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  1. 10 points
    After the recent accord with Elite1/2 clubs St Esteve and Baho respectively establishing a pathway from their U19s into senior/OA football the Dragons have now linked up officially with eleven local schools of rugby from Perpignan and nearby villages Baho, Estagel, Ille sur Têt, Le Barcarès, Opoul, Pia, Salses, St-Estève, St Paul de Fenouillet, Toulouges, XIII Catalan The expectation is to develop and impact a playing pyramid from U6s-U18s all operating under the Catalans banner with an emphasis on educator/coaching formation.Four of the junior clubs already operate the full age-groups as well as seniors. A professional club of stature has the wherewithal and impetus to make this happen. If France could replicate this concept in another two centres via Superleague involvement and drive at Toulouse/Avignon it would have the potential to really grow the game here.
  2. 10 points
    If the biggest reason anyone can find to prevent Toronto playing in SL is that they can't host games in February then they're doing amazingly well. SL shouldn't even be playing in February anyway, the season's a month too long.
  3. 6 points
    https://www.playersvoice.com.au/josh-hodgson-surviving-on-two-quid-an-hour/#bDAmqgfYvcec4H1W.97
  4. 6 points
    tonight's Katana on Bay reception was great..great to meet RogerT and the travelling Batley fans..and here's my Bulldogs personalized shirt...fantastic..thanks Rog. Now the proud owner of a Wolfpack shirt. and topped off by the sight of Brian Noble MBE riding off on his bicycle to the shouts of "on yer bike!!" from the terrific BATLEY mob. epic! !
  5. 5 points
    It seems people will find issues and problems anywhere where Toronto are concerned. Clubs regularly play for weeks away from their own stadium for things like pitch relaying, ground redevelopment etc. Allowing Toronto to play away for the first 4 weeks away isn't exactly an issue and is a smaller timeframe than what has been allowed for some existing clubs over the last few years.
  6. 5 points
    Love this!! Win or lose, it looks like everyone is having a great time and that’s what life is all about isn’t it?
  7. 5 points
    Doesn't make it right though Donald. We have been guilty as well which nearly finished us. The difference is that some clubs like yourselves, Donny, Keighley, Oldham to name a few have become serial offenders knowing they can just wipe off the debt by starting again under a new name. I don't want any club to go out of existence but they shouldn't be allowed to carry on doing this. It's a mockery.
  8. 4 points
    He is not listening. He is a waste of space.
  9. 4 points
    I’m getting fed up of pointing out to you Parky that Perez didn’t resurrect RL in Canada. It was Jamie Lester among others who was responsible. I have typed this slowly because I know you struggle to comprehend things at times.
  10. 4 points
    Honestly if Toronto aren't allowed in to Super League for anything other than major reasons I would be done with any interest/money spent on the English game. Playing home games in blocks or the fact they haven't produced a Canadian Johnathan Thurston after a whole 2 years are not 'Major' reasons either, not even close. There are plenty of reasons why Toronto may fail, but if self interest from English clubs is the thing that kills them then that's me out.
  11. 3 points
  12. 3 points
    I’m English first, British second.
  13. 3 points
    Genuine question but has this ever really happened? What promotion was done in the past in Wales & Scotland and what would the plan be if GB was resurrected? Forgive me if I'm wrong but I believe Great Britian have never played in Scotland, Wales or Ireland?
  14. 3 points
    Sparing a second today, to be reminded that the will of the people can be overturned by our elected officials as RRS Sir David Attenborough is launched into the River Mersey instead of Boaty McBoatface!
  15. 3 points
    And that’s where my issue lies. They’ve been so hell bent on beating Town and taking players from Town they’ve lost focus of the business side of it and as such deserve what they get. Its easy to get the begging bowl out but why should the normal working man or genuine RL fans have to fund stupidity when the situation was staring them in the face. Issue like that don’t happen over night they happen over time. And once identified they need addressed not ignored as financial problems don’t go away they only get worse.
  16. 3 points
    A 60+ point victory by York at London today.
  17. 3 points
    Doesn't that just depend on whose focus we're talking about? The only difference between Wales, Serbia etc and Toronto Wolfpack is that Wolfpack have the backing to make a professional team a reality, that is Argyle's focus and we as a sport can't exactly tell him where to spend his money. If Munich, Moscow, Dublin or Philadelphia are the next city to 'come from nowhere' like Toronto are we going to say "sorry we can't have this yet, we're still waiting for Wales to find the backing and support for a Championship/Super League team"? I like the sentiment, I agree it would be great to see Wales, Serbia doing well and France with a 3-4 clubs in SL/Championship but they have to run their own race, it shouldn't be one or the other.
