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The Supporters Club bus is now available for people to book their places. The booking sheet is available in the ususal place - Glyndwr University Sports Centre. Places on the bus are £14 each for members and non-members. This is a one off to encourage people to rejoin the Supporters Club. After this bus non-members will pay an additional £2.
Get your places booked as the bus is expected to sell out.
The harsh reality is that until the international game becomes a decent chunk of players income than the call of origin will always remain strong resulting in soft rules around switching. How many games will he play for Wales let alone ones that don't cost him to play? Loyalty to your fathers country only goes so far in a short career.
Frizzell had to pay his own air fare to play for Wales in RLWC 2013. I think he should make a decision and stick with it. If h wants to play for NSW and Australia - and the eligibility rules allow him to do so - fair enough, but let the WRL know so that John Kear knows he's not available for selection. Wales have to concentrate on qualifying and have two important games in October 2016. Wales don't need the distraction of players changing their availability at short notice.
...although that could mean we get Weller Huraki back for the odd game
I was very dubious about this partnership arrangement initially - seeing how poorly Salford performed last year and their interfering owner seemed to amass a huge pool of talent who could not play together as a team.
Some of the Reds supporters have been true appalling over the seasons; they were on the verge of attacking our coach when we beat them at the Willows and I had a walking stick aggressively brandished at me in the Millennium Stadium after Crusaders dismantled Salford in the Magic Weekend - so no love lost for their fans either.
However having spoken to several parties there do seem to be some real benefits. Salfords training facilities are superb. Salford wont be ruing a U19s team so we will have access to some real talent who cant get SuperLeague games. Ian Watson and Antony Murray are apparently very good friends and AM had been chasing a deal with Salford to link to Watson and the Salford coaching team. It looks like we could end up with a partnership which could benefit Crusaders. Fingers crossed.
I'm not sure Benjamin Jullien is quite ready for Super League yet - I hope he proves me wrong - but another year in the Championship (rather than League 1) would be a great experience for him, rather than warming the bench at Wire.
Having been to all 3 of Wales' European Championships and the friendly against Keighley, I am amazed at the incredible turn-around that John Kear has been able to create. The team is not that much different to those who played last season and in our woeful World Cup year but John seems to have instilled a fabulous team spirit and the players now look and behave like winners. An absolute pleasure to support our squad, with a growing bunch of fans too.
Best song of the series (to the tune of "In My Liverpool Home")
Give him the Freedom of Wales, give him the Freedom of Wales,
Glad to see Regan Grace get a bit of game time near the end of the match. He turned down the chance to go on tour to Aus with the Saints Academy to join up with the Wales squad so i'm glad Kear didn't just leave him sat on the sidelines for the whole tournament. Absolute flyer this kid, by far & way the fastest man at Saints and being involved with Wales will help his development no end.
Regan Grace scored a belter of a try too. He has blistering pace and is well matched with Dalton Grant.
Its great to see that players want to play for John Kears Wales. Hes put some pride back into the national team and its great to see that Grace will put playing for Wales before a very tempting tour in Australia. A youngster showing a good example that some of our 'superstars' could do wit following.
I was a bit surprised when I first learned that Rochdale Hornets entered a DR partnership with Warrington Wolves - because during the previous season North Wales Crusaders were in DR partnership with Wire and no change was proposed.
I wonder whether the Crusaders Board of Directors valued independence above partnership in the end.... after all we did win Championship One when we had no DR partnership.
The WRL are caught in the same trap as the RFL, albeit on a different scale. No marketing budget to speak of, so they rely on mailing lists and social media. For the RFL this results in 100,000 for the WRL it's a 1000.
There is no easy solution but hopefully they stick in the arms park as its the perfect stadium for Wales. The only problem is that the owners of the ground feel they can mess around bookings at a drop of a hat. Sat afternoon was the perfect time to maximise attendance, 6:30pm on a Friday was always going to be a struggle.
As ever I feel for the players. The France no6 who was a wee fella who got smashed by a prop and it would have been understandable if he thought why he was bothering to come all that way for peanuts to get mullered in front a 1000 people. They all deserved a bigger crowd.
Also the bar was so badly staffed by the slowest bar staff in Cardiff! Possibly the worst part of the night
The Arms Park is ideal.
The kick off time suited nobody - to early for people living in South Wales to get home and back and for us from the North it meant taking at least half a day off work to get to the game. I really have no idea why the game was changed from the Saturday it was planned for - allegedly Cardiff Blues changed a fixture very late on to maximise the time/income just before the R(u) WC final - but it resulted in only a couple of dozen of us travelling from North Wales.
Well worth the trip though. A thorough team effort and only really one defensive slip which France exploited to score, otherwise Wales were very solid and easily deserved their win.
If you think the bar service was slow in the ground, it was even slower in the Gatekeeper!!
He got paid at Crusaders - your just making mischief, methinks! We'll have to pay two Hornets players coming to us though - and you'll have to find somewhere warm for Jono to sit for his 8-week RFL enforced ban.