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#2969739 European Championship Fixtures Released

Posted by burnleywelsh on 02 August 2014 - 08:40 AM

If you knew any of the history of Scotland and Cumberland ( now part of Cumbria), you would know Cumberland, and therefore Workington, was actually part of Scotland at the time of the Domesday Book 1086.

Workington Town will probably have 4 players in the Scotland squad.

"Cumbria" is really the same word as "Cambria" the Romanised form of "Cymru".

Brilliant, home game for both teams ;)

#2942304 A question for any refs out there.

Posted by burnleywelsh on 10 June 2014 - 08:45 AM

The "taking of 10" is a local rule usually used where if they kick for touch they will lose the ball in gardens etc
We were always advised that if taking 10 it should be done in a controlled manner I.e. Ball to ref who advanced the 10 metres and got the line set etc but this isn't in any laws or rules more a case of common sense
Hope this helps

Thanks, "common sense" being the key !!

#2893398 Why?

Posted by burnleywelsh on 05 March 2014 - 02:59 PM

I don't know what's there to comment other than RU was less dead set against professionalism than the IOC was.
The lift of the ban against RL players was lifted the day professionalism was accepted in RU. Why is that? They could have easily continued to ban Rl players from playing RU if the whole thing was about not accepting RL players rather than not accepting players from a very similar sport that accepts professionalism.

April 1995, National Heritage Committee report on relations between RU and RL finds "the attitude of Rugby Union to Rugby League both discriminatory and indefensible". Yet you continue to to defend RU.

NHC proposes a block on public funding to RU until the sport amends its rules.
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#2893192 Why?

Posted by burnleywelsh on 05 March 2014 - 09:09 AM

It's my understanding that the Olympic exclusion of professional/paid athletes extended to any sportsman. Not just, if you were a pro sprinter you couldn't compete as a sprinter, but as in the case of Jim Thorpe he'd played semi pro Baseball so was stripped of his medals. In my opinion, that's fair enough. The Olympic movement didn't want any professionals involved. The difference with RU was that they discriminated against just one sport, RL. And you didn't have to be 'pro'. I'm from an RU background and played at a much higher level than I ever did at League. I'd liked to have made the switch earlier than I did but, the discrimination meant that I couldn't even give it a go without risking my 'amateur' status.
Anyway the whole thing has been done to death but I suppose some people need a little reminder now and again.

#2885027 We need to be Great Britain

Posted by burnleywelsh on 21 February 2014 - 01:16 AM

Rugby League does not exist in Scotland....End Of

You seem to deny the existence of any RL anywhere other than parts of Lancs, Yorks, Cumbria & Cheshire.

This must be a figment of all those hardworking pioneers imaginations then.

The 2014 season will see two divisions of 4 teams as well as a National Cup compitition.
National League:
Aberdeen Warriors
Ayrshire Storm
Eastehouse Panthers
Edinburgh Eagles

National League 1:
Aberdeen Warriors 2
Fife Lions
Moray Titans

Victoria Knights

Must be part of the same fairy tale as Welsh RL I suppose.

#2881205 South Wales Scorpions

Posted by burnleywelsh on 15 February 2014 - 05:53 PM

I'd seriously like to know how we're being pampered. We're having no more money than anyone else, far less help due to location and everyone working at the club is doing so alongside other jobs, and therefore busting a gut 12 hours a day, 7 days a week near enough on all of their tasks in life. Not easy, especially as we didn't have a club working in October and November so we're doing four months work in the space of two months. Tell you what, let's just retreat to the north and it can be a parochial game where media and sponsors don't give a monkeys.

You have to face facts CC, there are 'so called supporters' of Rugby League who can't stand the thought of the game being played and enjoyed by people outside 'the heartlands'. In fact, as I've found out, there are huge areas of 'The North' that are Rugby League wastelands. It's not a northern game, it's a game that's played in parts of the north and Wales, The Home Counties, London, The Midlands etc. But, according to some, anyone who gets any, some, very little assistance from whatever quarter is 'being pampered'. Let me tell you, from experience, it is a hell of lot easier being involved in RL in 'The Heartlands' than it is outside this mythical land.

#2880339 South Wales Scorpions

Posted by burnleywelsh on 14 February 2014 - 12:07 AM

We have pampered to South Wales for too Long....in it a Union Land like Widnes is a league land...

