Yeah I read it the same way. Wigan aren't helping Souths out, they're helping themselves by training with an NRL team before they themselves play an NRL team.. Shaun Wane's issue with Tony Smith was based on Warrington trying to replicate the Wigan style of play for the Roosters benefit.
Just someone trying to add a bit more to the local rivalry..
It seems the RFL/Superleague has made some effort to promote this, within their means. Posts from celebs and retweets from the likes of Newcastle United .. So reaching a few more than the norm. Sky have obviously posted about the launch, though not sure if the BBC have.. Though I did see an article online about the return of the superleague show on the BBC, for a seventeenth series.. Though clearly after 17 series it's still not worthy of a national time slot.
All over twitter (well, the band are kicking off, as you'd expect) about the track being used without the permission of the band or their label.
If this is the case, it just highlights again how amateur we can be at times.
Maybe the RFL used an external agency for the video and it's their fault and therefore the agency that could be in legal trouble, but if it is an internal campaign by the RFL the video soundtrack will have to be pulled, unless they licence the track from the label, which will probably cost them more now than it would have done initially.
Worst thing is, there are so many agencies out that that offer licenced music exactly for this type of thing. The 'extraordinary' campaign of a couple of seasons ago used exactly that.
A nice video that now just makes Superleague/RFL look stupid. Whether they are directly responsible or not. Anyone with any sense checks these things.
International rules state clubs have to release players for Internationals, though obviously NRL clubs have a history of having a word in the ear of some players and mystery injuries appearing out of the blue. That being said, the International team doctor would have to sign them off as unavailable, and with Stephen Kearney having a recent history of dropping players for future games who decide they don't want to play in certain other games, it would be a brave player who decides risking his International future by pulling out.
Three NRL teams with a great history of long term and recent success.. why wouldn't they be a huge draw?.. and teams with England internationals in their ranks also. Gutted im oversea's on this weekend as i would have definitely travelled up from London for a couple of these. Gonna have to try and find a bar with Sky sports in Berlin!..
Ladbrokes is a great sponsor and gives us access to our target market. Like it or not gambling worldwide has seen a huge surge in popularity over the last 20 years.
Lets hope the RFL actually work at this partnership over the next two years of the deal and engage with Ladbrokes and their customers, then hopefully Ladbrokes can join the likes of Gillette as long term sponsors of the game and not just here for the two years then gone, like so many.
Regardless of the running track (if retractable seating hasn't been installed by then) you'll still be closer to the pitch than if you were in the upper tier at Wembley.. For me running tracks are only a pain if you like sitting in the front few rows.. Don't let that be a reason for not visiting a great new stadium and the sprawling metropolis that is east London!..
The ads that appear on this forum are dependant on your own viewing history, you being on a 'Rugby' forum means your highly likely to see RU ad's, especially if the word 'rugby' is used in the meta data associated with the ad. Which in the case of the union world cup, it would be.
And obviously if you've visited any RU sites lately.
Two things. RU has spent time building up support for their game and its 'big events', whether they be club rugby games at Wembley or Twickenham, or Internationals. And lets not forget that those games attract mostly existing RU fans and some newbies. The same for the NFL, who in to some degree have lucked out a bit with more and more people from the UK and Europe taking a genuine interest and becoming fans over the years without too much done by the NFL, which is why they sell out Wembley, that, and a seemingly endless budget for the marketing of such an event.
Rugby league has none of this, and until it does have something resembling a large demand from London based fans for such events it should have enough sense to know its a complete non-starter. The RFL simply do not have the ability to market a large event properly. And before anyone mentions the world cup, it barely made a dent in London, beyond some billboard ad's and the Trafalgar Square event. Any support shown for the world cup from press etc at the time would not be forthcoming for a one-off SL fixture.
A big game in London has to be an England game, and for christ's sake make some long term plans for its success.
If the RFL have a plan and genuine aims for growing the fan base in London im Father Christmas.
Bronco's shirt launch is next week. On the 11th.. Launch is taking place in the shadows of Tower Bridge and combined with a meet and greet session i believe (in a nearby park/green), for those interested in going down.
No idea when they will have the kits for sale though.