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  1. Absolutely. Why are we having brands owned by large multinationals as sponsors when we COULD instead target small local businesses? I am with you on this one, comrade - the last thing this sport needs is positivity around sponsorship deals. How about Wakefield being sponsored by a dog grooming shop? Is that one "local" enough for you, or would you prefer something smaller?
  2. Apologies to take this slightly off topic, but I thought that Colomiers play in Colomiers, at a bigger stadium (approx 11k)? The stadium in Blagnac is a lot smaller, and used by the Blagnac union team who play in the Federale league - no? I understood that T.O. were playing in the stadium at Blagnac (small ground) due to the Minimes being unavailable due to construction.
  3. This isn't correct in this instance though. While it may work in the south of England (or wherever) it certainly is not the case in Russia. The sport in Russia 'crossed codes' wholesale to union a few years ago. Simply gave up RL and started playing union. The Russia women's national team actually did very well in the 2008 world cup - they beat France (and I think Tonga in a warm up game) but switched entirely to union just after the tournament. Women's union in russia is now purely sevens, since the sport gained olympic status. IM2 mentions playing in Kazan, but 'world rugby' went in there in 2014 and targetted it as a developmdng area fof union (Tatarstan). Rugby League to my knowledge is dead there now. Around the time skolars played there, the city hosted a student european championship (2001ish?) and RL World covered the tournament with a great article, it was watched by massive crowds. Union has effectively wiped out RL in Russia (certainly the women's game) so please don't post stuff about how great it is that union clubs are offering a bit of off-season RL.
  4. I wonder what he would have made of the 'Stobart' sponsorship deal?
  5. One thing that Barry Hearn did VERY well with darts is that he realised what products advertisers would sell to the darts TV market.Darts on 'pay TV' seemed ridiculous, but Hearn Sr realised (his words) that there was a big audience sitting on their couches waiting to be sold beer and cars. He then targeted those companies to advertise during the darts. For me, RL has really been sold short with regard to advertisers and sponsors. There are a lot of people who watch the sport, and they fit into a certain (fairly broad) demographic which should be a target for a certain type of advertiser/sponsor. Hearn was superb at packaging up the PDC darts (and the matchroom league snooker before it... Same principle) and then selling it to advertisers. If RL could take anything from the darts it would be IMO to adopt a similar strategy in conjunction with their broadcast partner. B Hearn spoke at the Scottish Football Association conference a couple of years ago. His speech was incredibly on point, and quite damning of the way the SFA run football. As a Scotsman I have often thought that RL and Scottish Football are broadly similar. Community-based, with a far bigger competitor locally able to steal their best players. Attendances are roughly similar (2 big Scottish teams are outliers), Sky broadcast games but no real magazine show etc, localised media, radio etc provide good coverage of both. Hearn's address is covered here. The SFA ignored it, and learned nothing. RL could apply a lot of it - especially around building/packaging a brand. http://www.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearn-stuns-sfa-with-attack-on-scottish-football-1-3624056
  6. Interesting. Just one tiny piece of advice re your post: Calm down.
  7. Right.... where is he from? And he would he qualify to get into the UK to play part time sport? Kolpak? Seriously - you said I was clueless, but how would these clubs sign guys from the US (for example) to play part time RL for a couple of hundred quid a week? But yeah... if I am "clueless" let's revisit in 6 months and see how many of these guys have actually appeared for other clubs in the UK. I am pretty confident it will be no more than 1. Still, you figure you know what you are talking about, so let's see if I am proved wrong.
  8. Fair point Copa. A lot of the Wolfpack guys are RL novices though. Guys who go out to Oz are usually active players looking to kick on with their game. Point taken though!
  9. Right. You know League 1 is not a professional competition (and neither is 75% of the Championship) right?Why on earth would someone relocate from Canada or the US to sign for Hunslet, or to play on a public park for Oxford? To realise a lifelong dream, aye? Wolfpack are a professional club offering an opportunity to live like a pro athlete and train/play sport for a living. Almost every other club in these two leagues trains two nights a week on a muddy park somewhere, and pays less money than mid tier Rugby union. I cannot see many Americans or Canadians being tempted halfway across the world by the lure of a 'contract' at Hemel or Keighley.
  10. This forum has been pretty depressing of late - with a lot of material (correctly) discussing the poor state of the sport. This thread is the complete opposite to that - sounds like a great day at Brighouse (where is that incidentally?) An extension to the game's professional base, and a new professional pathway outside of the 4 existing nations. Great to see. I will look for a report or video footage from the game. Wish I had been there.
  11. Why does it have to?
  12. Wow - last season spent playing on a roped off university field, and next season they are going to see a further decline in standards... by playing at Wakefield Trinity - a "stadium" that was recently up for sale for roughly the price of 2 houses in a decent part of the country. (And still Wakefield's "fanbase" refused to chip in and buy it). Desperate stuff.
  13. Maybe we could a NZ Maori team in as well. We could make up a story about them representing the Maori "Nation" - so kind of being like a country. It would not be embarrassing at all.
  14. I know that field well - have played on it a couple of times. Good to see a new nation taking up the game. Union is in disarray in Bulgaria compared to where it once was - RL could easily find a small niche there.
  15. I remember it. Jersey had purple trim - was around 2002ish I think. I am a bit of a jersey geek so it stuck in my mind. (Maybe vs Scotland in Lezignan 2001?)