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#3035785 Terry Campese to Salford?

Posted by Eldujo on 21 November 2014 - 11:29 AM

According to a report from Australia, Terry Campese is to sign for Salford. Seems a little odd when there's Chase, Dobson and Fages on board already so who knows how accurate the report is. He seemed to be on the verge of joining Hull KR a while back, not sure what fell through there other than them getting hold of Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair.



#3028526 BBC

Posted by Eldujo on 07 November 2014 - 12:30 PM

Is the quality good? I find it rather staid to be honest, certainly when compared to the Sky coverage (which I know is maligned in some quarters). I think coverage of RL should focus on the excitement, the physicality and the often spectacular nature of the game, as coverage of the NFL tends to. The title credits used by the BBC are awful, and the pundits they get in the studio are terrible as well.

I'd say the quality's pretty good also, The presenting style is fairly similar to the other main sports covered live which is fairly laid back and professional. Not sure what problem you find with the guests, I'm quite happy with Peacock, Wilkin, Big Eorl et al, they all come across fairly well and don't make fools of themselves and generally have something reasonably insightful to say.


BBC's main problem with the coverage is promoting it. When the game is on, the coverage is fine and dandy for me. 

#3028309 08/11/14 - New Zealand v England KO 7am GMT (Dunedin)

Posted by Eldujo on 06 November 2014 - 11:53 PM

Which begs the question of why is he playing full back for the national team where his lack of size will be exploited. His main contributions seem to me to be creating chances for others when operating as an extra halfback. He no longer is a threat running from the back and his kick taking and tackling skills are not world class. To me he would be a greater asset to the team playing as  halfback, creating attacking opportunities. Hardacre is bigger, stronger and a more competent full back, eccentricities notwithstanding.

You may be right and a place in the halves would be more suitable but it's a bit late, in this tournament at least, to try him at 6 or 7 as that's attempting to fix a problem that doesn't exist with Widdop and Smith going well. If there were injuries, maybe, but not as a way to somehow cram Hardaker into the team and disrupt what looks like a good pairing. He may have gone well there before but not for a while now.


Maybe he'll get that chance next year at the Warriors with Shaun Johnson's current partner, Chad Townsend, not exactly setting the place alight last season.

#3028178 08/11/14 - New Zealand v England KO 7am GMT (Dunedin)

Posted by Eldujo on 06 November 2014 - 07:31 PM

The Minichello try was a carbon copy of the one Tomkins coughed up to Inglis in the opening game of the World Cup. No prizes for Tomkins in that category.

The difference being of course that Inglis has plenty of inches on Tomkins and you'd expect him to out jump him. Minichello on the other hand is much the smaller man and still left GI clutching air.


Missing tough kicks, particularly under pressure, is something all full backs are going to do at some point. I don't think Sam Tomkins is any worse than the other top fullbacks in that respect. My only real concern over his defense is his lack of size. He probably defends above his weight but you can only do so much when you are that light.

#3028064 09/11/14 - Australia v Samoa KO 5am GMT (Wollongong)

Posted by Eldujo on 06 November 2014 - 02:10 PM

Matt Parish doing his bit for Samoa and encouraging one of his star players to push his claims for Origin. 



I thought they were loosening origin rules about who you represent and it would be more around where you were born and played your junior rugby rather than who you currently play for. Not sure if that's been confirmed or it was just speculation but it would be a boon for the international game if so for the Pacific nations.

#3023278 Australian schoolboys?

Posted by Eldujo on 31 October 2014 - 08:10 AM

Utter nonsense.

Aussie Schoolboys are coming here next month, their first game is against Cumbria at Workington on 26th November.

After that they play Wigan Academy on 29th Nov, Leeds Academy on 2nd Dec, followed by 2 tests against England on 6th and 12th Dec both being played at LSV.

