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About gnidir

  1. Hi mate, 


    i saw your post on the boards. My name is Martin and I help the Swedish guys out with branding and stuff. Im also involved with Ponsonby United rugby league here in Auckland and I used to do a bit of stuff with Chorley Lynx.


    I also run a software development company.

    Im from the UK, but based in Auckland, NZ.

    Im happy to help in any way I can, just send me a message if i can be of use

  2. Just saw the guys twitter feed, seems like he is the new head honcho there!
  3. Genuine question here. Is there actually an emerging nations world cup? Has it been announced by any official body? I know the lad behind the Scandinavian concept, top fella, but im pretty sure that it was Australian based Malta who proposed this, and that it hasn't actually been announced yet? Can anyone shed any light on this?
  4. Absolutely brilliant! Well done to all involved, and a tip of my hat to the author. Most enjoyable thing I've read on here in ages
  5. I think a lot of it is that, in the late 90s, European footy started to copy what the ANZACs were doing, so the new generation are trying to learn how to play football in a different way. Left and right halves is an example, the skill set if a half has changed.
  6. I think that there is a much simpler solution to all of this. Players choose who they play for internationally. So let them choose all of the nations that they qualify for. But once they play at senior level for one nation, that is them. This way, if you are half arsed about it, you won't play for Fiji until Oz select you. But if you have the heart of Fiji, like the Sims boys, then these boys inspire the next generation. We are simply too soft on the matter. You can't have the best of all worlds, as men, they need to make decisions. They can keep their options open, but eventually they must choose. It's international football. The players need to be accountable for its integrity. If they are chasing dollars at that level, then they aren't the type of internationals that do the game Amy good in my opinion. It really is that simple, you can make a choice, but once you play, you can't make another. The result is either stronger international games, or a bunch of Ozzies and Kiwis left in the sidelines in October and November. Let's be honest, that's what the whole thing comes down to.
  7. It's a pretty vague statement. For me, you can play for any nation that you are eligible for, but once you play senior football there, that's it. We're too ready as a society to let people have the best of both worlds, it ruins the international game. I respect heritage, or electing another nation because you can't be a kangaroo, but make that the final decision and you will have a competitive international game. Our club game is governed by who can pay you the most, the idea of internationals is who can produce the best players. If we did it right, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa would be competing with England. Wales, Scotland and France would be second tier. That the reality of where our game is at
  8. Good question, the geek kicked in, 53000 people in Leigh, what does the stadium hold? Are there closet alright hers in Wigan? Haha The bit that has me thinking really, is how big can each club be? Realistically, Wigan and Leigh will be forced to fight for the indifferent fan, is that good for the game? Toronto has 2.5 million people, so if they do it right, could they realistically dominate professional rugby league ?
  9. To give an example, Cas have about 10% of their town turn out, but Salford who have just as much history can't get anywhere near. Is it a Brisith sports fan psyche? Are we unable to follow more than one spot take one club?
  10. I don't post a lot these days, but I've been mulling over a few things lately. I believe that rugby league in the UK is becoming more and more insular, especially as they are unable to run an exciting top level comp. That said, being a fan of franchising or licensing, whatever you want to call it, we still seem to lean on the safe option. Leigh in Superleague as an example of our ever decreasing circle of influence. So why isn't rugby league a popular sport in the public domain? I think that we have the 'product' on field, but we struggle for attention in the media. I started doing a bit or research, mainly based on me buying the Crusaders (right after I win the lottery), and noticed a few things. Whilst we have some of the best sport viewing figures on TV, we don't I've the crowds, and the RFL don't have the ability to bring in the corporate sponsors. I wondered why, and this posts my question. If we could get 1% of the local population to turn up and support out clubs, what would the game look like? And secondly, why can't our clubs get that 1%?
  11. Im not looking for investment here mate, I don't need luck. We do need those types of people in many places, I agree. I think we are in fact talking about investment here, the investment of people with the skills and resources to drive the club forward, in return for this investment, the person would be a stakeholder in a more valuable brand. Subsidy implies that the subsidised party has reached its maturity and potential, and is unsustainable. I could lend your viewpoint to Uber, you buy a stake in Uber, what do you own? basically you own some of the code held in a database to a computer program. Which pays a bunch of mercenary taxi operators and takes money from people who are willing to pay for the services that it provides. Our game is not a bricks and mortar enterprise, its a service in the entertainment industry, a show if you will. NWC are asking someone to invest in the spectacle and help them to build a new show to bring more people to watch. I do agree completely though about your earlier point and the RFL, who have repeatedly been happy to make promises in return for money. The RFL are a much bigger problem. NWC to me, are doing what they can to improve what they have, and should be applauded for it.
