The RFL have a great chance, with ticket prices, to appeal to all those neutrals and sports fans in general who would have gone to the union game at the Olympic stadium but won't pay the inflated prices or go through the hassle of the ticketing ballot i believe is in place for their games..
A few fan orientated events (doesn't have to be anything big) at Westfield Stratford between now and November, selling tickets and merchandise etc with players in attendance should be a must to create awareness and help generate interest..
Currently the union games being held at the Olympic stadium aren't being advertised locally, aside from a few road side signs announcing Newham as a 'host city' (they got that bit wrong). So if the RFL are pro-active i see now reason why we can't sell out the stadium, or at least better the crowd from last years Wembley semi-final, and generate some hype around the fixture.
Not wanting to focus on the ref.. BUT, he was bloody awful. One of the worst performances i've seen for some time. Nabuli should have been sent off, without a doubt. Countless flops by St. George players, a rule all SL ref's seem to ignore constantly, and what seemed like a refusal to blow the whistle for obvious penalties.. Warrington fans and players can be rightly frustrated and unhappy.
That aside Warrington made way too many errors, and didn't play the ref as well as the Dragons did.
Does the RFL have a media manager?.. Does he or she not think it best to speak to all players facing the media in some capacity and tell them to keep everything on subject ie the world club series, and any references to union or any other sport to be deferred with a polite "I'm not interested in that, I'm here to talk about The WCS".. FFS.
I don't see the appeal really.. from what i've read its been said its to encourage more open play from the scrum. With the lock not having to bind in the scrum either..but surely that just means an extra defender in the defensive line and as the scrum is in the centre of the field, less room to work in.. or am i missing something here?..
It seems they've created a scenario where every year they feel the need to trial some potential rule change...and as the years go by you run out of serious options and end up going with pointless ones.
If the BBC cared what RL fans think it would be available on more than the 4 regions it currently is.. Would be keen to see the viewing figures for the repeat of the Graham Norton show, which was on all the other BBC regions at the same time last night.
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.