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  1. 20 points
    With maths like that, you can see why they might have trouble with the accounts.
  2. 18 points
    Quoting NRL coaches is a mystery to me, as if they will ever find anything positive to say. On the other hand, I'm interested in what Jason Moore has to say: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/league/rugby-league-arrived-in-north-america-promoter-calls-more-tests-after-kiwis-clash "The main thing was to showcase the game to a as many people as we could in this market. "Yes there is room for improvement, yes we can do things better next time and we will but this is the first step in a journey. Rugby league has now arrived in North America. "The most important thing for us is that do it again and again and again. This is just the beginning."
  3. 16 points
    Just left the stadium, great day, good game and the locals seemed to like it. 19k sounds low, the crowd was big and loud on the camera side. If you weren’t at the game, frankly you aren’t qualified to comment on the atmosphere. I don’t see any negatives to this experience. Whitehead immense Connor international class without a doubt and nice to see him just play and be able to support him. Cut out the club leve BS and he could be an England legend. Makinson brilliant, really pleased for him. lomax should retire. Jury out on ratchford
  4. 16 points
    Cracking weekend of SL action. A draw, two one-point victories, a two-point victory, a four-point victory. And Salford-Widnes let the side down slightly with a 14-point margin of victory. Bravo. It's an exciting league this year: top, bottom and middle.
  5. 14 points
    They could have had an Aussie but he needed to fly out in April and he needs two weeks recovery after landing back in Sydney.
  6. 14 points
    Another 3 hopefuls sign pro contracts (2 years). wing Robin Brochon , centre Louis Carré and forward Hugo Salabio. The three teenagers will aligne with St Esteve XIII Catalan next season in Elite 1. In total now 9 young players signed up along with Mourgue,Valhein, Laguerre Le Cam, Bled and Rouge signed earlier. Interestingly that all three newcomers come from the National 1 club St Martin de Cru. The Provence conveyer belts rolls-on 5 from that region here. All these players quoted will be part of the French U19s squad heading for Serbia in August for the European Championships.
  7. 13 points
    I slipped and stubbed my toe, what opportunities will this open up for Kabbadi in Ukraine?
  8. 13 points
    England's first 20 minutes was very poor and a more experienced New Zealand may have put us to the sword. I questioned the decision to run with 2 backs on the bench, but the introduction of Makinson and Connor clearly gave us a boost. I've never been too convinced on Ratchford or Widdop, but both played well, with Widdop carrying on with his good form from the World Cup. I thought we were pretty solid throughout, although Lomax did struggle. That may have been something to do with his heavy challenge early on, but he's never really set the international scene alight. Whitehead was our best player and caused New Zealand trouble throughout. The second half was a joy to watch and we played some great rugby. It's been a while since we've dominated a New Zealand side in such a manner. Yes, the New Zealand side isn't at their best, but a fine achievement regardless. Is this the first time that we have beaten New Zealand outside the UK? As for the occasion, a 19,000 crowd is good, but it did look a little lost in a stadium of that size. The organisers could have been a little smarter and ensured that the camera-facing side was full at first. It's a start. But often with rugby league, when we make a start it is often the end. In 2013, we drew a near full-house in Bristol for USA vs Cook Islands, on a cold weekday evening. This for two of the lowest-ranking countries in the World Cup, and one country that many probably hadn't even heard of! But to date, a professional game of rugby league hasn't been played in the city again. Anyone who wanted to see another professional match from Bristol would have had to travel a long way to do so. We drew a 67,000 crowd at Wembley for the semi-final of the same tournament. Do we go back the next year? No, instead we don't play an international in London for 2 years, and only play 2 internationals in London from December 2013 - Autumn 2020. Same applies to Coventry in 2016. I think a crowd in Coventry, Bristol or London would appreciate a routine England win over a side like France far more than a Leigh crowd. We can't allow this to happen with the USA. We have laid the foundations, let's build on it. In the meantime, we need a sell-out series against New Zealand this autumn, to establish a mid-season international calendar and to start to prioritise the international game over club or county level matches.