Thanks for the info, nice little stopgap between seasons. Just checked the LSV website and the tests are at the below times for anyone interested -


06/12/14 14:00 

12/12/14 07:00

#3008106 05/10/14 - Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Rovers KO 7pm (TV)

Posted by Eldujo on 05 October 2014 - 09:37 PM

First visit to Headingley for me today. Bit odd as I lived 5 minutes walk from the ground for a while. Had Nigel Wood sat 4 seats across from me. He was sat in the padded seats though while I had to make do with the plain wooden ones. I can honestly say that's the first time I've been in a wooden seat at a ground in 25 years of going to league and football matches.


Good showing from Leigh and a much deserved league and playoff double. Hopefully they can keep the same standards next year and give the bottom 4 of SL a fright or two.


The right edge defence from Rovers was pretty much non-existent in the first half and left them way too much to do. They tightened it up and made a game of it though and the atmosphere was superb once they got back into it. Leigh a bit too classy in the end though. Not sure how the Fev player didn't receive a red at the end for the high shot, looked like a shocker.


As in the Leigh-Fev game at the LSV, thought Will Sharpe was good in a losing team. I would've thought somebody would take a punt on him at SL level or does he just turn it on when I'm in the crowd?


All in all, a great day for RL, three very enjoyable Grand Finals. Hope next Saturday's can live up to today's offerings.

#2994377 Richard Horne

Posted by Eldujo on 12 September 2014 - 10:09 PM

One of my favourite players of the SL era. Pity the injuries robbed him of a yard or two of pace. I don't think he'd be far behind Maguire and Long with regards to being the best half back without the injuries and a more stable team.


I take it he's going into the backroom staff at Hull??

#2975889 Mike Cooper

Posted by Eldujo on 12 August 2014 - 01:53 PM

Cooper is having a great season down under and that's why he should be considered for the squad. Anyone who's playing as well as he is in either NRL or SL should be a consideration for the Four Nations squad.


Always thought he was a decent enough player at Warrington and that's what he looked like in the early part of this season. He started off with a similar role to what he had at Warrington but his continued improvement has meant he's forced his way into the starting XIII at the Dragons and he's playing many more minutes now and his tackling and metre making is first rate.


Not quite at starter level, not with Graham, Hill & George Burgess in front of him but he's turning into a very solid pro this year. I'd say he's way in front of Tom Burgess this year and would be a better bet for a place in the squad come the end of the year.

#2975195 Junior draft system

Posted by Eldujo on 11 August 2014 - 09:47 AM

Can't imagine this working here and possibly not Australia too whereas obviously it's a big success in America. I'd give two reasons for this -


1. School and College system in US is completely divorced from the professional set up. So, looking at the current champs for example, San Antonio Spurs in NBA or Seattle Seahawks in NFL do not play any part in training up the youngsters who end up on their rosters through the draft. Nor does any other professional team, that's the college and schools jobs and there's big money in it to do so, particularly at college level. Both here and down under, it's more often than not the clubs who develop this talent. Obviously the idea is to nurture this talent for their benefit, not other clubs.


I can see in the article that the NRL are trying to work around that problem by letting the parent club of the top producers cherry pick their best players. If that happens though, you'd lose any excitement the draft could generate as the best players aren't the ones being picked in the draft. You end up shuffling round the future journeymen rather than a Cherry Evans or a Luke Brooks.


Unless you have a huge money making system like College Sports in US, not sure how you can separate the junior and pro ranks effectively. America can support this due to the large population and the spread of the population and the teams. So New York city has no more than two teams in any league whereas Sydney has a whole bundle of NRL teams or London has god knows how many football teams. To go to a bigger extreme, LA has no NFL team so unsurprisingly, their college teams get huge turnouts when there's no other outlet to watch the national game in the 2nd largest city in the country.


2. Minimum Salary - Not sure exactly what the minimum is in the NBA, think it's around 0.5 million dollars. In the NFL, it's $2,270,000 over a four year contract. That covers the cost of any problems with the upheaval of moving from your home town or even your whole family. Not sure what SL would pay for a minimum contract but suspect it's not going to be more than 13 times the national average (average US wage seems to be around $40,000). NRL may do a little better on wages but I doubt they are willing to pay anything like US rates.



