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About Cardiff Cymru

  • Birthday 12/24/1971

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  1. Can Rugby League ever succeed in Wales?

    There are always players like these lads. It's great that we have players signing for Championship clubs, we just need more to get into Super League. Marcus Webb, from the same year group as these lads, has just signed for Swinton Lions. West Wales Raiders new squad is so far (15 players announced) mainly Welsh born. All still ticking over.
  2. Can Rugby League ever succeed in Wales?

    Lots of reasons. In the early days it was travel and lack of money to travel. The early clubs had less money than those in the north as the NU had only budgeted for two Welsh clubs so it had to be shared around. In recent years there has been media prejudice and there's the fact that RU is steeped in culture. You couldn't play RL and RU grounds pre-1995 either. As for players, there's always the chance of a WRU cap which is most players' goal and RL doesn't have the greatest international game and Welsh RU players always got their own form of broken time payments be it free beer, paid time off by their place of work in return for that company advertising at the grounds (just another way of payment really) or "boot money". With all of this, plus the backing of the public over an alien game one could as how could RL succeed in Wales? It is the way it is as someone often tells me and there are lots of people trying to make it work simply because they enjoy watching and or playing the game. Pointless articles which read like a poorly researched minute section of a dissertation (i.e. no conclusion, references etc) don't help.
  3. Can Rugby League ever succeed in Wales?

    This is possibly one of the most negative articles written on the Welsh game. Was the writer determined to write something negative about a non traditional Rugby League area? Yes many of the facts are correct, at least we believe they are correct, especially about the early years but this article is so imbalanced, is without a satisfactory conclusion and has a number of inaccuracies. For a start, yes there are many negatives but there are plenty of positives right now in Wales like the continuation of junior development, the 20 plus lads in Super League acadamies, the success at schools level with Cardiff's Glantaf school only ever losing one game in three years (same lads from year 7-9 now in year 10) and never being outscored on tries and the production of our own players for the full Wales side, lots more than Scotland and Ireland for example. The Crusaders "disaster" produced tons of Welsh players and it was because of their work that we actually have a Wales side full of Welsh born players who won the European Championship two years ago. Wales' current failings as a nation is we don't have enough Super League players, something addressed in a statement by WRL recently which the writer has ignored. Talking about the South Wales 1996 side, he said "the first home game played at Aberavon on 31 March 1996 attracted just 1,876 spectators" - In that 1996 Division Two season, it was one of the highest crowds - more than any crowd at Barrow, Bramley, Carlisle, Chorley, Doncaster, Prescot and York. In fact it was the league's seventh highest attendance of the season. It's League 1 level, not Super League and again the writer was looking for a negative where there wasn't one. Plus this club held a successful double header at Cardiff Arms Park with South Wales v Carlisle being played before St Helens v Sheffield and attracting 6,708 fans. This was the 1996 season too, not 1995-96 and the club were given a Super League franchise for 1997 pending acceptance from the then current SL clubs. The clubs decided not to admit South Wales despite a solid business plan so there was a set-back. The South Wales club legacy became Cardiff Demons which created the strong community set up in the south which has produced a number of Welsh international players, again ignored by the writer. He states the Scorpions' attendances "did not improve" after getting over 500 to their first ever game, a win over Workington Town. Well research again shows that they got 625 for the next game which was against London Skolars, 798 v Hunslet, 625 v Oldham, 623 v Blackpool and 890 v Swinton. Average attendance for 2010 was 631 as the Scorpions reached the play-offs and their coach Anthony Seibold, now head coach at South Sydney Rabbitohs, won Coach of the Year. Well promoted on the road games in Cardiff in future seasons produced crowds of 1025 and 925. There's even the headings - Crusaders were obviously not "The Last Stand" as clubs are still going. He finalises with "Will Wales Ever Succeed?" without even an attempt to answer it properly. Plus there are no mentions of North Wales Crusaders' promotion years and their League 1 Cup and Northern Rail Bowl wins as well as their successful attempts to produce high attendances, amongst the best in League 1 as well as their outstanding travelling support. Yes we all know there are and always have been issues in Wales and people always look to address them, just like in many areas of the north of England which I won't name now. But we've developed players like Regan Grace who started in the acadamies in South Wales aged 13, and those like Ben Flower, Gil Dudson, Lloyd White, Elliot Kear etc who also came through local youth sides. The article is imbalanced, looking for negatives and inaccurate in places which is my issue. It needed positives and paragraphs about the many successes happening in the country right now. The fact that it didn't, makes it a very poor piece of work.
  4. Wales' Golden Generation?

