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#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)

#3066086 Phil Clarke's latest comments are deplorable

Posted by brooza on 04 February 2015 - 11:34 AM

I'm not a fan of Clarke, but I don't disagree woth most of what he said

#3046988 Places I have played - watched Rugby

Posted by brooza on 19 December 2014 - 10:01 AM

Played -






M62 corridor

London/South East


South West




Spain (only training sessions, but I'm counting it)

#3040170 New Kits 2015

Posted by brooza on 02 December 2014 - 01:07 PM

I quite like that, but all the logos are either embroidered (which I'm happy with) or glued on, which means I'm giving both shirts a miss this year

I'll go for a Madrid one instead!


#3030201 New Kits 2015

Posted by brooza on 09 November 2014 - 02:47 PM

Hull one is nice and traditional, the Hudds one ....it might look different when you see it 'live'.





Oh wow, that is bad

#3021873 12-Year International Schedule?

Posted by brooza on 28 October 2014 - 12:45 PM

I'd like to see a structure that allows for emerging nations to work their way into higher competitions, rather than rejig and change the rules to suit. It looks so amateur.

There currently is. They European Championships A, B and C. With the winner of A qualifying for the 4N

#3018430 barb stats

Posted by brooza on 23 October 2014 - 08:48 AM

Interestingly, the figure last year was hampered by being on SS2 and up against Premiership Football on SSL which attracted 1.2m.


Considering that it would appear to be an excellent result.

Nope, I prefer my reasoning!

#3015584 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by brooza on 17 October 2014 - 02:25 PM

I'm sure the only reason the NFL is successful is because the world knows the exact locations of Green Bay, Jacksonville and Buffalo.

I only know where Jacksonville is because of the Axemen!

#3015452 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by brooza on 17 October 2014 - 10:05 AM

Err, they're proposing putting a team in Championship 1. Which has teams from London, Manchester, Newcastle, Wales & Coventry in it. IME, Canadians are quite likely to have heard of some or all of those places.

Even if they haven't, they will have heard of one team that's playing: Toronto.


Whilst I like watching games as a neutral, I prefer watching games involving my own club

#3014505 The View From The Daily Mash

Posted by brooza on 15 October 2014 - 03:51 PM

A slightly better effort than their last one, but you can still tell it's by their RU-fan YTS boy. The giveaway is "but what kind of monster doesn’t at least try to dodge a tackle? Only a ravening beast runs straight at people on purpose." is straight from the RU cliché book.

That's kind of the point. It's a "quote" from an union player.


Either way, I found it amusing

#3013823 Ben Flower Sending Off / Reaction / Apology (merged threads)

Posted by brooza on 14 October 2014 - 01:20 PM

It would have to be a period ban, in my mind. Otherwise he'll just sit out the Euro Championship and the preseason matches and the ban will be almost over by the time the season starts. Maybe 6 months? That will take him up to April.