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  1. The Axemen set up is near on super league standard anyway with the facilities at UNF. I think they had 10k there for Leeds V Souths about 10 years ago. It would be a good move if they went there I think. Rugby is known and the Jaguars are likely to relocate at the first opportunity leaving a significant market gap.
  2. gnidir

    RFU v RFL - Strategic Thinking

    This is completely true. I feel that there are too many self interested parties in our sport unfortunately, and this hampers growth, both in the football and the business side of things. We aren't prepared to be ruthless, which has left us with a chip on our shoulders about how good our game is, without the will to actually showcase it. The foresight of the other mob in claiming the 'rugby' title has fundamentally destroyed any identity our sport would want to grow. They named the 'Rugby World Cup' unopposed, and transitioned to 'World Rugby' following that. No matter where we grow the game, the first problem is perception and understanding. We are always starting on the negative, 'No, this is a different sport to 'Rugby'' I both hate, and hugely admire that nazi collaborating mob, and mostly I admire their ability to work together to a long term goal.
  3. gnidir

    Ben Barba sacked

    He has breached his contract. Again. SuperLeague gives these guys a lifeline because its seen as a quality player for a decent price. Truth is, these aren't the people we need representing our sport. Not anymore. Taking drugs, ####### in your own mouth, and generally making a fool of yourself is marginally forgivable. What this is, is something that isn't. If he worked in Netto (does that still exist), he would be sacked and wouldn't get a reference. Same deal. I do think Super League in desperation has been too willing to give people a second chance, but on the whole, they aren't deserving. The NFL has rogues, and they cut them when they stop the league making money, which is its purpose as a pro sport, I wholeheartedly agree with putting this guy on the no fly list.
  4. Typical. The NRL walk over the NZRL on a cash grab and now the Tongans expect a return they didn’t negotiate on a contract they don’t have, in a country neither country cared about when jumping on a band wagon. tonga is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The Kangaroos made the cash grab, the whole thing was corrupt from the start, but most seemed happy that the Tongans playing a home game in Auckland was good for the game. If the Nrl cared, they would take the loss and play in Tonga, but no, they chose to break the Kiwis. They are doing it again with a Maori team. The Tongans whinging afterwards is typical. Race card, evil empire, all the stuff that doesn’t admit they signed a bum deal for themselves, in a country that is not theirs, too grow a game in a country that isn’t their own either. i have massive admiration for the blokes who stepped out to play for Tonga, and if any governing body followed their example, the game would have been in Tonga or Oz.
  5. gnidir

    2019 kits (Merged Threads)

    Not sure if you are after SLE or NRL, but these guys are good. Based over here in Auckland, but im pretty sure they post worldwide.
  6. If you are interested, there is going to be a limited run of Jamaica World Cup Qualifiers jerseys:
  7. If you have a contact for these guys, advise them to contact World Bank. Its not hard to do that, and accusations of corruption (If thats what he is doing) do get through to them. The place is only kept afloat through the government being funded, and whilst it won't single handedly change anything, if this bloke, or any officials are dodgy, the people who change that are the ones who fund them.\
  8. gnidir

    Golden Point

    I will start by saying that ive never seen a boring draw in rugby league, not ever. That said, Golden point adds another dimension, but unfortunately in the NRL has produced a Drop goal shoot out. I was wondering if there was a better way, so... What if there were no points on offer for a draw. We would still get the exciting end to games as teams strive for the win, but being cut throat in its approach, it could cost teams rather than 'gaining' a point. All within the allocated tv time, so keeping them happy. SuperLeague with only points for winners, would it appeal?
  9. gnidir

    Balls (Merged Threads)

    We should either give Steeden a 100 years contract, or at least have the technical specs for suppliers. I remember the Rhino ones being light and flying wrong, before that, there were the KuKri ones that were really round and light, then the Gilbert 8 panel ones, proper heavy and really skinny with a large hole in the end. White Steeden, worldwide deal at all levels, done! I actually never understood why NRL or RLIF didn't just buy them out from Gray Nicholls. Where else will they sell league balls?
  10. gnidir


    It makes sense to me if they are footing the bill. I would be cutting costs whoever I could, its unlikely that Air Transat have got the number of travellers they were aiming for with Toronto not making SL next year, so I think its probably sensible.
  11. gnidir

    Anyone else excited about the Jamaica game?

    Yeah man, They have 8 teams playing Division 2, 6 in Division 1. Under that they have 8 colleges, under 19s, under 15s They have a State of origin type set up too and cup tournaments that bring in teams that can't sustain full seasons. Its amazing what they have done on a nothing budget. They need help with improving quality of play and facilities, but its feasible that you could run a Semi Pro team there for 50 grand a year. The potential is scary actually.
  12. gnidir

    2019 kits (Merged Threads)

    I dont agree. Logos on jerseys is a small part of a corporate partnership these days. Media exposure through social channels and community engagement goes far further. The value of the Sky exposure actually devalues the jersey sponsor. (You aren't on tv for 80 minutes each week) The logo placement is about exposure. There is no value in fans walking around Warrington for instance for any multinational. As I said, I understand Superleague clubs dont know how to attract larger companies, but your brand perception raises your value as a club. That mock up actually gives more exposure to the same companies. Chest sponsor is designed to be captured in TV interviews. Main chest is traditional , but badly placed in rugby because the ball is always in the way for still media. Manufacturer doesn't actually gain by having a big logo beyond people knowing they make the kit (Example, look at minimal Nike branding in the NFL), and the sleeve sponsors actually get most still media exposure. My whole issue is that Superleague , as far as I know, doesn't even look at these things, instead they sell as much real estate as they can, but that sacrifices the clubs own brand perception. If you look cheap, people think that you are. So, by just sorting out the clutter, clubs could at least make something less noisey, without sacrificing the number of sponsors, or the exposure given to them. By doing that, you would probably raise sales of merchandise as a revenue stream .
  13. gnidir

    2019 kits (Merged Threads)

    Call me cynical. But I just don't understand the need for the sponsor placement of jerseys lately. I understand the need for many sponsors because they can't attract good ones at the right value, but does it have to look so much like a race driver? Surely its not that hard for the clubs to sort it out?