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Member Since 04 Aug 2013
Offline Last Active Jun 06 2015 10:16 AM

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In Topic: Marquee Player rule approved

03 June 2015 - 08:53 PM

This whole idea is based on a bit of dream world. None of the NRL's finest will come to SL as a result. The peak for Australian players is to play State of Origin. If they come here, they can't do that. Players like Inglis are celebrities in Australia. If the likes of Inglis, Slater and Thurston came to England, they wouldn't be recognised walking down the streets of any major UK city except Leeds!


And will this rule stop British players moving to the NRL? I don't think so. Players don't just go for money. Their young men, with a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Sydney, play in the best league in the world and better their lives. Matching their wages won't be enough to stop some from going.


And then when marquee players do come from the NRL they often flop. Hohaia, Matt King, Kevin Locke to name three. Yet relative unknowns such as Jamie Lyon can come here and are talked about for years to come. I can only see this rule widening the gap between top and bottom of Super League and between the Super League and the Championship.


Our priorities are all wrong. Clubs weren't willing to invest £30,000 to set up a reserve grade a couple of seasons ago. Now the majority want to throw hundreds of thousands at average Aussies and pay them inflated wages. It's a short term fix, and short sighted thinking yet again.

In Topic: Sky Commentary Team

28 May 2015 - 09:24 PM

Eddie - Stay, as a commentator only

Stevo - Go

Phil - Stay

Brian - Stay

Jon - Stay

Barrie - Go

Terry - Go


The first thing we need is a separate studio and commentary team. One new lead presenter, with two studio pundits. I'd bring a new presenter in from outside, I'd like someone like Mark Chapman. Keen about the sport, not patronising and gets the best out of the studio pundits. I'd keep Jon Wells in a mainly studio based role. On Thursday's, I'd like to see the studio guests as being Wells and Carney in a "Carragher and Neville" style role, to compare to football. I'd keep Carney away from presenting.


Then, a lead commentator, with one co-commentator, two at a push. Four, now five is too many. The pundits are talking over each other. Stevo particularly just won't shut up and talks over everyone! Eddie is fine as a lead commentator, as long as Cummings and Stevo aren't in the commentary box. The commentary team don't need to be talking constantly too, there can be periods of silence! I'd like to see Rod Studd doing more commentary. The co-commentators should be varied a bit. There's no need to have the same commentators and the same voices every game, so I'd limit each pundit on Sky to having one commentary game per weekend.


I agree that Jon Wilkin is good on the BBC and I'd like to see him on Sky. The BBC are leading the way with their coverage. Their pundits dwarf their Sky counterparts. Tony Rea was good on Sky last year. He's knowledgeable and doesn't just states the obvious, he should be given more of a push.


As for Barrie and Terry. They are awful. They struggle to string a sentence together and rely on the same old clichés. As for Andrew Voss, no thanks. He was ok for the World Cup, but the same cringey jokes would get very tiresome, very quickly.

In Topic: CC Round 5 Draw

24 March 2015 - 09:52 PM

Some good ties there. Ironically, the current top 4 championship clubs against three of the bottom four Super League clubs. A chance for clubs who may be in the middle 8 to get an early one over their likely opponents. With that in mind, all of them will be desperate to win. It's a shame one of those games won't be on the BBC!

In Topic: Professional foul

24 March 2015 - 09:49 PM

In my opinion, the Travis Burns incident wasn't even a penalty. He didn't interfere in the initial tackle. Then he got square and struck at the ball once it was in play and in the hands of the hooker. He knocked on, but I can't see what offence he committed? However, if the ref thought it was a penalty, then he should have seen yellow.

In Topic: RLIF CEO

11 March 2015 - 10:03 PM

If the sport is serious, the RLIF head should have nothing to do with either the NRL or Super League. Can you imagine another sport where the head of the sport internationally doubles it up with a domestic role?