and skill as well as an extremely good coach who emphasised fun and enjoyment. The latter point is the major factor that relates to all junior sport IMO and is often overlooked in pursuit of winning.

#3038798 Burgess already bored, says Bath coach

Posted by Railway End on 28 November 2014 - 10:07 PM

Well he must be bored now ! What a load of drivel that was 80 minutes of very little ! He is on for 18 minutes touches the ball twice and zero tackles, welcome to retirement Sam!

Sounds like his plan is working perfectly to me.

Cash in for a year or too playing Union, raise his profile (as hard as that is for us Leaguies to swallow), give his body a bit of a rest to extend his playing career then return to South's on an increased salary.

Jobs a good 'un!

#3038769 Should S Burgess have been included in BBC SPOTH shortlist?

Posted by Railway End on 28 November 2014 - 09:10 PM

One "Union" man who agrees that Sam Burgess should have been nominated for SPOTY is Brian Moore.

I heard him on Talksport earlier this week singing his praises on what an outstanding year he had just had at the Rabbitohs.

I used to think Moore was really up himself, but recently he has gone up in my estimation. Apart from Jiffy, he is the only commentator of either code who appears to genuinely enjoy both games and does not envolved himself in sly digs or patronising sounding faux appreciation of their rival sport.

#3036200 Wellington NRL bid launched!

Posted by Railway End on 22 November 2014 - 10:46 PM

I would love to see another NZ NRL team.

The country seems to be producing more top players than ever before. Why should the majority have to play in Australia to make a good living?

Sadly I fear that Perth and another Queensland team would be more favourably looked upon by the NRL. Maybe if they look at a 2 division structure or 2 geographical conferences whereby they need another 4 or more teams, they may get a shot.

#3034925 Samoa RU threatened with World Cup removal

Posted by Railway End on 19 November 2014 - 10:31 AM

Is this the same Samoan Prime Minister who labelled Toa Samoa "embarrassing" (or words to that effect) last year?

He sounds like a bit of a glory chaser to me! Maybe he should be proud of the fact that Samoa compete well in both codes in relation to the population they can draw from.

#3032922 More Desperate by the Day

Posted by Railway End on 15 November 2014 - 09:23 AM

That's not the issue. There are schoolboys in the Australian system who are not 100% Australian. The rep side is for boys who attend an Australian school. The likes of Benji Marshall played because that's what he was. His national allegiance didn't come into it because it's not a national rep side. What next? The Australians really are becoming paranoid.

Ahh, I didn't realise it wasn't a national rep side. I fully agree with your comments. The Aussies need reigning in.