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#3045941 How much do you pay to play?

Posted by dude02 on 16 December 2014 - 02:07 PM

Bankruptcy means protection from the creditors and a second chance at life, not a death sentence.

#3045861 BBC Sport - Burgess love in

Posted by dude02 on 16 December 2014 - 11:02 AM

Recently they had the rights to and televised the NZ v England Rugby Four Nations semi final.  On the same day at Twickers, England were playing NZ at union in a friendly for which Sky had the broadcasting rights and televised.  Guess which game the BRUBC promoted at the expense of the other?


How was it at the expense of the other? They could have easily promoted both if they had chosen to.

#3044317 Structure, is that the problem?

Posted by dude02 on 12 December 2014 - 11:01 PM

It's an arms race. Defenders may be having the upper hand now, but that will only lead to better attackers being formed. This thing will sort itself out.

#3042848 Threat of insolvency for ARU

Posted by dude02 on 09 December 2014 - 12:59 PM

 'and then they'd sit back and watch the French Top14 and Japanese clubs go to town on the NRL.'


Can you spell out why you think that would necessarily follow

Recent history has shown some league stars are willing to take pay cuts in order to have a shot at playing international RU.

Create a situation where the players have the chance to live abroad, earn twice the money (maybe not quite twice the money, but still, big big wads of cash.) playing easy rugby, possibly having a longer career AND have a shot at playing for the Wallabies and a lot more of the NRL stars would be enticed to give it a go.

NRL's salary cap in 2017 will be 7m AUD. At today's exchange rate that's 4.7m euro. To put that into perspective... the French clubs have a salary cap of 10m euro. The Japanese clubs have no salary cap and they're all owned by mega corporations and they'll soon have a team in Super Rugby, and Japan will host a RUWC in 5 years, so the interest in the sport and the money invested in it is only going to grow. Heck, even England's Aviva Premiership's salary cap is significantly larger now than the NRL's cap will be in 2017.

#3042813 Threat of insolvency for ARU

Posted by dude02 on 09 December 2014 - 11:55 AM

Realistically, what's the worst that could happen for ARU? They could simply adopt South Africa's selection policy, which allows picking players based overseas, thus they'd significantly reduce their wage bill and then they'd sit back and watch the French Top14 and Japanese clubs go to town on the NRL.

#3042151 Union World Cup Preview in Telegraph

Posted by dude02 on 07 December 2014 - 05:09 PM

It does indeed sound like fantasy.

#3040089 Union World Cup Preview in Telegraph

Posted by dude02 on 02 December 2014 - 10:41 AM

"During the 15 games of the Six Nations competition (2012/13) there were 214 scrums. There were 80 collapses, 66 re-sets, 34 early engagements and 74 penalties. This means that only 103 (48 percent) of the scrums set were completed. A study done by an Australian rugby statistician has shown the large amount of time lost during a rugby game - more than half the game, in most cases - with shots for goal and scrums being the main culprits.The average time the ball was in play during the 2012 Super 15 was 35min 30sec, and at the 2011 World Cup it was 35min 25sec. In the Super 15, one game had the ball in action for just 28min 20sec. The longest time was just under 45min." Tell me where the excitement is in watching Union as weell over 50% of the time there is nothing happening and over 50% of the time there is collapse of a scrum or Penalty at a scrum. No wonder ist boring to Play and watch!

It's not exciting at all to watch, that's why it's about to die off.

#3039778 Union World Cup Preview in Telegraph

Posted by dude02 on 01 December 2014 - 02:31 PM


and live music after the match at the Drop Kick Scrum and Ruck & Maul bars and in the West Fan Village.” Notice that none of these booze dispensing outlets is called the ‘Sweet Spinning Pass Bar’ or the ‘Sidestep and Jink Hostelry.’

12-6 win over South Africa in a game which one reporter suggested merited a 70p ticket price rather than the £70 it actually cost.


Yes, there's a couple of good quotes to take away from this article.



Was Middleton Bull the reporter?

#3038877 Should S Burgess have been included in BBC SPOTH shortlist?

Posted by dude02 on 29 November 2014 - 09:27 AM

SB played his rugby on the other side of the planet, in a league broadcast in the UK on some miniscule channel that gets 15-20k viewers for a NRL game, IIRC. Of course he wasn't going to get nominated for this award.

#3037415 Ethiopia Rugby League awarded observer status

Posted by dude02 on 25 November 2014 - 05:45 PM

This is the kind of activity that will lead to league's growth. Best of luck to that guy. Does anyone know how he became involved with league? Was it a lone wolf type of thing or has the RLIF finally woken up and started actively engaging people from various countries trying to get them involved?

#3037364 Why Rugby Union over Rugby

Posted by dude02 on 25 November 2014 - 03:43 PM

Union is indeed the reason Rugby League isn't big in some countries

Not by direct action on unions part, but some countries only allow 1 rugby federation or organisation, therefore Rugby League cannot be recognised.

S Africa and Russia being 2 examples. The one rugby organisation was one of the main obstacles when Rugby League was first being formed in Russia. Now its back again.


Time to re-brand then. Hudders sounds nice.

#3036678 Why Rugby Union over Rugby

Posted by dude02 on 23 November 2014 - 09:07 PM

You could say the same thing about union. You'd think the so-called 'World's 3rd biggest sporting event' would be a big deal in huge countries like Mexico, Brazil, Russia etc. 


Some people insist union is the reason league isn't big everywhere. Union is miniscule/nonexistent in a lot of places, so why hasn't league filled in the gap?

The simple fact is league has utterly failed to grow big anywhere outside of PNG by standing on its own two feet rather than poaching union clubs and players. That's where league's failure is and getting lucky with PNG  because they just so happened to have mining resources where working class ozzies worked and spread league isn't going to change that.

#3030785 Imagine the meltdown if this had happened in RL!

Posted by dude02 on 10 November 2014 - 04:58 PM

At least there would have been a new league book about this.

#3027841 Why Rugby Union over Rugby

Posted by dude02 on 05 November 2014 - 09:04 PM

A jack of all trades is a master of none. Maybe that's why they can't produce an attractive spectacle, too much splitting of skill sets results on poor performance in each individual area.

It must be why they never sell many tickets for any union games.


#3027748 Why Rugby Union over Rugby

Posted by dude02 on 05 November 2014 - 05:44 PM

I'm not sure what you mean by proper goal kicking


I mean having a high scoring percentage out of all the goal kicks made.



but the other things you say have no importance in rugby league in fact three of them don't even exist

I know, that's why I said there's a larger variety of skills that are needed in union.