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walter sobchak

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#2982174 England's 4nations fullback

Posted by walter sobchak on 24 August 2014 - 12:27 PM

Tomkins is according to NRL stats
Not in the top 20 Try scorers
15th  in Try assists
Not in the top 20 line breaks.
9th in line break assists

There you go again with your facts, don't you realize that Sam tomkins is beyond criticism by some on here.

#2982051 England's 4nations fullback

Posted by walter sobchak on 24 August 2014 - 06:37 AM

Reading all the comments from the warriors fans on LU and Sam tomkins had another mare under the high ball again for the warriors against the roosters. Surely his inconsistent form and fragility under the high ball has to be a worry for McNamara and must put Zak hardaker in pole position for being England's fullback for this years 4nations. I would honestly play Sam tomkins in the halves with widdop, take the pressure off him and let him have free rein in the middle of the pitch.

#2979777 What can we do to increase attendances?

Posted by walter sobchak on 18 August 2014 - 09:03 PM

I'm a big fan of themed super league rounds like the "help the heroes round" or "heritage round" you could also have a "cancer research" round, an "NHS round", "ladies day round" etc.

#2978437 Aus v NZ

Posted by walter sobchak on 16 August 2014 - 05:05 PM

Just proves internationals gets the coverage....RL learn from that. Plus also a renewed belief in our game - its fab fab fab !

If given time to build a 3 test series between the kangaroos and kiwis would blow this garbage out of the water and could even match the SOO, the kiwis have never been in a stronger position what with the number of kiwis coming through the ranks at all of the 16 NRL clubs. Makes you wonder what the ARL and NZRL are waiting for, matches could be played in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington etc.

#2976307 US v Canada result is in...

Posted by walter sobchak on 13 August 2014 - 08:06 AM

What can we do to help RL in Canada?

Send over coaches from aus, nz and uk to hold clinics all over Canada, increase funding to the Canadian RL, organize junior tours to Canada from the uk, France, nz and oz, pre-season super league or NRL games played in Canada etc. Canada needs to be pushed to the next level of hosting tests against the likes of France, Scotland, png etc in the 3-5 years and maybe going on tours to said countries.

#2973153 Middle east violence

Posted by walter sobchak on 07 August 2014 - 05:35 PM

No, but Israeli is a race. You can't ban a specific race from anywhere and then argue that it isn't racism.

"Israeli is a race". I'll try to be kind to you, in Israel there are Jews, Muslims and Christians. There are black ethitiopian Jews, European Jews, Persian Jews and Arab Jews. Israelis are not a race just like English people aren't a race or Irish people aren't a race, they are a collection of all kinds of races and ethnicities.

#2970234 Middle east violence

Posted by walter sobchak on 03 August 2014 - 11:39 AM

5 years ago, but as true now as it was then

Powerful speech! It also puts to shame some of Israels most fanatical supporters who claim anybody that denounces Israel is anti-Semitic or wants to "drive the Jews into the sea". Having said that they'll just claim people like Gerald Kaufman are just "self hating Jews."

#2970110 Middle east violence

Posted by walter sobchak on 02 August 2014 - 11:40 PM

You forgot to mention the one thing that destroyed the Oslo agreements. Arafat insisted on the "right of return" knowing exactly what this meant for Israel and the whole deal was over. It's hardly just the hardline Israelis that don't want peace. The Palestinian leaders whether Hamas or Fatah don't.

That's a good one, the right of return is protected by international law codified in the universal declaration of human rights and the international covenant on civil and political rights. The very idea that Palestinians who were forced or fled from their homes by Zionist terror must not be allowed to return to their homes yet any person living throughout the world who is Jewish has the right to settle in Israel thanks to the "law of return" legislation passed in Israel is absurd. I could convert to Judaism tomorrow and be eligible to settle in Israel yet a Palestinian who was born in Palestine modern day Israel or their children cannot, how is that fair?

#2969831 Middle east violence

Posted by walter sobchak on 02 August 2014 - 12:24 PM

Read 'The General's Son' for an interesting (and Jewish) view of Israel's behaviour sice the 1940s.

The wonderful and brave Israeli miko peled.

#2968133 Does a weak SL help the England team?

Posted by walter sobchak on 30 July 2014 - 03:04 PM

I don't think the current crop of Aus players will be replaced by as good players.
There won't be another Greg Inglis. I don't see anyone up and coming who is going to have the sheer athletic natural ability he has.
Hayne will probably replace Slater and is probably better now IMO.
Cherry Evans may be as good as Cronk but he won't be as good as Thurston. I think the reason Lockyer was replaced so easily is because Thurston stepped up his game to become a cut above any other half back on the planet. I'd put Lockyer and Thurston in a class above Cronk and DCE.
I don't see Smith being replaced either. I've never seen anyone control the ruck better than him in my lifetime. He's the most complete Hooker there can be and is probably the greatest of all time. I just think the rest of the hookers in the NRL are a couple of steps down from Smith. It will take a special hooker to replace him.
But most of all the reason why I don't think the replacements will be as good is because of the link between Slater, Cronk, Smith and Thurston. They are the reason why Queensland, Australia and partly Melbourne have been so dominant over the past 5 years. There understanding of eachother just gives them that half a second more time and be that half a second quicker which makes such an impact at the highest level. They have been untouchable and probably the greatest spine of all time. But these players are now getting older and I don't see them being replaced to anywhere close. Melbourne not close to the top of the table, Queensland losing to NSW, are Australia next?

I've lost count the number of times I've believed that the likes of meninga, Daley, Stuart, Clyde can't be replaced only for fittler, langer, Renouf to replace them then have sailor, johns, tuquri, Lockyer replace them. When the likes of cronk, slater, thurston, inglis and smith retire believe me they'll be replaced.

#2967666 Does a weak SL help the England team?

Posted by walter sobchak on 29 July 2014 - 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.