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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.