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#3232075 RLIF meeting in Paris

Posted by thirteenthman on 11 November 2015 - 11:36 AM

Possibly a repeat of that then? It's definitely happening today - the team list for the Ile de France team has players from the 5 Paris area clubs. The report on the FFR website only names Zalduendo, so maybe the local paper has dug up part of the old story and included Colin Love as a result. The tourists will play 4 other matches in France this week - 2 at Pia and 2 at Avignon.




Looks like a bi-annual affair. Found an Aussie report and a link to the groups official Facebook page (which does have a few pics of the tour in 2013):-





#3193774 NRL Finals series

Posted by thirteenthman on 15 September 2015 - 10:35 AM

I still think it will be a Broncos v NQ Cowboys re-match in the GF



It can't be.



It can. If the Roosters and Cowboys win this weekend, it'll be Storm v Cowboys and Broncos v Roosters in week 3, meaning Broncos v Cowboys is still possible for the GF. 

#3178984 888 Crowdwatch: Not P&R v licencing!

Posted by thirteenthman on 19 August 2015 - 10:50 AM

Regards TV viewing figures, the data for the first weekend was as follows: -


Wigan v Hudd Thurs SS1 - 117k

Leeds v Warr Fri SS3 - 141k

Leigh v Hull KR Sat SS1 - 139k


So on there was a very good audience for that first game in the Middle 8's. 


With regards the OP, in August 2014 there were 20 SL matches played and in all but 5 of those games the crowd was lower than the home teams season average. Of the 5 that were better than average, 4 came on the last weekend of August and included Leeds v Saints and the Hull derby. 

#3173661 ANZAC test scrapped

Posted by thirteenthman on 10 August 2015 - 08:28 AM

The whole 'international rugby league will be given priority with a new window at the end of the season' quote is absolutely garbage. The Aussies will do what they did last year and with draw a load of players due to injury and treat the competition with no respect.

Such a shame that the country with the most influence on RL in the world is the most insular one. No wonder that we are dwarfed by other sports when comparing international calendars.

Basically the Aussies have scrapped the 1 mid season bit of international RL we get a year between the best 2 nations in order to get higher viewing figures for state of origin. You literally couldn't write it.


I'd agree with your point about the 'new window' for International RL at the end of the season being garbage, simply because we already have an end of season window. 


As for the Aussies scrapping mid season internationals, well they're not. What they are doing is scrapping their own involvement in them, which is very disappointing. Hopefully, the Anzac Test may be played annually in October instead. And Origin wont get better viewing figures on a Sunday night, as they've tried this before and it always rates better mid week .


It does mean that NZ and the Pacific nations now have a weekend mid season where they can play whoever. What is a pity is that the calls for NZ to play England will probably be ignored because we've completely closed up any gap in the calendar for a mid season international, and I very much doubt the SL clubs would agree to releasing their best players for a mid season jaunt to NZ or even to play the Kiwis here. 

#3170702 Dave Taylor

Posted by thirteenthman on 04 August 2015 - 08:38 AM

He hasn't had any off-field issues that I've heard about. 


Apart from being charged with allegedly supplying cocaine.




Even before all that came up though he wasn't pulling his weight. Maybe a change of scenery is what he needs - but it's a big gamble by the Dragons all the same. 

#3139301 Frank Pritchard and Krisnan Inu to Hull FC?

Posted by thirteenthman on 12 June 2015 - 01:05 PM

My only real memory of Inu is from the 2012 NRL GF when he clattered a Storm lad with a great hit and Ray Warren came out with the cracking soundbite "How do you do? I'm Krisnan Inu!!!!" Quality telly. Think he was integral in the build-up to the Graham ear bite on Slater as well. Bit of a stirrer.


By the next season he'd fallen out with Hasler and I don't think played a minute.



In 2013 he played most of the year (I think he got a fairly lengthy ban so missed a few), but was dropped for their only finals match at the end of the season. Even in 2014 when he was seemingly out of favour again, he managed to get back in the team mid season before he departed for the other side.


Fantastic player on his day, but when he loses form he does appear to struggle to get it back. If he starts off well at a new club, he could prove a very smart buy. My only surprise is how long he's stuck it out in Union. 

#3133352 Round 12 Match Threads - Spoilers Likely

Posted by thirteenthman on 01 June 2015 - 04:33 PM

It was Sam Mataora. Less said about Tetevano the better...


