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#2980802 4nations question

Posted by DlEHARD on 21 August 2014 - 07:39 AM

To celebrate the centenary of the Rorkes Drift Test; probably the greatest game in our history; Australia have announced that they will wear the Maroon and Blue strip they wore that day. Hopefully we will respond and wear the Red and White hoops as a tribute to Harold Wagstaff and the team's achievement of victory with at one time nine players on the field

I missed this announcement. Good that they are commemorating it.

#2980275 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 20 August 2014 - 07:00 AM

From the very first post I flagged that I was conscious of doing things appropriately and having a dual approach of ex pats and Hong Kong locals. 


If you think it is beneficial for our sport to be non existent in one of the world's financial hubs you are wrong. To gain prestige and influence we need to be representative in places such as Hong Kong. 


Being so close to other Asian nations puts us in a position to be able to help these developing RL nations as well. You should not think simply in national sides (Although an authentic national side is the goal), but there are other ways to tour. 9s competitions and clubs. Japan is struggling and is also very close. Not to mention the benefits of attracting multi national sponsors.


There are alot of rugby league lovers here and former players. A lot of them really want a social outlet and have money. It makes perfect sense to harness these people to help with what would be a massive task ahead. To power a true development operation, we need passion and experience in the game. There could also be some amazing connections and links out there just waiting to be discovered in the expat community. It is a dual approach. Proper development is not out of the question, it's on the radar. I haven't even begun to scratch the surface and I have had a school suggest that I teach kids rugby league.


At the end of the day the quest to grow Rugby League is about participation, it isn't about racing for dots on a map. Developing a sport is not easy and first you need to rally the troops.


Please if you are going ###### on people who are having a go, do it elsewhere. Rugby League has had enough of that in its history and we have suffered for it.

#2978939 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 17 August 2014 - 05:23 PM

On Saturday night I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Charles from the Thailand Stars. He was visiting Hong Kong (One of the luxuries of being a gateway city) and we managed to organise a catch up.


Andrew and the TRLA have been very successful with their staged development and work through the Asia Cup. He went into depth about how they started, the challenges and the future.


Andrew can be certainly described as an Internationalist with the game at heart. He gave me valuable advice and someone experienced to bounce ideas off. He was very encouraging and I agree that it should be similar to get Rugby League up in Hong Kong than any other Asian country.


He told me about the upcoming Phuket 9s and offering Thailand as a future opponent if we can form a side for a friendly.


I can really see how a group of nations in Asia, in close proximity could really help each other.


A photo to commemorate the occasion. Here is to international solidarity. I value his support and new friendship. A guy us internationalists can be proud of.



#2975328 RFL - The New Era

Posted by DlEHARD on 11 August 2014 - 12:59 PM

That diagram actually helped me understand it, thanks.

#2971719 Is John Cartwright coming to a Super League club near you?

Posted by DlEHARD on 05 August 2014 - 11:17 AM

As a Titans fan, I give the following advice.



#2968983 Rugby Union Federation to ban Mexican RL players.

Posted by DlEHARD on 01 August 2014 - 02:37 AM

That is disgusting. A proud Rugby Union tradition right here.

#2964570 Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

Posted by DlEHARD on 24 July 2014 - 09:12 AM

Not much for investment, expansion or for a rainy day.

#2964012 First RL activity in Mexico

Posted by DlEHARD on 23 July 2014 - 11:02 AM

You guys have convinced me to discuss it, Ill start a thread about it. Ive been thinking about it for a while now.

#2963919 First RL activity in Mexico

Posted by DlEHARD on 23 July 2014 - 08:19 AM

Very cool, I wish them all the best and hope they get support.


I'm actually tempted to start our great sport in a country that I live in,,, But it'd be a mammoth job and require a lot of help. You want it to be sustainable. 

#2953700 Todd Carney - Oh Dear!

Posted by DlEHARD on 03 July 2014 - 06:59 AM

These type of people need to be removed from the game. We can't afford the reputation of our game to continue to suffer.


Cronulla is a toxic club.

#2951128 Commonwealth Games Rugby League 9s

Posted by DlEHARD on 28 June 2014 - 05:18 PM

Sounds like a very successful tournament.


Hopefully it is now a mainstay and we will see a World 9s circuit.

#2949441 farrell banned

Posted by DlEHARD on 25 June 2014 - 06:43 AM

Damn. I was hoping that this thread was about the RFL banning Andy Farrell from attending major Rugby League matches.

#2945215 "Oh Papua New Guinea"

Posted by DlEHARD on 15 June 2014 - 11:39 PM

Rd15 Highlights - PNG v Dolphins



#2942111 Knights Taken Over By NRL

Posted by DlEHARD on 09 June 2014 - 06:56 PM

Some clubs have all the luck...

#2941993 Amnrl finally dead?

Posted by DlEHARD on 09 June 2014 - 03:00 PM

Welcome to the forum and the sport. It's a great game with a great history and spirit. We love it and want to see as many people get an opportunity to play and support it as possible.