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#3151068 Hull FC and Hull KR to merge...

Posted by bowes on 02 July 2015 - 12:12 PM

This is very good news as the youth game in the city has been decimated by having to fund two academies

#3142530 Who has the Biggest Brush?

Posted by bowes on 17 June 2015 - 08:42 PM

In these days of increasing participation (RFL statement) why do we have to call games off for a tour, you say the top clubs players were involved, Sharleston and Illingworth put a team out, same as the scholarship you are depriving the rest of the team for 2-3 players from each team, it does not in my opinion send out the right signal to the rest of the players.
No disrespect but again tours and scholarship in the middle of the season to country's where the game will struggle to take off, I think Ukraine have other things on its mind they are fighting a war. Should we not try to get the game stronger in our own country before we even try expansion we did tour years ago when we had a strong BARLA and the game has struggled to expand, please look at the results from this week it does not make good reading.

Are we just papering over the cracks or did David Gent leave too soon and his legacy is now starting to come to land 😉😉

I tend to agree actually. There's a case for tours in the off season but the league has to be top priority

#3133281 French Update

Posted by bowes on 01 June 2015 - 02:45 PM

Audois is a federal club the same as a local community amateur club?

Yeah. There's four divisions. Elite 1, Elite 2, National 1 then Federale. All except Elite 1 are regionalised.

Elite 2 and National 1 are split west/east and Federale is split into about 5 or 6 divisions

#3131726 French Update

Posted by bowes on 30 May 2015 - 08:22 AM

I quite like the idea of splitting Champ one into North and South. Elite clubs could play in South until game becomes strong enough for their own stand alone conference. Toulouse, Carcassonne, Avignon could possibly play in this.

I support regionalising League 1 but that would be the worst of all possible scenarios. Every northern club in league 1 is better than every southern club so you'd be simultaneously putting the French clubs in a league weaker than Elite 1 and be bankrupting fragile southern clubs with unnecessary travel costs

#3128589 The European Union Referendum

Posted by bowes on 24 May 2015 - 09:32 PM

So that is perhaps where the compromise is coming from?

Labour planned to take a step towards a German welfare model by increasing contribution based JSA whilst making the long term unemployed take mandatory, guaranteed jobs.


The Conservatives actually want to move in the other direction and completely scrap contribution based benefits

#3128530 The European Union Referendum

Posted by bowes on 24 May 2015 - 08:05 PM

The thing about welfare is most European countries run a system whereby if you've worked long enough and lose your job you get time limited benefits that are often linked to your salary but if you haven't worked long enough or the time limit ends you either get nothing or (more likely) get the real bare minimum, worse than here (there are a few exceptions mainly in Scandinavia). Clearly an immigrant that has worked for a long time then lost their job getting benefits is less controversial than someone getting them from day one of moving to a country as would happen with our welfare system which doesn't distinguish between someone who's never worked and someone who's been made redundant after working for 15 years

#3127949 Clues on Yorkshire Mens League set up 2015?

Posted by bowes on 23 May 2015 - 06:53 PM

Heworth and York Acorn A would be about the right playing standard and York Lokomotive have improved a lot so would probably be up for it. Obviously depending on numbers etc whether it's a Hull league or a Yorkshire Men's League (East) division, but I definitely think that would be a good idea and may attract some more Hull sides

#3126361 Ghosts etc

Posted by bowes on 21 May 2015 - 11:48 AM

I was doing a tour round a haunted former pub once (now it's some kind of health shop) and it was getting towards the end and whilst some people were getting excited by small noises etc I'd got to the point where I was bored as hadn't seen anything. As we went into the last room they said this is the most haunted room and even the caretaker won't go in after dark as he's heard voices and things moving round. I went in expecting to see nothing but in the corner there was a ghost of a girl or young woman sat down that vanished pretty quickly after I saw it. The weird thing was I wasn't scared it just felt like a perfectly natural thing to see until about five minutes afterwards when it clicked

The other freaky thing I saw once was when I was watching a trainee medium (I'm interested in looking into psychic phenomena) and she completely freaked out and lost control and suddenly the handle on the door came down and the door swung open and I heard footsteps down the stairs and a big slam coming from the outer door. The strange thing being the outer door was securely locked, the door had nothing attached to it (strings etc) and I actually saw the door moving with noone there. Suffice to say we never saw her again. To me this wasn't a dead spirit it was poltergeist activity unconsciously caused by a living person

#3126216 Is it time to plan and establish a Pan Pacific League?

Posted by bowes on 21 May 2015 - 06:47 AM

I agree with having a regular international tournament for those sides but not a league. The local league in PNG and Fiji would be a higher standard than a league with teams from Vanuatu, Japan, Hawaii etc and them having top sides in Australian state leagues give them a far better standard anyway. What I do agree strongly with is the NZ domestic league idea above

#3125568 Religion/Politics

Posted by bowes on 20 May 2015 - 06:55 AM

The ridiculous thing is gay marriage is illegal in Northern Ireland so it's alright for the law to be against them just not for bakers to be

#3122966 Labour leadership contest

Posted by bowes on 15 May 2015 - 05:47 PM

I don't think it really matters, because I reckon Cameron's party will implode, like they did between 1992 and 1997.  Basically because he's useless.  I mean what kind of PM employs a suspected criminal as press secretary?

I'd like to think you're right but I really don't see it. I don't see the appeal of a party promising to slash support for disabled people purely to give tax breaks for rich people, but it seems a lot of people do. The only possibility is a split over Europe

#3122964 UKIPpery

Posted by bowes on 15 May 2015 - 05:45 PM

They won't exist, in their current form, by the end of the year.

The party will probably be split in two by the end of the year, with one half rejoining the Conservatives if we vote to leave the EU

#3120272 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by bowes on 10 May 2015 - 09:26 AM

The Socialist Worker party is indeed left-wing.  In exactly the same way as the EDL and Tory party are right wing.


I'm glad we agree.

I doubt many EDL members have a political view beyond hating Muslims

#3119699 French Update

Posted by bowes on 09 May 2015 - 10:28 AM

Championship has pro clubs Bradford, Leigh, London, Featherstone League one has clubs holding on for dear life bar a couple. This is simply madness if confirmed then solly and wood should be sacked pack of idiots.

I honestly think some of the game's southern development will be lost if they go ahead with forcing clubs to travel to Toulouse and Toronto. I'm all for Toulouse in a higher division, but really we shouldn't be risking Oxford or Hemel or South Wales to make the league a circus

#3118244 Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Posted by bowes on 07 May 2015 - 06:58 AM

Why can't all those international rep teams you have mentioned still play the canadian national team if there is a Toronto based team in the CL1.

As a Kiwi, did you poo-poo the idea of the Warriors joining the NRL? Would you have rather had the sponsors that supported the Warriors bid plough their money into a domestic comp? Would you have advocated that the above rep teams visit NZ to play the Kiwis?

The idea isn't equivalent to NZ Warriors joining the NRL. It's equivalent to Tokyo Warriors joining the Sydney Shield