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The Future is League

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#2993551 joel monaghan for england

Posted by The Future is League on 11 September 2014 - 10:03 PM

The simple rule should be that once you have played for a country at senior level, no matter who that country is thats it. You stick with that country forever.

#2993527 Scottish Independence Referendum

Posted by The Future is League on 11 September 2014 - 09:33 PM

It was interesting tonight that when Alex Salmond was asked why he a politician should be trusted more than the business people of big companies who say a yes vote for Scotland will do more bad than good for Scotland he wouldn't answer the question.

Perhaps Salmond is right about Scotland being better on its own, but there is something very slimey about him. There is something there that's makes me think i wouldn't turn my back on him.

#2984227 Scottish Independence Referendum

Posted by The Future is League on 28 August 2014 - 06:34 PM

The Scots will at least be in charge of their own destiny, good or bad.  I personally think they'll struggle for a few years then find their feet as a small but prosperous nation.  They're already taking jobs from England from companies that recognise the flexibility of dealing with a smaller and more pragmatic government structure, I've seen more than a few London companies subtly shift support staff up north in the last year or so just in case there's a Yes vote.


The thing I see from this as a northerner is that the North of England really is in much the same situation as Scotland and has far more in common with the Scottish people than the south of England.  The regional assemblies that would have allowed these areas to at least partly adjust their local government to suit local conditions were sabotaged from the very first simply because Prescott was running it against the wishes of the Blairites. If Scotland goes then the disparity of the North against the South of England will be even more apparent, even Labour largely ignore the North now as they know most of their seats there are almost bullet-proof safe seats.

Its just my opinion that if the Scots vote yes this could lead to a domino affect of the rest of the UK, and then England being devolved in parts that we would have never thought possible 50 years ago.

Interesting times ahead for the whole of the UK as it is this very day.

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#2984191 Incoming Bath signing Sam Burgess will play at centre

Posted by The Future is League on 28 August 2014 - 05:52 PM

In three years time Sam will be playing Rugby League again. Its just a question of him making enough money before the boredom is too much.

In front on the cameras he will will say what the union hacks like to hear, but to friends and family he will say "union is #### and as soon as i've made my pile I'm out"

#2983677 Hudgell: Robins won’t sign another Hull FC player

Posted by The Future is League on 28 August 2014 - 07:30 AM


Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell has distanced the club from reports linking them with Hull FC players Jacob Miller and Ben Crooks by insisting the Robins will not sign another player from their cross-city rivals.

“Hull is a great place for speculation and rumours, but I can categorically say we are not interested in Miller or Crooks, or any of their other players for that matter,” Hudgell told the Hull Daily Mail.

“In fact, the days of us signing any players from across the river are over for the foreseeable future as far as I’m concerned.

“We have appointed a new coach in Chris Chester and he has his own ideas about how he wants to play and what he wants to achieve during the duration of his three-year contract.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have signed very good players and club men in former FC players, none more so than our new coach himself, but we are now looking to build a culture that reflects the values of our supporters.

“Our fans are loyal, passionate and only interested in one club. Taking players from our nearest rivals doesn’t fit in with that brief.”

The post Hudgell: Robins won’t sign another Hull FC player appeared first on Rugby League news and Super League scores | Total Rugby League.

View the full article on TotalRL.com


I wish the Rovers wouldn't sign any more players from Australia either.

#2981566 Nigel Wiskar

Posted by The Future is League on 22 August 2014 - 08:42 PM

This is really a very good article by Nigel Wiskar. Well worth a read


#2975675 Junior draft system

Posted by The Future is League on 12 August 2014 - 07:02 AM

Yes and all clubs would have to fund it equally. Sadly that's where the problem lies. Some clubs can't or won't make the commitment.

Certain clubs are not interested in junior development. They would rather spend money on a has been or never was player from the NRL than spend money on junior development. These clubs should be kicked out of Super League pure and simple.

#2972602 Scottish Independence Referendum

Posted by The Future is League on 06 August 2014 - 07:40 PM

Alex Salmond for me didn't look good under pressure from the cool and calm Alistair Darling. I can see why he was chosen by the better together camp.

If Dave had been there in might have been a different story.

From an entertainment point of view i would like to see Alex Salmond debate this with George Galloway, but its never going to happen. We all know George is not very popular, but his mastery of the English language would have Alex Salmond wriggling like a fish on a hook.