We must put a stop to this !! People with funny accents wanting to play Rugby League !! Down with this sort of thing !! Let's put an end to this nonsense. Only those within spitting distance of the M62 should be allowed !!

What a muppet !

#2825342 Irish Flag

Posted by burnleywelsh on 03 November 2013 - 01:28 AM

"The four in one flag just doesn't do it for me."

Why not ?

Obviously the Irish team represents the island of Ireland so the Tricolour won't do as it is not the flag of Northern Ireland. The ancient provinces of Ireland are Munster, Connaught, Leinster and Ulster. The ancient province of Ulster includes Northern Ireland and parts of the Republic, so using the combined crests of the provinces is the ideal 'banner' for the Irish RL team.

What's your issue with that?

#2804917 nationality of players

Posted by burnleywelsh on 08 October 2013 - 07:00 PM

Happens in all sorts of sports, just picking one here.

Your point is ???

Name First national team represented Second national team represented
John Allan Scotland South Africa
Graham Bachop New Zealand Japan
Steven Bachop New Zealand Samoa
Abdelatif Benazzi Morocco France
Frano Botica New Zealand Croatia
Frank Bunce Samoa New Zealand
Daniel Carroll Australia USA
Des Connor Australia New Zealand
Matthew Cooper New Zealand Croatia
Diego Dominguez Argentina Italy
Jack Gage Ireland South Africa
Julian Gardner Australia Italy
Adrian Garvey Zimbabwe South Africa
Bill Hardcastle New Zealand Australia
Barry Holmes England Argentina
Shane Howarth New Zealand Wales
Alama Ieremia Samoa New Zealand
Evan Jessep New Zealand Australia
Michael Jones Samoa New Zealand
Jamie Joseph New Zealand Japan
Pat Lam Samoa New Zealand
James Marsh Scotland England
Frank Mellish England South Africa
Patricio Noriega Australia Argentina
Matthew Pini Australia Italy
Tom Richards Australia British Lions
Topo Rodriguez Argentina. Australia
Jamie Salmon New Zealand England
John Schuster Samoa New Zealand
Brian Smith Australia Ireland
Eddie Stapleton Australia New Zealand
Owen Stephens New Zealand Australia
Jan Christian Stewart Canada South Africa
Tiaan Strauss South Africa Australia
Ofisa Tonu'u Samoa New Zealand
Va'aiga Tuigamala New Zealand Samoa
Joeli Vidiri Fiji New Zealand

#2796702 Italy WC Squad

Posted by burnleywelsh on 26 September 2013 - 08:11 AM

Somebody has an Italian grandparent, but his Parents are Australian born and speak only English. He himself is Australian and speak only English and has never once been to Italy How are they Italian?.

I don't no what your family background is, for the sake of this argument I'm presuming it's English (correct me if I'm wrong). If you move to say, France. You bring up your kids having pride in their English heritage (I doubt that you would stop speaking your mother tongue as you have alluded to in your post), English culture is celebrated in your home at every opportunity. This is passed on to the grandchildren. At what point does your family cease to be English or have pride in their English family? If they were ever given the opportunity to represent England, do they turn round and say "sorry mate, I'm French". Just because you move to a different country doesn't automatically mean you immediately cut all ties culturally or emotionally with your roots. I'm speaking from experience here. My kids born and bred in England 'feel' Welsh. They might or might not pass that emotional attachment to their kids. But according to some posters on here, they should be denied the opportunity to represent Wales because they don't have a Welsh accent and they are not Welsh enough!

#2795605 Italy WC Squad

Posted by burnleywelsh on 24 September 2013 - 05:25 PM

Well they not be Italian as such but at least (for the most part) have Italian sounding names.

While I respect others opinions on the eligibility rules for international sport, all of these guys are eligible to represent Italy. As far as not being 'Italian as such', how long does your family have to be resident elsewhere e.g. Leaving Italy to live in England or Oz to not be or feel Italian? As far as 'Italian sounding names', they are not 'sounding', they are Italian.
There's a couple of lads of Italian heritage playing in our neck of the woods, they would snap your hand off to represent Italy, and try telling them they are not Italian .

#2738164 The Festival of World Cups thread (merged)

Posted by burnleywelsh on 03 July 2013 - 04:28 PM

Any info on the police WC?

First game on Friday 8pm GB v Aus at Dewsbury.