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The Daddy_merged

Member Since 26 Nov 2007
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#3081532 Grima leaves Broncos

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 02 March 2015 - 12:12 PM

If they're smart they'll hire Brian Noble, yes he does play one up football but he'll get results and make them extremely difficult to play against at this level. 

#3081516 Grima leaves Broncos

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 02 March 2015 - 11:52 AM

Bombshell, but can't say I'm disappointed. Now can we please bring in an authority figure no more nice guys we need a coach who's gonna scare the sh*t out of the players and get some performances.

#3075479 20 Feb: WCS: Warrington Wolves v St George Illawarra Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 20 February 2015 - 08:35 PM

Referee bottled it

#3071890 Struggling to watch Sky games with every ref decision being analysed and deba...

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 14 February 2015 - 01:08 PM

Dave Woods and Brian Noble are a great combo, they would be my two to replace Eddie and Stevo.

#3071564 Struggling to watch Sky games with every ref decision being analysed and deba...

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 13 February 2015 - 08:52 PM

It seems to be getting worse, yes the ref decisions are important but at the beginning of Super League it was always about the players, the skill they had, the excitement of the game etc. 


I'm finding that that fans and SKY especially are placing a disturbing emphasis on every single referee decision, querying every call made whether it's right or wrong, call forward passes that never happened. 



This is a worrying trend, I'm not enjoying the Sky broadcasts this season, I want to watch a sport not Stuart Cummings giving us his opinions on refereeing calls. Add to the fact that all the games on TV this year have been dull. 


Time to get a grip!!

#3069941 If the Premier League is worth £5.1 Billion, how much is Super League worth?

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 10 February 2015 - 07:38 PM



Makes the Super League deal look like a very small drop in the ocean. Quite surprised that SL which has the audience share it does can only command the fee it does in comparison to Soccer. 

#3068445 French league article

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 08 February 2015 - 10:14 AM

OK in theory hypothetically say this actually occurred and a French TV network mad it didn't get the French union top 14 rights and could see rugby league was the better TV product worth investing in, The network wanted a comp which included a side in Paris (maybe Paris St Germain was keen to be involved again?).Both the network, French Federation & sponsors wanted 8 sides in competition were prepared to fully fund a Paris side including a development officer or 2 and academy side (similar to how the Melbourne storm are centrally funded by NRL) in an 8 team fully professional Elite One.

So in this hypothetical scenario a TV contract is secured for the French Elite One and a grant given to all 8 sides to cover there salary cap say 2.5 million euro making cap roughly equal to current super league cap, plus paris side recieved extra to fund development and promotion of the sport in Paris. Catalan dragons were convinced to join the new league... heres were reality kicks in. What cities, big towns or regional selection have a strong enough rugby league culture to potentially create such a league?

Huge potential in France, it would have to be the following 8 teams. I would also for the future look at a strategy incorporating the Northern French teams.

Catalan Dragons
Toulouse Olympique
Aude Cathars
Avignon Bisons
Aquitaine Leopards
Lyon-Villebaune- Rhone XIII

#3064345 Embarrassing Stuart Barnes in Sunday Times

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 01 February 2015 - 12:55 PM

Can we put all Sam Burgess union related topics into the cross code forum. Sick of seeing these topics. He's a union player now. End of. 

#3063906 London Broncos Business Club Launches!

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 31 January 2015 - 02:16 PM

Good to see the club finally looking into the mirror, coming up with good initiatives and building links with the southern amateur game and local businesses.....long overdue. 





#3061360 Aude Pays Cathare Rugby XIII

Posted by The Daddy_merged on 26 January 2015 - 05:37 PM

Let's not forget Aquitaine and Lot-et-Garonne with a population of 300,000 in this area alone and Agen stadium just down the road. They may not be doing too well lately but they also applied for SL and I think there's potential there too if they can get the right people behind them.
The RFL have really made a mistake in going for this new format when the potential for a European/ Anglo French comp is the way forward.

#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.