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  1. 7 points
    From League Express 3103. Some people in this forum had it right from the begining. Bravo! Others not so much... The deal was signed when TWP entered the league structure with the objective of increasing interest in the competitions. Sky agreed on this (should Toronto be promoted), except for Summer Bash, Qualifiers and Magic Weekend. The broadcast is produced at TWP own costs. RFL doesn't receive any money from TWP nor from Premier. The benefits is an increased visibility both in the UK and in North America according to RFL. Championship clubs are expected to respond later this week, but case closed right? On the editorial, a reminder that 80% of the clubs Toronto played last year attracted their biggest crowd when the Wolfpack were in town. And the games were televised.
  2. 5 points
    Due to personal issues away from the Club I have to accept that my contribution on all fronts was limited in 2017 and the close season has seen little or no involvement from me in many areas. My office in Manchester eventually closes on this Friday which hopefully will free up some time for me to get back up to pace to help take the Club forward in 2018. We had an important strategic meeting at the Club this week and we expect to bring some vital improvements to the Club over the coming weeks. We hope to start to make some issues known later this week re some on and off field issues which I think supporters will be positive about so..... watch this space as they say. Or keep an eye on website, Twitter and Facebook!!
  3. 5 points
    I think when they talk of competing with union they are first and foremost talking of for players. Union has been given a free hand at cherry picking our players, we have sat back and allowed it to happen. The interesting thing is that union clubs are not immune from financial pressures, do some of the SL chairmen feel that the time is right to strike back because they are aware that union clubs are struggling. After many high profile failures of players going to union, does union also feel that they have had their fingers burned to often. We have always been far better at coaching converts, we don't expect too much and are willing to bide our time.
  4. 4 points
    Complete list of broadcasts
  5. 4 points
    We will wait and see but I see only positives for the game with us being there and i'm confident all the SL owners will as well, we are the key to bringing money into the game and they are all apparently greedy in the "Super Greed" as UK posters have mentioned many times. You guys have done expansion and seen it fail i get it but we are starting from the bottom and paying to play, were not the same a sthe other ventures. On top of all that is it safe to presume that we have gotten much more global and local exposure for RL than any of the other failed expansion teams? did they have deep pocketed RL fans as backers or just in in it to try and make money? you guys keep trashing our team and then get sensitive when we dish it back out...hence the sandwich for the haters.
  6. 4 points
    I posted this on the Nigel Wood thread. They sure cast the net wide for this one. John Grant added: “The RLIF board determined that the board’s Nominations Committee from Australia, New Zealand and Europe should in the first instance undertake a rigorous process with Nigel as its internal candidate to confirm his willingness and suitability to take the role. Failing this, it was then to undertake an external process. The Committee was swayed not only by Nigel’s clear experience but also by his deep knowledge and sincere passion for international rugby league. Its recommendation that he was the right person to take the international game forward at the very exciting but challenging time was adopted unanimously by the full board” Conclusion: We couldn't even be arsed to advertise this role. Here it is on a plate current Chairman of the RLIF. Whether he is the right guy or not, what a pathetic way to look to drive the World game forward. You cannot just give it to a bloke because he is there. This is the Rugby League International Federation not some family business.
  7. 4 points
    In the full interview Pearson says he went to see Yorkshire Carnegie and was shocked at how bad it was. He is - quite rightly - flabbergasted at the money spent on English club RU for such a poor product. I assume he mostly means sponsorship.
  8. 4 points
    I don't want to sound downbeat, but... The clubs were responsible for accepting the farcical Stobart deal and introducing a marquee player allowance whilst refusing to stump up £30K per side for a reserve competition. I fear that effectively having 12 CEO's running the league is going to lead to more selfish decisions which will impact hugely on Championship clubs. A closed shop where only Super League clubs have a say in how the sport is run seems a real possibility to me, at the expense of the semi-professional, amateur and international game. I hope it works, but the clubs can't simply be allowed to do as they please and there must be some form of RFL involvement. On the positive side, it no longer allows clubs to abdicate responsibility. A prime example being Ian Lenegen, who has done nothing but criticise the recent TV deal with SKY, which he voted in favour of! I hope that decisions are made in the interests of the sport and not the bank balances of club chairmen.
  9. 3 points
    Looked just as fast, agile, strong and skilful today after 8 months out. If he manages to avoid injuries this year anything is possible. The most exciting young player at Wakefield since Henry Paul? Can’t wait for the season to start and watch Tom running down the wing
  10. 3 points
    It looks like Manchester Rangers are pressing ahead with a place in the pro game.
  11. 3 points
    No!! please no..... I remember him playing against us for Dewsbury and he was absolutely bone idol..
  12. 3 points
  13. 3 points
    Well, compared with the rip-roaring success of the RLIF in recent years he seems to be on a hiding to nothing doesn't he? On the other hand we could give him a little time first just to see what he might start to achieve before castigating him as a failure.