  18. 3 points
    Just enjoy the game and try and be positive.
  19. 3 points
    Imagine the English FA putting out press releases about their vision of future soccer internationals. Or the NZRU doing the same in their code. Am I the only one who gets embarrassed by the antics within RL, especially the current power grab by the NRL?
  20. 3 points
    3 full coaches, plus a couple of Mini buses from Halifax going down to London, despite the early kick off. Should be a good 250 to 300 Fax fans going to London by all accounts. The Supporters Group LS28 has arrange free travel on 2 Coaches and paying for the team to stay overnight on Saturday in London. That alone is 2500 pounds. LS28 also made possible the signing of a couple of players recently. And the Supporters Trust pay for the reserve team to exist and play. Supporters Groups can and should be part of a club, in how it operates in my opinion. By working together, a club can achieve so much on and off the field. The Supporters Groups via volunteers can help clubs in areas they simply dont have the manpower, never mind resources, to promote the Club in the local area.
  21. 3 points
    Always interesting to read these honest views, but he doesn't come across well on his comments on Hetherington and Bradford Bulls. In fact a Director of SLE making an accusation like he does should be challenged. Things like moaning about Visas is embarrassing. Telling people to get back in their box is even worse. He seems like a grade A tool.
  22. 2 points
    MODERATOR:Now then Trueblue,we do not like mentioning finances tut tut...?
  23. 2 points
    Am shocked to see Roger showing his legs! Wonder when they last saw the light of day? Very warm, cloudy and sticky here in Toronto, with a hint of rain!
  24. 2 points
    Up the Kneets!!! well done...
  25. 2 points
    You knew fine well that the party leadership were going to go ahead with Brexit regardless of your local MP’s opinion. The fact that he ran a “clear anti-Brexit campaign” is as irrelevant as it was pointless.
  26. 2 points
    The idea that the Repulicans and Trump are not at the heart of the moneyed elite is laughable. In fact its quite embarrassing.
  27. 2 points
    That's what rugby league is all about fan's mixing. Even Roger is letting his hair down.
  28. 2 points
    I was hugely disappointed with our performance last night and make no excuses for our defeat against an exceptionally enthusiastic Keighley team - we lost our way and cohesion in the early stages of what was a scrappy game. However, what was evident from both the Keighley players and fans, was something that is often seen when a club has been going through a period of adversity and that was an energy, bordering on frenzy. The pre-match announcement that an investor had been found and a new club Chairman appointed, clearly buoyed everyone and quite rightly so. A wonderful night all round for Keighley but a sad one, for all from Oldham. The point I'm making is that sometimes, when a young team lacks maturity, circumstances can influence the outcome of a game and that seemed to happen last night, but a different performance next Sunday could well prove the point that we haven't become a poor team overnight, especially if we manage to get some players back after injury. As Dave says 'keep the faith'.
  29. 2 points
    We'll finish the weekend still in third place or at worst fourth if Haven beat Workington. I don't think we're at the struggling stage yet. I'm as disappointed as anyone after that defeat and Scott was furious at full time. We've failed to cement our top three finish and we're now in the mix with four or five other teams hoping for a play-off spot. Hopefully we'll be able to get some bodies back from injury and reassert ourselves. Keep the faith. This post comes courtesy of the glass half full dept.
  30. 2 points
    Which has left us in the ridiculous position of the ref having to give a try because he couldnt see it, the VR then having to give a try because he can't over-rule a ref who didnt see it even though he thinks he knocked on. As i said earlier i understand why it was given, but it just looks a stupid process to get that point. What would be wrong with the VR just making the decision he thinks is best?
  31. 2 points
    All the senior doctors I know would make absolutely terrible managers of people and processes, they spend their entire careers being the arbiter of what is right and what the course of action should be, which is exactly as it should be for a clinical decision. Unfortunately when it comes to dealing with HR issues where the situation is rarely, if ever, clear cut and needs a degree of understanding of an alternate viewpoint they have few skills or experience that would be relevant. It's a nice easy target for the ignorant to aim at, one manager for every 12 nurses...terrible but in reality management is a skill that takes time to acquire. It's often a skill that nurses acquire as part of their working life due to the nature of their role but Orthopaedic Surgeons and Cardiologists? No chance. NHS Managers are as important as the clinical staff. A good one especially so.
  32. 2 points
    5 of the 17 from last night have been regularly playing with the reserves, and one other is on loan from Halifax having spent all season playing for their reserves.
