"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 .
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.
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"
I am not here to defend anybody. I am also not impersonating anyone else.
We will see what happens to RL in UAE in due course - I suspect it will actually do better under the wing of an experienced parent administrator than someone who was clearly operating on a wing and a prayer. Once the RLIF get the proper accreditation from GAYSW then they can take back control of RL in the region again.
But Oasty / Baldrick old chap, we don't want to be under the wing of an "experienced parent enemy". We would like to plough our own furrow without fear of prejudicial and bigoted acts from said enemy.
"Rugby union is once again using its influence to attack Rugby League and restrict its expansion. It did the same in Vichy France over 70 years ago and apparently still feels that this is acceptable. This has resulted in the incarceration of an innocent man for simply promoting a game of Rugby League and having the audacity to call the sport by its own name."
Net result was still the same whether it was written down as an official policy or not, although I am not comparing this to the situation in UAE that seemed to start as an argument about branding and has now escalated way beyond that.
Net result was still the same as what? You are not for real. It was generally Wales that suffered most by "amateur players" exercising their right to try another sport. It was union that stopped them coming back - nobody else. That is, union was to blame!!! Wales union seems to be doing ok today though. They have not been obliterated by Rugby. Conversely, what union is trying to do with its latest manifesto is unequivocal - its aim is to obliterate Rugby. Do you see the difference Tiny from your myopic, blinkered little union bolthole?
BTW, I like how you have trivialised the UAE issue to some little "branding" dispute. When an aggressor sporting body is telling a completely independent sporting body that it cannot use its own name, then it is a little bit more than a "branding issue".
You are only focusing on one part of the 'Strategic Plan', the clue is in the title.
The rest of the Plan was to;
The RFU's Strategic Plan proposes to target all levels of education within rugby league's heartland, from junior schools right the way through to university, and to play more internationals in the north of England.
It also wants to "encourage EFDR [English First Division Rugby] clubs to sign two or three high-profile England-qualified rugby league stars to attract more youngsters in rugby league areas to the union game
to "target for recruitment to Premier sides and as specialist coaches English-qualified rugby league coaches from the top levels".
They have been very successful implementing the last one.
That is reminiscent of O'Neill stating he wanted to wipe Rugby off the face of the planet. I am sure there are many sporting governing bodies that would like to see competitors disappear, but I can't imagine any sporting body, other than union, that would be so arrogant and conceited as to proclaim it in their manifesto / business plan.
As has been stated, Rugby did sign many union players during the shamateur years, but is was simply giving sportsmen a chance to make the best out of their talents. There was no undercurrent of wanting to see union's demise. It just simply gave people a choice. A choice that union tried to deny. I don't like union signing Rugby players now that union is honestly professional, but I would defend the principle to the hilt. However, what union is doing now, as set out by Yosser above, is despicable and to proclaim it so publicly is abhorrent and just shows how untouchable they think they are. The word reptile springs to mind.
Does union still receive subsidies from Sport England? This should definitely be brought to their attention.
Posted by David Wild
on 05 November 2014 - 08:23 PM
The Mail this week (northern edition) has had acres and acres of coverage about the forthcoming union internationals and, in particular, about a certain match up between England and NZ in their annual friendly. Suffice to say, the real deal England v NZ test taking place on the same day, and the first time the two teams have met since their epic encounter in last years WC semi's, has gone almost totally unreported..............so far. Complete disgrace!