  12. Seems like this is going way off point. I hope that new investment can be found for the Crusaders, they are too important to the game to fail. Decent support from a non-heartland area even playing at lower levels, decent ground, and some of the best off field marketing I've seen North Wales has about half a million people, and very little sporting competition. It could take 20 years, but once rugby league is a familiar sport in North Wales, they will be producing some talent there. Currently though, it seems like they have become a little bit separated from the local support base. Interestingly, I've seen that they are setting up a council to improve this. For me, I think NWCs should be grown as an icon for North Wales first, once they can develop talent, they will draw crowds. I just hope that any investor who comes forward helps grow the community aspect of the club. What NWC don't have is historical fan base, what they do have is potential. If I had the money, I would place my backing with a club like crusaders rather than Wakefield/Castleford/Leigh or any club that is surrounded by competition from the same sport, and has a low population to draw future support from. Don't get me wrong, the game has a place for these clubs, I'm just pointing out that NWC has more potential if it is given the whole of North Wales to develop its talent and fanbase.
  13. I think the real problem is the structure of the game, actually it's not just in France where this is the case. League in the uk is very regional, and even in Oz is played regularly in only 3 of the states. In New Zealand we have struggled for many years to create a meaningful national competition. The problem we have is how to develop the game without shattering our traditions I feel. I ran quite a few scenarios for France a while back, as I'm a league geek and all. I am of the opinion that teams should only compete on the field, and should have a strong league that supports off field development of players from grass routes level. What we don't have anywhere in the world is a true pathway system, we each have to mend and make do with the existing or previous attempt. In France, I love the history of the clubs, the lord derby cup, and the elite competition, the problem is that it is far from elite to an outsider. There was talk of a French superleague played in cities during the off season some time ago, this didn't happen, but I think is a start of development. All finance aside, it's a simple numbers game, there are not enough quality players to fill the squads of a full league at current, and that number is not growing. To advance, we need more players. If the French ran a summer contest, with regional teams, our game would be taken more regularly to new places. Same quality, far larger footprint. The regional clubs would have a duty to develop regional leagues through community work. So it might take five to ten years, but it leads to a system where locally developed players can advance to the pinnacle of thier sport. They can see the pathway. This is exactly how the nz warriors have developed, only they use all of n as thier territory. Without a change in France, I fear that the sport will move into further and further decline, there is indication that the existing clubs know something must be done, the creation of cathares shows that, I just hope that something can be done in time.
  14. The Storm have been heavily reliant on Sodertalje Union club this season, and unfortunately due to some 'movements' in the Union schedule, its been hard for them to get the players down to games. Its all a learning curve and the Storm will return, though maybe not in Sodertalje next season. Its been an interesting year, with the new teams running a number of models to recruit players. The Kungar have been undoubtedly a success, but that has been led by a good number of ex-pats, whilst the Soderrtalje boys were hoping to take a successful bunch of union guys to compete at League, though this proved to be a bit hit and miss. The Broncos , although yet to win have been developing talent in and around Gothenburg, and the Crusaders are still in transition. The SRL are just running player feedback surveys for the season, and are aiming (From what i understand) to add 2 more teams for next season. Their model is quite interesting, they are aiming to create a ten region top league, who are responsible for development in their region. Going back to point, its been noticed that the Storm model of reliance on Union has not been successful, so the SRL are looking to try and grow a little more organically. The other interesting thing here is how the league owns the names , kit designs , logos and 'IP' to each club, similar to the NFL, which stops any team jumping ship elsewhere, a smart move i think.
  15. Wins for Stockholm and Sodertalje- you can see more on their Facebook.