I think the RL, Wigan and St Helen's have all handled this well - in the face of pro RU media desparate for any negative spin. Don't forget he's also lost games with Wales, plus no WCC games and he'll be well down the order after missing 8 games.
Might be a tad inappropriate as the dust has not yet...ahem...hit the floor....however what's the best bit of good old biff you've seen ?
I remember Adam foggerty head butting Neil cowie right in front of me ! Real angel Adam !!
Brian mcdermotts boxing show a few years ago
Des Drummond cracking right hook on Kevin iro in the CC final
Obviously mason v fielden/peacock
Cracking interview with mr wood on bbc this morning. Amazing how we're in the press - even made front page of Sunday times. Low quality game, superb event, exciting and all in all a great night out !
Many Union players were recruited on their kicking skills both from hand and from conversions/penalties.In years gone by kicking duels between RL full backs were commonplace (I'd imagine pretty similar to what we call aimpess hoofing downfield in modern day union). I'm not old enough to know how structured the kicking duels were -))The best place kickers in League 'generally' came from union backgrounds - apart from Neil Fox, the main RL records for points (usually from conversions and penalties) were union players - Sullivan, Watkins, Lewis Jones etc.In the main, the top RL try scorers were from RL backgrounds - Bevan, Ellaby, Southward, Hanley, etc. Some will say what about Boston and Offiah from union? But to counteract, their union first class careers were so limited to hardly claim it was their union attacking skills that they brought to League. They were just about fresh out of school. They had raw talent, speed and in Bostons case raw power. The League coaches developed this. They didn't bring those skills from union.
You miss a vital point about Boston and Offiah. Both black and forth at reason alone they did not play for their country - in Union. Of course in RL they were welcome with open arms into the int. team withine five minutes.
Do it do it do it. I've started a team in Altrincham....very foreign territory...but just below the surface is soon much interest. We went as a club to Salford Leeds last Friday and everybody loved it... Including a guy for Roslyn Park. RL is the greatest game. Do your duty !
The WRU could easily afford to pay more if they wanted to, but they they have chosen to pay back their loan for the stadium early instead. How exactly is giving a bunch of money to the bank early improving Welsh RU?
The WRU also gets a lot more access to their players than England or France do, including for 4th November tests.
The WRU were happy to leave the regions' owners to partly finance pro RU in Wales out of their own pockets, covering losses every year while the union was paying back its loans, only to now turn against them and try to financially strangle the regions in order to get control of them dirt cheap.
WRFU have to keep to the agreed repayment schedule - if they don't they pay more and more interest. In the long term this is in the interest of all welsh rugby clubs