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londonrlfan

Member Since 28 Dec 2013
Offline Last Active Jan 11 2015 12:50 PM
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In Topic: London's Olympic Stadium could host England v Kiwis

11 January 2015 - 12:48 PM

Hurry up and get it announced then ffs!


In Topic: Q&A Mexican rugby league

11 January 2015 - 12:42 PM

How do you plan to grow the sport domestically given the vast landscape of the country?

What sports are popular in Mexico and what sports would have the best fit for RL?

Do you have any plans for schools and University RL?


In Topic: Red Star v Partizan live streaming

11 January 2015 - 12:32 PM

You know this for a fact?

I love RL but I can do without "fans" like you truth be told

 

I doubt he's an RL fan in truth. He's just trying to get to the magic 100 I'd imagine. 


In Topic: Red Star v Partizan live streaming

11 January 2015 - 12:30 PM

Did you follow the world cup in 2013? What kind of teams did USA, Italy, Scotland, and Ireland et al turn out?

 

They qualify for their nations the same way the Tongans do.


In Topic: World Ranking 2014

03 January 2015 - 11:05 PM

Ok so because they're small and poor we forget about them? Great, Samoa aren't much bigger or richer, shall we do the same with them? The benefit to a stronger Tonga is to have another strong team competing in the international game, something league badly needs. The harsh reality is countries like USA, Canada and Italy will never be major players in international rugby league (without squads full of Aussie players that is) because you know perfectly well the game will never go beyond the 'grassroots' level in those nations. In over 100 years of professionalism it's never happened and I see no evidence of that changing any time soon. The pacific islands on the other hand are rugby mad and despite union being traditionally stronger there, I could see them switching to league if they thought the game was bigger and the international game offered them something to aspire to.

 

You contradict yourself by saying Italy would only be strong because of Australians, yet you have no problem with Tonga being full of NRL players, that were products of the Australian system. There seems to be a misconception in RL, that if you're Polynesian, that you were born and bred there and 'stolen' by Australia and NZ, when it is the other way around. If an Australian has European parentage and plays for that country, they are routinely mocked, particularly Irishmen and 'pints of Guinness'. I feel exactly the same way about Samoa as I do Tonga. Yes they were 'strong' in the Four Nations, but what is the point when half of that team will be switching to Origin this year? If you want a further three strong teams, then France, PNG and Fiji should be at the head of the list. Unlike Tonga and Samoa, they actually have strong domestic and schools development in place and will be able to build a squad that won't end up representing other nations. This obsession with leaning off Australia rather than having countries put down some development is exactly the reason why we have only 3 strong teams.