Yakstorm

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  1. Not really, but Shane Richardson has always been open to supporting international Rugby League and previously the Rabbitohs have done some small partnership stuff with the Czech Republic. Smart move this one by the Rabbitohs. Minimal effort at all from them, however if suddenly a star is found, or it takes off, then they are best placed to take advantage of it. Also generates some good will and possibly an international membership or two for them as well.
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    Sheffield's "Stadium"

    The ground has clearly been designed to make it as cost effective as possible to add additional seating / etc, if needed, which is great for Sheffield if they can continue to grow as a club. Just need construction to start ASAP...
  3. So correct me if I'm wrong, but Liverpool Stanley / Huyton / Runcorn Highfield was our last attempt at establishing a professional Rugby League side in Liverpool right? If so, that was almost 30 years ago when that club left for St Helens (91 being their last season). Now that club certainly didn't have a millionaire backer or its own ground, plus a lot has changed since the late 80s / early 90s, so isn't it a bit premature to say this newly proposed club (which may never see the light of day) will fail because we failed in the past? I have no doubt that it will be challenging, especially based upon feedback from forum members who live(d) in Liverpool and their perception about 'scousers', but at the same time it doesn't feel like we have ever really done much to try and win that market over. The reality is, and as some have already said, a presence in Liverpool, and any other major centre, would do a lot of good for the sport. Imagine if it was even a little bit successful, there are a lot of instant rivalries with such a club.
  4. The previous highest crowd the Broncos have had at Trailfinders is 1,845, so relative to that, Sunday's crowd is at least heading in the right direction. Next target for London has to be to break the ground record of 2,278 and try to find a way to keep their crowds in the 2K+ for the rest of the season.
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    2019 kits (Merged Threads)

    It is definitely a better execution of the triple V than the Dragons away jersey.
  6. 2,149 was the crowd announced for the Broncos v Wakefield match.
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    TV games and full stadia

    It definitely helps add to the overall presentation of the event, all three matches have looked good on TV from a crowd perspective, with Warrington being the standout. For the likes of Huddersfield, Salford, etc, SL, Sky need to work on better filling the TV arc. Whether this involves having to move members or give away freebies isn't ideal, but if it helps move the needle on viewership, then it should be seriously considered.
  8. Completely agree. Honestly the WCS was one of the worse things that was added to the WCC concept. It simply added a bunch of irrelevant fixtures to the overall event which made it easier for its detractors to pull it apart. The significant turnover of players both Wigan and Leeds had prior to playing their respective fixtures in Australia didn't help either.
  9. Getting the matches onto Sky Sports Mix was also a key move. For a competition trying to change its image, it has at least started the right way.
  10. I feel everyone is reading into this a little too much. Firstly the Melbourne All Stars date was locked in back in 2017 when the NRL did a deal with the Victorian Government for Origin, All Stars, Test Matches (they have Aus v NZ this year) and even a caveat for WCC matches, so arguably the clash is more the fault of Wigan and the Roosters than the NRL. Secondly, the Roosters have shown since the WCC has come back that they take this event seriously. Even under Ricky Stuart, the Roosters have always given the event respect both in Aus and the UK. Latrel is the only player who has pulled out and honestly based upon his Indigenous heritage, how can you fault him? We respected the English players when they went to Denver despite their NRL clubs not wanting them to, because they clearly valued representing their nation. Latrel is simply wanting to represent his people and his culture and he should be empowered to do so. At no stage does he say the WCC is a waste of time.
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    SL trophy name

    Not sure the value in changing the Trophy, whilst the S used on the Trophy is no longer the S used in the competition logo, after 20+ years, there is a history and identity to the Super League Trophy, and from a branding perspective, I think you'd find there is quite strong recognition of what sport the trophy is for, even outside of League fans. Adding a players name to the Trophy, I am for however, simply because as the NRL and RLWC showed, it is the type of thing that generates easy press come Finals time. For the NRL, they will wheel out Provan and Summons whenever they can come Finals time, because they become pseudo ambassadors for the Grand Final, whilst the press like it because the story of 'Provan Summons' is something they can re-use on a near annual basis. Picking a player(s) to name it after will generate conversation, attention and generate coverage, both in the initial year, and years after.
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    2019 kits (Merged Threads)

    You can see the front of the home jersey on this one... sponsor isn't much easier to read.
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    2019 kits (Merged Threads)

    Toulouse Home Jersey
  14. With the Wolfpack coverage on Sky, I wouldn't be surprised if it will be similar to when Catalans home games are shown (ie. Feed provided by Wolfpack, with Sky adding their own Commentary and Supers over the top) A lot of Sky's talent are on annual salaries, so to Sky getting them to effectively dub another match (especially if they are get the feed for free / cheap) actually makes good financial sense for them as it reduces their talent's cost per game. Anyway, positive news all round, more coverage, regardless of the medium is a positive. Wolfpack on Sky = bigger numbers than what they got on Premier, whilst Championship on OurLeague is a good improvement from none. I guess just some questions with the arrangement, will Sky still show the Summer Bash? And is the streaming of Championship capped? For the later, if not, the RFL should be approaching all clubs in the Championship or L1 to see if any want to underwrite or contribute to regular streaming.