  33. 2 points
    I think it was the RFL imposing a time limit, not Sky. Wood, etc basically told the clubs how much money they'd receive each year, plus the 'signing bonus' if agreed within the time limit, and left all the other information out. The clubs saw the up front £300,000 and went for it, as Wood knew they would. That's why they ended up with a deal where the SL clubs got an increase in central funding, but a big piece of the revenue they generate is now being given to C/L1 clubs. I think the SL clubs get less than 60% of the TV revenue. It took another year for the RFL to finally reveal the financial details in full. That manoeuvring by Wood, orchestrated so that he could get funding to his power base in the Championship and fund his favoured 8s system, is essentially the reason the SL clubs moved against Wood last year and the RFL last month.
  34. 2 points
    Canadian TV companies are probably surprised every SL game isn’t broadcast.
  35. 2 points
    They have otherwise they wouldn’t have been able to play in League 1 or the Championship... smacks of SL clubs being protective.
  36. 2 points
    So Toronto goes into the minuses in February and March, people here are talking as if no game has ever been played in minus temperatures and every game is played in a Sun-filled stadium.
  37. 2 points
    That full back Saints had out has a number over 20 on his back, looks decent though ?
  38. 2 points
    The Aussie 'split' was the result of a fight between 2 broadcasters vying for the TV rights to one of the country's biggest sports, a different scenario entirely.....although I think that some believe that the Uk game is bigger than it actually is. I doubt it'd survive a civil war
  39. 2 points
    What a win from a makeshift Cougars side, in a game where not many (including myself) gave us a chance! The adversity and the players leaving really looks to have brought the remaining team closer together. Couldn't be prouder.
  40. 2 points
    MODERATOR:I cannot see a problem to the post from Marrafan,I thought it was a reasonable question for fair minded rugby league fans to reply to.I notice lately you are very fond of using the word "Troll",Has you and everyone else has been informed it is an open forum and he has every right to put a post on here.Thankyou.....
  41. 2 points
    I ran this through The Babel Fish Translator, "We don't want that bloody idiot Lowes talking to the press".
  42. 2 points
    Are you a man? If so, are you tall? Do you know all the intricacies of Royal protocol? It doesn't take much intelligence or imagination to realise that a big man like trump walking alongside a little elderly lady means difficulties in staying in position. He is supposed to walk slightly behind her. I thought he coped very well given that this is something he has wanted to do for a long time. He must have been thrilled to bits firstly to visit the birthplace of Churchill and then to walk alongside the Queen. He's half British and an anglophile. I hope he has good memories from his trip here and that those good memories will serve us well in the future, for however long he is POTUS.
  43. 2 points
    “The current state of play is that Super League has appointed its own CEO in Robert Elstone, who is at heart, very much a life long rugby league fan,” said Hudgell. “So he understands the game from that perspective, but has been recruited primarily for his commercial and business nous, gained through decades of experience at Premier league football, Sky TV and other places. “From the Super League’s perspective, the dialogue and conversation rests with Robert to articulate our collective views across the game with the RFL and the Championship clubs, who have been very vocal in how they think the game should go forward. “It’s at a delicate stage the negotiation, so it’s not for me to start to articulate detailed views that sit outside the direction of travel agreed between the clubs." And then he goes off on one anyway. Elstone must be tearing his hair out trying to lead this lot anywhere.
  44. 2 points
  45. 2 points
    I can tell you all RogerT is at the st Lawrence market in Toronto trying Canadian food and more importantly Canadian beer..he texted me to tell me this important information! I am meeting him at 7PM tonight at Katana on Bay to get the weekend officially underway!!
  46. 2 points
    Barrow really struggling with injuries, this from the Chairman Steve Neale has sent the following face book message Playing squad update: I wasn't sure if the season could get any worse on the injury front but it has. We picked up more injuries last weekend and topped the list up with some at training last night. We have to register our squad at Noon on a Thursday with the RFL and couldn't foresee the extra problems. If the players don't pull through we are again struggling to fill our bench. We sought special dispensation from the RFL to register players this morning but we were refused. They were sympathetic to our situation but they quoted rules are rules. The new board are learning lessons and, for sure, a lot are from our mistakes, but we will improve because of them. I'm confident we can get through this situation and move forward together
  47. 2 points
    And £6 to get out Think it's going to the charity of #coreysmortgagefund
  48. 2 points
    I may be very wrong but....in the last few weeks Rovers have thrashed Huddersfield who went on to beat Hull and Wigan....demolished Salford scoring 36 points in the first half...and nobody hear dares predict a riot against the bottom team set a drift from the League table.
  49. 2 points
    It’s coming home! Ashes coming home!


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