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  1. Maybe last year’s attendance was lower but Catalans winning it brought unprecedented media coverage and interest from outside the game. The RFL should have been able to capitalize on this coverage to great effect (but of course, they haven’t). If they were at all competent they would be doing everything possible to get more international teams into the big matches,not blocking their path. And I’m very sorry but I don’t see how overseas teams should be asked to stump up cash when there are plenty of English teams who would also fail to sell their allocation. i wish all the teams would withdraw from the competition en masse to make a statement
  2. DiH68

    Eddie Hearn Interview

    But darts is virtually a weekly event - the Premier League goes on for a number of weeks involving the same players every week, then when that finishes there are tournaments almost every week. One thing Hearn would very quickly have to get to grips with is the ‘uniqueness’ of the rugby league fan. If he comes in and rides roughshod over the whole sport, and rips the heart out, he’s going to have problems. A lot of RL fans do not like change (as evidenced on this forum!) but they are also some of the most passionate fans of any sport out there (and I mean passion for the sport, rather than for a club). They could make his life a nightmare, but they could also be his biggest asset. Trying to get the fans to buy into his vision and bringing them along for the ride could be his biggest challenge.
  3. I’ve just watched the start of it. The young lads were hardly wading in all guns blazing. They were a bit mouthy and pushing and shoving but I’m pretty sure it was nothing more than bouncers are trained to deal with. There was nothing at all to justify what followed. I suspect they’re all going to be in a lot of trouble
  4. Just want to add that the Tonga-Eng World Cup semi in Auckland was one of, if not the, greatest sporting occasion I have ever attended. Their fans create an atmosphere like nobody else. The more we can involve them, the better
  5. I think if Wolfpack go up you’ll see a lot of SL fans swapping their Catalans/Magic/Wembley weekend for a trip to Toronto. It really does look to be a great experience
  6. DiH68

    CC Media Watch

    Some great reporting there. Just goes to show that, when we do have a really great story, the papers are willing to cover it and do it justice
  7. DiH68

    Wembley Crowd

    I’d be interested to know if the RFL made any attempt to sell this to French tourists. It’s the middle of peak holiday season - how many French people would be holidaying in London this weekend? Thousands, I’d imagine. They could have teamed up with Eurostar, French online booking agents, travel agents, hotels in London, tour groups... offer free/discounted tickets to the French. It should be an easy sell. It’s not like this was Catalans playing at the Broncos - it’s chance for a French club to make history at Wembley Stadium - one of the world’s iconic stadiums. How many French people in London would have seen this reported on TV after the fact and thought ‘Oh I’d love to have gone to that if I’d known it was on’. In many ways this should have been an easier sell in London than two northern English clubs. It had a true international flavor. They could even have sold it to Londoners as the French invaders trying to take our cup away from these shores for the first time ever. Even played on France’s World Cup win in some way. The possibilities were endless. Did the RFL even try?
  8. DiH68

    Tries or Try’s or Trys

    And what of the poor forwards? Why do they not get their own fractions? 😆
  9. DiH68

    Tries or Try’s or Trys

    There is no place for anything with an apostrophe anywhere near this thread 😡 And trys is a made-up word that doesn’t exist. Proper ruined my night has this thread 😡🤣
  10. DiH68

    Wembley Crowd

    You have to remember that ‘back in the day’ the Wembley final was the only really big day out for rugby league fans. There wasn’t even a grand final. Now we have the GF, CC, Magic/Big Bash, trips to Catalans/Toronto/Toulouse, we even had games in Australia this year for Hull, Wigan and Leeds fans, of which thousands travelled. People can’t afford/don’t have the time to do everything so they are picking and choosing. Some years they might do Wembley, other years they might swap that for one of the other events. So it’s highly unlikely we’ll regularly get the kind of huge attendances we once got
  11. I don’t understand a yellow card in those circumstances. It’s either round the head and dangerous, which is a red, or it’s not, in which case it should be no card
  12. But what would be the financial benefit to Thunder? They get around 5000 for a game at home on the Friday night - would playing at Magic generate the same revenue (not just the crowd but bar takings etc). I’m not sure how Magic is split between the teams financially
  13. They’ve been really positive. Mal Meninga is clearly a huge fan of the international game and seems genuinely excited by this. There have been no criticisms, no sly digs - I suspect they’re secretly disappointed the Aussies are not involved!