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  1. Jamaica has named a strong squad for the 2018 Americas Championship, which will also act as a qualifier for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England. The University of North Florida, Jacksonville, will host two double-header rounds on 13th and 17th November 2018, and in the opening game the Reggae Warriors meet Canada, the winners facing either USA or Chile. Headliners in the 29-man selection are Super League’s Ben Jones-Bishop – who is chosen alongside his brother Aaron - and Ashton Golding, who are both in line for their debuts, and paying to be part of a push for first Caribbean representation in the World Cup. Halifax three quarter James Woodburn-Hall is also in line for his bow. JRLA director of rugby, Romeo Monteith, believes the players will compete well. “It’s our third World Cup Qualifiers campaign and we are assembling a competitive squad,” he said from Kingstown. “We have a strong coaching staff behind them and I believe we can match our opponents in all aspects of the game. “Our aim is to bring increased attention to our abilities as a rising rugby league nation and, should we qualify, it will be a massive boost for the sport on the island. Monteith added: “Every player has gone into his pocket to contribute to costs, it’s the only way it has been possible.” His other expectation is that the players selected from five domestic sides, including student Owen Linton, will reap the benefit of playing and training alongside professionals. Double winners Duhaney Park provide five players, Red Shark Marvin Thompson commenting: “It is a privilege to be selected for the train-on squad. “To be given another chance to represent my country is a feeling next to none. Hopefully, we will be giving a better account of ourselves, which speaks volumes about our growth.” Veteran London Skolars duo Jy-Mel Coleman, who made his debut in 2011, and utility forward Lamont Bryan are equally excited at the prospect. “It’s a massive honour to be selected especially alongside my brothers,” said Coleman. “I can’t wait to represent and do us proud. It’s been a while building what we have and I feel now is our time.” Bryan added: “This will be my third campaign and it’s an honour and privilege. My family and friends are proud to see me pull on these famous colours once more. It would mean a great deal to be part of a history making qualifying team.” Former Dewsbury head coach Glenn Morrison, who oversaw Jamaica’s 16-all draw with Wales in 2016, will also still be involved in the preparations. JAMAICA 29-MAN TRAIN-ON SQUAD Joel Farrell, Wayne Reittie, Keenen Tomlinson (Batley Bulldogs), Jonathan Magrin, Ross Peltier (Bradford Bulls), Daniel Thomas (Dewsbury Celtic) Jode Sheriffe (Dewsbury Rams), Aaron Jones-Bishop (Doncaster), Nathan Campbell, Andrae McFarlane, Khamisi McMain, Marvin Thompson, Renaldo Wade (Duhaney Park), Owen Linton (Excelsior Community College) Antonio Baker, Chevaughn Bailey, Kareem Harris (GC Foster), James Woodburn-Hall (Halifax), Ethon Dwyer (Jamaica Defence Force), Ashton Golding (Leeds Rhinos), Jacob Ogden (London Broncos), Lamont Bryan, Omari Caro, Jy-Mel Coleman (London Skolars), Adrian Hall (Liguanea Dragons), Joseph Brown, Mo Agoro (Newcastle), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield), Alex Brown (Unattached)
  2. gnidir

    Kit sales

    You can get a bunch of developing nations gear at Im a champion for this because the leagues get all of the money (I sponsored the kits), so they can create a revenue stream to grow the game. Shameless plug over
  3. gnidir

