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BenGilesRL

Member Since 31 Oct 2013
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In Topic: Germany Domestic Scene

04 July 2015 - 10:30 PM

Danke! Du bist willkommen zu der Rugby League. Das du spricht ist wichtig. Entschuldigung, meine deutsche ist schlecht, lernt ich. Gesundheit zu Rugby League in Deutschland.

In Topic: Salford V Catalans Free entry

09 June 2015 - 08:06 PM

It's all about how easy it is to get there.

I don't how much this is costing the good Dr, but if he invested it into game only transport for fans it would make a far bigger and more sustainable difference.

I thought this guy was a master of business? Seems like cluelessness to me just throwing money until something sticks.

In Topic: Interchanges to be reduced

06 June 2015 - 01:05 PM

There aren't more head injuries this season, it's just that awareness of concussion has improved enormously and teams are now taking appropriate action when a player is hurt. If you seriously think bringing back shoulder charges will reduce head injuries you may want to get checked out for concussion yourself.

For the record, I wasn't endorsing bringing back the shoulder charge, merely observing that there appears to have been more head clashes this season.

We can sit back and say it's merely because the game is more sensitive to them if we like - but surely that's exactly what we did with the shoulder charge for years, by saying it's merely part of the game.

On the one hand you seek safety for players, on the other you disregard concern over a perceived increase in head clashes due to a change in big hit tackling technique?


As for reduced interchanges - rugby league is further trying to distinguish itself from union by perpetuating the athlete image - whilst losing the differences in player types.

They should change the name of the sport to Origin Football across the board - and if the NRL does it it will prove attractive everywhere else

In Topic: Postivity!

06 June 2015 - 12:56 PM

Great stuff - only down side? More indicators that people don't see the difference between our sport and union - 'when the oval ball returns for the Rugby World Cup'

So we are advertising their event by being successful.

The only thing we can do? Have Magic Weekend announced as there again in 2016 and hope for some inclusion in their press.

Which never happens. And so goes the viscous cycle.

The RFL marketing department must also start including large scale photos of players as their advertisements. A ball with headphones on means nothing - and doesn't appear to be taking itself seriously either.

I spoke to a Geordie lass in a pub and she said she hadn't been - but she couldn't wait for the World Cup, stating: I just like the buff players.

For one game of rugby union World Cup there will be 40 players features - many of them not considered buff (forwards).

For six games of super league there were 204 players if my maths are correct, mostly I'm sure women would find buff.

So why did this person who clearly knows nothing about either sport buy tickets to one but not the other? If the RFL realise why they will sell out the stadiums.

In Topic: Interchanges to be reduced

05 June 2015 - 12:30 PM

Ben, is there any evidence that the number of head clashes has increased?


I hope someone's keeping count but this season it has felt like there have been more than ever