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The Daddy_merged

Member Since 26 Nov 2007
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#2997452 Todd Carney to Catalan Dragons (merged threads)

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 17 September 2014 - 05:42 PM

If the RFL refuse his registration, it would be a tragedy and a complete own goal.

#2994828 French updates

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 13 September 2014 - 06:57 PM

Toulouse expect to make significant Super League progress in Oct/Nov, stadium reconstruction about to commence also.


#2994770 13/09/14 - Catalan Dragons v Castleford Tigers KO 6pm

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 13 September 2014 - 05:00 PM

Forget it, we're moving on to how good Escaré is.

Garcia is a very good prospect, he's my favorite forward in the team, he brings so much!

Also, we're not missing Pryce, don't we?

Escare is awesome!

#2994756 13/09/14 - Catalan Dragons v Castleford Tigers KO 6pm

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 13 September 2014 - 04:45 PM

What an entrance by Garcia!!

#2989604 Gateshead Thunder announce Falcons double header (merged threads)

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 06 September 2014 - 07:54 PM


#2963848 back chat

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 22 July 2014 - 10:22 PM

I find most of the people on that show narrow minded anyway. Indicative of the small minded nature of some so called fans of our sport.

#2961552 Greg Johnson for England!

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 19 July 2014 - 08:41 AM

We all know that Ryan Hall is the best English winger and one of the best in the world, debate in the past couple of years has been centered around whether Josh Charnley or Tom Briscoe should fill the other wing spot. I've not been majorly impressed with either of them this season. Charnley has been in and out of the Wigan team through injury and Briscoe hasn't quite reached his potential yet. Greg Johnson was one of the only players to shine when Salford had a bad run of form in the first part of the season and I was interested to see whether he could pick that form up again upon his return from injury and he has been outstanding, I think he's a must for the other wing spot...get him in!!

#2956329 Carcassone in Super League

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 08 July 2014 - 11:41 AM

I am under the impression that SKY have paid more this year because more games are being shown. And every other week that extra game come from Perpignan courtesy of French televisions Bein Sports feed.The Sky commentry crew sit I think if I'm not mistaken in a studio somewhere in the UK. The trade off is Bein Sport take other SL games from across the Channel produced by Sky with the French commentary this time done from Paris. Additionally Catalan have outlayed money to install a permanent giant screen which saves SKy the expense of having to re-locate and negates the RFL having to send over additional officials.

A poster a while back said that Catalans are quids in on this one because a supplement is paid to all clubs shown on television. I hope this is so because there has been a fall off in French fans travelling distances to Perpignan since Bein Sport came on stream (for just €11 a month).

So that's significant value they're adding to the contract then.

#2955583 Carcassone in Super League

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 06 July 2014 - 05:24 PM

Elsewhere Avignon are making some changes. They seem a bit out of the equation presently especially after that 17,000 crowd at Parc des Sports last November against the Kiwis. After winning the Cup year before last fell back a bit even if they supplied 11 players to the senior, juniors & cadets at national level last term. They may well lose some of their top juniors to the Catalan Academy in 2015 too. A change of Presidents has been announced with an emphasis on that word 'professionnalisation'again as at the ASC. One big change could be interesting in the arrival at SOA of Mohamed Chaabi from the Federation & who was responsible for getting some of those big international crowds into Avignon in recent years.

This is interesting news.

Wondering what the objective of this 'professionalisation' is, a superleague application?

They certainly have the potential to do it, I just hope it's done in a sensible way like Catalan.

#2945613 Expanded WCC , Broncos + Rabbitohs to play ?

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 16 June 2014 - 05:38 PM

Great another gimmick and not a meaningful competition.

#2945593 Sandercock offered new one year deal at Hull KR.

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 16 June 2014 - 05:01 PM

Agar is two good for FC or KR..... You'll see :P

Look there's a pig flying.

#2944503 Carcassone in Super League

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 14 June 2014 - 02:19 PM

One for the treizistes.....Is Carcassone's bid to enter SL2 and SL proper in 5 years genuine? If so what's the thrust behind it, I understand they may have a sugar daddy.
Wondering if the town as small as Carcassone can maintain a pro team. For this to work they should be linking up with Lezignan & Limoux and take in the whole region.
In saying that I'd like to see Avignon in there first.

#2942230 How do you rate Gene Ormsby?

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 09 June 2014 - 10:37 PM

Been impressed with him in the last few games I've seen him.

#2940986 Totally disillusioned with international rugby league

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 07 June 2014 - 09:31 PM

So after a great World Cup which showed the potential of international rugby league, there is no World cup legacy, England will not be playing in England for the next few years. Australia have decided there not gonna play next year. David Smith has been made vice chairman of the RLIF even though he heads up the NRL (no conflict of interest there then)


Does a single person running our game have any vision or something about them which could push the international game forward?


The NRL and State of Origin for all its positives have become huge monsters which dwarves over the rest of the sport and in many ways is preventing it from developing. 


Another problem......We are obsessed with Australia and do not see the value of developing the sport in Europe on our doorstep.  We do not play France and Wales enough and Australia do not play the Pacific teams enough, yes they'll get thrashed but getting thrashed is the only way you'll learn and get better. They will not get better by refusing to play them. 


What happened to good old fashioned international rugby league which doesn't have to involve England, NZ, and Oz playing each other over and over. 


People running the greatest game are way too short sighted and lack vision. 


The international game has actually gone backwards since the 1995 World Cup...appalling.

#2940579 2015 GB Lions tour off?

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 07 June 2014 - 11:01 AM

told you all before....the answer to the mid season problem is to have england play a combined celt team....which would act as a genuine precursor to bringing back GB.....

its the only game that makes sence

Another gimmick then, yeah that really makes 'sence'