Maybe if Northerners were capable of washing their clothes and cooking dinner without Mummy helping them, more would move down south. All of our homegrown young talent will be taken by Northern clubs this winter, which leaves with only u20s and Aussies, seeing as Northerners don't want to leave and the Northern clubs will vulture our best youngsters. How many local lads at Leigh?
In spain, things are going forward very fast. The game started from ashes in Valencia, now taking place in Madrid and hopefully in Barcelona. They trashed Belgium with ease. Also Spain could have some Perpignan's players as there's many double nationality (French-Spanish) in there.
Not to mention Josh Cordoba.
They've already said they don't want to go down the route of filling the team with Aussies with Spanish heritage and want non-nationals to play in the domestic league to even be considered. They're focusing on developing the sport rather than trying to get an artificial boost up the rankings. A good thing imo.
Yeah it was. I just read it and it said. "Hang on. Is there no more sport on terrestrial TV any more? Well, yes there is...but it's rugby league" and then it says "Leeds, Warrington, Castleford and Widnes, where are these strangely named places? The TV guide has no idea and we're not about to bother learning, either." That Dan Jones guy in the Standard is a massive rah rah fanboy, the type who'll wet themselves about a Championship match on TV, so I'd take no notice. Probably a dig as there's no rah rah for him watch this weekend, diddums.
I find it very odd that PNG - the ONE country in the world where RL is the national sport – have to qualify, whereas Scotland - with, what, 4 teams in the entire country? - get an automatic spot. (And this is NOT an attack on Scotland RL).
Also, I find it very odd that out of PNG, Tonga and the Cook Islands - 3 relatively strong RL countries - only 2 will qualify.
I'd feel sad for PNG if they fail to qualify, but Tonga and the CIs are just NRL heritage teams. That said, I can't see PNG failing to qualify.
I don't agree with having that many auto qualifiers, it would be more than half if a proper federation was in place in the USA. Nations like Scotland will just end up going backwards, as they have no reason to develop the sport with a guaranteed place. At least there will be a proper global spread this time, with the Americas and Africa/ME (probably Lebanon) also having an entrant. Anyone know if they're still stopping teams full of heritage players in qualifiers or will they back down from that?
I would like to see a few teams try a big match at a bigger stadium than their own, ie Leeds v Wigan at Elland Road, Warrington v Wigan at Etihad, Catalans v Warrington at Barcelona Olympic Stadium for example.
Good on him, but I don't think buying an NRL club will make the game 'global'. I'd like to see him organise a pre-season friendly in Asia or Dubai, that would help promote the sport to a wider audience. Though, I would still rather he bought the RLIF and helped spread money over the globe.
I saw this on the 'IntlRl' page and it looks like there will be a Nines competition just outside Mexico City in August. Love this Love Mexico as a country and great to see them taking up RL. It would be good to have another team from the Americas competing as well. They just need another one in Acapulco too
It's better than the idea on here that they should play at the same ground but still not ideal. If the merged club were basically Skolars with an academy and better first team bumped a division that would be good though.
No it wouldn't. I'm fed up of fans of other clubs saying we should just automatically start supporting another team, like they would do the same. If Broncos go, then so do I.
I'd love to know where people are getting their optimism from. This a very dark day for the club and most likely, I can't see it being anytime soon for a return to the top flight. What angers me most, is how avoidable it all was. Hughes promised us three years and then decided we were leaving our home and then that we weren't going to exist anymore. Then he has the nerve to say how we were 'saved'. If he actually did as promised, kept us at The Stoop and brought in a couple of decent players to go with the youth, then we could have survived. This is the only year of relegation and typical we go down because of it. Any decent young player will be off, leaving us with sixth-rate Aussies and London products of a semi-pro academy. Can't wait for the next few years to unfold!
Are all rugby league fans on the dole or something? Waaaah I have to travel outside the M62 for once in my life. Funny you never hear football fans complain and they travel a lot more than RL fans have to. You don't see Exeter fans whinging about having to play Hartlepool and vice versa.
It looks to me as if Italy will be rushed through full membership to enable them to compete in the RLWC WCQs. I think it's a bit unfair though, as their junior development is nowhere near as strong as other countries with full membership, who have the game played in schools. That said, it's good to see the game being played in Milan and Turin, though I'm not quite sure just how much of it is RL and not just Union players playing for a couple of weeks.