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#3110867 RU's Dirty Tricks Unit operating in UAE.

Posted by brooza on 24 April 2015 - 07:44 AM

Can we just change the sport's name already?

To "#### You Rugby Union"?

#3108883 UAE, Spain & South Africa bid for 2021 World Cup

Posted by brooza on 20 April 2015 - 09:27 AM

extract from that article:
"The UAERF had also hoped to enter a side in a three-team, Middle East and Africa (MEA) qualifying competition for the right to take the eight berth at the 2017 tournament in Australia and New Zealand."
Assuming they mean 8th, don't they mean 16th?

There are 7 nations automatically qualified. The European qualifiers aren't until 2016, and I'm not sure about the Americas or Pacific ones, so chronologically, they would be the 8th

#3105549 Gareth Hock, Challenge Cup

Posted by brooza on 13 April 2015 - 01:12 PM

I am wondering if it's within the spirit of the game to pay someone not to play against you?

In F1, when engineers and officials (at least the higher ranked ones) leave a team they are not allowed to work for a competing team for 6-12 months. The same happens in various industries


This isn't Salford going up to a random player and paying them not to play, that would be matchfixing. This is one of their players being released from their contract early, with conditions attached to the early release. Part of the severance package includes a non-compete clause.

#3097838 Kevin Sinfield to leave Rhinos at end of 2015

Posted by brooza on 31 March 2015 - 11:26 AM

He's a shoe-in for that knighthood now


Posted by brooza on 27 March 2015 - 03:19 PM

Try http://pubfinder.sky.com/and call the pubs up, that's my usual tactic.

#3091904 Only one RL story on the BBC Sports news tonight

Posted by brooza on 20 March 2015 - 09:55 AM

What are 'normal standards'?

Not assaulting people, I would say.


I tend to hold most people to that standard

#3090353 Crowdwatch week 5

Posted by brooza on 17 March 2015 - 01:52 PM

Very good point. Their is also the point to take into consideration some fans target certain games to attend throughout the season also. Ie say a wire fan can't afford to go to all the home games they will just attend the ones that are most attractive to them throughout the season. Then you also get fans who one year might travel to say a Wigan away game but next season don't for whatever reason. Catalans away is probably where the crowds fluctuate the most in this scenario. Its ok comparing crowds but does it really give an indication? With the points I've made above etc I think it is really hard to compare crowds from one season to the next and come to a perfect conclusion. Obviously this is the only real way you can do it to compare crowds but I just feel personally it doesn't always add up with one thing or another. Our main problem at the moment is the lack of getting new fans through the gates that's the real problem or even lapsed fans. People have said to me in the past I'm not going to watch Fev (for example) because theirs nothing to play for. But now their is something to play for they still are not interested their response is now well Fev are not going up so what's point. But same could be said for wakey the hulls Cas etc etc. its swings and roundabouts if I'm being honest and I don't think the new or old system plays much of a part to increase crowds. Its more to do with people's mindsets than the structure of the game IMO. Obviously the above is just for lapsed supporters but getting new fans is probably harder to get through the gates.

This is the point I was getting at in particular when I mentioned the time of year.


Catalans will tend to get more away fans during the summer than they will in February.


I'm going to make a prediction now and say that Catalans v Wigan will probably be down on last year, playing in May as opposed to July. In fact, I'd hazard a guess that Catalans' crowds will be down overall this year, having only 1 match in July.


There are many factors to look at in analysis, it's not just a case of "this figure = this figure", it's more a case of "this figure is similar to this figure, but these other figures need to be looked at too".

#3090209 'Southern' RL fans - why do you follow the sport?

Posted by brooza on 17 March 2015 - 09:28 AM

Did you buy a whippet as well?

No, but me and the ex did seriously consider getting a ferret!

#3089621 Crowdwatch week 5

Posted by brooza on 16 March 2015 - 09:19 AM

So it's just looking at the facts if they are down (no matter by how little), but nasty to say they are up (no matter by how little). Incidentally, if you just look at the first five weeks of each season, the average is up by about 6.5% (8386.7 average 2014, 8923.7 average 2015 from the RLfans stats page).



So that's a comparison using averages  of a 14 club SL against a 12 club SL over only five weeks then, that's fine but I'll continue with the like for like games thanks. You may be able to get a short term contract with KPMG because that's just the sort of thing they'll need for the press releases at the end of the season.

Let's just agree that neither method of comparing figures are perfect

#3089212 'Southern' RL fans - why do you follow the sport?

Posted by brooza on 15 March 2015 - 05:50 PM



Spectator, former team manager, committee member, wheelchair RL player

Yorkshire stubbornness. When I moved down here when I was about 22, I'd never watched a game of RL, but I decided I wanted to stick to my northern roots and started drinking bitter and watching RL (the bitter drinking didn't stick)

#3077418 WCS: Overall impressions, conclusions and bonkers theorising

Posted by brooza on 23 February 2015 - 12:02 PM

I'm just glad that we have the new format, otherwise it would have just been last night's match

#3074146 Brooklyn Kings' International Raffle

Posted by brooza on 18 February 2015 - 11:57 AM

$25 thrown into the pot from me :)


Fingers crossed!

#3074117 Sweden Rugby League

Posted by brooza on 18 February 2015 - 10:35 AM

I like the Sodertalje Storm shirt, but I'd probably go for Stockholm, as I've no idea how to pronounce Sodertalje!

#3070177 Superleague Show flashback

Posted by brooza on 11 February 2015 - 09:58 AM

Super league show needs scrapping its gash

Good for those of us without Sky though. Even if I have to wait until Tuesday for it

#3066194 Difference between heartland and non heartland fans?

Posted by brooza on 04 February 2015 - 02:16 PM

My background is Saints on both sides of my family as far back as the sport goes but aside from a trip to Wembley to see Saints lose to Halifax when I was a kid I didn't attend a rugby league match live until I was well into adulthood.  In fact, the obsession shown by my Dad and two brothers growing up put me right off.  It was only on one of the occasions when I lived elsewhere in the country - in Sheffield to be precise - that I found myself enjoying rugby league, thanks to the Superleague Show.  I then decided to take in a live game when I was back home visiting, just in time to miss the all conquering 2006 team.  Alas! 


I would say I'm rugby league first, Saints second, although I love indulging in the rivalry with Wigan and Warrington fans when I come across them.  I think some of that is simply identity.  St Helens is my home town, Saints are my home town club, they're my roots and roots are important.  Rugby league is fundamentally a community sport which is both an advantage and disadvantage but it's definitely its essential character.  However, because I came to the sport for myself much later I think I am less inclined to be parochial while still enjoying the sense of shared community against our rivals.

In a similar way to yourseld, I never watched a match when I lived in Leeds. It was only when I moved to Hertfordshire in 2008 that I started watching it. Then it was a combination of Leeds United being in the 3rd division, Leeds Rhinos being champions, and my Yorkshire stubbornness telling me to keep hold of my northern roots that drew me in!


I do often think that if I'd grown up watching RL I'd be a very different type of fan to the one I am now.


But because of not having the history of following RL etc, my rivalries have developed from more recently. I don't have the same dislike of Wigan that some Leeds fans do, the teams I see as rivals are St Helens and Hemel (not both for Leeds, mind)