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  1. 7 points
    I wish people would stop using the word heritage as if it was an insult to our game and integrity. I have a daughter who is born and being brought up in the UK (England specifically) but is exactly half British and half Italian. If she has a son or daughter then I would expect him or her to have a deep connection to their Italian heritage irrelevant of whether they were living in the UK, Italy or anywhere else in the world. If my grandchild had the opportunity to represent England/UK in sport I would be so proud and I would be equally proud if they chose to represent Italy as I would know they had a connection to that country through people they love. The players are not playing for these nations to get rich so they must be playing for another reason. This could be the opportunity to get spotted (unlikely in the modern era when every coach knows every player) but it may just be the opportunity to represent a nation they feel connected to on the biggest stage that their sport offers. If the players jump at the opportunity to represent their heritage and play their hearts out then why can't us fans actually just enjoy it?
  2. 7 points
    Shame on him. Doesn't he know that it's the job of this forum to criticise the World Cup? 😀😀😀
  3. 7 points
    A reminder of what he said about rugby league many years ago when Super Rugby was expanding
  4. 6 points
    I personally think if people think it is a farce they should just ignore it, do something else. That includes the RL fans moaning about it too. There are plenty of people around prepared to enjoy it for what it is.
  5. 4 points
    To Towns award winning Prop Stevie Scholey who is getting married today . Best of luck Stevie for your future both on and off the field .
  6. 4 points
    Disagree with the trend on this page entirely. people follow and get into sport as they have stars to look up to. Most of the time these idols are not from the country they are from, playing for Real Madrid or in the NRL for example. One of my favourite players is Jarryd Hayne, yet I have no link to him. if someone else's Jarryd Hayne was found because they wore the colours of their country and inspired them to play or watch rugby league that's a great thing. And competitive games against higher opposition snowballs this fact, as if they get stuffed that idol doesn't appear worth looking up to anymore. think of it like Toronto, many people are being inspired to watch and in time play the game by players wearing their shirt and being looked up to. This can happen with the international game too.
  7. 4 points
    It'll all end in tiers, mark my words.
  8. 4 points
    I just fed a troll didn't I? Ah well back under your bridge lad.
  9. 4 points
    Peter Fitzsimmons has spent the last four years gleefully waiting for the next RLWC to roll around so he can stick the boot in. It's the only way he can deal with being one of Australia's last remaining cheerleaders of a dying code (in Australia at least). His criticism is totally predictable, but luckily no one here cares what he thinks.
  10. 4 points
    With a bit of forward planning, you could wash your hair and watch the game...
  11. 3 points
    Then the only genuine World Cup is football and in their whole history only 8 Nations have won it. Rugby League could probably hold a Tournement with 12 to 14 nations who have domestic leagues and indigenous players but only 3 or 4 would have any chance of winning while most of the others would get humiliated. Rugby Union figures would be roughly the same. Outside the headline nations every sport outside football has to use the heritage qualification to boost the competitiveness of emerging nations or else accept the situation I explained above. Whats crucial though is that the sport moves forward and uses the World Cup platform to strengthen and support the emerging nations so they can flourish both internationally and domestically. In this regard the RUWC has proved to be the greater catalyst of the two Rugby World Cups. The reasons for that are far, wide, societal, political, historical, institutional but most importantly financial. That though is the subject of another discussion. The RLWC is what it is, we must accept that and be at terms with it, warts n all. If we can do that then we’re in for a fabulous celebration of the sport we love, so sit back and enjoy.
  12. 3 points
    As there is no i-PRO Cup and potentially some teams combining or not entering the League we could play home and away games for the whole season and finish with the League leader being promoted and then second to fifth playing off for the second promotion spot - like we did in 2013!!! North Wales Crusaders are already doing business for 2018; we are signing players, released our new 2018 home shirt design and our season tickets have been on sale for 3 weeks. League 1 was pretty competitive in 2017 with Toronto and Barrow being the stand out teams - and both rightly got promoted. Although we ended the season in 9th we beat teams above us and Coventry and All Golds showed they can compete and beat us. i love meeting up with other fans home and away and already have my season ticket paid for and my shirt ordered!!
