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#3171047 Calais: what to do.

Posted by GeordieSaint on Yesterday, 07:20 PM

Not a bad idea,
They could do a bit of 'national service' as well in maintaining the security of the island from the Argies allowing us to only have a minimal full time army presence there.
It would probably also be cheaper to build some low cost housing on the island for them and a few factories so business in the UK that currently outsource to China could have their good manufactured in the Falklands instead.

To quash this idea (and hope it was tongue in cheek):

a) There is already a minimal Army presence on the Islands; never any more than 400 at a time
b ) Expensive to build on the islands as nearly all materials are imported
c) Cost of living is reasonably expensive due to reasons at point b
d) Exporting is expensive due to transportation costs
e) The islanders, whilst very accommodating, would reject this idea as they govern themselves and have the right to self-determination.
f) The infrastructure i.e. medical facilities, schools etc aren't in place to deal with such numbers considering there is never more than 4.5k people on the island at any one time.

#3170119 Calais: what to do.

Posted by GeordieSaint on 03 August 2015 - 09:04 AM

It's about time the French police increased their numbers.  The illegals are in France, not the UK, therefore it is primarily the responsibility of the French to deal with them on their territory.


The French security forces are incredibly stretched at the moment. 10,00 soldiers are located on the streets at the moment dealing with the perceived Islamic Fundamentalist threat across the country. A few illegal immigrants or asylum seekers trying to get into the UK is not their main priority.

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#3169293 1 Aug: CCSF2 - Hull Kingston Rovers v Warrington Wolves KO 12.45pm

Posted by GeordieSaint on 01 August 2015 - 01:50 PM

To think some on here say the cup should be scrubbed

I don't know what it is but I feel the cup has had a new lease of life this year. Brilliant entertainment in every televised game other than Leeds vs Hudd. Great to see another underdog through the final as well; just hope they win it!

#3169179 Eorl Crabtree's County of Origin fantasy

Posted by GeordieSaint on 01 August 2015 - 12:48 PM

I think you have to live outside the north to realise how this would be viewed in a wider context. It is as stereotyped as it gets.

Absolutely agree. The clubs play too many games. We should be looking as Richardson has stated to link our season to the NRL and give ourselves a window to play internationals. That should be our way to generate competition and intensity.

#3169173 Calais: what to do.

Posted by GeordieSaint on 01 August 2015 - 12:42 PM

Are the papers really that thick? Or are they being deliberately provocative knowing full well Cameron can't just send the army into a foreign country uninvited?

They are not thick and I don't think they are being provocative. They know headlines like this sell papers...

#3169157 1 Aug: CCSF2 - Hull Kingston Rovers v Warrington Wolves KO 12.45pm

Posted by GeordieSaint on 01 August 2015 - 12:22 PM

I have to say, loving the Challenge Cup this year; excellent entertainment.

#3169094 Zac Hardaker in the box seat for England full-back

Posted by GeordieSaint on 01 August 2015 - 11:40 AM

Hardaker at full back and Tomkins in the halves with Widdop for me.

I am fast coming around to that idea. Tomkins has class but seems to have lost that electric speed and acceleration he had. Hardaker has been excellent all season, especially last night so I think deserves his chance. I haven't been impressed with Smith this year at Wigan so Tomkins is definitely an option at 6.

#3168949 Andre Savelio's future

Posted by GeordieSaint on 01 August 2015 - 08:30 AM

Cant see new zealand selecting him unless hes playing nrl n imo he'll only choose samoa if england dont select him

He'll be in the NRL in 2yrs time and I believe he considers himself to be an Islander if reports are true. England should be doing everything to get him to commit to us but can't see it happening.

#3168947 31 Jul: CCSF1 - Leeds Rhinos v St Helens KO 8pm

Posted by GeordieSaint on 01 August 2015 - 08:27 AM

What cost you the game lass was Luke Walsh.

I disagree even though Walsh is a liability in defence. Whilst Saints were incredibly resilient, I thought the lack of aggression in the first 30mins was a real undoing. We allowed Leeds to run at us allowing them to dominate the tackle and in attack, we play with no depth giving us very little momentum. When Vea and Savelio ran with depth and conviction, it allowed us to play on the front foot for a while; we than caused Leeds problems.

I really think Cunningham has his tactics wrong and have said the same all season. 3 drives and a kick isn't going to work against a proper RL side like Leeds, as it didn't against Souths. Am I right in saying Cunningham is in charge of attack with Long in defence? That needs to change immediately in my opinion as we are offering very little in attack for large periods. To me, the jury is still out on Cunningham.

#3164979 When you need a spead sheet to explain its time to rethink

Posted by GeordieSaint on 26 July 2015 - 02:28 PM

I would imagine it is immediate cost cutting as the club's maximum income for 2016 will be half that of 2015. The deadline is still open so clubs are still signing players. Yes you are mostly abusive - read your posts back.

I personally think you are right; messaging is vitally important and it is something the RFL and the game as a whole is really poor at as we pay lip service to it. If fans or part-time fans don't understand the system, the messaging for the new structure has failed.

#3164096 Joe Greenwood V Ben Currie, who's better?

Posted by GeordieSaint on 24 July 2015 - 09:34 PM

Neither are yet good enough.

#3162510 NRL rule changes from 2016

Posted by GeordieSaint on 22 July 2015 - 01:26 PM

International Ice Hockey rules vary to NHL. As does NBA and the international game. Sheffield Shield is four days, Tests are five. American Football has four downs, Canadian Football has three. Even baseball is different between the two U.S. Conferences. No problem here.


I personally think rule changes should be the sole responsibility of the RLIF, not the NRL and RFL. Consultation across all governing bodies should take place but a change should be authorised by all. The IRB, FIFA et al make rule changes for the good of their sports, not individual competitions. It is about time we professionalised as a sport for the good of the game.

#3162430 Labour leadership contest

Posted by GeordieSaint on 22 July 2015 - 11:04 AM

So, let me get this right. 250,000 ordinary Labour party members are not representative of the British public, yet 232 (with a few exceptions) professional politicians on the Westminster gravy train, who have gone straight from University to SW1 and onto Parliament via internships and being Spads do know what the great British public is about? Are you serious John? Really?

I don't think John was alluding to that. He was suggesting in my opinion that a majority of the other 64.75m people in the country don't think like the 0.25m Labour membership. Maybe the Labour Party needs to understand what the country actually thinks as maybe their principles are less relevant in 2015. Not suggesting they aren't but is the dynamic of working class vs upper class still relevant?!

#3162032 Eng V NZ Olympic Park tickets

Posted by GeordieSaint on 21 July 2015 - 04:33 PM

Hundred of us going from our local in St Helens.


70+ from Kings Lynn RL club too!

#3159115 Tour de France 2015

Posted by GeordieSaint on 16 July 2015 - 05:28 PM

Thought Thomas was exceptional on that final climb today when everyone was putting pressure on Frome!