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#3031858 Catalans Dragons

Posted by Oxford on 12 November 2014 - 08:41 PM

Audois I'm not sure you belong on this site I think you only post positive news. People will think you made it all up or are deluded. The recognition is no more than the French RL deserves considering the battering they've had at the hands you know who ( shhhhhhhhhhh don't say the name !) and the condescension they've had to put up with from the rest of the RL band of brothers!   

#3031803 Country File- League Hero remembered

Posted by Oxford on 12 November 2014 - 06:37 PM

I do support you in this but have no confidence this won't end up in the cross code zone. This kind of thing had echoes on this very site and was simply removed as a bit of ru v RL disagreement. This kind of omission has a long history and conveniently appears to leave those people out of history for the most questionable of reasons. Jack Harrison isn't the first and  won't be the last hero to receive this kind of treatment to be followed by the caveat " that's not what we meant at all!"


Jack Harrison   and all the others union and all  "Lest we forget!"

#3030269 What a great tournament !

Posted by Oxford on 09 November 2014 - 04:16 PM

It's not over, but it's been fab. PLEASE will our most powerful RL nation understand this is what grabs international headlines.

Kiwis at Wembely next please - since the convicts are to too tired/scared to play next year

It's been chuffing brilliant and we should be able to invite Samoa next year too. Now I wonder who'll prevent that from happening?

#3028930 NZ -Teacher offers educational opportunity if student dumps league for union

Posted by Oxford on 08 November 2014 - 06:14 AM

MAGS is actually one of the dominant Rugby League schools in NZ having had the likes of SBW, Tommy Leuluai, Sam McKendry, Sam Kasiano, Steve Matai and more play for it's first XIII within the last decade or so and is pretty supportive of Rugby League. This dude switched school teams as a junior it's not like he was poached by the first XV or something. It's probably mentioned in a lighthearted way because, basically, we've got shitloads of Rugby players. Poaching and code swapping and so on doesn't really matter here because there's plenty more where they came from and a fair few coming back the other way. You guys are freaking out about nothing.

I love this sort of thing because like a lot of past actions it highlights the fact that despite all attempts by those with a mind to do so that there are no friends in sport. And when apologists of any creed try to dismiss concerns over issues like this as a right good laugh it gives a warm feeling of continuity with a past where everyone was clear about where they stood, and were willing to fight their corner. And its no different to one of the other disappearing threads about bribing to schools to take up a sport. The cynical and downright deceitful nature of some doings and goings on passed off as humorous are, sadly, always a sign of worse rather than better things actually taking place.  And as for " You guys are freaking out about nothing." whenever has something like that been said and it was actually nothing in the end? It does show you that the more things change the more they .................. And let's face it on the cross code zone where this seems doomed to end its days  it will be receive more of the same.  Following the rules of the forum on issues like this make it seem difficult at times and a bit surreal!


"To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding."   Anatole Broyard

#3028765 The Daily Mail

Posted by Oxford on 07 November 2014 - 06:48 PM

"I gave the Daily Mail the benefit of the doubt until today."   :laugh:

You've made my day Middleton because I'm not sure how in the hell the DM ever could have earned or merited the benefit of anyone's doubt but I do give it to you for hanging on in there none the less! Be careful because according to some you have now fallen through the trap door and are officially a member "the Order of the Chip on the Shoulder Conspiracy Theorists" There's very little chance you'll get back or that you'll be made welcome if you do! And you mentioned the Taboo so you also expect a slagging of in the "Cross Code Zone" You may need therapy after this but try to remember you are not alone and just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not ....................... :read:

#3026000 The Daily Mail

Posted by Oxford on 03 November 2014 - 07:15 AM

Didn't Huw Richards used to write in Open Rugby?

Never mentioned it on the website 


From a betting website!


This is not a good news story, they know that the more educated people in Britain are anti-betting. 

