Jump to content

Rugby League World Issue 400 - Out Now!

84 pages, full colour, in-depth coverage from the grassroots through to the international game.
Click here for the digital edition or just download the Rugby League World app from Apple Newsstand or Google Play now.
Click here to order a copy for delivery by post. Annual subscriptions also available worldwide.
Find out what's inside Issue 401
/ View a Gallery of all our previous 400 covers / WH Smith Branches stocking Issue 401
Read Jamie Jones-Buchanan's Top 5 RLW Interviews including Marwan Koukash, Lee Briers, Gareth Thomas, Steve Ganson & Matt King OBE

League Express



Member Since 26 Jun 2007
Offline Last Active Today, 02:21 PM

#2980962 Holiday help needed - please !

Posted by EastLondonMike on Today, 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?!..

#2947196 Joel Tomkins

Posted by EastLondonMike on 20 June 2014 - 10:05 AM

I agree, i think he'll switch back. He's highly thought of in Australia and there will be plenty of teams throwing money at him to sign. He'd be playing in the NRL now if the current salary cap rules would have been in place when he was in talks, and ready to sign, with Parra. Union was his only option after that.


Reading Kris Radlinskis latest blog on the Wigan website gives an insight in to how quickly the Tomkins signing came about. Even though the rumour of him wanting to come back to RL had been ongoing for quite a while.



#2941759 Is Tomkins losing his confidence ?

Posted by EastLondonMike on 09 June 2014 - 07:30 AM

i agree, i don't think Tomkin's was poor in the Souths game at all.

#2940947 Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers RL Cup 1/4 Final 7/6/2014 KO 2.30 BBC 1

Posted by EastLondonMike on 07 June 2014 - 07:22 PM

Great effort from Cas. Well deserved win. Wigan looked out if sorts and a bit clueless at times, but always fancied Cas for this one.

Also thought the officials were absolutely dreadful. Bordering in embarrassing. Not just for the try/no try decisions, but across the park. Some absolutely terrible decisions made and as many completely missed. Whole refereeing thing needs a complete overhaul.

#2940420 Leeds v Leigh

Posted by EastLondonMike on 06 June 2014 - 09:04 PM

Great effort by Leigh. Kinda always felt Leeds would nick it in the last 10 mins, but Leigh can certainly hold their head high. 

[minor annoyance mode on] The lack of penalties against players flopping onto the tackled player. Counted three blatant flops in the second half, all of which were third man in. why refs don't penalise this any more baffles me. [minor annoyance mode off]