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#3041059 The world's third biggest sports event (RWC?)

Posted by londonrlfan on 04 December 2014 - 07:17 PM

"Let us take the Rugby World Cup's claim of a cumulative global TV audience of 4.2bn as an example.

That is 87.5m per game, which is going some for a sport with only 3,000 registered players in China, 24,000 in India, 670 in Indonesia, 16,000 in Brazil, 7,000 in Pakistan, 800 in Nigeria and an unknown figure for Bangladesh - so that is 51,470 players in countries that make up half of the world's population."


Lol. Finally they're starting to debunk this huge lie that has been classed as fact.


Anyway that article fails to mention the Basketball WC and Ice Hockey WC which were both on this year and were more popular globally than events listed on there. These lists are always Anglo-centric, rather than a true global perspective. 

#3037494 Catalans Dragons trial American Football player

Posted by londonrlfan on 25 November 2014 - 08:59 PM

been watching some youtube videos of this lad...he's quick and pretty hard to bring down....he tackles too


Americans in general are better athletes, mostly due to the excellent high school and college sports programs they have. I wouldn't limit only looking into American Football players for potential recruits, there might be great athletes suited to RL involved in other sports. 

#3037072 Catalans Dragons trial American Football player

Posted by londonrlfan on 24 November 2014 - 10:21 PM

Interesting, well I hope it works out for him. It could help promote the sport to Americans if he manages to get a contract. The issue I have with American Football though is the pretty poor drug testing, so I hope he's been off the naughty stuff. 

#3036456 France mid-season test back next year

Posted by londonrlfan on 23 November 2014 - 04:36 PM

Good news. According to this article:




France will play England in mid-season next year (before hosting the touring Kiwis), and then both home and away in 2016, when they will otherwise be kicking their heels after failing to hang on to their enormous lead in Galashiels.




Should be a more closer encounter with more French players at other clubs. Hopefully it will be played in France and not Leigh or Salford. Toulouse, Montpellier or maybe even somewhere in the North again, like Paris or even Le Mans, where there is a 25,000 stadium being unused at the moment. 

#3036388 Serbian Grand Final Live Stream

Posted by londonrlfan on 23 November 2014 - 02:53 PM

Watched the end of it. Red Star won 36-26, their first title congrats! Great to see such a big name like Red Star adding a RL section, can only help promote the sport further in Serbia.

#3036376 Wellington NRL bid launched!

Posted by londonrlfan on 23 November 2014 - 02:29 PM

Good news. NZ have needed a 2nd team for a while now, hopefully Perth and Wellington are added to the competition. 

#3033210 A Sydney fans view of International footy

Posted by londonrlfan on 15 November 2014 - 02:57 PM

If Sydney doesn't want IRL, then stop giving it to them. It's time they took more games to areas that seem to appreciate the Roos like Newcastle and Canberra, as well as new areas like Perth and Adelaide. 


Posted by londonrlfan on 15 November 2014 - 11:03 AM

If we go for Wembley i fear a crowd of around 30k. Don't forget, unlike the WC which was a one off semi, this would be one of 3 games. Many fans would go to the northern game instead. For me.... Elland Rs, ethiad or Anfield then maybe St James Park if magic went well and if not then another 40k size ground fairly northern.


Most of the people at the WC game were Southern though. Playing at Wembley is to reach out to new audiences, not to the usual fanbase. 

#3031319 McNamara: The Referendum. Vote Now.

Posted by londonrlfan on 11 November 2014 - 03:39 PM

Do 'people' keep mentioning that? Who are these people? are they the majority?


One comment that keeps cropping up from the pro-McNamara's, is how we're much closer to the Aussies now then we were in 2008, which must solely be down to his amazing coaching rather than the huge improvement in playing roster we now have. 


Posted by londonrlfan on 10 November 2014 - 09:04 AM

Maybe a game at St James' if the Magic Weekend goes well?


Posted by londonrlfan on 09 November 2014 - 12:14 PM

Lots of enthusiasm on here but when will reality kick in? British RL fans don't turn up for internationals no matter how much we hope that they will. We will be better off with full grounds holding 25K rather than half empty grounds that hold 65K. The Etihad would be a good compromise though but talk of Wembley is way off the mark, I'm sorry to say.


That's mostly in the so called 'heartlands' though. When we play at Wembley, we draw much bigger crowds and it becomes an event. Don't fall for the idea that only Northern fans traveled to Wembley, you attract plenty of neutrals and newbies that way. Wembley is a must. 

#3028741 Rugby League's Most Serious Challenge

Posted by londonrlfan on 07 November 2014 - 05:51 PM

Who knows? But do all the fans that pack out Stamford bridge and the emirates come from London? What matters is they'll be 80,000 fans packing out a stadium in London for a union game and we'd give our right arm to have that in league.


But we have that for the Challenge Cup every year and there is never any mention of it in the London papers. NFL Wembley games get loads of coverage in comparison. 

#3028149 France should be in four nations

Posted by londonrlfan on 06 November 2014 - 06:05 PM

I think not having a strong France is really affecting RL. If they were playing the Four Nations every year and dining at the top table, they'd be attracting 30-40k crowds and there's no other team that could draw that type of support (maybe PNG if they had a stadium that size). I think it's time the FFRXIII took the next step to improve the standards, before France start failing to qualify for WCs even. Imo, the federation needs to get a summer professional comp up and running, even if it's only like 6 weeks long. Two things of course that hinder that: money and interest. Well, number one would be to get it broadcast on Bein and sold to other international sports channels. As far as I know, France has no professional summer league, so there is a big opportunity. Number two, to find an audience, I'd have teams where the sport is popular: Toulouse, Aude, Avignon, Lot et Garrone, Herault and Tarn. Those areas are big enough to support a team and the plan should be just to have teams of French players and young French players to develop, no Aussie journeymen. Maybe even target 7s players if they struggle for numbers. Not too ambitious. 

#3027643 Could the England Knights have played in 2014?

Posted by londonrlfan on 05 November 2014 - 02:19 PM

I like the idea of sending them to play developing countries like the USA, Canada, Jamaica, South Africa, Russia, Serbia etc. rather than playing Wales, France, Scotland, I don't see what that does for the game. I do think we need more youth tournaments for players to gain international experience like an Under 20s World Cup and European Championship. 

#3027311 MacNamara supping in the Last Chance Saloon

Posted by londonrlfan on 04 November 2014 - 10:24 PM

Just my opinion, but I don't see where we're improving from. This is probably our 'golden generation' in terms of talent, yet we're still 3rd in a 3rd horse race. We failed in the RLWC last year, we've got just one win against the Southern Hemisphere big two in his 4 years in charge, we lost to a very weak Australian team (blame the ref all you like, but the tactics in the 2nd half cost us the game), we lost to the Australia C team (Italy), he favoured certain players eventhough they're not good enough (J Tomkins, Sinfield, Chase). If 'just losing to Australia and NZ' is considered acceptable, then no wonder we haven't won anything for years. He had 3 years to prepare for the WC and we failed to even make the final let alone win it. We need a change.