    New Retro Salford Shirts

    Simple case of someone attempting to make money from another parties IP mate. There be laws for that type of thing. If you are going to advertise counterfeit goods on here, or elsewhere, then you deserve what goes with it. Im not against it if Salford have an agreement in place, but otherwise, its some dodgy looking online shop trying to make a quick buck off someone elses work.
  4. I dont think so. One up one down is obviously not as easy for teams to get promoted, but, if more expansion sides who are well backed enter the league, it strengthens the Championship, which raises the overall quality. Doing this would probably create a situation for Superleague to expand once the top sides in the lower league are on par. The down side to this is the teams locked into super league on playing ability who would fall far behind some of these well funded sides in the business arena, so the future problem is probably related to small business teams needing to be removed form the Superleague. The positive side of this is the value of being in super league as a business asset for these clubs. Whilst they may be operating ain a small market, the value of their business is far higher because of their on field status. I think it works to be honest. Its easy to understand and creates more stable business models. The trade off, unfortunately is the excitement of the middle 8s, which hold far more interest for me than the Superleague competition.
  5. Thats nonsense mate. The duty of care comes in at 9 players, thats why there is a rule in part. If there were sufficient evidence that this was likely to cause harm, then the RFL as rule makers would have a duty to resolve it. If playing with 12 presented a significant risk to worker health, then , again the RFL would have a duty to mitigate that risk. Thats the law. Stop messing with a health and safety angle when we are really talking about a lack of quality players being available for the WWR. I don't disagree that their approach is not good enough. Actually the players have shown that they are not professional players, either in ability, or approach to their work contract.
  6. gnidir

    New Retro Salford Shirts

    Hopefully a license for their imaging rights to this bunch.
  7. gnidir

    New Retro Salford Shirts

    If the money form this doesn't go to the Salford club, but into an individuals pocket, I hope the Red Devils shut them down.
  8. gnidir

    Why are we so amateurish

    I should add, I still love our game regardless, but I do share the frustration of those who believe it can be much more than it currently is.
  9. gnidir

    Why are we so amateurish

    I personally think the answer to your question is the lack of strong leadership for any period. The reasons for this are many, but generally, as a sport, we are cheap, as fans, as owners, as consumers. The cheapest option short term fix mentality is servicing that need. Nothing wrong with it, but it equally frustrates me that the main sales point of our sport is also a contributor to its downfall. We assume on field success is the only way to be a successful entertainment option as owners. Fans feel that they own a team and often withdraw support at the drop of a hat. Interestingly in American sports, the fans understand that the owner makes calls and that sport is a business. They choose to back their team regardless. In the UK, the majority of fans are local people using the success of a team to equate to success of their home territory, so owners are stuck in the way that they can grow their business. Whilst fans are reluctant to change on the whole in the UK, without new support, owners can only service the need of existing customers. When you think about it, its like having a shop that sells something really unique and interesting, but being forced to keep you location off the high street for fear of losing locals. Its a rock and a hard place until we decide, as a game, what we are. In essence, we are in limbo between a development system focussed on small markets and areas V the more ambitious business that wants to own a market to sell entertainment. I actually think that the game in the UK especially is incapable of resolving the deep rooted issues here. They can't access funds to make a real national spectacle of a competition, and everyone believes that they deserve a seat at the top table.
  10. Run some taster sessions in the community and at local schools or colleges mate. Once people have actually taken a step to try the game, you are more likely to get players wanting more, often its getting them to take the first step and try the game, so putting yourself and club in places that they will be, rather than travel to, makes the decisions easy for them.
  11. Anywhere south of Warrington is London
  12. I can't blame the NZRL for protecting their own back yard here. After all, they want local people to aspire to play for the Kiwis. Why not play the game in Tonga? Looks like the Ozzies have tried to steal some of the USA light, thats fallen through, so they decide to play in someone else back yard. I feel for the Tonga fans here in Auckland, but im sure that the could jump a flight to the homeland, if they were passionate enough. Just think of what that could to for rugby league development there. The economic boom over a weekend, a showcase of rugby league, the Kangaroos actually willing to do something selfless.
  13. gnidir

    Are the Robots dead?

    Is it just me who noticed the number 10 kicks the ball? Surely the prop forwards union should have been consulted on this!
  14. gnidir

    Barba going back to NRL

    id be more worried about super league players going that way than a bloke kicked out going back.
  15. All good mate, I wasn't being a smart ######. Im just finding this seasons middle 8s quite exciting if im honest, so wondering about the mindset of club owners who may have their business at risk of survival.