how many will the stadium hold? after its been built?
In the region of 18,000. Imagine if they got to SL or had a Challenge Cup game v Dragons or another big SL team they would move it to Ernest-Wallon (19,000) or the Muncipality stadium where the football club play (35,000)
I think Bostock at Fev is very good as well he just seems to be a bit unlucky with injuries.
What about Macani from London, he has scored quite a few trys as has Rhys Williams. Is there any young London players who could make the step up?
How are the PNG players doing at Newcastle?
All three were injured recently. Charlie Wabo is a decent rake, but is employed more as a 13 with Evan Simons really impressing me when he plays 9. Jason Tali can turn it on whenever he wants, he scores two tries and smashes a few blokes then is laidback for the rest of the game but the guy oozes class. Mark Mexico is good, defence needs improving but when he has a head of steam he's tough to stop. They've also got a very good pivot in Ben Hardcastle who's been around for a while, along with Matty Beharell who was let go by KR and is flourishing at 19 under Stanley Gene.
Bet you can't! Gonna be a great day for Thunder and all the hard work that has been done up in the North east for a long time. Great for likes of storm, rockets, eagles and Whitley bay to be rewarded with a weekend of RL
I've been fortunate enough to watch Newcastle Thunder all season and they're really pulling out the stocks this week: Hull KR training on the Friday at 4, q&a with the Sky team followed by the game with York at 8. I'd encourage anyone heading up to the North East to get a ticket. Just £5 in advance with a magic ticket or £2.50 for concessions. This is a really big opp for a semi-pro side to get more than a 1,000 gate. I believe more than 2,000 been sold already and they've got a really good XIII. There's a guide to the city here, excluding the predictable rubbish the RFL have put into some of their videos: http://bit.ly/2015MAGIC
Euro champs announced later this month. England to play France for a warmup fixture in England beforehand Here's to hoping it's not in Leigh and the RFL show some ambition with where they play the matches! . https://twitter.com/...203547292102656
I see there being 5 steps to developing the international game and creating a 'strategy'.
1) Lay your cards out now for the next 10 years, in terms of elite fixtures. 4N, RLWC, Ashes, Euro comp, Pacific Cups etc. State when the fixtures are gonna be. This allows sponsors/tv deals will take interest if they can invest in something over a sustained period.
2) Every club in top tiers in NRL/SL to have an adopted country. I understand that some already do. Warrington had 2 Serbs with them over the summer who I've heard could be heading to Crusaders. Why not make this part of the conditions of accepting a place in SL/NRL. So Widnes and Warrington could team up, send two development officers out to Serbia during the summer when schools are out, in return X Serbian youngsters train with the respective 1st teams/Academies.
3) Create 2 mid season breaks for international fixtures. One during ANZAC window and one mid summer. This three week window in summer would give ENG/NZ to play eachother, PNG/Tonga/Samoa/Fiji down under. Scotland/France/Wales/Serbia/Italy/Spain etc in Europe. Meanwhile Origin would be played in this window in Aus.
4) Change international selection criteria. You can't play for a smaller nation and then go an play for one of the 'Big 3'. Players could however firstly play for Aus, and once they're dropped whatever carry on playing for Fiji, but would never be able to return for Aus. See Aidan Guerra and Anthony Milford - stars of RLWC2013 for different countries, now going to play for a different country. Also allow other internationals to play SOO, If Aus born but Samoa elected you can still play in SOO.
5) Create a Scottish and Irish Academy in UK like there is for North East, and Midlands for u15-u20s. And open age sides targeting League 1 entry in next 10 years from those two countries. Another NZ franchise, PNG, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Perth sides to be entered into NRL over same period.
Good luck Khaled do your country proud! To clarify there are around 80 players in various teams around Lebanon of Palestinian Heritage - i.e Palestinians booted out of their lands in 1947 or 1967 by Israel and have never returned. As such they're still counted as refugees - struggle with gaining employment, a good education etc. the 3 teams refer to the 3 who competed in the MEA championships OA, U18, U16. the Occupied Palestinian Territories don't have a RL comp. Yet. Watch this space....
All in all not a very nice man, should be banned from the sport as a whole for at least six months. Fails to accept the consequences of his actions. Tez made a great point on Boots n All that he should see a psychologist and I couldn't agree more. Like so many great talents he loves pushing the self destruct button
If anyone is looking for a University scholarship or likewise has children who may be interested, please read on.
Newcastle University RLFC is looking for students who will be starting their degree programmes this september to sign up for scholarships and play for the University's RL team which currently finds itself in BUCS Prem. After a disappointing first season back in the Premiership after having been Northern champions for 3 years(11,12,13) - before a restructure of the divisions). With 2 sides the University is one of the few clubs to boast multiple teams in the country, and the club's alma mater includes many a Gateshead Thunder player as well as Andy Raleigh of Wakefield and Huddersfield fame.
Alternatively youngsters who will start their 2nd year of college in September are invited to apply for scholarships for 2015-16 entry. Great financial rewards are available with Academy/District/Regional/International experience very much favoured. Students can also apply through the PARTNERS scheme which offers reduced grade entry AAA requirements will be lowered to BBB considering a student meets criterion set by the University, info listed here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk...ility/index.htm
It really is a unique opportunity to study at one of the Top20 University's in the country and also play a very high standard of RL in what is ultimately the best student city in the country