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  1. One of the bidders who lost out in the race to launch a rugby league club in Bradford following the demise of Bradford Bulls has described the Rugby Football League’s handling of the affair as “amateurish”, saying he is yet to hear from the sport’s governing body as to why his bid failed. Richard Lamb, the chief executive of the Championship rugby union side Rotherham, says he was prepared to invest a million pounds of his own money in a new rugby league club in the city following the liquidation of the four-times Super League champions this month. The RFL instead opted for a bid believed to be led by the former New Zealand Rugby League chairman Andrew Chalmers, who will lay out his vision for the club this week. In response Lamb has been highly critical of how the process was handled by those at the top of the sport. “The whole thing has been an absolute shambles,” he told the Guardian. “I was going to invest a million pounds of my own money into a rugby club and they haven’t even got the courtesy or decency to ring me until after it’s been leaked? They are morally bankrupt as an organisation. “On Friday I had an experience of two different governing bodies; the RFU were ultra-professional in a meeting I had and seemed to genuinely care – but the other, who I’m about to spend a million pounds with, can’t even be bothered to ring me and talk to me. You wonder why participation is going through the floor in rugby league – it’s symptomatic of the problems the sport has.” Lamb’s proposal, which involved a fans’ trust owning a majority stake in the new club, was overlooked in favour of Chalmers’ bid – but he says he was not asked once about how he planned to put a squad together to start the new season in just a matter of weeks. “We had coaches, staff and everything ready to go and we were sourcing players – we were going to bring Todd Carney in,” Lamb said. “On reflection, it feels like they knew who they wanted all along – it was just lip service saying they were entertaining bids. I’ve never come across an organisation as amateurish in my entire life and this is a sad indictment of a governing body which is out of date and out of touch with how to run a sport. They should hang their heads in shame. They still won’t tell me why our bid wasn’t the winning one, I’ve just been palmed off with talk of how close we came. It doesn’t sit right. “They asked for no paperwork whatsoever in regards to a fit and proper person’s test and the way fans and players have been kept in the dark is disgusting. I believed they were operating in an open manner but they clearly weren’t.” Sour grapes or a real issue?
  2. Toronto claiming that they want to step up to take the place of Bradford. Interesting they also claim that Barrow would like to step up too. If this is true, it is shocking that the door is being held open for Bradford.
  3. That's the only time I get on telly
  4. Whilst this could be exciting there is also a real danger of some of the weaker clubs being replaced e.g and then the flash in the plan clubs to burst when the investor gets bored and we are just with fewer SL capable clubs. Gamble worth taking in my view
  5. Huddersfield should be well up given their cheap tickets 99 for a ST. They have sent leaflets to loads of schools and are advertising in all local leisure centres. Must have spent a fair bit. Really hope it pays off. Sadly, the move to Friday night home games may counter act any gain made as kids and families avoid
  6. The annoying thing is, many people on here knew it wouldn't go well as soon as the details came out. The fact that this so called expert is only realising it now does not bode well. I think the final demolition will make it a harder sell next time round. If BBC dictates, we will always have dodgy kick off times. Olympic Stadium should never be used. It is an awful place to watch football/rugby. I would have gone if it had been at Wembley, Emirates etc but didn't enjoy my previous visits to the Olympic.
  7. Left at half time. Shocking game. I'm done with international games. Awful organisation, no competition. England are now the 4th or 5th best team as we will see next year. Depressing stuff
  8. I wasn't there, but I know that the last time there was a game at this joke of stadium, my mate spent 45 mins queuing and missed the Kick Off. I would say it served him right for leaving it so late to buy his tickets, but even so, its pretty poor if this happened again
  9. Paid 16 for next week. So cheap, not sure I'll leave the pub. How many others? Could be deadly
  10. Pathetic. I can't see this team living with fiji in the world cup. Going backwards
  11. Every play is from a standing start. Why doesn't anybody run into it