  9. 13 points
  10. 13 points
    Just looks like any number of any NRL matches that you see in Sydney then
  11. 12 points
    This is something to bear in mind next time you think about berating Australia for their lack of commitment to the international game. England treat the international game exactly the same, in proportion to their strength. Australia treat every nation below them with contempt and so do England.
  12. 12 points
    Of all the crazy ideas I've heard mooted in RL over the past 25 years, choosing to revert to semi-pro status in a bid to even the competition and revive near-defunct clubs is just about the most insane.
  13. 12 points
    Nice kit, nice occasion, nice crowd, nice performance. International RL is just too good to hide away for 11 months of the year. Great showing from England.
  14. 11 points
    Announced crowd won’t have reflected what was actually in attendance but that’s the same for every club when accounting for non attending season ticket holders and the like. Would say there was certainly 4,000 there and a crazy mix of demographic. Loved every second of it. Every club should be making the most of each visit and soaking up anything they can learn from the off field stuff. Amazing experience and great to speak to so many Canadians who are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about our game.
  15. 11 points
    Whatever is happening...long may it continue 😎
  16. 11 points
    The premier league somehow manages to cope with the African nations taking their players for 2 months but the NRL ubermenschen can't go to Denver for a week. They are embarrassing themselves
  17. 11 points
    Teaching RU players to pass and run good lines doesn't sound like easy work to me at all. If he can do that successfully, he deserves every penny he can prise out of the tight buggers.
  18. 11 points
    Me too. Came over to Toronto to watch Cov Bears and that experience inspired me to come here for today's game. I missed half the action from explaining the previous moves to American first timers but didn't mind because of the fantastic atmosphere and the occasion. Still surprised that nobody I've talked to away from the game even knew it was going on but then it's a big city and it's not yet a big sport over here. From tiny acorns etc and so forth.... I'm calling it a great success. Was a really entertaining game and much appreciated by the crowd around me.
  19. 11 points
    It’s nice to see plenty of cars with England flags driving around, in support of this game.
  20. 11 points
    Our A team is 90% Welsh, and last week one of the A team players signed for the first team, hopefully the first of many. https://northwalescrusaders.co.uk/crusaders-sign-davies-reserves/ This is the same North Wales Crusaders A team that has provided 3 players for the Wales Under 19s training squad. http://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/article/16381/wales-under--name--man-training-squad The club runs Under 18s, Under 16s, Under 12s and a wheelchair team, all of which are made up almost entirely of local Welsh talent. Not bad for a League 1 club which was on it's knees just 2 years ago. We have huge admiration here for West Wales Raiders, and I'm sure that in time their efforts will be rewarded. However, here in Wrexham we have to take a different approach. The lads from Widnes, Warrington and St Helens who represent our club are proud to wear the shirt, and proud to be bringing the sport they love to a new area. They might not be Welsh, but they are local, and helping to inspire the young Welsh players who hope to take their place one day.
  21. 10 points
    Common consensus early doors was he had proved a disastrous appointment (myself included). Hard to come to the same conclusion now. If we criticised him for when they were doing badly, surely he deserves a lot of credit now they are winning regularly.
  22. 10 points
    Happy Canada Day to the many Canadians on the forum. Long may you stay and continue to enjoy the game.
  23. 10 points
    Really good to read the poaitives from those who were there. It was a great test match with an interesting backdrop. There is so much more that could be better though - get next year confirmed now. The announced attendance was around 50% of stated target, but I think big enough to gey excited about potential. With 12 months notice id hope they could sell more tickets, get some partners, have a better seating plan. Some will see it all as negative, but almost 20k in RL terms is pretty good, we should focus on that and not the 50 odd k empty seats. Lets go again and double that crowd. Then go again. And again.
  24. 10 points
    The moaners are eager to decry a sparse attendance. Screw 'em. If this fixture happens again next year and the attendance drops, that's a failure. What we saw today was not a triumph, not a disaster, but a decent marker for Moore Sports' ambitions.And a pretty good game.
  25. 10 points
    I don’t think AC really believes WWR will win at Keighley but good on him for backing his team. He certainly doesn’t deserve to be shot down the way he is sometimes.

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