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Rugby League World Issue 402

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The Play-offs Issue - pictured (out 12 Sept) – Covering the climax of the Super League & Championship seasons
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In Topic: Super League: The race for top spot

28 August 2014 - 10:56 AM

My prediction;


Games won in Red


St Helens (1st): Leeds Rhinos (a), Warrington Wolves (h), Huddersfield Giants (a) - 38 points

Wigan Warriors (2nd): Widnes Vikings (a), Leeds Rhinos (h), Warrington Wolves (h) - 37 Points

Leeds Rhinos (3rd): St Helens (h), Wigan Warriors (a), Hull FC (a) - 36 points

Warrington Wolves (4th): Huddersfield Giants (h), St Helens (a), Wigan Warriors (a) - 36 points

Castleford Tigers (5th): Bradford Bulls (h), Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (h), Catalan Dragons (a) - 38 Points

Huddersfield Giants (6th): Warrington Wolves (a), Hull FC (h), St Helens (h) - 36 points


1 - Cas

2 - Saints

3 - Wigan

4 - Leeds

5 - Warrington

6 - Hudds

In Topic: POLL: Pick your English starting 13 for the Four Nations

28 August 2014 - 10:48 AM

1 - Hardaker

2 - Hall

3 - Watkins

4 - Shenton

5 - Briscoe

6 - Tomkins

7 - Widdop

8 - G Burgess

9 - Clark

10 - Graham

11 - Whitehead

12 - Westwood

13 - O'Loughlin


14 - Roby

15 - Hill

16 - Ferres

17 - T.Burgess


However, I don't know if he is available, but I would also pick S.Burgess.  Regardless of what he is doing in 2015 he is outstanding this year and I am sure that would translate to the international stage

In Topic: POLL: Pick your English starting 13 for the Four Nations

28 August 2014 - 10:36 AM

Picked, but would have Widdop and Tomkins in the halves.


Tomkins has been playing 1st/2nd receiver a lot in the NRL and Hardaker has been playing too good to leave out.


A 1,6,7,9 spine of Hardaker, Tomkins, Widdop and Clark is very exciting for now and the future.  This should be the spine for the WC2017

In Topic: Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

24 July 2014 - 02:34 PM

I have just read a quote from Nigel Wood where he states "The game is at an all time high with almost 39 million watching the game live-either at the ground or on television"


Which leads me to ponder how big the population of Yorkshire and Lancashire really is?


Seriously though to make a broad staement like this, one would presume there are facts to back it up, as of yet though no actual facts seem avaliable.


The plot thickens to quote anotherwell know  fictional character


Aren't something like 50% of viewers from the southern regions of England?


Anyway, If there are 75 games broadcast on Sky at 200,000 per game then thats 15m.  Add in a few million for the CC fixtures, a significant amount for WC games and live attendances up to 3m, it's quite easy to see where the 39m comes from.

In Topic: Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

24 July 2014 - 01:57 PM

Just trying to reconcile your 30% comment. I'm looking at the spreadsheet that shows 14+ as distinct from the other that has the 16+ and info on more survey years.


Anyway the end column is from April to April (hence combines two survey years that are normally Oct to Oct)... that shows 63,400


The survey before which is the normal Oct to Oct shows 67,300.


Thus I'm trying to understand your comment, purely as I'm wondering if I misunderstand the info.


Not disputing the actual numbers but one has to also be cautious as the columns cover different periods which could affect the outcomes comparison until we get the full Oct to Oct to compare.

I think he is basing it on the 48,700 quoted for April 2012-2013 by LordCharles


Any comparison has to be based on the latest figures, and by using the April to April not only are these the latest figures, but these will show any effect the WC will have had.