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walter sobchak

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#2967666 Does a weak SL help the England team?

Posted by walter sobchak on Yesterday, 05:27 PM

There is always an argument that we are never going to beat Australia and New Zealand because SL is not intense enough. However, I can't remember any time in the last 20 years when England had so many promising players coming through.
 
Could the turmoils in SL actually be helping the fast-tracking of young players? In the last few years, clubs have had no option but to throw in young British players. That mixed with a core group of top English players in the NRL means we have got more depth and potential than we have had for a long time. 
 
Let's leave the home international fixture list aside for a minute (don't get me started on that!). If we think about some of the average overseas players who were filling the key spots at most clubs 5-10 years ago  - do you think the likes of Marc Percival, Joe Burgess, Alex Walmsley, Marc Sneyd, Chris Hill, Joe Wardle, Daryl Clark, Mason Caton-Brown, Joe Mellor would ever have got a chance to excel or had a long run in the side? 
 
There is no doubt that SL is not as strong as it was in the past. The days of import dominated 17s may be gone forever. Is that a bad thing from an England point of view?

If you're arguing that a weak super league due to the NRL cherry picking our(England's) best players is good for England, I couldn't agree more. More money for players due to the bigger salary cap and a better exchange rate is allowing the NRL to keep more of its own players in the NRL and tempt the English players down under leaving as you say more spots available for young English/welsh players to fill the void and I can only see this situation getting better/worse(depending on your view) with the NRL salary cap increasing year on year and with the possibility of 2 extra NRL franchises entering the competition in the very near future.


#2963235 Greg Johnson for England!

Posted by walter sobchak on 21 July 2014 - 08:57 PM

Nobody should question Halls inclusion in the England squad. He has consistently scored tries against Southern Hemisphere opposition.
The other wing spot for me is Joe Burgess. Excellent under the high ball and exceptionally quick. Always looks for work and is solid in defence. Only his first season in SL also.

For me the sky's the limit for joe burgess, every now and then players burst onto the scene and you just know they are top drawer international quality.


#2962027 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by walter sobchak on 20 July 2014 - 10:16 AM

I think part of the problem here is he has his foot in one camp in a part of the world where RL is pretty much established. He is looking to put another foot in another part of the world where RL is very much established. A couple of games in the middle where no one plays or is likely to play on a big scale doesn't then make the game global. Why isn't he going hell for leather in places where the game isn't already established?


Dubai is awash with cash and maybe some rich Arab sheiks could also take a shine to rugby league as there's a limited amount of premier league clubs up for sale.


#2961943 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by walter sobchak on 20 July 2014 - 06:29 AM

Good on yer marwan, somebody needs to take the greatest game global as the people who "run" our game have failed so far! So why not give you a shot.


#2961723 Greg Johnson for England!

Posted by walter sobchak on 19 July 2014 - 02:38 PM

We all know that Ryan Hall is the best English winger and one of the best in the world, debate in the past couple of years has been centered around whether Josh Charnley or Tom Briscoe should fill the other wing spot. I've not been majorly impressed with either of them this season. Charnley has been in and out of the Wigan team through injury and Briscoe hasn't quite reached his potential yet. Greg Johnson was one of the only players to shine when Salford had a bad run of form in the first part of the season and I was interested to see whether he could pick that form up again upon his return from injury and he has been outstanding, I think he's a must for the other wing spot...get him in!!


This is weird as I couldn't agree more with you about Greg Johnson, so much so I was also considering starting a thread myself on Johnson for England. For me he's got fantastic pace and great physical strength and like you say with the likes of briscoe and charnley not pulling up any trees I would throw him in the starting 13, the kiwis don't hold back in throwing their young players into the starting 13 or on the bench like RTS, Inu, hiku, kenny-dowall etc. also I would seriously think about taking caton-brown as a back up player, why persist with experienced players like cudjoe, Atkins, yeaman etc who just don't cut it at international level when you have young exciting players who you know are going to be top class/international players in the near future.


