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Gruff

Member Since 04 May 2005
Offline Last Active Dec 11 2014 05:38 PM
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In Topic: France mid-season test back next year

24 November 2014 - 02:41 PM

We need to stop selling a game and sell an event.  If I go it won't particularly be for the rugby on display, it will be for an excuse to go for a night out with the lads with some entertainment mixed in.

 

That isn't going to happen in Leigh, Wigan etc....

 

For me it should be at Wembley, get a decent curtain raiser (Scotland vs Ireland?) and make a day of it.  I couldn't sell a ticket to this game if it was at a club's home ground, but could easily get a crowd for Wembley.

 

Announce it now, big up the French team, get it at Wembley with tickets between £20 and £60, and I'll be there along with 40k others.

 

We can't go backwards


In Topic: Great Britain: Ashes series in Australia back on the agenda

19 November 2014 - 01:23 PM

Would be great, but when??

 

Next year is booked up, 2016 is 4 nations in the UK, 2017 is the world cup, 2018 needs a tournament in the UK again, so only really 2019.

 

This should then be a 4 year cycle (which it should have been starting in 2015)

 

Would be great for players to stay loyal to their countries then come together under the GB banner every 4 years, allowing them to play on a bigger stage (for Scot, Wales, Ire)


In Topic: McNamara: The Referendum. Vote Now.

12 November 2014 - 09:28 AM

Hmmm.

 

Stuart Lancaster record as England RU Coach against top 2 (SA/NZ)

 

 - Played 10, won 1, drawn 1 lost 8

 - Lost 3 games in SH in 2014 against top team by average of 10 points per game

 

RU fans reaction - positive, see progress, get excited for the next chance to have a shot at them, will attend the next game in their tens of thousands and pay minimum of £60

 

Steve McNamara record as England RL Coach against top 2 (NZ/Aus)

 

 - Played 9, won 1, lost 8

 - Lost 2 games in the SH against top teams in 2014, by an average of 3 points per game

 

RL fans reaction - sack him, we've regressed, he doesn't know what he is doing, might as well give up, can't be bothered going to the next game, why should I have to travel to London, £20 per ticket?????? how much?? It's free on the telly.

 

Who needs enemies when you have supporters like this...


In Topic: RL SIX Nations?

03 November 2014 - 11:10 AM

Whilst this seems to have gone off topic, I would like to see an annual RL six nations with a table and final match between the top two, competed and qualified for like this;

 

Year One - European 6 Nations

 

England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy and Wales compete in table format (so 5 games each) played throughout the year - 2 games in June, 3 in October.  Top 3 qualify for Intercontinental 6 nations following year

 

Year Two - Pacific Ocean 6 Nations

 

Aus, Nz, Tonga, Samoa, PNG and Fiji compete in table format (so 5 games each) played throughout the year - 2 games in June, 3 in October.  Top 3 qualify for Intercontinental 6 nations following year

 

Year 2 - Intercontinental 6 nations

 

June

 

Southern and Northern Hemisphere teams both play each nation within their hemisphere (in their own hemisphere) once (2 games).  Points go into the table.

 

Oct/Nov

 

Southern hemisphere teams go to Northern hemisphere or vice versa, play other hemisphere teams once (3 games), and then top two play in final.

 

This gives more exposure to everyone, gives us some sort of international calender and guarantees all teams between 5 and 6 meaningful international fixtures a year.

 

Year 3 - Tours

 

Year 4 - WC


In Topic: 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

29 October 2014 - 01:35 PM

This could go either way and I think unfortunately it will be decided by refereeing interpretations.  If Aus are allowed to hang on at the PTB or allowed a short 10m then we will struggle.  If Eng get penalised for innocuous stuff early on then we will struggle.  If the ref is consistent between both teams then we will win.

 

Essentially, we need to dominate the ruck legally, reduce the error rate and increase our completed sets.  I don't think the Aussies have enough to break us down defensively unless they get a leg up from the ref or we switch off (like we did against Samoa with Godinet's two tries)

 

As to DSK's comment about which English players would get into the Aussie team, I think if Hall, Watkins, Widdop, Graham, Burgess x2, Whitehead, O'Loughlin, Clark and Hill where Australian, they would all be in the Australian starting 17.  It's been a long time since we have had this many world class players - I just hope they perform as well as they know they can.