#2968990 Rugby Union Federation to ban Mexican RL players.

Posted by The Future is League on 01 August 2014 - 05:51 AM

I've heard that the Rugby Union federation has threatened to ban any players that partake in tomorrows first 9's tournament. Somebody is feeling threatened.



I've heard that the Rugby Union federation has threatened to ban any players that partake in tomorrows first 9's tournament. Somebody is feeling threatened.


If true it shows the fear that union still has of Rugby League.

#2968806 Short term success V's long term investment

Posted by The Future is League on 31 July 2014 - 06:24 PM

With the likes of Marwan koukash at Salford and ken Davy at Huddersfield pumping millions of £££'s of their own monies into their respective teams trying to buy instant success would it not be wiser for said owners to pump a large percentage of that money into salford's and it's surrounding areas grassroots rugby league setup and the same for huddersfields and it's surrounding areas junior setup? In the case of Salford that money could be used to create and help setup new grassroots teams in new areas and not only in Salford but Manchester, Trafford etc. not only would these new teams provide potentially new players for Salford but more importantly new fans for the red devils and the same applies to Huddersfield. Of course taking this route and implementing this strategy would take at least a decade before any benefit could be seen and would obviously robb the owners of any finals appearances and silverware which I can easily understand as its their money.

I don't think it was ever Ken Davey's plan to bring instant success to Huddersfield. I think his strategy is year on year improvment on and off the field of play.

I think Marwan Koukash thought at first he could bring instant success. Now i think he knows he has to plan for the long term.

Short term pain for long term gain is a saying thats been proven time and time again to be the right one.

#2967351 Catalans Rumour

Posted by The Future is League on 29 July 2014 - 06:23 AM

And that would only result in denial, unless they are prepared to stand up an be counted.

However, at times, it does feel as if there is a vision for a top tier that contains more so called heartlands clubs ..including the ones deprived of SuperLeague by the evil genius of Maurice Lindsay, clubs which , it is claimed, had they had the money "wasted" on expansion in London, Paris, les Cats would now be bringing in huge crowds, media attention and revenue.

Maybe a poll would answer the question on here at least: should Les Cats be removed from Super

Sadly Super League struggles to get big name sponsors now. We went a whole season without a sponsor for the flag ship Rugby League competition in Europe.

Anyone who thinks that we will get bigger sponsors paying bigger money for a competition with only teams in the M62 corridor is sadly deluded. If anything it will make getting worhwhile sponsors even harder.

#2965114 The all-new never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)

Posted by The Future is League on 25 July 2014 - 09:50 AM

As expected, there has been no mention of Internationals within this structure. The least I was hoping for was the announcement of a rep weekend. But, as mentioned, how on earth could this fit in.

Wash your mouth out. How dare you mention rep weekends to promote the game. Next thing your be asking is for certain clubs to produce a certain amount of juniors for their first team squads. What ever you do don't mention profit. Heaven help us if we have a majority of Rugby League clubs making a profit an being in the black. Another thing is don't mention the business mondels of the German budesliga or the NFL. God knows what some fans would do if if all the clubs made a profit.

#2965102 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by The Future is League on 25 July 2014 - 09:29 AM

Turn it into a global sport? Not if some on here have anything to do with it!

Heaven forbid that we become a true global sport. What about those clubs from this mythical place called the heartlands who have been going for over 100 years and still can't make a profit and still can't produce junior players.

#2960161 Dr K to buy Newcastle Knights?

Posted by The Future is League on 16 July 2014 - 08:39 PM

Just flashed up on the Fox Sports News channel here in Oz that "British billionaire Dr Marwan Koucash reportedly interested in buying Newcastle Knights"

Interesting ....


#2956233 So, this World Cup thing, then...

Posted by The Future is League on 08 July 2014 - 07:30 AM

They'll manage.


Absolute farce in terms of decisions the boys in yellow have been getting.  Combine yesterday with the 'luck' they had against Croatia and it's fairly obvious something is going on.  Even if that something is just referees and linesmen being swayed too easily by being based in Brazil and being seduced by its charms.


I know home teams have always had the 'benefit of the doubt' - England '66, Argentina '78, South Korea '02 - but, given how excellent the rest of the tournament has been, it's very sad to see it happening again.

Neymar should have got sent off against Croatia. Nows he's injured justice is done.