#3130509 Brit RLers in OZ/NZ 2015

Posted by thirteenthman on 27 May 2015 - 09:57 PM


Dan Kerr, from Ipswich Rhinos, named in the Newcastle NSW Cup team. One day I'll email the Knights to check if this is the English Dan Kerr or the Qld aboriginal Dan Kerr.





I found this video which has an interview with the Newcastle Danny Kerr (last one interviewed at about 2:00). I guess he might have picked up the accent if he's been over in Aus for a few years, but even so, he doesn't sound very English  :)

#3124623 Round 10 Match Threads - Spoilers Likely

Posted by thirteenthman on 18 May 2015 - 11:17 AM

Panthers win 11-10. Poor game.


Poor indeed. The only saving grace was that it was close at the end.


Still, there's been some really good games this weekend, and the whole comp is anyones for the taking. 

#3115448 Samoa v Tonga 2 May 2015

Posted by thirteenthman on 02 May 2015 - 01:01 PM

Fantastic tackle to save that try at the end, and from the biggest blokes on the field as well. Great game (even if we did miss a bit either side of half time and were treated to Broncos Insider for the millionth time), and a pretty decent crowd as well. This game should surely be made a permanent fixture on the rep weekend. 

#3114807 ANZAC Test Postponed!

Posted by thirteenthman on 01 May 2015 - 11:28 AM

Shame the QLD V NSW Residents game doesn't get shown in the UK. Quality players from quality 2nd tier competitions from the respective states. 


I've always thought it would be nice if Premier Sports could pick up the Qld Cup and NSW Cup coverage from Aus throughout the season. I know they showed the State Championship match on GF day last year, and it was a really good match. 

#3113987 Brit RLers in OZ/NZ 2015

Posted by thirteenthman on 29 April 2015 - 07:30 PM

Just to confirm about Mike Bishay, he's signed for the London Skolars.






Bishay grew frustrated at seeing his appearances at first grade restricted, though this was through no fault of his own or any slight on his ability- the Devils are the feeder club to the Brisbane Broncos of the NRL, whose players are prioritised when provided weekly.


BTW, thanks for the updates every week Farmduck. 

#3106953 Thursday Nights Crowd Killers

Posted by thirteenthman on 16 April 2015 - 05:31 PM

Is that any better than the former Sat night average ratings?


Looking at a couple of Saturday night games from 2013 show lower figures (under 100k) than the Thursday night games get. It's very difficult to compare like with like though. You have to bear in mind that the old Saturday games tended to get shunted off to Sky Sports 3, and were invariably up against Championship football, and a host of other live sports. 


What is apparent is that the darts has grown quite dramatically even from a couple of years back, and is outrating the Thursday night SL games by some margin now. The figures for tonights game will be interesting as Wigan v Warrington should be one of the big audience pullers of the season. 

#3101022 james graham

Posted by thirteenthman on 05 April 2015 - 04:30 PM

The rules are irrelevant. How Graham reacted was as bad as it gets. Let's also not forget that he was at it earlier in the game when Luke scored and also when he had to change his shirt through blood.

Wonderful player but, foul play aside, probably the worst behaved player I've seen on a rugby pitch. He's an embarrassment.

I'd be surprised, if you've seen the whole game, that anyone would want to defend or condone how he conducted himself in that match.


Well, I did watch the match and I'd say that 'worst behaved player' is perhaps a little OTT. I would say though that the Bulldogs would be wise to reassess Graham's captaincy. David Klemmer's outburst was probably on the back of how his captain was reacting, and although you could make an excuse that they weren't aware of the rules, it doesn't excuse how they went off at the ref. Unfortunately, it's something that does seem to go unchecked in the NRL, where the refs seem to let all sorts of things go. 

#3097187 NRL Round 4 Match ThreadsThreads - spoilers likely

Posted by thirteenthman on 30 March 2015 - 07:01 AM

Not sure whether Channel 9 are calling this Warriors game or just running a 2-hour ad for the cricket.


Thankfully, on Premier Sports we got the Sky NZ coverage with Vossy on commentary. 


Just a couple of thoughts on the Roosters v Canberra game - who decided that playing it at the same time as the WC Final was a good idea, and who the hell designed that yellow and white Canberra shirt?