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  1. So why are Aussies better coaches?

    I think you will notice a great difference with the national team not just because Bennett is the coach but the number of players playing and excelling in the NRL The Super league is still producing very good players, the better players are now drifting over to the NRL because of the $ and the challenge. I think the RLIF should introduce a cap of 1 UK player per NRL club and an unlimited number for players under 21.
  2. In Australia when teams go on the field to warm up before games there appears to be more staff than players on the field. The more affluent clubs have bigger football departments to give them an edge over other clubs as it is not part of the salary cap.
  3. The Roosters have names a 21 man squad. Sydney Roosters: Aidan Guerra, Blake Ferguson, Brendan Elliot, Dale Copley, Daniel Tupou, Dylan Napa, Ian Henderson, Isaac Liu, Jackson Hastings, Jake Friend, Jayden Nikorima, Joe Burgess, Kane Evans, Latrell Mitchell, Mitchell Aubusson, Mitchell Frei, Sam Moa, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Siua Taukeiaho, Tyler Cornish, Vincent Leuluai.
  4. wcc tickets

    A couple of days ago I saw on twitter 15,000 had been sold for the Wigan game.
  5. NRL loses $18m in 2015

    Every club in the NRL are different how they finance their football operations. Canterbury, Roosters, Penrith Parramatta have large leagues clubs which grant monies to the football clubs. These clubs were started with the express purpose to fund RL in their districts. The clubs are non-profit organisations, so any profits generated are either re-invested back into the club itself (updating or increasing the size of the club premises) or community donations ( including RL). Other NRL clubs do have leagues but are less successful and grant little if no money back to the football clubs. Melbourne, Newcastle and Souths do not leagues clubs. For example the Roosters have 5 club premises, 3 in the Sydney metro area, 1 in Wollongong and the last one in Woy Woy (central coast). The Roosters now help fund Junior representative teams on the Central Coast as well as the junior RL teams in Woy Woy. The whole purpose is to spread the Roosters brand on the Central Coast and find1st grade players of the future. The Roosters will play at least 1 game a year in Gosford. As the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney population is stagnate this is the only way to grow the club. Supporters from the Central Coast can catch the train and be at the SFS in 1 1/2 hours. They have plans to build another club in the South-West of Sydney at Narellan where they already own the land. The Easts leagues club has assets over $80,000,000 and members funds in reserve (bank) $63,000,000 and has borrowings of $11,000,000 down from $19,000,000 in 2014.
  6. University Rugby League

    A good news story for university RL..... As part of his visit to Lebanon, UNICEF ambassador and Rugby League superstar, Sonny Bill Williams attended a Rugby League training session at the Charles Hostler Center, American University of Beirut home of the AUB rugby league side. Williams had arrived in Lebanon to visit refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley, principally to raise awareness of the Syrian children and their families now there as refugees, after escapeding their war-torn homeland. Through a Twitter campaign organised by AUB Rugby League, and thanks also to a contact at UNICEF who is an AUB alumnus, the players were able to communicate with Williams and invite him to attend the training session, which took place yesterday. He was greeted on arrival by cheering players from the university’s` Varsity’, `Junior Varsity’, and `Women’s’ Rugby League teams, together with players from other Lebanese Rugby League sides. The evening started with a Q & A. session, followed by a jersey presentation to Williams by Sol Mokdad, currently an AUB assistant coach who had earlier endeavoured to get Rugby League set up in the United Arab Emirates. Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, His Excellency Mr. Glenn Miles who welcomed Williams to the county, also attended the training session. To end his visit, Sonny Bill – demonstrating his class as a world champion both on and off the pitch – joined local players in a game of Touch Rugby League. William’s visit follows the NRL star Robbie Farah’s visit to AUB, a few weeks ago.
  7. Tinirau Arona to Trinity

    A good club man... not a match winner but is very consistant player who always gives 100%.