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#3023012 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 30 October 2014 - 05:10 PM

Very positive news for England if this is the case on Sunday:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...league/29831214

 

O'Loughlin is a top player and will drastically improve the team.




#3022955 Catalans academy

Posted by GeordieSaint on 30 October 2014 - 01:55 PM

It mentions some clubs not prepared to fork out €12-15000  to get their sides across to Perpignan.

 

Deary me... English clubs can't afford to pay a £10k-£12k bill for broadening their own players development, nevermind the benefit to Catalans and French RL? Frankly that is pathetic and the worst case of penny pinching I have come across. The RFL need to grow some balls and force the clubs to fulfil their commitment to develop the Academy game across SL and not just the M62.




#3020780 12-Year International Schedule?

Posted by GeordieSaint on 26 October 2014 - 04:02 PM

I hope 12-year plan doesn't mean what England, Australia and New Zealand are up to but a holistic view of the World game including Pacific, European and Americas Cups etc etc and continues to be forecast out to 12-years every single year...


#3020629 25/10/14 - Ireland v Scotland - (Dublin - KO 2pm)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 26 October 2014 - 10:43 AM

I genuinely hope Scotland qualify for the Four Nations. It'd be a massive boost for them and would be the 3rd different European nation having a bash at the big boys in the third NH Four Nations tournament. With plenty of promotion, absolutely no reason why each Scottish game should not take place in Scotland with a game each for the big cities of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh where the game seems to be predominantly played.


#3020020 25/10/14 - 4N - Australia v New Zealand (TV: Premier Sports 9.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 25 October 2014 - 10:54 AM

If the Aussies play like that against Samoa and boxhead will understand why England struggled against a vey big Samoan pack.

Awesome morning with the Aussies bottom! Really tough game next week for us in Melbourne but if we can raise our game in defence, we can very realistically dump the Aussies out of the tournament.


#3019969 25/10/14 - 4N - Australia v New Zealand (TV: Premier Sports 9.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 25 October 2014 - 10:36 AM

Boom!!!! T-R-Y.... What a belting morning this is turning out to be... :)


#3019718 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 25 October 2014 - 08:09 AM

Phew...! A win is a win but despite England being poor, it was a great test match. Samoa were phenenomal in both attack and defence and if that wasn't an example why these nations need to play more international rugby league against the big boys, I don't know what is...

Some positives for us were our halves who interacted well when given the opportunity and both kicked very very well. I thought Clark and Hodgson had good debuts plus our right edge defence with Watkins was very good. Our forwards however, need to massively improve next week, especially in their intensity in defence where the line speed and aggression was non-existent.

We'll be better next week and desperately hope O'Loughlin is back as we need him.


#3019635 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 25 October 2014 - 07:17 AM

Really liked that try simply as we shifted the ball very quickly from the ball the ball to Farrell. I don't we've done that for years and is what you get for having 2 x genuine halfbacks in play.


#3019589 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 25 October 2014 - 06:47 AM

Very good England try that simply as thy held onto the ball for 6 tackles... Amazing what ball retention can do!


#3019582 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 25 October 2014 - 06:44 AM

England have been awful so far and the much vaunted pack is being dominated by Samoa. Ball retention is killing us...


#3019158 25/10/14 - 4N - Australia v New Zealand (TV: Premier Sports 9.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 24 October 2014 - 12:37 PM

Boxhead, I disagree; I hope it is a NZ vs England final and you lot get stuffed in every game! ;)


#3019150 "Rugby league's international failure is spectacular"

Posted by GeordieSaint on 24 October 2014 - 12:31 PM

6 months is nowhere near long enough; these events need to be planned 2/3yrs in advanced including potential venues to give supporters a chance of saving, buying flights, tickets etc. I am case in support of this and could have organised my trip to NZ next month around the 4 nations if given enough time to do so. It's this lack of direction,thought and most importantly governance which needs to change if we are to develop the game internationally into its true potential.


#3018558 25/10/14 - 4N - Samoa v England (TV: BBC2 6.30am)

Posted by GeordieSaint on 23 October 2014 - 12:03 PM

A couple days early aren't you, spud?

Back in your seat.

 

Never too early! Come on England! :)

 

#wallofwhite




#3017753 Keiron Cunningham- the player

Posted by GeordieSaint on 21 October 2014 - 08:07 PM

The Cunningham of the 1996/97 era was probably the best hooker I have ever seen play the game. I'd argue Cameron Smith has been better across the duration of his whole playing career but never seen a hooker as good as Cunningham in the UK.

 

Should add that Buduerus was quality as well... the named three are the best I have seen.




#3015605 Four Nations: England squad discussion thread

Posted by GeordieSaint on 17 October 2014 - 03:20 PM

For England and NZ it comes down to maintaining possession and completing sets. That is where Australia are in another stratosphere to the others.

 

It is as simple as that. Both England and NZ need to develop this ruthlessness as on the back of this, Australia build pressure and eventually dismantle us. England certainly have an inability to perform at these high levels for 80mins and until we develop that ruthlessness, we'll also fall short. Looking forward to see if we can develop those high standards in this tournament; if we do, we have a real chance.