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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.