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#3234544 14 Nov: 3rd Test - England v New Zealand (Wigan, KO 1pm) Match Thread

Posted by flyingking on 15 November 2015 - 04:22 PM

Only watched the game now, thoroughly enjoyed it. What a fantastic result for England, one that caps off one of rugby league's finest years in recent memory. No-one has yet mentioned Ben Thaler's handling of the game but I felt he had another fine match and for me is the best referee in the world. It is also time to recognise maybe that McNamara perhaps does have what it take at international level. He has created a genuine England team culture and prepared England in the best possible manner. Team selections and tactics may not have always been spot on but he made the right calls for the decider in bringing in Smith and McGilvary, yes the Kiwis may not have had their strongest side, but England have just defeated the number one international nation in a game that mattered. Well done to everyone involved in bringing England up to the level of the two Southern Hemisphere giants.

#3229849 NZ series ticket sales latest news

Posted by flyingking on 07 November 2015 - 08:51 PM

I was one of the volunteers manning the ticket desk today, handing out the tickets sold in the last few days. A lot of them were addressed to people living in London, Essex, Kent and Surrey. Invariably, whenever I asked a Northerner if they had been to the Olympic Stadium before, they replied in the negative, whereas a good proportion of the Southerners had been to either the Olympics or the union world cup. This leads me to conclude that lots of people who enjoy an event at top venues purchased tickets. Many of those purchases would undoubtedly have come about as a result of the marketing emails sent to Olympics and world cup mailing lists. Therefore that tactic used by the RFL did work and succeeded in enticing people who may not have considered watching a rugby league game before then.


One aspect that I appreciated was the more multicultural crowd than is often seen in rugby league games. Today, I spoke to people from Italy, Spain, Romania, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, South Africa, Sweden, Hong Kong and a good number of British people from ethnic minorities. Let's have more events at the Olympic Stadium, because it is able to draw in people from a wide range of backgrounds.

#3229252 7 Nov: Second Test - England v New Zealand (Olympic Stadium) - Match Thread

Posted by flyingking on 07 November 2015 - 07:16 AM

To all the fans travelling to the Olympic Park today, welcome to my manor. I am used to attending or volunteering eat events there almost on a monthly basis. It will be extra special though to see England take on the Kiwis in my favourite sport. I will be one of the Team 13 volunteers there today, all trying to ensure that you have the best possible day. Enjoy the experience.

#3228860 Rugby League game in Argentina

Posted by flyingking on 06 November 2015 - 12:39 PM

Taken from League Culture Facebook page


First Rugby League in Argentina expected to draw 1500 people.

The game will be played between two local Argentinian teams on the Atlantic Coast at Club Defensores de Miramar.

In a twist, the game will be played as a curtain-raiser to a soccer semi-final match and a crowd of 1000-1500 is predicted.

Small steps to a bigger goal.


Vamos Argentina

#3228852 RLIF meeting in Paris

Posted by flyingking on 06 November 2015 - 12:30 PM

As the meeting took place In Paris, I think the correct term on this occasion is Sacre Bleu.

#3228841 Neutral Refs Please - It's Just Awkward

Posted by flyingking on 06 November 2015 - 12:11 PM

The RLIF strategic plan states they are going to work towards developing neutral refs and one set of laws.

http://www.rlif.com/...p (Digital).pdf

#3227820 Rlwc 2017 European qualifiers draw

Posted by flyingking on 05 November 2015 - 01:12 AM


#3227818 RLIF meeting in Paris

Posted by flyingking on 05 November 2015 - 01:09 AM

The bingo regulars said they were there first.

#3227774 Olympic Stadium parking plans

Posted by flyingking on 04 November 2015 - 10:50 PM

Westfield is the best place, a lot of the roads through the Olympic Park are either sealed off or have no provision for on street parking.

#3223700 1 Nov: First Test - England v New Zealand (KC Stadium, Hull KO 5pm) - Match T...

Posted by flyingking on 30 October 2015 - 06:23 PM

Match Officials are as follows;


01 Nov KO:17:00 Autumn Internationals Rd: 1
England v New Zealand
Kingston Communications Stadium

Referee: B Thaler

Reserve: R Hicks

Touch Judge: J Child

Touch Judge: A Martin

Reserve TJ: M Craven

In Goal: -

In Goal: -

Video Referee: R Silverwood

Video Referee: C Kendall

Match Commissioner: T Randerson

Time Keeper: S Williams


Did the RFL not learn from last year's Four Nations that all games need neutral officials. Mind you I would prefer British refs to the notorious Sutton brothers.

#3223016 NZ series ticket sales latest news

Posted by flyingking on 29 October 2015 - 01:57 PM

International rugby league- a regional game for Southerners, that is most well attended when played within the confines of the M25 motorway (or failing that,places like Cardiff and Bristol). Though I am led to believe it might also be played in the North of England as well.

#3216062 Greece v Spain

Posted by flyingking on 17 October 2015 - 06:15 PM

Yet another international victory for Spain, their record in just a couple of years is Played 7 Won 6. Their World Cup journey continues into 2016. Congratulations to Spain for having developed such a good side from scratch. The progress has been breathtaking,may the game there flourish even more.



International RL @IntlRL 28m28 minutes ago

That completes the line up for the Euro Qualification for RLWC2017 Wales Ireland Serbia Russia Italy and Spain The draw is in November

#3215481 Eng V NZ Olympic Park tickets

Posted by flyingking on 16 October 2015 - 04:57 PM

For those making a weekend of it, most of the Olympic legacy facilities can be used by the public; so you can swim in the Olympic Pool at the Aquatics Centre, cycle inside the Velodrome, or on the BMX track or on a specially created car-free road circuit. play badminton at the Copper Box or have a game of tennis at the Eton Manor Hockey and Tennis Centre. There are also boat trips along the River Lee and of course you can ascend the Orbit sculpture.



#3211428 Shocking rugby league article in the Telegraph

Posted by flyingking on 09 October 2015 - 10:13 PM

Shocking because it is informative, topical, positive, does not feature any ill-founded opinion nor stereotypes and is rather good.


#3204958 3 Oct: Million Pound Game - Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Bradford Bulls KO 2....

Posted by flyingking on 01 October 2015 - 08:36 PM

Bradford to win and then find out that the RFL have changed the reward to the Half Million Pound Game.