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#3129777 Sol Mokdad / UAE Rugby League (merged threads)

Posted by Bob8 on Yesterday, 07:41 PM

As a man who has been accused of being a rugby union troll on this board, this issue has been a lesson for me.  I contacted a few seior RU people, whom I knew for their input.  Frankly, they are OK with what happened to Sol.  That does suggest a huge rotten  cultural problem with rugby union.  I cannot believe that having people imprisoned for wanting flankers on a pitch would be OK with everyone in rugby league.

#3128532 Sweden Rugby League

Posted by Bob8 on 24 May 2015 - 08:06 PM

I'd say that experience won it for Denmark.

Sweden had their chances in the second half, but a mix of errors and bad choices prevented them from crossing the line on a number of times.

Denmark only had 16 players and were hit by injuries early on, but they kept organised and at the end they were worthy winners.

Scoring sequence: 4-0, 4-4, 4-10, 4-14, 10-14, 10-20, 10-22, 10-28, 10-30, 16-30.

Two things of note. 


We may have the oldest fully registered international appearance.  Secondly, the second oldest man played along his son.

#3127423 Sol Mokdad / UAE Rugby League (merged threads)

Posted by Bob8 on 23 May 2015 - 05:35 AM

no.....union doesnt run league in UAE. It has control of the competition which is now suspended because 2 of the clubs refuse to play under unions control.
League WILL be back in the UAE once the rlif has done everything correctly.....something that hadnt been done before and which gave the Union lot the opportunity to do what they did.
as for the legality of sol being in the country......it is a valid point as it added to the case against him and enabled union to make their grab.

That is naive or willfully stupid.  If overstaying the visa was true (which I doubt) and the valid reason, it would be a remarkable co-incidence that the UAE RU had an entire set-up ready to take over.  It would also be inexplicable that clubs would resign and protest over it. 


Your post is essentially asserting that we should take the UAE RU on faith even though their own tale does not stand up to any critical scrutiny.

#3123159 Denmark Rugby League (Merged threads)

Posted by Bob8 on 15 May 2015 - 09:41 PM

Match against Sweden in Sweden is weekend after next. 


I have no role in this, which feels odd.  Looking forward to it anyway.

#3122168 Littlewoods Catalogue Ended

Posted by Bob8 on 13 May 2015 - 06:54 PM

Certain pages in these catalogues proved very interesting to many an adolescent boy, so my friends told me.


It truely has been superseded by the Internet.

#3121449 Can someone please get rid of the muppets running our game at the RFL!

Posted by Bob8 on 11 May 2015 - 11:19 PM

This is a tedious argument.  There is dishonesty and wishful thinking on both sides, but most of the dishonesty is heavily on one side.


The argument that we should chose teams for Super League on the basis of how they would do without the bulk of the player budget in a different league is just stupid and not one I have time for.  The teams that would bring the most to Super League are those that would bring a good TV audience, those that would attract sponsors, those that are well run and those that would bring in the most revenue and be able to develop the game in their own regions. 


That puts Toulouse in and Leigh and Hull KR.  It would also mean a large proportion of the revenue being brought into the league would be from the French clubs, and what chance would small clubs have then?  Best to ###### up the future of the sport to help small clubs along.  

#3108245 UAE, Spain & South Africa bid for 2021 World Cup

Posted by Bob8 on 18 April 2015 - 09:38 PM


Please, just ask yourselves if England could by, any stretch of the mind, host a succefull floorball or handball world cup.
Then, for the love of god, just let's move on.


England hosted the Olympic handball and did very well.  So, yes.  It also was a great launch pad for handball in the UK, which previously had not really existed.  What made the difference was political will to make it work.  There are serious players involved in the South African bid, if it does have political backing, it could work extremely well.

The UAE were clearly serious enough to get the soccer world cup, if they are serious about the RL world cup they could certainly get and host it.  Also, the bribe would keep the RFL going for years.

Spain is more doubtful.

#3058467 worst import ever ?

Posted by Bob8 on 21 January 2015 - 12:33 PM

Barry Ward?

That was it.  Most came for the pay cheques, he came for Greggs.

#3057091 News from Sweden

Posted by Bob8 on 18 January 2015 - 05:24 PM

I misread that as 'Impact Power League'. Now that would be a good name for a competition.

What does this mean for the joint Sweden-Denmark league?

It means there will not be a Pan-Scandinavian League.  However, there are solid plans for a domestic league in Denmark, tying in with a lot of the youth work that has been less visible.


There is a new President and vice-President of Danish rugby league as off yesterday (hand over rather than coup), who should be able to do a very good job.  

#3050020 Country people - just like townies

Posted by Bob8 on 29 December 2014 - 04:12 PM

Likewise nowt wrong with shooting em if they're predating your livestock or diseased

That is a bit Logan's Run, isn't it?  How old are your livestock?

#3049857 Wiki..pedia and others.

Posted by Bob8 on 29 December 2014 - 08:04 AM

Really?  Well I wouldn't have guessed.


However, that still doesn't change the fact that Wiki is unreliable as primary source material.  It can be used as secondary source material, with caveats.

Wikipedia is not a primary source material at all (unless you can be certain that a witness to an event is directly typing).  Nor is a text book.  It cannot be  used as a primary source, leading to a low mark or otherwise.  This is the point L'Ang was making and Just Browny was referring to.  In the vast majority of cases, it is a tertiary source, though at times it is secondary or primary.*


Clearly, depending on the level of your subject, a text book could only be used as a viewpoint source, not as evidence.  Wikipedia can also be used as a text book.  You will find no other general source of referenced information as good as Wikipedia.  I hope though, that when writing your degree, you read further than just text books and used them as sources to find the information, which you could then read for yourself.  


If a scientist has to look into a new field, Wikipedia is often a great place to start, as it will give a huge number of references.  These references can then be used, but also have to be assessed (peer reviewed science is rather good, medical journals are gossip).


I would repeat that link that JohnM mentioned:


Like a text book, Wikipedia should just be a starting point.  However, it is the starting point that I go to time and time again.





*A personal example, I have done research and put a result of two on Wikipedia on what I saw (primary - but essentially anonymous), assuming it was published as data I would cite the reference (secondary).  Most of what I have written on there is a review of information commonly referenced and known (tertiary).

#3049406 so what's he bringing you this year

Posted by Bob8 on 27 December 2014 - 05:54 PM

I had it drilled into my head at university never to trust Wiki.  I've not been able to shake that distrust ever since, so I don't trust Wiki. 


Wikipedia is a great place to start any investigation.  Many publications ridicule Wikipedia, but if those articles were in Wikipedia, they would have a banner at the top explaining that the articles did not cite their sources and had strong indications of bias.  As someone of a reasonable age, people used to rust encyclopedias far more than they trust Wikipedia now, and  encyclopedias really were unreliable (e.g. the IRB would write the entry for rugby league). 


What is notable, is that many people on this forum will post a link to a newspaper as strong evidence.

#3048230 UK's most desirable place

Posted by Bob8 on 23 December 2014 - 07:01 AM

Well done on winning your local competition.





It is worth noting that it topped the list in the second link only once a rugby league club had been established.

#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.