  14. 3 points
    The the first team coaches have rewarded our young 16 year old hooker by asking him to train with the first team over Christmas, as soon as training finished eloi took him to one side to do passing drills with him, he's always great with my kids and even spent ages speaking to them when Leigh rl let them visit a training session andd a stadium visit, he was always at kids rugby tournaments when he was playing for the dragons
  15. 3 points
    Limoux v Lezignan will be the next French Game streamed on Sunday 21st January - 2pm UK. They are playing Cup games this weekend so no streamed match.
  16. 3 points
    Just writing in here so that I no longer have to put up with looking at Wilson's missing avatar.
  17. 3 points
    Enjoy it while we can Gaz. I'm not convinced we'llhave a game to watch in ten years. Where are the players coming from? The state of the amateur game is beyond crisis.
  18. 3 points
  19. 3 points
    Apologies for telling you what you think. I should have added "it seems to me" in there. But boy, your outlook is dismal. I am new to this and do not have your years of knowledge and experience, but it seems to me this is a great game and with more exposure elsewhere (perhaps especially in places where there is no class-based bias around the sport) it can take root and become a major league professional sport. And I see that happening without destroying RL for the M62 community (not without change though).
  20. 3 points
    Nigel Wood becomes RLIF CEO Well I never, quite a shock that comes as complete surprise, must say it is completely out of left field that one, never saw that coming at all.
  21. 3 points
    SL has always been in control since its inception, the original Sky deal was with Super League Europe not the RFL, the championship clubs were bought off with a sweetener from Sky , a sweetner that they were more than willing to take. It is only in recent years that SLE, with the promise of reduced costs and a better TV deal that some control was handed to the RFL, Woods failed to deliver. The SL clubs have obviously had enough and have decided to go back to plan A.
  22. 3 points
    The game's moribund. A bit of pizzazz from Canada, the US and France plus additional franchising for teams in London, Ireland, Wales and Scotland is just what it needs. Most people realise this but can't implement such an expanded system without finance. You could finance the whole shebang for well below the price of Philip Coutinho's transfer fee. If Sky won't stump up, maybe the US TV networks will.
  23. 3 points
    It's attention seeking. He obviously doesn't really think that and wouldn't put money in it. Kind of like when Phil Clarke tipped Salford for top spot in 2014.
  24. 3 points
    The man's a total clown with his articles. A very good player, but a failed coach and useless writer.
  25. 3 points
    John Grant added “The RLIF board determined that the board’s Nominations Committee from Australia, New Zealand and Europe should in the first instance undertake a rigorous process with Nigel as its internal candidate to confirm his willingness and suitability to take the role. Failing this, it was then to undertake an external process. The Committee was swayed not only by Nigel’s clear experience but also by his deep knowledge and sincere passion for international rugby league. Its recommendation that he was the right person to take the international game forward at the very exciting but challenging time was adopted unanimously by the full board” Conclusion: We couldn't even be arsed to advertise this role. Here it is on a plate current Chairman of the RLIF. Whether he is the right guy or not, what a pathetic way to look to drive the World game forward. Pretty much sums up the sport and its unconscious limitations.
  26. 3 points
    Good news for London, assuming they've prepared adequately for promotion.
  27. 3 points
    I think its rather logical. As one of the guys in charge of one of the top "Rugby" clubs in the country, he, along with Mcmanus, Hetherington etc. are probably comparing their organisations not only with eachother but with the likes of Bath, Quins and Leicester. They're the ones that off the rugby pitch, these clubs are competing (or at least aiming to compete) with in the corporate sphere. He's probably also faced the corporate/personal prejudices that exist towards RL in comparison to RU that crop up all over the place from universities to the boardrooms. In fact this is exactly the sort of realism that is needed at the top of the game - looking outward rather than inwards.I EDIT: To make it clearer what I mean, Man Utd don't compare/compete themselves with West Brom or Bournemouth off the pitch, they compare themselves with Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern.
  28. 3 points
    I've been saying for years that one day I'll follow the cup from start to finish. Well I have just decided that this year is as good as any! I think I'l start at Thatto as it's the closest to home and go from there.
  29. 3 points
    Sorry I don’t know who took this to credit them but what a photo!
  30. 2 points
    £19.76 for a fish order ..... didn't know Rick Stein had opened up a restaurant on Post Office Road.
  31. 2 points
    By some accounts his attitude was suspect when he was at Leeds - calling out McDermott in the press when you are still a Leeds player isn't such a great idea. So he was shuffled along quite quickly. I'm sure Fev could have interpreted their contract in such a way as to keep him had they really wanted to as well.
