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Member Since 08 Mar 2009
Offline Last Active Oct 17 2014 04:46 PM

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In Topic: Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

17 October 2014 - 04:46 PM

Completely ridiculous idea. How about the Canadians start their own league proper, and pay for a few glamour games in Canada involving the likes of Super League sides? Maybe hold a second Magic Weekend there to showcase the sport?
The extra wage cap they intend to use and the ridiculous logistics expense could be pumped into promoting the sports in Toronto and the wider area along with grassroots investment, not just for getting their foot in the door of an established league which'll only benefit one area of one large soulless city. Infact, Toronto could well be a shitter proposal and a harder sell than London.
Can't we just keep it real, surely England - rest of the UK - Europe is enough to contend with?

1. The Canadians already have their own league. to me this is the icing on the cake like the Catalans and he French league and ghe Warriors and the NZ leagues.

2. it's their money to use as they see fit. If we give them the thumbs down , maybe they will switch to RU and approach them.

3. The game started in the north of England, but is now played in many countries with Australia the pinnacle of success. If we had stayed parochial and never engaged outside of out origins, we might not exist today. We should not be afraid of challenges, especially if we are playing with other people's money as in this case.

In Topic: Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

17 October 2014 - 04:21 PM

Err, what makes you think people in Canada have heard of Coventry, Newcastle or even Wales? What's your point, as there's no teams of significance from those places, or even London! You're almost suggesting we start a whole franchise up in Canada, where the people will have zero knowledge or interest, and that our provincial teams won't be glamorous enough for their big city franchise mentality anyway. Absolute madness!
Also, you can't compare flying from Toronto to Vancouver as the same as travelling from Toronto to London. The taxes and other things make it a whole lot cheaper to travel within domestic Canada. Also, if it's to spread the word in Canada, what's the use of just one club based in the East? Will this be a Canadian club keeping their foot in the door of an English league, whilst starting their own up? If anything, why don't they arrange something with US teams/cities like in other NA sports, why one team in a league on another continent?
Bad idea all round, completely ridiculous. It's like us starting a minor league baseball team in Manchester to get a slice of NA baseball cash, by using our selling point of having access to Old Trafford, along with the fact we're mad on spectator sports and that we love cricket. Completely stupid.
We need to get this region in order first before we start becoming a World league.

As I read their proposal it's more like we start a minor league baseball team in Manchester and we pay for the team, the expenses of the visitng teams to this country and offer to pay a sponsorship of the parent league to boot. The Canadians do not seem to be asking for any financial input from the RFL at all.

I can just imagine when the Australians requested a British team to tour Australia in 1908 or the French wanted assistance to get the game going in France in the middle of the English depression that you would be saying "we need to get this region in order first before we start to become a world league".

Seeing as how this initiative seems to be without risk for the European game, I fail to see why we can't fix our region AND expand at the same time. The novelty factor might even bring us a little help in fixing our game.

In Topic: Keighley: “We must assume we’re in League 1″

17 October 2014 - 11:42 AM

I don't know how their acceptance of CC1 status gels with the fact that they are forcing an EGM of of the RFL to dispute and discuss this matter. It looks like two opposite arguments are coming from the club.They should make up their mind exactly what they are trying to do.

In Topic: Jarryd Hayne quits Parramatta to join NFL

16 October 2014 - 10:35 PM

Hi Zorquif - I am basing it on what I was told by one of the Welsh rugby union coaches who I know quite well.  Wales RU are sponsored by Under Armour, who run one of the main NFL combines.  He attends the combine regularly as a guest of Under Armour, and he told me that he has talked to a number of the NFL coaches about coaching techniques etc.  He asked directly about wide receivers catching techniques, and how they are taugfht - but it was made clear to him that if, by NFL time, a receiver can't catch - they don't coach it, they get another receiver.  The message was that high school and college are where the real coaching goes on, and by the time guys get to the pros, they need to know what they are doing, and be up to speed.
You do make a good point about converted quarterbacks though - i'll mention it to this guy when I next see him.  I am aware that a lot of QBs get to play there in college partly due to their running threat - so perhaps some of them have experience in other positions already?  I am not a huge NFL fan, but wasn't the converted QB phenomenon more common in the late 90s early 2000s than it is today?  I have seen a few players drafted and then cut when teams can't convert them properly.

One of the most prolific wide receivers in the NFL, Julian Edelman of the new England Patriots is a former college quarterback. He is playing tonight.

In Topic: Four Nations: England squad discussion thread

16 October 2014 - 09:42 PM

That is what I would go for. Tomkins, for me, has to be at fullback. He is a bigger threat there then he is at scrum half.

He's a bigger liability as well and the Aussies now know his weakness under a high ball after his season in the NRL.