Methven Hornet

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  1. Stormont looks a decent enough venue when it's all dressed up for an event. 7,000 capacity isn't to be sniffed at. And there's Malahide and Clontarf in Dublin.
  2. I thought it was on the cards for Ireland and Afghanistan.
  3. Didnt north-east clubs play in the York and District, as opposed to the Yorkshire?
  4. Hope the mods don't mind me going off on a slight tangent, but I think you'd be surprised. The name Caledonia Reds is still used for the age-grade district rep sides at u20, u18, u16 levels (ie what used to be North and Midlands District). And a Caledonia Reds senior district side has been revived and have played a few games, most recently against the South in November. This is, of course, from the club game below professional level. As for the professional ranks, the SRU has said that they want a third franchise and that this would most likely be in the Caledonia district. An amusing incident occurred on the lunchtime news on Radio Scotland a while back. The ex Scotland international, John Beattie, now a news presenter, was interviewing the head of Aberdeen Asset Management about an economic issue. At the end he broached the topic of rugby knowing the guy was an ex player. He then 'mugged' the guy by asking would his firm back a revived franchise, perhaps based in Aberdeen. Caught off-guard, he responded enthusiastically and this became the top sports story of the week in Scotland! That was a couple of years ago and there have been no concrete developments, but there was a genuine anger in the north and Midlands when their side was merged with Glasgow. Watch this space.
  5. Just been to WH Smiths in Perth and it wasn't on the shelves. I didn't ask as I didn't realise they might be keeping them back. To be fair that is the first time I haven't been able to buy a copy there - must be the interest from the 4 Nations and/or having a Scottish player on the front cover that has led to it selling out Will download.
  6. As raw as my steak on the night the power supply failed!!!
  7. Were they any good?
  8. Developing Odsal is one of those stories that gets repeated every so many years, like setting up a professional league in the USA or this will be the year England/GB finally beat the Australians in a series. It isn't going to happen, we know it isn't going to happen, even the interested party/parties who want to revive Bradford and generate a few headlines know it isn't going to happen. It won't happen.
  9. Ten pages of dancing around the subject and the issue that is staring everyone in the face hardly (if at all) gets a mention. Rugby League, historically, has been so inept at developing the game that it needs heritage teams to have even the semblance of an international game. Even then, if the Aussies put their minds to it, the result of a tournament is a forgone conclusion with the Kiwis finishing a distant second. And when you get past the eternal third placers, England, what have you got? PNG, who go cold when the temperature dips below equatorial, and France, who fail any challenge put before them. That's right, let's go back to a five nation world cup qualifying series played over a tour cycle (where France may or may not fulfill their fixtures), and a tournament proper that is made up of two teams. The game, after one hundred years plus, has two competitions where its players can make a living, and they are based in northern England and eastern Australasia. Basic thinking will tell you that players who make the grade will have learnt their trade in the vicinity of the professional clubs that make up those competitions. And that any Scots, Irish, Samoan, Tongan, Italian (etc) players who play the game to any standard will be the sons and grandsons of people who migrated there for work. And, to be quite frank, that situation is very unlikely to change, certainly not in this century. So, let's all sit back, enjoy the action and welcome the commitment of those who choose to represent the nations of their forebears. And pretend you are watching the elite of a truly global game.
  10. Shelter Scotland's take on it
  11. Complete and utter testicles. There can be a sense of frustration at times when, for example, second-rate players from the English Championship are included in the national soccer team, but that's more because we've got enough second-rate players playing in our own league. On the question of the Scottish RL team, the people I've spoken to about it, both in person and on social media, are fascinated by the fact that Scotland has a rugby league team, and delighted by the bravery, courage and commitment shown on the field of play. And, yes, they appreciate the reasons why most of the squad are from northern England and eastern Australasia. The zeitgeist of today's Scotland is that if you call Scotland home, whether you are native born, of Scots heritage, or are a 'New Scot' with origins from outwith Scotland, then you are a Scot. After the performances in this 4 nations, I would add another definition: if you are willing to pull on a Scottish RL shirt and put your body on the line for our national side, then you're a Scot.
  12. On the night of possibly the greatest shock in international rugby league - certainly Scotland's greatest achievement - Aberdeen Warriors and Strathmore Silverbacks met in the Scottish League's Grand Final. Aberdeen become 2016 champions with a 44 - 32 win.
  13. And, of course, it wouldn't be anywhere near that figure. Most of the replacement of the UK's net contribution will come from... The UK making a substantial contribution to gain access to the single market (if the Tories ever work out what it is they want).
  14. Just about the most positive development to come out of the Brexit process to date. Sign me up if it happens. European Parliament considers plan to let individual Brits opt-in to keep their EU citizenship
  15. They wouldn't start again. In the event of a tie (270 votes each) the House of Representatives have to choose the president from the three candidates with the largest popular vote, with each state having just one vote. If that doesn't work things then get tricky.