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#2964745 Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

Posted by Gruff on 24 July 2014 - 01:33 PM

If correct, that's pretty impressive. Around 30% up on 2012-13.

 All info here

 

http://www.sportengl...sport/by-sport/

 

Don't know why the previous poster used out of date figures to validate the criticism of the RFL's press release, when it would have been just as easy to get accurate figures...




#2964742 Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

Posted by Gruff on 24 July 2014 - 01:28 PM

Totally agree with Lord Charles the RFL is all about spin from the senior figures in the game. The truth never gets in the way of self preservation when Nigel Wood speaks.

The game is a business that is being run by people who are out of their depth. Our competitors Rugby Union and the NRL have made massive strides in the last ten to fifteen years. Why? very simple ....... professional leadership.

We are going nowhere with Barwick, Wood and Rimmer. By the way what exactly does Brian Barwick doing on a daily basis?

 

RU release a statement not long back saying they had a 40% increase of television viewers since moving to BT.  They didn't mention they they actually televising nearly double the amount of games to get this 40% increase.

 

Guess how many threads from "fans" on popular RU forums, or articles from RU journalists deriding this as spin and calling for peoples heads there were....

 

Then have a rethink as to why RL is being held back...




#2932925 Huge rise in TV figures for Aviva Premiership Rugby (RU)

Posted by Gruff on 21 May 2014 - 01:41 PM

Interesting they don't give an average audience per match.

 

Given there is at least 3 games, sometimes 4 happening every weekend this means average audiences are between 80k and 120k per match.

 

Good spin.

 

50% increase in matches broadcast has increased total audiences by only 40% = a good thing??




#2883611 RLWC 2017 - Winning Bid

Posted by Gruff on 19 February 2014 - 10:03 AM

Would definitely like to see 16 teams, but similar format to last except groups C&D have 4 teams in and no cross over games.

 

And would also like to see some movement on the eligibility - either have to declare now which nationality you are, or have a rule where 50% of your squad have to have played in at least 1 qualifier.  Whilst USA/Italy did well, I felt sorry for the guys who were usurped by johnny come lately heritage players




#2882366 Sam Burgess (merged threads)

Posted by Gruff on 17 February 2014 - 12:29 PM

No thanks, the 2017 squad should only be for players who are loyal to the sport and have played the sport for more than a few months at the time.

The WC should be open to the best 24 players available.  I've no doubt someone like Salford will look to sign Sam once his contract is up in 2017 either short term or long term, and within 6 months he will be one of the best forwards in England again.

 

Should SBW not have played last year?




#2871737 Sky Sports - New TV Deal (Merged Threads)

Posted by Gruff on 30 January 2014 - 10:07 AM

Latest tweet from Irvine says deal worth over  200 million pounds!

 Wow - that's nearly double what we get at the moment for Superleague.

 

£40m per year - extraordinary.

 

Well done RFL




#2839941 23/11/13 - World Cup Semi Final 1: England v New Zealand (Wembley)

Posted by Gruff on 22 November 2013 - 12:23 PM

I agree that JWH has been immense - his attitude has gone from being a dirty dog to a mongrel - hard as nails but cut out the silly stuff.  Definitiely would walk into any team.

 

Kasaino and Pritchard and good players, but you ask any Bulldogs supporter who is the first name on the team sheet and to a man they will say James Graham.  This seems to have been overlooked by many - the NZ pair may have size, but Graham aint small and his engine, mobility, defence and hands are better than both of them.

 

SBW speaks for himself, but so does S.Burgess.  

 

If you could combine the teams to get the best pack, personally I think you would be looking at;

 

JWH

Luke

Graham

SBW

Burgess

O'Loughlin

 

G.Burgess

Roby

Pritchard

Kasaino

 

Which pretty much goes to show there will be nothing between these two packs.  Should be an awesome game.




#2837663 23/11/13 - World Cup Semi Final 1: England v New Zealand (Wembley)

Posted by Gruff on 18 November 2013 - 02:30 PM

The Foran Johnson combo is far superior to the Marshall ball hogging one man band Kiwis

 

I'd argue that till the cows come home . a Marshall team could never construct the fluid back line moves the 2013 Kiwi's are putting together with relative ease.

 

The only player that the Kiwis are really missing from the comparison between the 08 side is Jeremy Smith.

 

Smith is New Zealands James Graham , tough.

 

I can't agree with Westwood being evens with Pritchard. Westwood gives away too many penalties for world class footy , and Pritchard has hand and foot work Westwood can only dream of.

And Westwood puts in the minutes and tackles that Pritchard can only dream of.

 

Westwood has made on average 30 tackles a game to Pritchards 17.  They are roughly the same on offloads and tackle busts and carries, but FP has averages more metres.

