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walter sobchak

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#2987190 Gareth Widdop best NRL signing, says fan poll

Posted by walter sobchak on 02 September 2014 - 03:46 PM

Widdop and O'Loughlin in the halves wouldn't be too bad, O'Loch-lin is probably the best English player currently playing up here.

Nooooooooooooooooooo! We want real halfbacks playing in the halves and not loose forwards!

#2986880 Sinfield Quits International Rugby (Merged threads)

Posted by walter sobchak on 02 September 2014 - 07:47 AM

Widdop and Tomkins for me (blah blah blah. Playing players out of position. Blah blah blah)
Ok, Widdop has to be our 6. He has a great passing and kicking game and takes his team around the field with no worries. Tomkins is still basically a half playing full back and sadly, as good as he has been with ball in hand when unlocking the NRL defences this year, has looked awful at times defensively and under the high ball.
This would give us 2 very good halves and also make room for Hardaker who has been outstanding this year. He's the best defensive full back I have seen in the SL and is safe as under the high bomb. I don't even have to say a word about his kick returns either.
A Hardaker, Widdop, Tomkins 1, 6, 7 would be the best option in my opinion. Young, fast and skillful. Something we've not had in those positions in a long time.

Couldn't agree more! The whole playing tomkins out of position in the halves debate is baffling to me, it's not as if we're asking a rookie fullback to play out of position in the halves at international level for England we're talking about a player who played his junior rugby and the early part of his professional career with Wigan in the halves plus he's been playing international rugby league for 5 years and he's also spent this year playing in the toughest competition the NRL and been showing up really well offensively for the warriors scoring I think 13 tries and many more try assists. Like you say a spine of hardaker, widdop and tomkins is the best option, young fast and very skilful and when you add Roby at 9 and Clark as interchange hooker we have players that can create space, put players through a hole, make a clean break and can cause defences no end of trouble.

#2986561 Pleasing to see more French players in superleague/ championship clubs

Posted by walter sobchak on 01 September 2014 - 12:45 PM

Alex Mickalezyk sounds polish

France has a large polish minority which dates back to the times of napoleon when tens of thousands of poles fled Russian rule and right upto the 2 world wars. Most polish French can be found in Northern France.

#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.

#2969397 Middle east violence

Posted by walter sobchak on 01 August 2014 - 04:27 PM

Post #25 "I've no dog in the fight and I only support the truth and the facts".

IS that so?


How long ago was the kingdom of Israel? 2000 years? 3000 years? We're living in the 21st century and some of the victims of the creation of Israel are still alive today with the keys to their homes hanging around their necks and deeds to their lands.

#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.