Both clubs playing in the Elite competition have ambitions of playing in SL somewhere down the track and have professionalised their set ups as a result.
They're by far the best two teams in the Elite have really raised the standard of the French comp with their the introduction of their training methods and tactical play. The coaches of the teams Sylvain Houles and Laurent Garnier have great futures in the game and I wouldn't be surprised to see either of them coaching at SL level in the future.
They served up a cracker today with Carcassone coming away winners in a tight game up until the death 26-22.
The Elite needs more games and teams like this with professional management. 2-3 more clubs with ambition like these could be a pre cursor to a pro comp. I believe Avignon are now reviewing their systems, let's hope it proves to be fruitful.
There are, quite rightly, complaints about short termism in our game, that we change things too quickly, that we don't give things a chance to succeed before we come up with another short term plan. So my vote is to continue on our current upward trajectory. Slowly and surely things are changing and to me at least, these last two performances are the best for many years, better even than our performance against NZ in last years WC semi
Sure, we can do better, but let's have some stability and let's build some sustainability.
He's got no Plan B, the difference this week and last week was once the Aussies and Kiwis figured out the game plan England had no other way of playing they either played too conservative or played or too frantically.
Contrast that with Tim Sheens last week who made several key tactical changes which turned the game in their favour.
Mcnamara's great tactical contribution was to take Clarke off and play a second rower at hooker.
Yes he's made great improvements don't get me wrong but the team can get better. Too many ifs, buts and might've beens.
The first sentence has merit
.But the real problem is money.Not just lack of but effort to raise money.
Our clubs seem not able to ask for dononations or sponors-basically raise cash!Also booking seats on a plane is not expensive if booked months in advance to perpignan or carcassone-infact 50 perecent less!staying somewhere again, could Catalan player supporter families be approached?Perhaps those clubs cannot be bothered or are unable to plan beyond the M62.
100% on the money, this just about sums up the narrow mindedness of SL clubs, it's not lack of money which is a problem in our sport but a lack of desire to do so.
This rings true in this instance but also in the levelling down of the salary cap with no attempt to look for additional streams of income in order to raise the cap and compete with the NRL and Union. I think our sport gets what it deserves sometimes.
Are not you Australian fans embarrassed that your rulers are so afraid of possible defeat that they will resort to such steps to try to influence the game in Australia's favour making the game a laughing stock in the wider world especially when compared to RU who would do no such thing.
Thirty years of domination by Australia is a long long time. Is that not enough for you all ? If you are going to win or lose, your result should not be seen to be tainted by such unsporting machinations.
I don't understand why the French are persistent with 2nd rate English coaches. Surely they're better off employing someone based in France watching the league all season & maybe as a Frenchman get the pride & passion from the lads.
I don't know the French league very well but surely there must be some half decent or former experience coaches around.
RLIF chairman Nigel Wood is hoping that a ten-year plan devised by the game will help prevent top Rugby League stars being lured into other sports.
Wood, the Rugby Football League chief executive who was voted in as chairman of the International Federation this year, admits the game needs to act to make its international aspect more attractive in the wake of the most recent high-profile defections.
England forward Sam Burgess is in the process of switching codes to join Bath, while Australian back Jarryd Hayne pulled out of the forthcoming Four Nations Series to try his hand at American football.
“I think the international game is under-developed by reference to what it is capable of,” said Wood.
“We all know what the challenges are in terms of the number of nations that are legitimate contenders for the big prizes.
“I think there has to be a long-term strategy to grow more nations. In the long run, you need six to eight decent nations to put on really great world events.
“The International Federation needs to work with both the RFL and the NRL to help grow those nations over the fastest possible period of time.”
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