Rugby League players should be approached, in both the NRL and Superleague, to produce a sign/ salute when a try is scored akin to the joining jack salute to raise awareness for Sol Mokdad and the disgusting behaviour of the UAE union. A few key players performing such things would soon get it exposure.
I find it completely ridiculous that Toulouse would even be asked to enter the lowest level of the English league. Toulouse would be fools to accept.
All the times the RFL have bent the rules or ignored certain things to allow weakly led clubs to make it to the starting post, yet when a big city club with huge potential and a good sized budget comes calling they throw up this ridiculous scenario. The game lacks leadership.
Just announce Toulouse for entry to SL in 2017 and two teams going down at the end of 2016. Fair to those two teams going down? Nope. Good for the game on a wider scale. Yes.
I'd be interested to hear from some of the players that switch regularly, like Uate, and find out what official process they actually go through to switch. I wouldn't be at all surprised if a lot of things were just ignored and nothing "official" actually happens.
The game is on the side if the refs here, it's well within their powers to do something about it whenever it happens, and I don't know a single fan who has ever disagreed with a ref marching someone for 10mins due to a bit of lip, or marching the team 10yards down the field.
The refs, for whatever reason, allow the players to get away with the odd bit of verbals. Why that is I don't know. Maybe some take a different approach to it. Who knows.
In all my time of watching the game, whenever a ref has pulled someone aside and made it clear in no uncertain terms what will happen if they continue with the verbals, you find that player generally falls in line. Unless they are complete and utter morons (which of course some are).
Are people seriously suggesting a name change?! Laughable.
This ridiculous statement from the UAE should be ridiculed everywhere possible. As should all the instances in the numerous countries around the world where Rugby League has had to put up with prejudice and discrimination from union and it's sympathisers for far too long. The case with the UAE should be fought in the courts if need be, make the case known to the sporting world and shout about the injustice from the roof tops!..
Eddie is carrying on like someone's thrown a grenade on the pitch!.. And not a can with smoke in it (and judging by the TV pics, a can with very little smoke in it). Naturally it's the worst thing in the world that this has happened. Retirement can't come quick enough for him.