  32. 2 points
  33. 2 points
    This is disturbing news for the game.Last season it was Swinton, now it's Hornet's plus us at Oldham have had more winding up petitions than most people have had hot dinners. I know we're all rivals but we need each other to survive. These are worrying times.If this carries on we will be in a pickle. The RFL need to do something.
  34. 2 points
    Actually he is currently on nowt!!! ....... can he afford that??
  35. 2 points
    I've waited all my adult life for the chance to vote in a referendum about the EU. That's a few decades. I was convinced Leave would lose - and I said so on these boards at the time - and so I was utterly astounded when Leave won. I had already accepted that Leave had lost so you don't know what you are talking about as far as I'm concerned. We thought again. The gap between thoughts was over 40 years. So if you want to think again in 40 years then that's fine by me.
  36. 2 points
    £1. £25 to get out though.
  37. 2 points
    I get your point, but, to put up a fight for players you need the money, so its sort of part and parcel of the same thing. There has been a thread recently about the game being portrayed as part of Red Halls strategy as flat caps and whippets. Meanwhile you have people like Lenagan putting together a business club, opening a Wigan RL London office and battling against that image. I suspect that a strategy has already been developed to first change the image, bring in better value sponsors and a player retention strategy.
  38. 2 points
    This is a really depressing read. Sounds like you don’t believe in the game and might not even like it. Not sure what any restructure could do to change that view apart from perhaps more local derbies between established clubs. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion of course, but I love rugby league and I do see great potential if we can grasp and support the right opportunities when they arise. The potential in North America is enormous and it’s not even costing us a penny at the moment - other people are investing in it because they believe it’s worth a go! Back to the original thread, I think there are quite a few tweaks that might be being considered, although the effects of these both positive and negative are potentially minimal. Personally I’d love to see something more radical at the top end but also something with a whole game philosophy in mind right down to conference and amateur leagues. I love my derby games enormously but there’s been too many of them and I would prefer a better balance to the fixtures and an influx of new investment be it from North America or elsewhere.
  39. 2 points
    It's going to be a good tough season. Hopefully we can see more of it on TV than last year... assuming various club chairmen don't try to block that highly suspicious media exposure and publicity stuff.
  40. 2 points
    By the end of his tenure, I predict international RL will be GB v Aus and NZ and nowt else.
  41. 2 points
    There was also the "marquee player" aspect. Many of the converts had the potential to be good, even great RL players. But another reason for signing them was bums on seats. Jiffy wasn't as good as Tony Myler, but how many did he put on the gate? He was world famous. John Gallagher was billed as the worlds greatest rugby player. Same with Bradford's signing Terry Holmes, it was said that he paid for himself after two or three games with the increase In the gate, and he can hardly be described as a successful convert. Many of these signings were big stars. Teams had the incentive to persevere with these players for reasons other than their abilities. Like it or not. And lets face it there'd have been a lot of egg on face if a club had to admit it had wasted its money.
  42. 2 points
    Go onto that thread Krzzy, and look what I wrote in reply to Bob8 the poster of the article, I stated that the mention of the TWP and the wording would produce different connotations to whoever the reader is, it does not state NA expansion is key to survival, that is your subconscious reading it that way, no apoligies to Parky nessacary, it could be your goodself on the recieving end of your well used STFU, time will tell.
  43. 2 points
    Rule by plebiscite is crude, one dimensional, subverts representative democracy, and dangerous. Because something is straightforward it doesn't mean it's valid. The point of true democracy is that decisions can be overturned. Otherwise laws would never change.
  44. 2 points
    That was my thought too. He could easily have said changes are coming, we're on the up, be ready and watch it happen, without bringing up that they're smaller than another sport, or that they're comparing themselves with someone else. Make it about RL, not RU vs RL.
  45. 2 points
    my statement was a dig from when he was in his later days at Leeds and was said to have being recalcitrant in his conduct
  46. 2 points
    Nicely done. Super Dooper League, millions wasted in London and Wales, and laughable. It only needed farce for a full house.
  47. 2 points
    Super League in North America should help London in the medium to long term. Bigger markets mean they will want the capital involved. If nothing else for easier flight links, but also bigger corporate sponsors, not just regional northern ones. As far as Wales goes, who knows. Professional RU is struggling there below the international level. Football seems to be on the up. Maybe it just isn't a good fit. Small population and lots of competition.
  48. 2 points
    In case anyone missed the match and still wants to watch it, it's on Youtube here.
  49. 2 points
    It's interesting, doesn't reflect well on Wood and seems pretty clear where they see as the growth areas.
  50. 2 points
    We've just invested massively in what look to be a potentially cracking pair of half backs, and we've still got Thackeray too (who lest we forget won the TotalRL Fans Forum trophy as voted by members of this forum last year). Chase is a 31-year-old who has a long history of off-the-field issues, has just been banned for two years for failing a drugs test and is arguably the most unpopular player amongst Fev fans this century. Hope that answers that question!