  13. 3 points
    I think Wales and USA's development is separate from the WC, especially in Wales case. How much of their development can be attributed to playing in a WC especially as Wales didn't make the one in 2008. I can't see where the WC has actually caused any of this growth rather than it being coincidental. Did they not play Union in Italy before the 6 Nations? I'm not against bolstering nations, as I've not mentioned Wales (who have a RL history to speak of) but the creation of countries who effectively don't play the game.
  14. 3 points
    This is all very good in theory but what is the practise? Are youngsters in Scotland and Italy really being inspired, is the national side having even the remotest of effects?
  15. 3 points
    When you have teams like Serbia, Jamaica and Canada trying to qualify then it has to have more credibility. Take the USA a virtual heritage team in 2013 and now littered with North Americans. Wales almost didn't exist as a credible international side 10 years ago (just a heritage team). Now a large number of Welsh born players are filtering in. The game needs things like the World Cup to offer pathways to young kids picking up a RL ball.
  16. 3 points
    To all my Cas & Leeds friends, & anyone else making the trip, have a brilliant day, hope it's the cracker we all think it will be
  17. 3 points
    Well, the only reason he got in first is because Rebecca "drinky drinky" Wilson is dead. FitzToupée was always going to have a few cheap shots at the Rugby World Cup. That's what comes of being an agonisingly insecure chump.
  18. 3 points
    I think they wanted to focus on players from an elite competition 😉
  19. 3 points
    Are you suggesting that Scots, Irish and Italian 'immigrants' are not interested in keeping their cultural heritage? What's the difference between an Italian economic migrant and a Samoan one? Is Samoa allowed to have an international team because there are more people interested than in Ireland/Scotland/ Italy? Who is to deny those Irish, Italian or Scottish Rugby League fans a team to follow? Sorry you lot you can't have a team to follow because there aren't enough fans or 'proper' players. As far as I'm concerned, the more people playing and watching this great game the better. I, for one, can't wait for this World Cup and I'm looking forward to watching every team play. I don't care what accent they have, as long as they give 100% for their shirt and team mates.
  20. 2 points
    There is almost a desperation amongst RL fans to try and suggest that the RU one is no more credible than ours. Sadly, it is just wishful thinking. They have far more competitive (even if they are unlikely to win it) nations than we do and they don't use the heritage rule to anything like the same extent. I completely agree. The RLWC is what it is and the last two have been very enjoyable so I'm not gonna think too much about the heritage issue.
  21. 2 points
    I was at the Wales vs Italy game too and didn't see a single Italian fan. Somebody mentioned a key point earlier, it is one thing doing this with nationwide TV coverage in Italy and another doing it with virtually no media coverage in Italy. I have a Scottish brother-in-law and have personally lived in Ireland and most people I've spoken to about it seem bemused when they find out their country has a team at the RL World Cup. Much like we would if we found out that England had made the quarter-finals of the AFL World Cup. Anyway, as I said earlier, I will enjoy the World Cup for what it is and didn't intend to get bogged down in my opinion on heritage players!
  22. 2 points
    I read a most bizarre article that said because players had chosen to play for second tier nations instead of tier 1 nations, this devalued playing for the shirts of your nations, and meant it was a 'classless' international game - like that was a bad thing?! Considering the players are effectively paying 50000 dollars to play for the nation they want to is the biggest show of heart against money I can think of, and classless is certainly something I would rather was a part of rugby league, with class being the biggest problem of rugby union.
  23. 2 points
    I agree , really I’d like to see things paired down to a parent rule maybe , but that’s an ideal world which RL doesn’t live in at present. We want and need a strong as possible WC and as many of a small , concentrated pool of players as possible playing in it , so we are where we are and this at least gives us the best opportunity for those things .
  24. 2 points
    Just read some news that a road is to to be renamed after Roger the Dodger in Hull. Brilliant stuff from the Hull council.
  25. 2 points
    Catalans would get Kruise Leeming, as I would guess that they are the nearest Club from Swaziland!

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