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David Wild

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#3266527 Complaint to the BBC over the use of the word ‘rugby’

Posted by David Wild on 02 February 2016 - 10:05 PM

Did you use green ink?


#3264593 RFL announce final deal with durex

Posted by David Wild on 30 January 2016 - 06:17 PM

The RFL are lucky to get Durex on board.  There has been some stiff competition.

#3257651 Josh Jones quitting Yawnion and coming home

Posted by David Wild on 13 January 2016 - 05:59 PM

Wonderful interview with Rob Baxter.  Seems like a great guy.  As mentioned above, Mike Ford needs to take note, particularly with both his and his son's track records on early release from contracts.

#3256013 Clare Balding Show BBC2

Posted by David Wild on 09 January 2016 - 10:57 AM

and what have we done to encourage women to be more involved?

The stats are apparently 40% women in our fan demographic vs 25% in football.

I have always thought we were quite modern in our inclusivity, but i must admit i think we are going backwards and others are going forwards.

Look at Football, Rugby Union, Tennis, Netball, Athletics, UFC, Golf etc. They all have a rowing womens game, some have women officials etc. What are we doing on this front? On the England RL site, the womens team seems to have been removed just like the Knights.

TBF though DT, rowing is quite an elitist sport :tongue:


#3232343 Burgess leaves Bath

Posted by David Wild on 11 November 2015 - 09:25 PM

just to be clear sam is a world class rl player who in 4 years time imo would be a world class  ru player at either 8 or 6.


England didn't lose the world cup because of sam , they lost due to the poor coaching and selection of the eng management over a long period of time.


England were winning against wales until they took sam off but would imo have lost anyway because although wales play a dull defence based game they are better at it then eng.


imo  sam  didn't really intend staying long past the world cup , if he genuinely wanted to emulate Jason robinson etc he would probably would have to stay in ru for the rest of his pro career (like brad thorn) with no guarantee he would achieve the level of success he has attained in the nrl. understandably he chose to return to south Sydney  , where his family are , to a sport he loves

which suits his skill set.


clearly sam didn't have the interest/ heart / desire / stomach , whatever you want to call it to remain in ru that's fine no big deal , young man leaves a job he loves to try something new , doesn't like it , goes back , that's all it is really.


Bath are understandably miffed , so would you be if it happened to your club , what would be said on here if George north ( for example) went to saints or leeds and did the same?


A very small minority of ru fans have used it as a stick to beat rl with, a very small minority of rl fans (mostly on here) have used it as yet another attempt to denigrate ru as the source of all evil. Trying to find any little slight real or imagined and turn it into something they can have a barny over, at the end of the day its sport! no one has died.

A lot of sense spoken there.  My only comment though would be that the small minority of RL fans are just that, fans, on a closed forum for RL fans.  The small minority of union fans are journalists, current international union players, current union coaches and ex-international union players, all with the privileged platform of the national and international media to beat RL over the head.  Big difference.

#3231900 Burgess leaves Bath

Posted by David Wild on 10 November 2015 - 10:54 PM

Talking sabout not having the stomach for it.  I seem to vaguely remember that Ford and Shaun Edwards had a bit of a feud going on in the 80's, possibly early 90's.  Edwards challenged Ford to a showdown, gloves on, in the ring.  Unfortunately, I seem to recall that Ford didn't have the stomach for it.

#3231898 Burgess leaves Bath

Posted by David Wild on 10 November 2015 - 10:50 PM

It's strange isn't it.  Burgess has been battered, bruised and condemned by the union press and ex-union players prolifically for the last 6 weeks and nobody has defended him, especially Ford.  As soon as Sam tries to explain himself and fire a few brick-bats back, all hell breaks loose in la la union land.  They just can't take criticism.  They are not used to it.  After all, their values and morals put all other sections of society in the shade.  They are beyond reproach in their own tiny little minds. 


Ford can now go swivel as far as I'm concerned.  He is well and truly lost in union and that is where he should stay.

#3231461 Burgess leaves Bath

Posted by David Wild on 10 November 2015 - 12:35 PM

It's great to see a player come out and tell the truth rather than the usual platitudes.  Reading between the lines you just know there is a lot more that he wanted to say but obviously, being an honourable young man, he has held back to a certain degree.  Wonderful stuff Sam.  Most union fans will never have been exposed to such an honest, overt and public comparison between the two codes.  Hopefully you have opened a few eyes and Stephen Jones has choked on his cornflakes whilst reading your comments. :tongue:


Welcome back to TGG.  The only game that can challenge an athlete of your exceptional talents.   Poor union has now lost its most versatile player. :taunt: :taunt: :taunt:

#3231075 Stop buying Time and Sunday times

Posted by David Wild on 09 November 2015 - 07:38 PM

I thought Stephen Jones' article was well written and intelligent. It explains the differences in the codes very articulately.
There is more Rugby League in the Daily Mirror but it is very basic. I think the Independent focuses on league better.

What did you say that was intelligent and well written Stephen?

#3229225 Burgess leaves Bath

Posted by David Wild on 06 November 2015 - 11:23 PM

Absolutely brilliant from Martyn, that just shut them up good style.

It was fantastic.  The way the airwaves went silent after Martyn finished speaking because they simply has no retort to the truth he spoke was quite sublime.

#3183866 Happy Birthday Rugby League!

Posted by David Wild on 29 August 2015 - 10:08 AM

.........................................and she looks younger every year!   Many Happy Returns - what a sport, what a history!

#3183750 Rugby League in the New Statesman

Posted by David Wild on 28 August 2015 - 08:56 PM

"It remains, according to one journalist, a “prisoner of geography”, ensnared by its older kin. Wembley is its parole, the chains are off, for but a short while, as league earns a pass out of its Northern confinement."

That's a great summation of the situation. It's the pime reason I feel the sport needs a permanent presence in London (it's own stadium, RL headquarters) to remove the parochial label.

If you had read a little bit further, you would have learnt about the atrocity perpetrated by union to one Sol Mokdad.  This might provide a little insight into why union, even to this day, still does all it can to restrict the spread of Rugby and is one reason, perhaps, why Rugby has struggled to establish itself in London . 

#3170783 Sam Burgess to Wigan

Posted by David Wild on 04 August 2015 - 11:24 AM

I was another who looked forward to a half-back partnership of Eastmond-Tomkins unless something terrible happened.  Then something terrible happened.  It is too late to regain the potential, but we can salvage what is left.


Regarding Burgess, England are very unlikely to win the World Cup.  Indeed, the first group could be a challenge.  Any idea who will be singled out for blame if he plays?

Stephen Jones has already penned his article on the failure that is SB.  It will be published immediately after the RFU Select XV are out of the comp.

#3136725 Power .... League .... anyone?

Posted by David Wild on 07 June 2015 - 04:55 PM

The USARU have pulled the plug on the NRFL match against Leicester Tigers on August 8th. The NRFL and the money behind it is dead in the water.

They can't do that - they have already announced the attendance of 16815.

#3129683 Sol Mokdad / UAE Rugby League (merged threads)

Posted by David Wild on 26 May 2015 - 04:35 PM

Saves having to stick him/her on ignore. I've seldom come across a more blatant, irritating troll on here.
Most of the people contributing to this thread are regulars and to get under the skin of so many takes a particular level of considered effort. He contributed almost 10% of the total postings - every one of them a clear attempt to get a rise.
I'm off to lie in a darkened room for a while
PS - good luck to Sol (just to pull it back on topic)...

Painful as Oasty was, his time was not fully wasted on this forum. With his final conceited parting shot he taught me a new word..... "thaumaturgic"