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League Express



Member Since 26 Jun 2007
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In Topic: World Rugby

Yesterday, 08:50 PM

Any branding consultancy that has suggested the IRB refer to themselves purely as 'Rugby' are seriously flawed. Unless of course part of the brief was to use that word soley, with no reference to 'union'. Its happened before with 'England Rugby', and probably other home nation unions solely using the word rugby to refer to themselves.


Theres too much conflict with the name Rugby, because of the presence of Rugby League.

In Topic: Ian Smith and the 'screen'

Yesterday, 07:23 AM

Similarly silly rules being applied over in the NRL it seems too. Ridiculous 'no try' given in the Parra v Manly game, for obstruction (when no one was obstructed), and Luke Brooks length of the field effort wasn't even looked at, when it appeared he'd put an arm dead in goal before putting the ball down.

too many grey areas in refereeing decisions these days. Doesn't help the refs at all.

In Topic: England's 4nations fullback

26 August 2014 - 08:05 AM

Also a big fan of Sam Tomkins, but don't buy into this about him not being good enough/not doing well in the NRL.. He's had a few games where he hasn't been great, but none where he's really struggled. And in every game i've seen where he's had a few 'moments' the rest of the Warriors have generally all had just as many themselves.. It takes time to bed into a new competition, especially one like the NRL. As has been mentioned by other posters, Pat Richards was awful in his first season at Wigan, as was Matt King.. Joel Monaghan took time to settle also.. the same can be said of many other players that have come over to SL that have struggled initially and then excelled. Tomkins isn't struggling though, he might not be doing the flashy stuff he did in his time over here, but then anybody with any knowledge on the game knew he wouldn't be able to do that in the NRL.

His lack of blistering pace i'd put down to not having had a pukka pre-season for a couple of years, which will probably continue as he'll be playing 4 nations at the end of the year (bar injury).

I like Hardaker as a full back also, he's strong and quick, but personally think he'll be much less effective against an Aussie or Kiwi defence than Tomkins will be, due to Tomkins better passing ability with the ball. That being said i'd be happy to see Tomkins and Widdop in the halves, with Hardaker at full back.

In Topic: What can we do to increase attendances?

25 August 2014 - 11:02 AM

Maybe 20 years was a bit adventurous. 10 would have been a better figure. Regardless of the control TV companies have over the showing of certain RL competitions, that shouldn't stop the RFL putting together a plan on where it feels the sport should be in terms of growth and its place in the sporting landscape for it to succeed over the next 10 years.


In Topic: What can we do to increase attendances?

25 August 2014 - 10:10 AM

To increase and maintain attendances in the long term, which is surely the objective, not just a short term fix, the game needs to set out a plan for the next 20 years, something i very much doubt we'll see with the current people in charge of the game, who in my opinion seem to plan on a yearly basis, for whatever reason that is, whether its a lack of foresight, lack of money to properly plan, or the inability to do so due to other forces i.e. ARL, NRL, SKY, BBC etc

But for me the RFL really need to lay out what their intentions are for the next 20 years and what their plans are for achieving those goals, and when those goals start to become achievements and the game starts to grow and go in the right direction, only then will we see RL attendances start to grow as the game becomes a more attractive proposition to watch and support.


For RL to truly succeed and start to grow as other major sports have, a complete and total overhaul of the way the game is run is needed.