The RFL are a waste of space with most things development wise in my opinion. Good on NWC for standing up for something they think is right. How do the RFL continually alienate so many people and groups?
it does, but you have two prime areas for that England game
Perth with its expat community plus the fact that it is the cheapest place for Brits to fly into generally. A problem with that is you would have little chance of making the opening ceremony, which was a factor with Townsville, showing how bad a choice it was. The crowd showed it was a poor decision.
In England you have the one nation that will bring travelling support in major numbers, apart from nz, did they not consider that people flying to the other side of the world on tour may want to attend the opening ceremony? No, coursr they didnt, as the opening ceremony was just a movie trailer anyway.
I loved the 2008 WC, but like EW, i am really excited as to how big it could be done properly!
Agree with that, I also loved WC08 and managed to plan a 3wk holiday around England's group games, including Townsville for the opener, but the scheduling wasn't ideal.
The main thing though is early release of fixtures so planning can start, that was one of the great things about WC13 - I even used to like logging onto the ticketing site to see how the stands were selling out!!!
I think there could be some good crowds in WC17 if they get scheduling right, especially with Kiwis getting home games and Pacific nations improving - also if the likes of Lebanon qualify and get games in Sydney there'll be even more interest.
I saw a Kingstone Press Cider truck on M1 recently and that had the England RL logos on which I was impressed with as often our own sponsors don't advertise their involvement like they do in other sports. I've had a pint of that before based on their sponsorship.
I can't imagine many league 1 players complaining about this!! If they do they want their head checking!
And league 1 having a Canadian team has no bearing on development of the game in the south, that needs focus with or without this move.
This does seem a bit of a mad idea, but why not give it a go, when the young players are coming thru at some of our current clubs maybe they'll be motivated to stick with league and their club with the thought of some of the trips they can look forward to.
I think we should look to start reclaiming the word rugby. Let's start having clear uses of the term itself, let's write clauses into TV contracts, let's publicly call out Union about the issue and ask for a response.
We have the UAE issues, the guys banned in Germany, the Italian RL comp under the union federation. It's ok everyone being friendly in Eng and Aus where league is bigger, but Union are now just being more clever about how they go about things.
IRB changing name to World Rugby was genius, we need a bit of genius!
One of the issues with CLS is the dual reg piece. Dual reg in my opinion should not be allowed at any level.
Dual reg players strengthen a team in the short term, give them illusions of grandeur and then eventually those players go and your left with half a team as original players have left. Bristol seem a good example as do Oxford and Sheffield, well, I'm not quite sure what they get out of CLS. Valley Cougars are equally a different side without dual reg players.