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  1. I complained to the BBC about this at the time. Two weeks later they sent this reply: Thanks for getting in touch about the Rugby League link in the top navigation of the BBC Sport website. The reason Rugby League has been moved to the second level of navigation outside the UK is as a result of analysing almost two years' worth of audience data. For example, our Rugby League page is not in the top 10 most visited BBC Sport pages outside the UK. And in a global survey in which our audience were asked which sports they most liked to read about on the BBC Sport website, Rugby League was 13th. Rugby League is also the sport most removed by users in our customised mobile app navigation. That same research tells us that Cycling is the sport our international audience are most interested in after Football, Cricket, Tennis, Formula 1, Rugby Union, Golf and Athletics. For that reason, Cycling has been added to the top navigation. BBC Sport is committed to coverage of Rugby League on all its platforms as the recent World Cup showed. BBC were the rights holders of the Rugby League World Cup in the UK. We continue to cover international rugby league, the Super League and the Challenge Cup online. In the UK, the BBC airs Super League highlights and live Challenge Cup games on TV and radio. Rugby League is still very easy to find on the BBC Sport website in the 'More Sport' fly-out menu and will be regularly promoted on the BBC Sport homepage. Regards, BBC Sport
  2. The only problem with his hypothesis, that the Canadians basically invented many RL rules, is that the poster believes that the touring side from Canada played St Helens of the NU, when they actually played Swansea RU at their St Helens ground.
  3. There were a few articles on West Papua some months back:
  4. World Cup Crowds

    In the 1950s the Sydney Tests against GB and France all had huge crowds in excess of 60,000. This at a time when club football attendances were considerably lower.
  5. Steve Rea was a Barrow fan in that. The only thing I remember about the series is him fantasizing about scoring for Great Britain after taking a pass from Joe Lydon.
  6. Jack and Vera's son Terry used to play RL although it was rarely mentioned. They had a photo of him on the mantelpiece in his chevron jersey.
  7. I vaguely recall the Barry Rutter character singing 'Red, Red Robin' when he finds out that Rovers had won.
  8. I always remember rugby league being mentioned in 'Murphy's Mob', the Children's football series, in the early eighties. Janet Fielding, later famous as Tegan in Doctor Who and here playing Mac Murphy's niece from Sydney, defends rugby league. About min 4.40 in this not too great quality clip:
  9. Springer does seem to be in now : Le groupe : Bastien ADER – TO Olivier ARNAUD – Avignon Jason BAITIERI – Dragons William BARTHAU – London Broncos Guillaume BONNET – Lézignan John BOUDEBZA – London Broncos Julian BOUSQUET – Dragons Clément BOYER – TO Windy BUCHE – Lézignan Bastien CANET – TO Damien CARDACE – Lézignan Rémi CASTY – Dragons Vincent DUPORT – Dragons Théo FAGES – St Helens Stan ROBIN – TO Ben GARCIA – Dragons Tony GIGOT – Dragons Maxime HEROLD – Limoux Benjamin JULLIEN – Warrington Kevin LARROYER – Castleford Thibaud MARGALET – Dragons Rémy MARGINET – Sheffield Antoni MARIA – Leigh Hakim MILOUDI – Carcassonne Kuni MINGA – TO Romain NAVARETTE – Wigan Eloi PELISSIER – Leigh Arthur ROMANO – St Estève-XIII Catalan Mickaël ROUCH – Limoux Mickaël SIMON – Dragons Gadwin SPRINGER – Castleford Fouad YAHA – Dragons
  10. Contributions for Adam's family can be made here:
  11. O Hortaleza held a round robin nines tournament a couple of years back, with Griffons, Custodians and a Valencian side. It is a tidy ground and a large number of kids were there after playing junior union. Being close to the Lycee Francaise, the area has a good few sides and the Lycee pushes union a far bit. I have to admit that I forget to check the website for games and missed the Origin match. I would imagine that no more games will take place now until the Autumn.
  12. Any sport besides soccer is difficult here. As you have pointed out, fields are hard to come by and any with rugby posts are controlled by union clubs. They will not be able to make much impact until they can get kids playing. Touch is one possibility, but that is controlled by union in Spain. Union has been around for years and has not made a huge impact, but to be fair the Spanish RL people have made pretty good progress considering that they have started from scratch.
  13. the 1982 cc final replay elland rd

    The picture quality was not great although I should have noticed the lack of hair, Prendiville having a fair bit less.
  14. the 1982 cc final replay elland rd

    Interesting to see Gary Kemble kick the ball back straight from kickoff, and Hull scoring off a scrum won against the head. I remember fans chatting to Clive Sullivan near the end, and he looked knackered. There was a decent piece in The Guardian a few years back on the final and reply:
  15. Pity about that as I would have gone. I looked at their Facebook page, and by chance saw this friendly fixture. It is not too bad to get to on the train. They have played in Perales del Rio before, and that is difficult without a car; nice view of the mountains though. Griffons seem to go under, which was a pity, as they had potential.