Of course it's good news ! It's the sort of thing that has been denied to RL for a long time by the lack of coverage. And it's the Daily Mail!

sometimes I think RL people are real party poopers ( that's a phrase from the past ) speaking of which -

You can imagine them on the Ark "There you are, God's saved your life!"  "Yeah, but it's raining!"

#3025738 The Daily Mail

Posted by Oxford on 02 November 2014 - 05:51 PM

You look at the daily mail website??????
Each to their own I suppose. ..

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

well it came via news now RL but it sounded much more dramatic

You can tell it's the Mail cos they can't help but put the word "claim" in there!

But good news from such an unlikely source is a wonderful development.

#3024251 Has Australia lost a generation of test players?

Posted by Oxford on 01 November 2014 - 05:07 PM

They can be like Dad's Army, but that probably keeps them at a higher standard than us - even with missing players.

When will England fans learn?

I think there is not one English fan or poster who imagines the quality of the players actually involved is poor in any way. I think we've learned the lessons since 1982 onwards only too well. What's being expressed is the hope rather than the expectation. There is no point to sport without the dream.


"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

#3024121 Where should the Home Nations play their Home Games?

Posted by Oxford on 01 November 2014 - 12:41 PM

In their home countries and well marketed might be somewhere to start!

#3024119 Leigh signings (merged threads)

Posted by Oxford on 01 November 2014 - 12:35 PM

Like I said, I can't remember you urging such caution at fev gaz when fans if other clubs were suggesting we would go a rse upperds.
Leigh appear to have someone who will sign their cheques and finance their way to SL. I don't know if those backers have the wherewithal to fund SL..
But I genuinely hope they do and grab another go at the top level.

This kind of thread seems to invite all sorts of comments like the ones you refer to and sometimes I wonder what the difference in percentage terms there is between the " I hope they fall flat on their faces - they must be cheating!" and "fair go - I hope they do well!" amongst people who like RL.

I for one hope Leigh do well and Fev and Fax and ................. 

#3022082 Ben Flower banned for 6 months

Posted by Oxford on 28 October 2014 - 07:10 PM

Was on trip t Amsterdam wiv the mrs 2 wks ago n bumped into Mr flower and wat a gentleman he was. Spoke very openly about the incident and knows he let himself his family his club and the fans down. Seemed determined to take a positive out of it and come bk a better player and person. I wish him al the best

Well done Hullfan

I think a few people need reminding there's a person behind the story too.

The on line outcry was little short of lynching by t'interweb. And I find it difficult to accept from people who were not interested in the sport beforehand and some who follow sports with far more discreditable histories than ours.

On the ban, it reflected the outrage rather than the act, it covered the RFL's behind in what was a difficult situation for them, and because of it's size meant that justice appeared to have been done!

For my part I say thanks Mr Flower for all the press coverage my sport deserves week in week out!

#3022068 Greek second division championship underway

Posted by Oxford on 28 October 2014 - 06:54 PM

I love reading further expansion stories thanks for that one coach!

Are there any sort of figures about which area is expanding most rapidly?

#3022044 Kingstone Press to sponsor Super League and Challenge Cup

Posted by Oxford on 28 October 2014 - 06:21 PM

"Kingstone Press extend involvement to Super League" from Love Rugby League.


If this has already been discussed I'll say sorry now but they seem like a great sponsor from what I've read and witnessed about their involvement with our sport,


It's another good sign of the RFL doing their job.


And a list of the SL sponsors makes pretty good reading!

#3021489 TOTALRL TV: Gareth Thomas

Posted by Oxford on 27 October 2014 - 07:52 PM

Before this disappears into oblivion - one thing that always struck about Gareth Thomas was what a top bloke, please excuse the vernacular.

#3020401 Has Australia lost a generation of test players?

Posted by Oxford on 25 October 2014 - 08:41 PM

There's plenty more where they came from.
Don't gloat.

I don't think they're gloating Bearman, I think they're just revelling in the moment but it is obvious to anyone that it would be sooo good for the game!