#2958733 Is it true RFL moving to Media City ?

Posted by walter sobchak on 14 July 2014 - 03:33 AM

I think we can all agree that moving to media city isn't going to solve all RL problems overnight but it's at least a step in the right direction.


#2958683 Is it true RFL moving to Media City ?

Posted by walter sobchak on 13 July 2014 - 09:45 PM

It is if eamonn McManus is to be believed, I also hope it's true as well. Rugby league needs to be seen as well as heard and moving to media city can only be a positive move IMHO.


#2955315 More good news coming from the Broncos

Posted by walter sobchak on 06 July 2014 - 07:35 AM

Exactly right, build the club around the local youngsters while adding a few quality and experienced overseas and northern players in key positions. Hopefully with the broncos being more competitive next year this will see some of the lost fans coming back and maybe adding a few more new faces, I just hope the broncos can get their long term home ground sorted.


#2954602 Magic Weekend in Coventry?

Posted by walter sobchak on 04 July 2014 - 03:26 PM

It has to be either Liverpool or Newcastle for me, preferably Newcastle.


#2951479 Commonwealth Games Rugby League 9s

Posted by walter sobchak on 29 June 2014 - 11:11 AM

I really think we should fast track Canada both domestically and at international level as Canada seems to be at that stage where they could go either way, a bit like Russia a decade ago. I'm not sure how much if any RL funding is shared out between developing nations but Canada needs to receive the bulk of it alongside NRL and super league sides playing pre-season friendlies in Canada, coaches from the NRL and super league running clinics, increased player swap programmes for Canadians to OZ and the UK comps, tours to Canada from nations like tonga, Fiji, France etc.


#2949233 Cowboys new stadium

Posted by walter sobchak on 24 June 2014 - 05:30 PM

Current stadium is like many RL stadiums dated and offers poor protection to the crowd should it rain. Also its a long drive out of Townsville. Its easily more than 10 miles from the centre of Townsville and parking not great. Have always used the bus when going to a game there which leaves from near the Leagues club in the centre but seems to take forever and is well full! After the game you have to often wait a fair bit for the bus back into town. Cant say its a Stadium that enjoy though the the grass areas are great for families having a picnic


Bit off topic but do you think the shine has come off the cowboys and the NRL in townsville of late as I can remember the cowboys easily getting 20,000+ crowds when they first came into the NRL. Also do you think the cowboys would ever join up with cairns and play half the homes games in both cairns and Townsville? Could see some good crowds in cairns with the novelty factor.


#2947934 I would sooner play for Wigan than England union team

Posted by walter sobchak on 22 June 2014 - 01:30 PM

He will not make the England team IMO.
If he is played as a centre he will be targeted and shown up by the Wallabies, All Blacks and the Springbocks.
 
I hope he is not welcomed back to be honest. I am sure he will be but there is something about him that does not sit right in my mind.

As an English RL fan we(england) need him back as he is one of only a few that would walk into the Aussie side, I thought he was sensational in the rlwc2013 semi against the kiwis and overshadowed SBW.


#2947838 I would sooner play for Wigan than England union team

Posted by walter sobchak on 22 June 2014 - 08:03 AM

I'm a Wigan fan, glad to see him back, and i agree with you totally...

I'm a saints fan and I'm glad to see him back, had he stayed in league he would definitely be 1st choice second rower for England. I'd also love to see Kyle Eastmond back as well.


#2947824 Mason Caton-Brown.........Gone!

Posted by walter sobchak on 22 June 2014 - 07:16 AM

Rugby league fans are truly their own worst enemy, why can't it be possible to support the likes of Leigh, Oldham and the likes of London?


#2947823 I would sooner play for Wigan than England union team

Posted by walter sobchak on 22 June 2014 - 07:11 AM

It's great to see him back playing league infact it's great to see any convert coming back to league but spare me the "league will always be in my heart" BS. When these players leave they talk up rugby union and when they come back they talk up rugby league as if it's the best thing since sliced bread, they're just telling the fans what they want to hear.