 

Different players who both bring different things, but as good as Pritchard is in attack, Westwood is in defence, and vice versa - hence they cancel each other out




#2815618 Kangaroo side to face England in World Cup opener

Posted by Gruff on 24 October 2013 - 09:34 AM

Looking back to the 2008 RLWC and it is interesting to see how teams have developed.  I would say that Aus now are weaker than they where then, and Eng are much much stronger.

 

The changes in the Aus 17 that started the WC Final in 2008, compared to now are (with the better player, if there is one, in bold);

 

Boyd - Joel Monaghan

Tate - Falou

Morris - Williams

Cronk - Lockyer

Tamou - Kite

Scott - Civoniceva

Bird - Laffranchi

Thaiday - G.Stewart

 

Farah - Hunt

Parker - Tupou

Fifita - Fitzgibbon

Lewis - Watmough

 

Both England and NZ have improved their squads massively - we had a back 5 of Wellens, Calderwood, Sykes, Senior and Smith, compared to Tomkins, Charnley, Watkins, Cudjoe and Hall.

 

This Aussie side is there for the taking




#2814732 Sir Steve NcNamara?

Posted by Gruff on 23 October 2013 - 02:29 PM

if we win it'll be inspite of him not because of him..


hes very good at all the planning and prep work,he'll be a good in a direct of rugby role somewhere..i would'nt have a problem with him staying with england in that capacity after the world cup..

but hes a terrible coach....

So if we don't win, its not his fault either?

 

Can't have it both ways.

 

Very much damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.  Poor guy




#2813721 26/10/13: World Cup Game 1 - Australia v England

Posted by Gruff on 22 October 2013 - 01:46 PM

Yep,

 

England out fast, getting the first try.  Aus then get the next two (missing one conversion), but we sneak one just before half time to make it 12-10 at the break to England

 

England to get one straight after the break, followed by a Sinfield penalty to make it 20-12 at the 55 minute mark.

 

Aus to then score making it 20-22 with 10 to go.

 

A disallowed Aussie try, followed by a Tomkins/Charnley break in the final 5 takes it to 24-22 to England.

 

2 tense minutes of praying to god we don't drop it in our own half, and a final Aussie set during which the hooter sounds that sees them throw it around like a basketball until Hall bundles Boyd out 3 metres out just before the try line.

 

Cue massive celebrations, a lot more beer drunk and being able to actually enjoy a game in the shape of Wales vs Italy.

 

Easy




#2813503 RFL Incompetence.

Posted by Gruff on 22 October 2013 - 10:23 AM

Best. Opening. Post. Ever. Fact




#2812810 26/10/13: World Cup Game 1 - Australia v England

Posted by Gruff on 21 October 2013 - 01:26 PM

He got his squad 100% wrong with all people on here (seems that way)
Where will McNamara go from here after he is sacked after the World Cup? Will any super league club want him or will he have to put up with a job on BBC??

Firstly I doubt he will be sacked - regardless of what people on here think of him his only competitive losses have been against NZ and Aus and last time we played NZ we beat them convincingly.  In the same tournament we lost to Aus by 16 points (conceding 12 in the last 7 minutes, and having a perfectly good try disallowed), and Aus again where we were equal on points until the 57th minute.

 

In 2011 we weren't far behind the Aussies at all, and much better than the kiwi's

 

Secondly, the processes and structure McNamara has implemented over the past 3 years are second to none.  Whilst team selection is always going to be controversial, you can't fault the preparation

 

If we don't win the tournament it's because we are not good enough.




#2812740 28/10/13: World Cup Match 5 - Fiji v Ireland

Posted by Gruff on 21 October 2013 - 12:35 PM

Another close game for me, but Fiji to edge it.  Too strong for Ireland




#2812556 26/10/13: World Cup Game 1 - Australia v England

Posted by Gruff on 21 October 2013 - 10:12 AM

1 - Tomkins

2 - Charnley

3 - Watkins

4 - Cudjoe

5 - Hall

6 - Widdop

7 - Sinfield

8 - Mossop

9 - Roby

10 - Hill

11 - S.Burgess

12 - Westwood

13 - O'Loughlin

 

14 - Chase

15 - J.Graham

16 - G.Burgess

17 - Hock

 

The first 15 minutes are just going to be a bash em competition with a lot of energy spent in the forwards - Hill and Mossop can hold their own in this department.  After 15 I would then bring on Gurgess and Graham to continue bashing holes for these two - Gurgess to continue bashing them, and Graham to do what he does best - take it to the line and either make yards or put Surgess/Westwood through holes.  After 25 minutes then bring on Hock for Westwood.

 

Graham will then play for the rest of the game, and probably give Sam a 10min breather just after half time.  We need our strongest defenders on the pitch between 55-65 minutes as this is when we tend to ship points