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#3134615 Marquee Player rule approved

Posted by Chris22 on 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.

#3087271 RLIF CEO

Posted by Chris22 on 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?

#2929646 Hull v Hull KR @Magic Weekend - Clash

Posted by Chris22 on 14 May 2014 - 09:28 PM

Because if an unconfirmed rumour? Hmmm...

Funny how we've managed so well all these years? It's in our best interests to find free weekends to build up these events rather than try and compete against them and give the public an excuse not to come.

You're comparing a run of the mill league game to one of the RFL's flagship events. Not really the same thing.


I've never seen anything which states that this game hasn't been moved being solely down to the RFL. Nor have I heard any comment from the clubs either way on this. I'm also not sure that a respected journalist would suggest this unless there is some element of truth in it. Both are 'unconfirmed rumours' yet one has received a significantly larger backlash than the other.


We haven't avoided major events before. Last years Magic Weekend clashed with the Champions League Final. Our major finals are played on Saturday's, clashing with Premier League football, where standard league fixtures obliterate the coverage of our finals. The Challenge Cup Final last year clashed with an Ashes test. All of England's World Cup matches were played on Saturdays, again clashing with Premier League football and the Union autumn internationals. The start of Super League has clashed with the opening of the Six Nations. As an example, England's WC semi final clashed with Everton vs Liverpool, England vs Australia and Froch v Groves. Lets look at this year, we can't play any earlier due to the Etihad being unavailable (as it also is next week). Next week it's the Heineken Cup Final, Champions League Final, England cricket international, Football League play offs and an F1 race I think?



Hull FC at Wembley at a cup final against a 'run of the mill home game' for Hull City
Hull City at Wembley against a 'run of the mill league game' for both Hull clubs. It seems almost identical to me? Although I do appreciate that Hull City's chance to win the FA Cup for the first time is enormous for the club and it may put off some fans attending.


It's unfortunate that these matches clash, but moving our events once they are set in stone to accommodate other sports just isn't practical, and would make the sport look very small time. The record crowd for a Magic Weekend, probably pushing 40,000 surely justifies the RFL's decision.