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#3045403 Places I have played - watched Rugby

Posted by Bob8 on 15 December 2014 - 10:38 AM

Played in Denmark, England, Norway, Sweden and USA.

#3045128 Hong Kong Rugby League

Posted by Bob8 on 14 December 2014 - 08:14 PM

Wonderful news. 


Having been at the founding of similar initiatives I hae a few bits of advice that you are welcome to ignore.


Be bold, you have nothing to lose.


The exceptions here are be careful, not vain with finances, and keep your word.

#3039799 Black Friday...Seriously, is it worth it?

Posted by Bob8 on 01 December 2014 - 03:10 PM

Absolutely, there's nowt poncey about eating herring, even on rye bread.


#3039714 Black Friday...Seriously, is it worth it?

Posted by Bob8 on 01 December 2014 - 12:30 PM

There was a bit of a queue for the pickled herring at the Scandinavian Seamen's Church Christmas market and I bumped into somebody at one of the stalls.

I eat herring regularly.  On rye bread.  May I be excused from being a ponse as I live over there?

#3039689 New RL World Rankings

Posted by Bob8 on 01 December 2014 - 11:10 AM

Australia should be at 3, this ranking system is totally wrong. They are on the way down big time.

They are still world champions and you cannot expect a system to take account of a match being bent.  Even with that, I would still expect Australia to beat England in a years time and I expect that you would too.

#3039188 World Ranking 2014

Posted by Bob8 on 30 November 2014 - 06:30 AM

The ranking is a bit insensitive at the bottom.  Germany are in a period of reconstruction after a few years inactivity and are still ranked 18th.  Sweden (30) and Denmark (26) won the Nordic Cup (2013 and 2014) in the last two years and both have won their games over Norway for the last two years (19).

When teams play few games, the rankings are insenstive.  Also, Norway has its own domestic championship, where as Sweden and Denmark play cross border and had fewer clubs than Norway.

#3036735 The Lib Dems

Posted by Bob8 on 23 November 2014 - 10:47 PM

Who are the rich? 


And why should they pay more?

People with more money.


Because they have more money.


I have more money than some, in great part because of fortunate advantages and the good society has done for me.


I have less money than some, in great part because of fortunate advantages and the good society has done for them.

#3036729 UKIPpery

Posted by Bob8 on 23 November 2014 - 10:37 PM

He should represent all his constituents.

Let us hope that none of them have differing opinions.


Regarding UKIP, a couple of repetitive points. 


My feeling is that there is more isolation from Westminister than at any time in my lfe (38 years, since you ask).  This means increasing popularity for any alterntative and scepticism of any suggestion coming from Westminister.  So, the EU is more popular than ever and so is UKIP.


Labour is becoming increasing rubbish in a was the Conservatives always have been.  It is following the American model of a party that barely conceal their contempt for working people and one that do not even try.  As a leftie, UKIP might be good thing.


UKIP are a classic continental party, with right wing ideology coupled wiith some left wing populism.  Were they in a coalition, only the right wing policies would see the light of day.

#3034806 Denmark Rugby League (Merged threads)

Posted by Bob8 on 18 November 2014 - 09:04 PM

The DRLF YouTube is up.  Only a few poor resolution videos at the moment, but much better stuff is already under production.


#3034580 If you're under 30, bad luck. You're screwed

Posted by Bob8 on 18 November 2014 - 10:04 AM

I seem to remember my parents doing a fair bit for me, so I am inclined to let them off.  The issue is not really one of generation, but that people will gain wealth from their parents rather than from working for it.

#3028102 MacNamara supping in the Last Chance Saloon

Posted by Bob8 on 06 November 2014 - 03:47 PM

I think McNamara was out-thought last week by Sheens - a coach with limited resources
He didn't change tack looking like there was 1 game plan and thats it. Sheens had to change to win the game and it worked
It looked like McN thought the big props were going to blow Australia way by just battering away in the 2nd half. At some points we had 3 props on the field when Sheens was speeding the game up.

The refereeing didn't help whatsoever, and we didn't have good field position for much of the 2nd half, but I feel it was an opportunity missed. Commentators on the BBC and on Channel 9 said that the Aussies were struggling early in the 2nd half. Instead we shut up shop and didn't vary the play.


Out-thought by Sheens?  He was swindled by the ARL.  That was a crooked match and that cannot be blamed on McNamara.

#3027405 Not having neutral refs makes the sport look like a shambles!

Posted by Bob8 on 05 November 2014 - 07:24 AM

Mickey Mouse is very popular.



We have to put a positive spin on it.  For people in Denmark who are typically new to the game and got up even earlier than UK fans to watch the game, having officiating clearly there to benefit one side was rather shocking. These people are hardly one-eyed Poms and I could not dismiss them as such when they ask WTF was going on in that game.  It is hard to convince people in DK that we are a proper sport when they see one of the biggest internationals of the year fall below the integrity of most park football - it does not do us much good.  


Ultimately, the strength of the game in small nations is not that huge a concern in terms of the Australian market, but my opinion is that it was very short-sighted.

#3027400 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by Bob8 on 05 November 2014 - 07:01 AM

Danish rugby league fans are apparently hugely bias too, they all seemed to think the officiating was bent.  


OzWelsh may think they are just biased, but this nonsense does harm the credibility of the game.  

#3025540 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by Bob8 on 02 November 2014 - 01:11 PM

I read your reasoning and didn't really think you were being reasonable. It sounded like a rant. You don't have to start getting snotty because I don't agree with you.


Very well.  Let's just agree that you think one thing and everyone else with half a brain saw it differently :D

#3025312 02/11/14 - Australia v England KO 5am (GMT)

Posted by Bob8 on 02 November 2014 - 09:38 AM

You could argue the same for contentious refereeing decisions. They happen in every game.


We need to look at what we did wrong and I hope the boys are doing before next week. I would rather that than the bottom lip out stuff I read on here

I wrote how it would go earlier, just enough wrong decisions to ensure an Aussie win.  Imagine if some of those errors from England had been eliminted, there would have merely been more decisions going Australia's way to ensure the result.  The ref was under huge pressure from his boss to make sure Australia won and did enough. 


Ref decisions will sometimes be incorrect.  As a St Helens fan, I have never felt that the ref was bent.  When watching soccer, I have never felt the ref was bent against my team.  Indeed, it is extremely rare that I have seen any major game where I have been confident the ref was bent, the only ones I recall are Porto vs Celtic over ten years ago and a few of the Australia vs GB/England tests.