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londonrlfan

Member Since 28 Dec 2013
Offline Last Active Aug 01 2015 11:54 AM
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#3169080 Andre Savelio's future

Posted by londonrlfan on 01 August 2015 - 11:18 AM

It's rugby league.. he can play for all 3 and switch between the nations at a drop of a hat.  :rolleyes:




#3067530 Spain Rugby League (Merged threads)

Posted by londonrlfan on 06 February 2015 - 05:52 PM

Well done Spain, they've done so much in such a short space of time. Great to see.




#3054511 London's Olympic Stadium could host England v Kiwis

Posted by londonrlfan on 11 January 2015 - 12:48 PM

Hurry up and get it announced then ffs!




#3054506 Red Star v Partizan live streaming

Posted by londonrlfan on 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. 




#3054505 Red Star v Partizan live streaming

Posted by londonrlfan on 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.




#3051628 World Ranking 2014

Posted by londonrlfan on 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. 




#3051138 World Ranking 2014

Posted by londonrlfan on 02 January 2015 - 03:23 PM

You have to appreciate the respective sizes of the nations in question, the population of Tonga is less than the tiny county in Wales I live in, it's amazing they produce any rugby players at all, and yet the NRL is full of polynesians. Whichever code we're talking about the domestic rugby comps in North America are a joke, it's a territory dominated by their own sports and this will never change. We can develop rugby league in the islands and have 6 competitive teams in the international game, or just stick with the 3 we have now with the rest making up the numbers.

 

What's the benefit to a stronger Tonga exactly? As you said yourself, it's tiny. A population of 100 thousand and a third world country. There's no grassroots development in the country, they're 'strong' because Australian and NZ have loads of Polynesian heritage players in the NRL. Any decent player will switch countries as soon as they're good enough - Jennings, Kite, Moimoi, Hurrell etc. (Though Hurrell should never have been allowed to represent NZ). You might as well say we should concentrate on Italy, because there's loads of heritage players in Australia. Italy is a large, rich country, which more than 10% of the world could point out on a map as well. We're better off developing the game in Europe and the US and Jamaica, where there are actual grassroot developments on the ground. 




#3050630 World Ranking 2014

Posted by londonrlfan on 31 December 2014 - 01:12 PM

I wouldn't put too much money on that, the Tongan squad members not born in the country they represented were of direct Tongan descent, could you say the same about the USA squad?

 

Only Ukuma Ta'ai and Konrad Hurrell are born and bred Tongans and that's because they came from RU and not from playing RL in Tonga. There's next to no RL in Tonga. Who are the domestic champions? There is more domestic RL in the USA and Canada than there is in Tonga. The USA had two players who were born and bred in the USA in the WC, including one product of the domestic game there. It would have been several more had the USARL been in charge.  If it came down to having the USA or Canada in the WC over Tonga, then I'd have them every day of the week.




#3050373 Broncos To Buck Downward Trend

Posted by londonrlfan on 30 December 2014 - 04:33 PM

I'd like to think so too, top 4 is the minimum expectation. Hughes also owes the fans for last year's debacle. 




#3048461 High Profile SL Game in London 2016: Craven Cottage?

Posted by londonrlfan on 23 December 2014 - 06:17 PM

I find this insulting. Who's to say there wont be top flight matches in London in 2016? Not to mention, it makes it sound like we don't exist and we should be promoting Northern teams in London in regards to an actual hometown club.




#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.

 

http://www.theguardi...alia-ashes-tour

 

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.