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Rugby League World Issue 402

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#2996581 The playoffs

Posted by EastLondonMike on 16 September 2014 - 11:51 AM

The Grand Final is one of very few genuine successes since the dawn of SL.. Getting rid would be ridiculous. The play-offs though should be top 5 in my opinion, at a push top 6. 

I can remember the days of finishing top and being crowned champions, and i much prefer the current system. Can remember Wigan winning the league against Cas one year, with at least three games to go.. The old premiership was an attempt to generate something akin to what the Aussies had in the Winfield cup at the time, which was a play-offs series and GF, but without anything to really play for in the 'premiership' it was never given the kudos by the majority of RL fans that the RFL would have hoped for.

#2982429 What can we do to increase attendances?

Posted by EastLondonMike on 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.


#2982412 What can we do to increase attendances?

Posted by EastLondonMike on 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.

#2982083 Empty Seats On The Telly.....

Posted by EastLondonMike on 24 August 2014 - 09:19 AM

Official attendance was stated as 78,000+ and no way was that many in there. Between 60-65k would be my guess. Very few neutrals in attendance this year. Hardly any it seemed.

#2980962 Holiday help needed - please !

Posted by EastLondonMike on 21 August 2014 - 12:19 PM

Nip over to Carcasonne for a couple of days if you can, Go visit the Puig Aubert statue at the Carcasonne ground, and theres also a fresh water lake and beach nearby (Lac de Caveyere), which is great if you have kids or just want to relax. you'll also be able to watch any RL on TV in a number of bars.

#2977045 New work in the pacific islands

Posted by EastLondonMike on 14 August 2014 - 12:32 PM

Good to see something finally happening with the pacific island nations. Its been talked about as something that should happen since the mid 90's, and nothing solid has ever really been done.


Dave Smith seems to be doing a great job at the NRL. 

#2972723 Rugby AM

Posted by EastLondonMike on 06 August 2014 - 10:42 PM

Was great to see Jim Mills on there, still as imposing as ever, but the constant footy show plagiarising just makes me cringe. 

#2968174 On The Road Games - back for 2016?

Posted by EastLondonMike on 30 July 2014 - 04:22 PM

A good strategy would surely be targeting areas that already has some RL growth. Take a game to Stratford Olympic park and have the Skolars or Broncos playing a curtain raiser. Take a game to Coventry and have the Bears playing a curtain raiser. Take a game to the south west and have the All Golds play beforehand, Game to Cardiff with Scorpions v Crusaders etc 

#2968100 On The Road Games - back for 2016?

Posted by EastLondonMike on 30 July 2014 - 01:47 PM

Olympic stadium i East London will be ready in a year.. perfect place to start. Put on one of the big games, Leeds v Wigan for instance and take a game to the same stadium each year, rotating the teams.. need to commit to at least 5 years at one venue year on year.

Always liked the idea of on the road games. Works well over in the NRL when they take games to the bush etc.

#2967373 Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

Posted by EastLondonMike on 29 July 2014 - 07:31 AM

For Rugby League to truly prosper the RFL need to increase the spectator base, which would in turn enlarge the commercial opportunities available to the game and the clubs. Sadly the RFL are incapable of doing either, they don't have the ability or resources and are too tied in with SKY to be able to move in any other direction. The majority of clubs, 3 or 4 aside, are also incapable of increasing their own spectator base and generating anything other than local based income, which is all well and good, but doesn't generate the kind of money needed to truly grow.

Until these issues are addressed nothing will change. Making these changes are not something the current people in control of the RFL want to tackle, or are capable of tackling.


We're in this position until the current super 8 system fails, only then will change be called for. Even if the Super 8's are a success the above statement about spectator base and commercial income will still be pretty much the same.

#2958134 "Pom" watch

Posted by EastLondonMike on 12 July 2014 - 08:40 PM

Sam was great in the Warriors game today, scored a couple of good tries and looked solid throughout, with a few glimpses of the magic he showed so frequently when at Wigan.


The Warriors favourite pet play seems to be the split/lead play down the right edge, with Tomkins as the split and getting early ball to a rampaging Konrad Hurrell. Worked well in various guises throughout the game today. 

Think Tomkins picked up MoM also.

#2953716 Commonwealth Games Rugby League 9s

Posted by EastLondonMike on 03 July 2014 - 07:49 AM

brief highlights of the 9's..

How good is it to see the PNG boys celebrating their win?!..

Even though its only a U19s squad and a low key event (in comparison with 4 nations/World Cup) i really hope they get the celebrity treatment on returning to PNG.

#2949647 Ade Gardner to switch codes?

Posted by EastLondonMike on 25 June 2014 - 02:09 PM

Lionheart has to be on a wind up.. seriously.

#2949545 Daniel Vidot - Depressing International RL story

Posted by EastLondonMike on 25 June 2014 - 11:39 AM

Its just as sad that people within the game act as if this is just how it is, International rugby is small potatoes compared to SOO and thats that. No comment about how big the International game could be, or how we go about growing the game, or any out cry for more International games etc.

We've got an Englishman in charge of the International game (apparently he's in charge), yet still nothing gets done. The growth of International game is run by the NRL and its TV partners.

#2947986 I would sooner play for Wigan than England union team

Posted by EastLondonMike on 22 June 2014 - 02:56 PM

Are we sure the 2 isn't for the amount of times he might have touched the ball?!..