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#3033479 World Club Series

Posted by DlEHARD on 16 November 2014 - 03:00 AM

it is if people call it that.


Right on.


Let's try to give this series a chance. I'm excited. I always loved the idea of a World Club Championship. I hope it helps Super League.


If the NRL gets its act together an actually sends the top 3 next time, it'll enhance the concept.

#3033478 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 16 November 2014 - 02:45 AM

So we had a fantastic meeting, full of brand new RL fans (To HKRL group) and keen internationalists.

We had many people wearing Kangaroos and Kiwis jerseys.

Lots of ideas. Lots of experience and skills. Including members of current RU clubs and former RL players.

We also agreed to start a touch footy team in a couple of weeks. We will call it the 13s, just so people know that we are the Rugby League guys.

#3032730 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 15 November 2014 - 03:02 AM

Once again the HKRL crew will be meeting at Delaneys Wan Chai at 3.30 to watch the Final.


All welcome. Be part of the team and the road ahead.

#3020785 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 26 October 2014 - 04:08 PM

We have some keen Internationalists. At least two people in the group were at the World Cup Finals. And we have some people interested in playing.

#3020639 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by DlEHARD on 26 October 2014 - 11:04 AM

Meet up was a great success. Got to meet some passionate RL supporters who I have been corresponding with and now we can move forward together.


We will have events every week during the Four Nations. And afterwards have a more formal meeting about HKRL.


It was a lot of fun and it was great to meet fantastic lovers of the game. There are a lot of skills and experience we can draw on and I am sure there are more people we can recruit.

#3011512 Aussie Teams in World Club Challenge

Posted by DlEHARD on 11 October 2014 - 11:33 AM

I think the teams that have ended up going North has more to do with promotion than competition guidelines.


This is new ( well a new guise of the WCC concept. ).


Somewhat like the NRL nines which turned into a raging success.....because it was new ( again another known formula, in a new guise ) teams had varying attitudes towards whether they go all out or they use a squad of ' left overs' to patronise the event.


As has been stated, the Broncos brand is respected in the same ilk as brands like Wigan, while not as old as Wigan....the Broncos name is associated with the modern game and a dynastic pedigree.


Saints are well liked up there. Old school team with plenty of Ex pat Poms forming their supporter base in Australia ( the Dragons have the best singing chants / much more so than Glory glory....by virtue of being spontaneously developed by their fans in that famous English tradition of chants).


The other thing about these matchups is that it is actually more useful in terms of allowing a challenge to the idea that every NRL team is superior to ESL teams.


These middle of the road , bottom eight / lower eight NRL sides playing top four opponents, gives a  gauge between comps as opposed to comparing elite V elite of the respective comps. 


England have more to lose reputation wise.....from this comp than the NRL teams....who have a ready made excuse in the travel factor....insulating them from criticism.


I hope next time there are three teams, the NRL change the ' friendly teams' to the likes of the Storm and other clubs with the Dynasty of success in the modern era.


After a couple tournaments Aussie Top three plays Europe top three.

Well said as usual Mt Smart

#3011509 RLIF reveals World Cup 2021 bidding process

Posted by DlEHARD on 11 October 2014 - 11:30 AM

France as hosts or co-host seems great, just as long as they are a big partner.

#3007595 State Championship on Premier Sports

Posted by DlEHARD on 05 October 2014 - 06:53 AM

What did everyone thing of the game? I think the new State Champion is a great addition

#2996361 Names on shirts

Posted by DlEHARD on 16 September 2014 - 03:57 AM

Names on jerseys must happen. It would help people become more attached to our game and follow it easier. This should be a priority for a supporter based spectator sport. 

#2991299 Bulldogs vs Titans WOW what a finish

Posted by DlEHARD on 09 September 2014 - 08:43 AM

Titans really needed this, especially a home win. They havent even released 2015 memberships because they have been so rubbish.


This gives the fans some hope going into the off season and gives Neil Henry a more positive off season.

#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.