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#2962546 Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

Posted by londonrlfan on 20 July 2014 - 09:29 PM

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. 

#2960201 Mexico 9s

Posted by londonrlfan on 16 July 2014 - 10:18 PM

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 :D 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 ;)





#2958962 Will the Broncos be swallowed up by the Championship?

Posted by londonrlfan on 14 July 2014 - 02:54 PM

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. 

#2958841 13/07/14 - Warrington Wolves v London Broncos KO 3pm

Posted by londonrlfan on 14 July 2014 - 11:19 AM

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!

#2957473 Coventry Bears to Kingstone Press Championship 1 in 2015

Posted by londonrlfan on 11 July 2014 - 11:06 AM

Coventry is closer to the M62 than the Cumbrian clubs anyway, but that's ok because they're 'heartland' clubs.

#2957470 Coventry Bears to Kingstone Press Championship 1 in 2015

Posted by londonrlfan on 11 July 2014 - 11:02 AM

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. 

#2956835 Italy Rugby League leads major development activity

Posted by londonrlfan on 09 July 2014 - 01:18 PM

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. 

#2956825 Catalans sign Willie Tonga

Posted by londonrlfan on 09 July 2014 - 12:50 PM

If RFL really wanted us to put youth through, there will be no relegations and only licenses. If we put our kids, we will get smashed because they don't have experience. Also one the wing, Millard's one, will be in competition with Cardace for a spot.

If you want us to bring Springer, Margalet, Scimone and Miloudi, stop the relegations things and let us experience. Nuff said, with EscarĂ©, PĂ©lissier, Bousquet and Cardace (not counting Baitieri, as he was formed in Australia) all launched in a few years, I don't think it's reasonable to "bash" us for bringing Tonga. We have NO centres (Duport apart), NO second row (Larroyer apart, he's at Hull KR), ONE winger (Cardace), therefore we better bring foreigners to fill the gaps. 

It's not that we don't want to put youth through, it's just that we don't want to be relegated and that our kids are not Wigan kids standard, they are championship like players.


I think it's disappointing that Catalans are still signing past it Aussies rather than giving French players a chance. How can they develop without game time? Once Pelissier and Escare were given a chance, they were two of the best players in SL, but it looks like Henderson will be preventing Pelissier from playing 80 minutes again. I don't agree that giving young players first team rugby guarantees relegation, Catalans' home form will always keep them up. Cardace for example has only played 3 games this season, but has 3 tries. I don't think Oldfield or Millard are any better than him. 

#2956733 European Championship dates

Posted by londonrlfan on 09 July 2014 - 10:25 AM

Seems strange that the country that is likely to draw the biggest crowds only gets one home game.


And Ireland have two home games. Why?


I really hope France can qualify, they're the only team who can bring in 10k+ crowds to the Four Nations other than the other three. 

#2953666 That there Wimbledon thing

Posted by londonrlfan on 02 July 2014 - 10:35 PM

I like Murray, but I'm kinda glad he lost today and Dimitrov is through to the semis. The ATP has needed some new stars coming through as it's been quite stale with the same names around. Plus I like his style of play too.

#2948753 Mason Caton-Brown.........Gone!

Posted by londonrlfan on 23 June 2014 - 06:39 PM

Another one of the " London boys won't sign for Northern clubs" club like Clubb, Caro, Sarginson and MCarthy-scarsbrook.


I said established SL players would like Krasniqi, MCB, Dixon, Mcmeeken etc. But I said 15/16 year olds won't uproot to the North to play RL, when they can play RU closer to home. 

#2946158 Broncos sign Teenage trio

Posted by londonrlfan on 17 June 2014 - 10:08 PM

Burnett - Kingston

Keyes - Essex

Everett - Farnborough (London)


Pleased to see this, really rate Keysey very highly. I thought he might leave if we went down, hope to see him get a few games this season. 

#2945946 No England 4N warm up match.

Posted by londonrlfan on 17 June 2014 - 01:26 PM

A ridiculous and unsurprising scenario

#2945944 Carcassone in Super League

Posted by londonrlfan on 17 June 2014 - 01:23 PM

So if we are having 3-4 french teams in SL, are we expanding SL or only having 8-9 English teams in SL (or 4-5 if you listen to some folks)?


Exactly. The problem with having more French clubs in SL, means less English clubs in SL. We need more of both, not more of one and less of another. 

#2945472 Dobson signs for Devils

Posted by londonrlfan on 16 June 2014 - 01:06 PM

Do you not think it's a kick in the teeth for Sneyd and to a lesser extent Fages? Sneyd has proven himself to be a quality halfback this season when given the chance but probably won't be the first choice scrum half or stand off next year. He needs to be playing every week in order to continue his excellent development. I'd argue the same for Fages as well... This doesn't sit well with me from Sneyd or Fages' perspective and if I was them, I'd be asking to leave in order to play regular first team rugby.


Maybe Fages will go on loan for a year. Shame we're going down, as I'd like us to take him on. Sneyd moving to hooker is so frustrating. Every time we see a new young talent in the halves emerging, we see them moved to another position. Why? What's this obsession with antipodean halves as opposed to an Englishman who's been outstanding in that position? It does my head in. Maybe we should send our halves to Australia to prevent them from switching position. I include my own club in that as well.