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thirteenthman

Member Since 02 May 2010
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In Topic: Sky SL review/tries over Xmas

03 January 2015 - 05:53 PM

I saw an ad yesterday advertising their Rugby League coverage alongside other sports

 

Yeah, I caught the end of an ad on Sky Sports News yesterday afternoon which mentioned SL. Having read some of the comments on here, I was beginning to think I imagined it.

 

Surely the main reason for not seeing many ads for RL at this time of year is because it's not the RL season. But I guess it's far easier to blame it on some sinister conspiracy. 


In Topic: Toulouse

09 December 2014 - 08:13 AM

Also, didn't Lindsay want P&R still in there?

 

 

initially there wasnt p+R in SL.

 

According to the Rothmans Yearbook, the original plan for SL was for no P+R for the first two seasons. What the plan after that was I don't suppose was given much thought, or at least publicly stated. I was personally quite surprised reading that anyway as I always thought the whole idea of the original plan was to hand pick teams and lock them in. 


In Topic: France should be in four nations

07 November 2014 - 05:08 PM

The fact that Catalans are in France, Catalonian national aspirations notwithstanding, means that in spite of SL membership they are still subject to the French RL and should be releasing their players for France and, indeed , it should be compulsory for them to do so just as English clubs must release their players for England. 

 

 

And Catalans Dragons do release players for international duty. But if those players decline to make themselves available for selection due to injury, surgery or simply because they feel they need a long off season, there's precious little the French Federation can do about it. In just the same way the Welsh team are without several SL players who for whatever reason are not available. You could then shift the blame onto the players themselves, but perhaps they might ask more of the games authorities who seem happy to have players playing an ever more demanding game for 10 months of the year. 


In Topic: France should be in four nations

06 November 2014 - 11:15 AM

 

What have they done to help themselves? Have they arranged tours themselves? What games have they staged?

 

I'd agree with much of what you say Dave but, to be fair, France were planning on travelling to NZ next year for their first tour there in many a year, only for the RFL to persuade the Kiwis that it would be better for them to come here on tour instead. 


In Topic: Not having neutral refs makes the sport look like a shambles!

05 November 2014 - 09:00 AM

What I find staggering is that a few days before major internationals, we're having a committee meeting to decide on who the referees are going to be. The fact that there is still no process to enforce neutral referees is frankly unbelievable. What might be an idea would be if the RLIF was actually given some jurisdiction over the international game outside World Cups, so some proper rules can be laid down on these kinds of things.