His book 'The Places in Between' about Afghanistan is fantastic and really brings home many of the cultural differences between us and the Afghans, many which show the Afghans in a far better light than us in my opinion.
Completely off topic but I felt the book highlighted the cultural, tribal, religious, splits very well. And showed how warlords and blood feuds are more important to many people. Also showed how quickly warlords would jump sides.
There are big issues, some structural, some personal.
That we don't have a true pyramid structure is beyond belief. That we play in different seasons. That we have different groups in control. That we don't have the same basic rules. That we cling on to 'amateur' more than RU.
Never mind the different groups pulling in different directions with regards to scholarships, 'A' teams, U23's.
Of course it doesn't help that we don't have a pot to ###### in. That we let lots of development officers go when the contracts (paid with SE money) ran out.
Thanks Tim2 but you are just on the border so don't count, sorry, the Eastern RL has launched its season and says concentrating on Under 15's so obviously only interested in Open Age
Primary Committee meeting with the RFL today (Tuesday) in Leeds lets see what comes of that
Not enough volunteers, no RL history, no RL in schools, one RFL staffer for whole region, geographic spread, appeasement of host RU clubs. Just some of the reasons why its harder to do anything down this way.