Looking forward to tomorrow. Mate travelling up from Essex after a 2am finish at work for it, newbies coming along for their first taste of live RL, great weekend in prospect with loads of rugby, beer and laughs with good mates, yet Lowes can't be ar5ed........we need more 'events' in League, not less....... Lowes is a miserable sod who should be having, at least, a word in his ear by the RFL or his employers.
Net result was still the same whether it was written down as an official policy or not, although I am not comparing this to the situation in UAE that seemed to start as an argument about branding and has now escalated way beyond that.
Rugby League clubs were giving the opportunity for talented rugby players to profit from their skills. If the RFL had desired they could have devastated the union game in Wales and with a knock on effect ( excuse the pun ), the whole of the home nations union international scene. I know personally international ru players that trialled with RL clubs that didn't sign for one reason or another. If these 'trialists' had been exposed by RL the Welsh international set up would have collapsed. RL had it in their power to disrupt RU. They didn't. I've been on the receiving end of RU's attempts, as a governing body, to stop me playing my chosen sport where and when I want. There's only one villain in this story.
We're talking about Hardaker because this is currently in the news and this is the subject of the thread.
If it was about Gareth Hock...
I think what Hindle means is (please correct me if I'm wrong) is that Hardaker is a role model because of his status as an international player and Rhinos first teamer, while the other lad involved is not being talked about.
Over the season I am going to try to visit as many 'southern' (essentially anywhere south of the heartland areas) RL teams as I can. One thing I am interested in, beyond experiencing games at different levels, is why people follow, play, manage or invest in the sport.
So, if you are a 'southern' RL fan-
Where were you born?
Where do you live?
How do you get involved in game (spectator, sponsor, post on here...)
Why do you follow RL?
Born. Llandrindod Wells.
Got involved . Loved watching Floodlight Trophy and RL on Grandstand. Saw my first live game Fulham RL at Chiswick Poly ground when working in London. Followed them through various incarnations from Crystal Palace to Barnet. Played and coached in London Amateur League. Now Administer for my local club doing it tough in East Lancashire.
Why do I follow RL: Because it's brilliant.