Still it will be interesting to see what the NRL comes up with. I wonder if drafting also includes SL players? In the US, if they want to bring in say a Spanish player, they come via the draft. Does this mean Parramatta could have signed Lee Mossop but that would have been at the cost of a draft pick?

#2973960 08-10/08/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

Posted by Eldujo on 08 August 2014 - 09:59 PM

Just returned from Leigh and crowd was also announced at the ground as 3565. I suspect they were hoping for a bigger travelling support from Fev but maybe the move to Friday put the kibosh on that.


Decent game with Leigh jumping out to a 20 point lead early on after Fev came close out wide a couple of times. Leigh were just that bit more clinical in the first half but Rovers nabbed a couple of close range efforts to keep themselves in it.


Second half and Fev got to within 10 but couldn't quite get the next points to make it one score game. Not long after, the dam burst following a Sam Barlow try where he powered through the defence despite plenty of attention. Shouldn't really have scored but he did and that was nighty night for Fev unfortunately. Leigh then started piling on the points. Sin binning for Gareth Moore (I think) didn't help matters and it was a very convincing victory by the time the hooter went.


Congrats to Leigh on winning the title, they are head and shoulders above the rest in the Championship this year. Let's see how they go with the two SL clubs dropping down, would not surprise anyone, I don't think, if they finish top before the split next year.


Good effort from Will Sharp tonight on a losing side. I've not seen much of him in recent years but he really put a shift in tonight.


Finally, Ridyard kicked everything once again for Leigh. I'm not sure if I ever seen him miss a kick whilst watching him live. 

#2973572 French club need a half and a prop

Posted by Eldujo on 08 August 2014 - 12:02 PM

Thought exactly the same thing


Half a prop = Danny Nutley

Prop and a half = Sam Kasiano

#2972814 Commonwealth Games Rugby League 9s

Posted by Eldujo on 07 August 2014 - 09:09 AM

To be fair to the Commonwealth committee, why should it be included when we don't even run 9s tournaments ourselves at the top levels.


We've had a grand total of one Auckland 9s down under and pretty much nothing at a professional level up here in recent times. Once/If we start putting on tournaments and showing that they can be successful and RL takes it reasonably serious, only then should they be considered.


Putting it straight into the Commonwealth Games feels a little bit cart before the horse.

#2968659 03/08/14 - Widnes Vikings v Hull KR KO 3pm

Posted by Eldujo on 31 July 2014 - 03:09 PM

big game, 4pointer for a two teams hovering around the play-off mark......i hope Dennis does not choose to rest people in advance of the semi-final as I personally think this is the more important of the two games

Not sure about that. Lose versus Cas and there goes the biggest match in recent history for the Vikings. Lose against Hull KR and it's all still to play for in the league.


Surely a visit to Wembley is bigger than a slightly worse chance of making the playoffs.

#2964775 Rugby League's popularity riding high (Merged threads)

Posted by Eldujo on 24 July 2014 - 02:14 PM

I have just read a quote from Nigel Wood where he states "The game is at an all time high with almost 39 million watching the game live-either at the ground or on television"


Which leads me to ponder how big the population of Yorkshire and Lancashire really is?


Seriously though to make a broad staement like this, one would presume there are facts to back it up, as of yet though no actual facts seem avaliable.


The plot thickens to quote anotherwell know  fictional character

The problem whenever anyone quotes how many watched the games is it doesn't (and can't) take into account that the same people watch many of the same games. So if there was 39 games on and the same million people watched all the games, do we say there was 39 million watching or 1 million.


There's always a lot of dodgy figures thrown around with regards to viewing stats. For example, whenever the Classico is on in Spain you hear of viewing figures of around 1 billion but it's nowhere near that. That's more potential viewing figures than actual. You have to take it all with a pinch of salt.