    England normally bring a younger side down to face Wales. The last 14 times they did that they won. This time they didn't. That's the big story. That plus the Welsh community club players were outstanding against Super League trained players.
  5. Reading League Express today, this is my prediction of how things will pan out. Named up in North Queensland are Scotland, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and USA. They will probably make up five teams from the two three team groups with one European qualifier. Perhaps the other European qualifier in the double header mentioned is actually Scotland. Then we've two four team groups. If reports are correct then it's England, Australia and Lebanon and they will have to be joined by Papua New Guinea who will host all three in Port Moresby. Other games to be played as stated in Melbourne and Sydney. That leaves New Zealand hosting a group with France and two European qualifiers. GROUP A Australia England Lebanon Papua New Guinea GROUP B New Zealand France European Qualifier European Qualifier GROUP C Scotland Tonga Samoa GROUP D Fiji USA European Qualifier There again, I'm probably completely wrong.
  6. Paris shootings

    A Simon Cooper was interviewed on the BBC about it in the last hour. He was at France v Germany. I wonder if that's our Simon Cooper, who's on this board, the guy who's one of the RL Deutschland organisers?
  7. By my reckoning it is. I think Southend v Huddersfield was the previous record - I also know that if the clubs don't declare the crowd, the media rep at the ground does it for them.
  8. A bit of hope in Wales?

    Scorpions are going through a rough time right now, no doubt about it. A win against Oxford may have helped a bit but that wasn't to be. Whilst all the problems can't be solved straight away, everyone needs to stick together to make it all work in South Wales. Chris Thair from WRL has this morning asked for a statement to be posted on the Scorpions forum to explain a number of issues and hopefully that'll help matters. It's fantastic to see the Conference South and indeed Welsh Conference teams doing well. Valley Cougars continue to lead on player quality and they're top of that league right now having only lost one game, to fellow Welsh side, The Raiders, in their first game of the season (and they were dreadful that day). Torfaen are doing so well on and off the field too and have a great connection with the Scorpions too and are regular supporters of the club. I speak to their chairman regularly. Like Gateshead had a massive downturn in fortunes for a number of years, it's now our turn in South Wales. But they survived and are now stronger. Hopefully the same can happen with South Wales.
  9. I know it's a sell-out but does anyone have one spare ticket they can sell me at cover price please? PM me if you can. Sorry to mods if this sort of appeal isn't allowed. Thanks.
  10. Everyone at Wales Rugby League is devastated to hear about the passing of former Celtic Crusaders, Aberavon Fighting Irish, Bridgend Blue Bulls, Wales and Wales Dragonhearts winger Paul Morgan, aged 40 following a short illness. A full obituary will appear on the WRL and Scorpions websites very soon. RIP Paul. He was a good friend of mine, very sad news. First Celtic Crusaders first team member to leave us.
  11. News here -
  12. South Wales Scorpions season review and Try of the Year. On the club's Facebook now here - Please watch and vote. All welcome.
  13. This is just a query. I've found a Thomas Bosc playing rugby union for Perpignan. This was on the same day, albeit six hours before, a Catalans v Hull KR match in the same city. Bosc played just nine minutes for USAP and didn't ever play again. There's no record of a date of birth for him on the rugby union records either. Does anyone remember if this was "our" Thomas Bosc that came on for USAP in some kind of publicity thing? It seems extremely unlikely but very coincidental none the same.
  14. This is just a query. I've found a Thomas Bosc playing rugby union for Perpignan. This was on the same day, albeit six hours before, a Catalans v Hull KR match in the same city. Bosc played just nine minutes for USAP and didn't ever play again. There's no record of a date of birth for him on the rugby union records either. Does anyone remember if this was "our" Thomas Bosc that came on for USAP in some kind of publicity thing? It seems extremely unlikely but very coincidental none the same.
  15. Does that mean Hemel are more traditional than Sheffield as they're four years older? Or does "traditional" mean "Sheffield and further north but south of Gateshead?"