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  1. I understood what you meant, I just thought I'd add to it as this is a very simple thing to do. I was working in Scotland recently and a colleague had tickets for the Scotland v South Africa game, he said he always bought through his club.
  2. In the past the RFL just seemed to have set the date and hoped that everyone would turn up and, for the large part, that has worked up until recent years. Maybe, just maybe the penny has dropped and they have realised that they have to work to get customers, here's hoping there are a few more initiatives to be announced. One I'd like to see is using the clubs, and I mean all clubs, as ticket agents where they can make a commission of say 15-20%. I know they did this with the Grand Final for a while as we got tickets from my mates local club to help them out a little, we got the worst seats in Old Trafford. If they are going to do it let the clubs sell any tickets they can, maybe the top price bracket excepted, as after all the money stays in the game
  3. Yeah mine too, could never understand why, with trips organised by amateur clubs seemingly in demise, the RFL didn't step in a sort this kind of thing earlier. There must also be a market for doing a deal with a hotel chain for those who maybe want to stay over 1 or 2 nights.
  4. Just been on the RFL website to check availability of the block we want in club Wembley and noticed that hospitality can be booked on the website this year. They have also partnered with Nation Express so you can also book a ticket and travel with pick up points in Bradford, Hull, Leeds,, Leigh, Salford, St Helens, Warrington, Widnes and Wigan. It also says that if you want a different pick up point then to let them know and if there is sufficient demand then this can be arranged. Giving people more options and making it easier to get there surely must be a step in the right direction, with the issues surrounding travel in previous years hopefully this will encourage a few, as the saying goes - every little helps
  5. Cumbrian Fanatic

    2021 World Cup Format

    It could be argued that way but that's not my recollection that was how Ireland felt, my recollection is that they felt hard done by. It COULD be argued that Scotland didn't try in their first 2 games of the 2017 world cup (not an opinion I hold btw) as they knew they only needed to win the last game to go through so they saved everything for that. Under the new format all teams will need to win 2 games (or win 1 and draw 1 at the very least) to go through. That means a pot 3 nation has to beat a pot 1 or, more likely a pot 2 team to go through, which is something that is a very realistic possibility
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    2021 World Cup Format

    Better off thinking of it as seeds, Pot 1 = Seeded 1 for each of those teams in their respective groups
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    2021 World Cup Format

    Just looked it up to check my memory was correct, under the old format: England win 2 group games and go through Lebanon win 1 group game and go through New Zealand win 2 group games and go through Samoa win 0 group games (1 draw) and go through Ireland win 2 group games but do not go through I believe that does a greater disservice to our game than blow out scores and makes the case for moving to the new system, it's not about copying other sports it's about fairness and allowing teams to progress to the next stage based on equal criteria. Yes we will probably see some big blow outs in the group games but I believe we can move past that as it goes into the knock out phase.
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    2021 World Cup Format

    But 2 of them can and they accounted for 140k of the 450k attendees, that means we have 44k to make up on the missing game which, lets not forget was a double header
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    2021 World Cup Format

    That's exactly how I read it
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    2021 World Cup Format Four Groups of 4 with 2 to go through from each group Pot 1: England, Australia, New Zealand an Tonga Pot 2: Lebanon, Samoa, PNG and Fiji Pot 3: France, Wales plus 6 others Looks like they are moving this away from a skewed draw where its fixed England and Australia play in the first game. I must say I was hoping this would happen, makes it more conventional and gives all the Pot 2 and 3 nations a real chance of making the Q/F
  12. No What I meant was it would be a new competition for those not in SL in addition to the challenge cup rather than instead of, so the new competition would include Championship and League 1 clubs and the Challenge Cup would remain as it is.
  13. I like the idea, I've wondered in the past why they haven't done this and there is no reason why it should be limited to only 4 league 1 clubs, just have a couple of preliminary rounds to get the numbers down to 4 before the Championship clubs join the competition. A few potential benefits could be Gives clubs and supporters who are likely to make the Challenge Cup Final a big day out. A potential boost to Challenge Cup Final crowd, ok this may just be a few thousand but so what Hopefully persuade the BBC to televise it ahead of the Cup Final giving the Championship some much needed exposure. Gives those in League 1 who are struggling to fill the season at least and extra game. Can be used as an expansion tool for those, either abroad or at home, hoping to join League 1 as a testing ground to see where they are. Just to be clear I'd like to see this as an extra competition in addition to the Challenge cup, not a separate competition for those not in SL
  14. New Zealand's best game allied to England worst, we were decent for 30 minutes but pretty poor after that. I think this may have been the game where injuries caught up with England as we had no impact off the bench so we become much weaker when changes were made. 0-34 is disappointing but I'd have taken a 2-1 series win before the start
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    Whinging Aussies just don't get it

    Can you please explain it to Brad Fittler and Greg Alexander then. Thanks