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Rugby League World Issue 400 - Out Now!

RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD MAGAZINE - ISSUE 400 - OUT NOW!
84 pages, 38 years of history from Open Rugby to the present day.
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JohnM

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In Topic: The never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)

Yesterday, 09:58 PM

In reality, I think that over many years, the governing bodies, the club owners, the fans etc have been doing their best to make the game, the teams etc, the best they can. It may not always seem like that, of course. No one sets out to make things worse. However, as I have said again and again and agin, they are up against changes in demographics, transportation, lifestyles, competing activities ad more and these are things that they cannot change. I feel pretty strongly that in the SL/championship m62 catchment zone there is limited scope for real growth.one clubs gain turns out to be another clubs loss. Happy to be proven wrong after say 5 years of the new scheme if the total support increases by say 10 or 15 percent, but even that is chicken feed compared with what is needed. Thus representation in other areas is so so important and should be at the centre of our thinking. That London has turned out the way it has is so disappointing, but both Doncaster and Sheffield ..in what you might call ideal leagues territory have been even more disappointing.

In Topic: The never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)

Yesterday, 09:01 PM

Bolton is only 8 miles from Leigh


But light-years ahead.

In Topic: Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Yesterday, 07:06 PM

but you dont influence anybody by standing on a chair, shouting calling them nob heads.


Are you sure? If indeed that is what he has done, it seems to have influenced you, though it's possible that all he had done is reinforced an existing view you had.

In Topic: Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Yesterday, 05:59 PM

well, apart from the Dave Brailsford success formula of the aggregation of small changes ( which in essence is what the now boss of the somewhat successful LTA tried to do with licencing)  maybe Marwan's one-man ginger group (see http://en.wikipedia....ki/Ginger_group) is exactly what is needed. What we don't know of course is what the real powers that be in our game really think. The private persona of Marwan may well be very different to the public persona and the critical posts on here may be entirely unrepresentative.  However, as Salford start winning  - and are able to keep it up - then more  will start to listen to him, fans, administrators and owners alike - and maybe, just maybe, the tide will turn.


In Topic: Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Yesterday, 02:16 PM

I actually find quotes like that entirely unprofessional and damaging to the game. Why would anybody invest in the game that he is constantly talking down?

 

According to him the game is a mess run by idiots - is that really the way to attract investors to the sport?

 

As long as he says nasty things about the RFL though to feed the frothy-mouthed then all is good in the world.

 

What exactly are his great achievements in RL so far than any rich person couldn't do?

 

I'm happy that he loves RL and he wants to invest, and hope he does so for the next 30 years and makes Salford a force, but I'm not going to celebrate somebody who mouths off, loses RFL votes and then moans, and constantly talks about how things are not fair in the sport. 

 

I understand Salford fans liking him, he is there and spending money, and he clearly has a good heart with some of his Steve Prescott things, but I'll celebrate him more when some of his actual plans for growing RL take off - or even get through a vote.

 

 

and then moans, and constantly talks about how things are not fair in the sport. 

 

Quite so. At least you never see that sort of thing on here.