Morning all. Currently in Devonport on the North shore in Auckland. I had a belting time watching the game on Queens Street in Auckland. The Kiwis fan certainly enjoyed the game and despise the Australians as much as I do. Shaun Johnson was simply awesome as was the game as a whole. Simply cannot wait for the Kiwis to tour the UK next year; just hope the RFL announce details and tickets soon and play the games in big stadia.
Even a sub-literate poster who referred to Hall as "that Pommie <ahem> lady-part" agreed it was a try. So he actually has more class than some of the Aussie media.
I detest Australia with a passion. Whilst I have admire how ruthless they can be (see the Inglis try targetting an injured Josh Hodgson), I despise the way they go about their business both on and off the field, starting with Greg Bird and Tim Sheens. The article talking about admitting England to the NRL caps it off for me... ######s the lot of them!
As for our leaders, it is about time the RFL grew a set of cojones and started standing up to them. Absolutely sick of feeling walked all over (Graham was yesterday) by them and our leaders not having the moral courage, backbone or integrity to stand up to them.
The NRL really do think they're the sport. They're not the NFL and can't single handily play the sport themselves.
I am frankly sick of the NRL and the mentality it is breeding at the moment. Yes it is a great competition but it is not their game. They are a part of a much bigger picture and it is about time the powers at be at the RFL, NZRL and the rest of the International Rugby League community started letting them know that.
What is people's obsession with the NRL? It's a great competition but undermining the sport in this country isn't going to make it any better.
Agreed and I think it shows a typical arrogance from our Australian counterparts and argubaly a fairly insular outlook in favour of the NRL as per usual. I want to see England playing the likes of Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, France, PNG et al on a regular basis, not Souths or Penrith.
Aussies know how to complain yet McNamara takes everything and says nothing,.,time to grow a pair.
Agreed. Confront them and do it publicly. Embarrass them for what they truly are. We are so bad in the UK at the information campaign (not limited to RL and sport sadly). It's about time we grew a pair and started tackling this issue head on.
This was the worst thing that could happen once Aussies decided they would referee their own team.
It was inevitable at some stage. Lack of penalties can always be defended as that is interpretation, but this was always a risk.
England (and I would suggest Samoa too) need to kick up a massive fuss about this. Absolutely disgusted today in our game and how it is allowed to be run. I am not just being bitter because we lost; it is frankly just pathetic the Australians are allowed to get away with this sort of ###### in the 21st century.
End of the day England threw that game away, we dominated the 1st half and went to sleep for the majority of the 2nd half. We simply stopped playing attacking RL.
We stopped playing attacking rugby as we never had the ball and weren't allowed to by consistently being held down in the tackle. We weren't dominated in the tackle so the amount of lying on was ridiculous. Simply disgusted!
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.
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...
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.