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The Daddy_merged

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#3057885 Newcastle Thunder

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 20 January 2015 - 12:39 PM

Good move, now we just need to get Salford to change to Manchester.

#3041264 Toulouse and Carcassone raise the bar!

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 05 December 2014 - 08:45 AM

Aude Cathars confirm Super League ambitions.


#3040706 London Broncos launch business club!

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 03 December 2014 - 09:17 PM

The annoying thing is that we're starting to do things off the pitch which should've been done years ago and only now that we've been relegated.


#3035233 Gateshead Thunder at Kingston Park?

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 19 November 2014 - 10:40 PM

Read in this weeks League Express that Gateshead Thunder will be playing t Kingston Park next season, has this been officially confirmed?

#3033433 Toulouse and Carcassone raise the bar!

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 15 November 2014 - 09:56 PM

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.

#3030866 Sheffield Eagles new stadium!

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 10 November 2014 - 07:49 PM

Seems to be some kind of public forum regarding the stadium happening now. All seems to be positive. 


Will be great news for the sport in Sheffield, and the fact they're aiming for SL also is brilliant. Can't wait till both them and Gateshead are back in the league after they both got screwed over. 

#3029488 MacNamara supping in the Last Chance Saloon

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 08 November 2014 - 12:49 PM

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.

4 years not long enough?

#3029463 MacNamara supping in the Last Chance Saloon

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 08 November 2014 - 12:29 PM

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.

#3026030 Is it time for England to join NRL?

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 03 November 2014 - 08:18 AM

What is people's obsession with the NRL? It's a great competition but undermining the sport in this country isn't going to make it any better.

#3023386 Catalans academy

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 31 October 2014 - 12:09 PM

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.

#3022570 Gateshead sign 4 Kumuls

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 29 October 2014 - 06:16 PM

Another signing.



#3022569 we want our own ref!

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 29 October 2014 - 06:08 PM

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.


For once I agree with you!!

#3016129 18/10/14 - Ireland v France KO 2pm

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 18 October 2014 - 10:06 PM

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.

Laurent Garnier

#3015981 18/10/14 - Ireland v France KO 2pm

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 18 October 2014 - 03:06 PM

Disgusting FFR X111 needs a complete overhaul and modernisation. Richard Agar was also a terrible choice as coach. 

#3015633 International game needs long-term strategy: Wood

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 17 October 2014 - 04:28 PM

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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Stating the bleeding obvious!!