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The Big Gun

Member Since 31 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Sep 05 2014 11:52 AM

#2931297 Joel Tomkins

Posted by The Big Gun on 18 May 2014 - 10:33 AM

Joel Tomkins was pretty good at league, but not amazing or anything. I hope Salford don't spunk a load of cash on him, because he's not the kind of player who's going to make sufficient impact to justify the money. Salford need to be looking at the best young English players currently playing for the smaller clubs.

#2926003 London sign french forward Maxime Herold

Posted by The Big Gun on 07 May 2014 - 06:41 PM

I have a few. He's 24 yo, 6ft 1, nearly 100kg with good pace and ball holding. International for U16 and U20 France. Can play second row, loose forward or prop. He was playing alongside former Catalans David Ferriol and Salford/Castleford Lee Jewitt.

Not sure if he's at SL level.

Under 100kg is too small to play prop at the top level. London already have a plethora of under-sized forwards so not sure how this signing helps.

#2916966 NRL or Super League? Which has the best standard of play?

Posted by The Big Gun on 15 April 2014 - 10:32 PM

The OP Question was Which has the best standard of play?Not who has the best atmosphere.

I'm English born and bred,never been to Aus in my life and have no wish to in the future,but i've been loving ALL the games on Premier,even the so called dour games.
Remember the televised Wakey v Bradford earlier this season or any London game good god poor in talent and excitement.
What i will say though is that the NRL competition are lucky to have such a strong and long pool of players of Fiji/Samoan/Tonga etc islands to their Comp.Take thse away and Maybe the quality/entertainment value of the NRL would be greatly reduced.

Most of those islanders were born in Oz or NZ, so I don't see why you'd single them out. The strength of the NRL is due to rugby league's popularity in Australia which gives it a big player pool, lots of money etc.

#2903309 23/03/14 - Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers KO 3pm

Posted by The Big Gun on 21 March 2014 - 06:06 PM

Not sure why everyone seems to think Salford will "come good" at some point, they've recruited a load of shot and/or erratic players and will be lucky to make the top 8 for me.

#2835928 Eastmond coming back to League?

Posted by The Big Gun on 16 November 2013 - 12:38 PM

I would love him back in RL, think he is a great talent. Wonder if he would fancy a crack at the NRL?

That would seem the best option to me. I'm sure there are plenty of nrl clubs who'd be willing to give him a shot.

#2801511 England Squad Announcement

Posted by The Big Gun on 02 October 2013 - 04:56 PM

Cooper Cronk only has 7 more and he is 30 this year. If Cronk had the same ban Hock has had he would be on less international caps than Hock at the same age.

Did Hock also have one of the best players ever in front of him?

#2797932 27/09/13 - SL Qual SF: Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos KO 8pm (Sky Sports)

Posted by The Big Gun on 27 September 2013 - 07:54 PM

This is a good game, no doubt. However, I think the hyperbolic commentary might be a bit much for newcomers to the game.
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#2788442 England's backs

Posted by The Big Gun on 13 September 2013 - 02:44 PM

I don't wish to dwell on a subject but , would following the Huddersfield, non-performance, last night, anyone be prepared to acknowledge what I consider my logical argument on the unsuitability of CudjNoe at centre or the fact that should Huddersfield progress further than nextweek and ultimately go on to WIN! the grand final that they would be humiliated should they then contest the W/club challenge?


I cannot under any circumstance whatever envisage the mismatch that would ensue should CudjNoe be pitted against anyone that the Aussies should select in the centre's and should it be Inglis.....................Arrrrrrgh!

How is your argument "logical"? I can't even work out what your argument is.

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#2774505 Where would Wigan, Warrington Huddersfield fininsh in the NRL realistically?

Posted by The Big Gun on 24 August 2013 - 07:17 PM

See, at the start of the season I was watching every NRL game played, they were of very very mixed quality and a lot of teams were equal to the bottom end if Superleague

Is the NRL better? Pass.
It's richer, has more players and more intensity of games but is often "by the numbers" and formulaic.

Yes the best teams in the NRL are probably better than the best in SL. But the best in SL would not be out of place in super league IMO

Also, given the rest of Aussie sport is in a decline, who says the NRL is immune to that?

A lot of teams in the NRL are not equal to the bottom end of Super League, that's complete nonsense.

#2768361 Matt Bowen to Wigan

Posted by The Big Gun on 15 August 2013 - 01:16 PM

I would rather see Hampshire take the full back role full time then sign Bowen.

Bowen's a good player to have for a couple of years until Hampshire matures. I like this move for Wigan.

#2756952 George Burgess - Incredible Stats

Posted by The Big Gun on 29 July 2013 - 10:33 PM



I think George Burgess's emergence has been my favourite thing to have happened in RL this year. I really can't wait to see him tearing into the Aussies at the WC.

#2741433 Canada v USA

Posted by The Big Gun on 08 July 2013 - 06:06 PM

7k is a great crowd! We should send England out there in the off season and try and build on this.