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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.