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Middleton Bull

Member Since 04 May 2004
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#2965667 RU Pro12: Guinness named as league's new sponsor

Posted by Middleton Bull on 25 July 2014 - 09:49 PM

To be honest, it's a fairly open league in that regard, as there's such a wide range of ability on show in games, even amongst the good teams. Plenty of gaps when you've got a British Lion opposing some 18 year old academy player!

That British Lion needs to up his game then B)

#2960594 Bizarre RU like try scored by NZ Warriors against the Eels.

Posted by Middleton Bull on 17 July 2014 - 05:36 PM

The RU scrum is part of the play

Yes it is, much like the appendix is part of the human body

#2959481 Bizarre RU like try scored by NZ Warriors against the Eels.

Posted by Middleton Bull on 15 July 2014 - 02:17 PM

Not at all my friend, we have all those already in RU and more, I was suggesting if league teams decided to start coaching all basic rugby skills and including these in their games then RU fans may show a passing interest. Bringing back competitive scrums would be a good start to trying to draw in new fans to watch league and appeal to a wider audience.


I applaud this team for giving it a go even if the opposition were utterly clueless and seemed more interested in having a bit of a breather than scrummaging on their own put in.

I suppose it's all relative.  Union does indeed have small doses of the adjectives I used, whereas Rugby has more or less eradicated the need for those inordinately lengthy and convoluted ways to simply re-start play, so cherished by union.  The fear and paradox would be that introducing the overly complex set pieces might attract some union fans but it would possibly have the opposite effect on Rugby fans.

#2948760 I would sooner play for Wigan than England union team

Posted by Middleton Bull on 23 June 2014 - 06:52 PM

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Who has deemed him not good enough to play in the world cup? He played for England and has not played since last autumn due to injury. In the interim, he realised that League is a far better sport and reverted back to the handling game.[/quot If he thought he had a chance of playing in the world cup he would be still there

How do you know?  Are you a personal friend of his who knows exactly how he ticks?

#2948481 I would sooner play for Wigan than England union team

Posted by Middleton Bull on 23 June 2014 - 11:28 AM

What constitutes being a success in RU?.. 

It all depends on a players background.  If you are a born and bred union player then representing your club at first team level is a success.  If you are a convert from League you would need to single handedly win the union world cup on at least two occasions, scoring a hat trick of try's in each round of the tournament.  You would also need to publicly dismiss RL as parochial and praise union to the heavens whilst drinking a carafe of vintage aftershave.  That should get you a score of 6 or 7 from Wiggy.

#2946656 Joel Tomkins

Posted by Middleton Bull on 19 June 2014 - 06:29 AM

Joel found himself a long way down the pecking order for playing centre for England at RU so I guess it was inevitable that he return to RL before the 2015 RWC.


From what I saw of him he was certainly a talented player and given time he may have improved to a level where he could have challenged for a 1st team place in the England side but I wish him all the best for his return to playing league. I thought he might be a target for Koukash with all his blustering about signing high profile RU players but I guess we still need to wait to see who he is targeting for Salford.


I need to look up more about the RL salary cap rules, sounds like an interesting mix of regulations.

I am not sure why it would be inevitable that he returned to League.  He did challenge for a place in the England union side and got it - until he was injured!  Those other two ex-Leaguies Burrell and Eastmond also seem to fare very well in the centre for the national union side.  They will all possibly be taking a back seat though when Sam Burgess comes along.  Flippin' eck - there does seem to be a common theme here............

#2938076 Arriva prem final

Posted by Middleton Bull on 02 June 2014 - 09:15 AM

SOOS! ;) 

#2937957 Arriva prem final

Posted by Middleton Bull on 01 June 2014 - 09:18 PM

Me thinks you doth protest too much  :tongue:

Yeah - I was just japing by paraphrasing your take on the State of Origin where you dismissed the whole history of the event based on seeing just a small part of one game.

The 100th game was actually played last Wednesday so, if you have seen say just 10% of one game, that means you have watched approximately just a single thousandth of the whole SOO competition. To put it another way, you have not seen 99.9% of it, yet you somehow feel justified in dismissing it completely. With all due respect, that is about as one eyed as you can get and does seem to expose your real views on TGG.

#2936324 £20 million for Scottish RU

Posted by Middleton Bull on 29 May 2014 - 09:50 AM

I watched part of a SOO game a few years ago, didn't see the appeal to be honest. Not trolling, but it really did nothing to grip me and in the end I turned it off and went to do something else. I assume the biggest appeal is for the Australian public where the local rivalry is what draws them in.

I would obviously disagree.  I am not an Aussie (at least not the last time I looked) and I find it fantastic every year.  Same goes for a lot of other League fans I speak to.  Sport at its ultimate best.  If you are a "rugby" fan, I find it difficult to understand how you could not appreciate the skill, commitment and speed on show.  Just think of the most exciting bits of union (where the ball is being passed and big tackles are going in) being rolled out for a full 80 minutes without the distraction of, "as if cradling an injured dove" for inordinate lengths of time..  Honestly, you'll love it.

#2936095 £20 million for Scottish RU

Posted by Middleton Bull on 28 May 2014 - 04:47 PM

As a BT customer I would just like to register my objection to BT throwing money at a sporting organisation synonymous with failure, tedium and soporific sporting endeavours. :sleep:   Bog snorkelling would have been a better target.

#2935121 Scots senior sports writer in admiration of RL

Posted by Middleton Bull on 26 May 2014 - 09:43 AM

I think you can apply that to both codes.


A 5'6 player who weighs 70kgs isn't going to play in the front row in RL or RU. 

Rob Burrow must be a lot bigger than I thought then!

#2932257 Aviva Premiership Rugby (RU) attendance increases this season

Posted by Middleton Bull on 19 May 2014 - 07:39 PM

I think the poor folk were at the magic weekend, well a few of them anyway  :tongue:

The folk at the Magic Weekend would probably have been cash poorer, that is true, but they were undoubtedly far more enriched by the superior entertainment on show. ;)

#2932170 Aviva Premiership Rugby (RU) attendance increases this season

Posted by Middleton Bull on 19 May 2014 - 04:32 PM


I'm surprised the crowd was so poor - that said, there was a lot of sport to be watched this weekend, including the RU semi finals...


The crowd wasn't that poor.  I have it on good authority that they were mainly middle class with a significant proportion of millionaires.

#2930348 RU world cup progress report

Posted by Middleton Bull on 16 May 2014 - 11:51 AM

It's one thing to talk up and be positive about your own sport. But trying to claim you have a better World Cup than soccer can easily lead to you looking like a plonker. After all, it's the only sport with genuine claim to have a WC. 

I remember an article by Brian (poodle) Moore a couple of years ago in which he suggested that RL should stop trying to compare itself to other sports (i.e. union).  His comment came in response to some words by an RL official, which he had taken totally out of context.   Perhaps he could now write another article stating that union should stop trying to compare itself to other sports, particularly soccer.

#2928769 There's only a certain type of player that can move codes

Posted by Middleton Bull on 13 May 2014 - 06:08 AM

You are seriously trying to suggest that any silverware was purely down to HP are you?   ;) 

Of course - absolutely