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#3267427 2021 World Cup expanded to 16 nations

Posted by Tonka on 04 February 2016 - 02:18 PM

I love my internationals as much as the next man, but I would have stuck with 14 for the next NH one, and gone to 16 thereafter.
If Fiji get a side in the NSW Cup, we will have 7 nations with full time clubs either in NRL/next tier or SL/next tiers. Samoa, Tonga and Cooks' ties to Australia and NZ are so deep that they can justifiably be considered part of the family, even with Heritage players.
After that, it remains a struggle - certainly, a strong case can be made for the roots of the game in Serbia, Lebanon and USA. After that, perhaps Canada? Maybe Scotland, if the 4 Ns is a success?
Thereafter, are we likely to be a bit thin? I am not a fan of numbers for numbers' sake, and would rather a "legitimate" Serbia entered and was beaten than to see Italy squads like we had in 2013. I would rather meaningful teams in a competitive competition for the next NH one.
For the next SH one, then I would be happy for their to be 16 teams - ironically, Italy and Ireland are likely to have greater appeal to the many ex pats in Oz than the bemused locals over here.
But, it is great that we have a plan in place so far out and shows admirable foresight and ambition by the game!

I'm not so sure.  A lot of teams will be easy beats whether it is 14 or 16 teams.  16 teams just presents far better to the outside world.


I can't think of any world sporting competition where there are really only a limited number of true title contenders, but the groups of 3 with 2 qualifying looked pretty bad.

#3267014 Rugby League in strange places

Posted by Tonka on 03 February 2016 - 07:02 PM

I used to live in London and about 7 or 8 years ago got into a taxi about mid-way through quite a boozy night out.  My sister and brother-in-law were already in the car.  The heavily foreign-accented driver brings up rugby league and asks me if I'm a fan.  I said yes and was surprised he'd asked.  He says he is a big Wigan fan and had got into it in the 90s living back in India.  I was incredulous (and a bit drunk) and he says during an in-depth discussion that his favourite players from the time were Martin Offiah and Shaun Edwards, but he also liked Frano Botica and had a soft spot for Sam Panapa.  I am gob-smacked at the level of knowledge and thought this might be my long lost Indian twin.  It was only when I saw my sister and brother-in-law wetting themselves that I realised the three of them had set me up, the bastards...


...not quite on theme but it was a cracker.

#3264558 Now we have a mushy pea deal

Posted by Tonka on 30 January 2016 - 05:17 PM

In fairness a mushy pea sponsor is a bit flat cap and whippets but I think f*ck it - it's a northern sport so bring it on.

#3262962 Mitchell pearce

Posted by Tonka on 27 January 2016 - 02:15 PM

One of my favourite quotes I've seen on a rugby forum.


I must admit I laughed a bit to myself typing that one...

#3262848 Mitchell pearce

Posted by Tonka on 27 January 2016 - 10:25 AM

I've seen the video.


He is behaving like a drunken lout.  When the other guests start to pull him up on it he basically digs himself a hole by behaving even worse. 


It looks like he (i) kissed someone (a bit) who wasn't up for it (ii) ###### on a sofa (iii) picked up and mimicked bumming a dog for a few seconds (iv) was generally a bit of an ars-hole.


It was clear he wasn't welcome so he left.  He wasn't being physically aggressive as far as I could see.


It's inexcusable really and think the club would be within its rights to terminate his employment contract.  I don't, however, think he "committed a sex act on a dog".


He's just a drunken young bloke and this sort of thing goes on a million times every weekend.  The consequences will be greater for him than the average bloke though courtesy of being in the public eye.  That's the way it goes unfortunately.


Morally, I don't think the person who took the video should have published it.  Legally, I think there is a privacy argument but I think the law is a bit soft in this area - he was putting his behaviour out there as far as I'm concerned and was reckless as to who was on the receiving end, including someone filming.

#3254539 Scoring system

Posted by Tonka on 05 January 2016 - 01:49 PM

I'd like to see drop goals increasing in value in a match. The first one is worth one point, the next one two and so on. Balance that by removing one point more than it would be worth if the attempt is missed.




...and the match was sealed by an 11 point drop goal by Leeds in the last minute...

#3252928 Smith and Locke

Posted by Tonka on 31 December 2015 - 01:08 PM

Full of cunning that Tim Smith.

#3249581 Who are your favourite teams

Posted by Tonka on 21 December 2015 - 02:11 PM

Support Wigan


Also like to follow Salford, London, NZ Warriors, Souths


I think I like Salford and London because in the mid 90s when I first started watching Salford had a load of ex-Wigan players I really liked: Gregory, Panapa, Hampson.  Then London had Offiah and Edwards (and Smyth..?) and I thought the club could really go places.


NZ Warriors again because of Betts and Platt plus links like Botica and Panapa and more recently Tomkins.  Then players like Matthew Ridge and Stacey Jones.  They can play great rugby when they are on form.


Souths because I've just been drawn in by Russell Crowe, the climb up the table over the years, the Burgess brothers and the attractive rugby.  They also have one of the finest kits in Christendom.

#3244609 The Kangaroos

Posted by Tonka on 08 December 2015 - 02:41 PM

Fine but I'd like to amend the poster to read:


"They're coming...


...to get battered by England"

#3242281 Kevin Sinfield

Posted by Tonka on 02 December 2015 - 02:03 PM

I dont get this obsession with Murray. Okay he's won a couple of the minor tournaments this year but hasnt won a Grand Slam tournament for over 2 years.

And besides which, its called sports PERSONALITY of the year and Murry doesn't have one !


 Fury, on the other hand, has two.

#3241127 2016 Shirts

Posted by Tonka on 30 November 2015 - 09:58 AM

It's just the gold stripes, obv.

#3239123 Benji looking for a club?

Posted by Tonka on 25 November 2015 - 11:35 AM

He was excellent last season, SL clubs would be mad not to look at him.  Suspect he'd price most out. 

#3238758 Five Nations Rugby League

Posted by Tonka on 24 November 2015 - 04:37 PM

It won't raise the profile, sadly.  We'll end up with England beating Scotland 74 - 4 on a wet Wednesday in Workington, and all that.

#3238104 Time to sort out scrums

Posted by Tonka on 23 November 2015 - 09:53 AM

I tell you what we do need though: a better way of re-starting the match if the ball goes out of play. My idea is to have the forwards stand in two lines and chuck the ball up the middle. It would be a fantastic, cutting edge and spectator-friendly addition to the sport.

(Sorry Deluded Pom)

#3232103 Burgess leaves Bath

Posted by Tonka on 11 November 2015 - 12:34 PM

Has Sam Burgess left Bath?  WTF?!?!??!?!


When did that happen!?!?!?!?!!!!