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  1. No its not as easy as that. But having Leeds v Wigan and Saints v Wire play four times a season isn't going to grow the game.
  2. Internationals, nines tournament, expanded wcc. could go some way to filling the gap.
  3. I agree with GeordieSaint about dropping Magic weekend / 8s and playing 22 league fixtures instead. SL top 4 play offs: 1st v 4th / 2nd v 3rd. Grand final the weekend after. SL / Championship promotion / relegation play offs: 11th v 2nd / 12th v 1st. Winners in SL. The above four play off games could be played at a neutral venue on the same Saturday to replace the Magic weekend.
  4. Me too. This was reported last weekend on sky news. http://news.sky.com/story/1559172/rugby-has-worst-doping-record-of-any-uk-sport Just so happens it was England v Wales that day so didn't much coverage, correct me if I'm wrong.
  5. Connor Farrer brought into the Wales squad http://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/article/13797/fozard-forced-to-withdraw-farrer
  6. Scotland squad. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-league/34402696
  7. Ben Evans was ruled out for the season after suffering an injury vs Saints in March.
  8. Despite a strong start from Wales under 18s, when their English counterparts got going, there was no stopping them and the Lions went from 8-0 down to cruise home 42-14. Both sides had early chances. England’s Alex Prince was close to scoring but pressure from the Welsh back-line forced him to knock-on at the play-the-ball. Then at the other end, Wales also set up good attacking play but, close to the line, strong English tackling forced a knock-on from Welsh skipper Connor Davies. Wales scored from their next attack as Marcus Webb forced his way through but Zak Williams sliced the conversion wide. They extended their lead three minutes later when Shane Lee kicked well to create a good move that ended in Lewys Willacott scoring in the corner. Again Williams couldn’t land the extras and Wales were 8-0 up. England fought back on 25 minutes after Dean Rooney dived over from dummy half and Connor Turner converted well to bring the score back to 8-6. And straight from kick-off they took the lead through an excellent individual score from Alex Prince, beating off a number of Welsh lads before placing the ball under the sticks. Turner added the extras again to give England a 12-8 lead. The visitors extended their lead six minutes before the break when Calvin Parker did well to barge over and score. Turner converted to give his side a 10-point advantage. There was still time for England to get a fourth as full-back Jake Callum went over in the corner with Turner converting to give them a 24-8 half-time lead. A Jacob Moore try straight from kick-off in the second half extended their lead. Turner’s kick made the score 30-8. Josh Oakes followed him over seven minutes later and Turner again coolly converted to bring the score up to 36-8. Joey Brady made a clean break through for England’s seventh try just before the hour with Turner easily keeping up his 100% record. Wales weren’t finished yet. Morgan Jeffries scored in the corner and Webb converted to bring the score back to 14-42. But no side could break through for any further scores in the last 18 minutes of the game. England were odds on to score a try in the last minute but a try-saving tackle by Willacott on Alex Prince to stop his length of the field run prevented this. WALES 1. Marcus Webb (South Wales Scorpions) 2. Lewis Willacott (Aber Valley Wolves) 3. Paul Edwards (South Wales Scorpions) 4. Luke Williams (The Raiders) 5. Ben Jones (South Wales Scorpions) 6. Curtis Davies (South Wales Scorpions) 7. Shane Lee (Raiders) 8. Rhys Davies (South Wales Scorpions) 9. Zak Williams (South Wales Scorpions) 10. Connor Parker (Widnes Vikings) 11. Morgan Jefferies (The Raiders) 18. Sion Jones (Widnes Vikings) 13. Connor Davies (South Wales Scorpions) (Captain) Subs: 14. Harry Boots (The Raiders) 15. Jake Thomas (Torfaen Tigers) 16. Nathan Ainsworth (Warrington Wolves) 17. Reece Brunt (Warrington Wolves) Tries: Webb (10), Willacott (13), Jeffries (62) Goals: Williams 0/2, Webb 1/1 ENGLAND LIONS 1 Jake Callum (York Acorn) 2. Josh Oakes (Portico) 3 Joey Brady (Wigan St Judes) 4 Alex Prince (Leigh Miners) 5 Connor Turner (Lock Lane) 6 Dean Rooney (Wath Brow) 7 John Whittaker (Crosfields) 8 James Williams (Skirlaugh) 9 Brad Gotts (Skirlaugh) 10 Joshua Steels (Lock Lane) 11 Jack Matthews (Siddal) 12 Gavin Roden (Wigan St Judes) 13 Jacob Moore (West Hull) Subs: 14 Declan Gregory (Wigan St Pats) 15 Kieron Atherton (Leigh East) 16 Calvin Parker (West Hull) 17 Jack Sharrett (Wigan St Pats) Tries: Rooney (25), Turner (27), Parker (34), Callum (40), Moore (41), Oakes (48), Brady (59) Goals: Turner 7/7 Referee: Callum Straw Half-time: 8-24
  9. PNG 12 Australian PM's XIII 40 http://www.rugbyleagueplanet.com/rlp-nations/papua-new-guinea/2407-australian-pm-s-xiii-40-win-against-png-12
  10. Here is some Welsh players not sure about their amateur clubs. Flower / Lloyd - Wigan Dudson / White - Widnes Jones / Parker - Widnes U19 Rhys and Ben Evans - Warrington Grace / Wellington - St Helens U19 (two top try scorers so far this season) Grant - Dewsbury Morgan - Batley Kear / Williams - London
  11. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats could leave Belle Vue home Wakefield Trinity Wildcats chairman Michael Carter says the club could be forced to leave their Belle Vue home after serving notice to the administrators of the ground's lease. The Super League side have played at the ground, which is owned by Bank of Ireland, since 1895. As it stands, their lease will terminate at the end of December. "The current lease and cost of repairs is crippling the club," Carter told BBC Radio Leeds. "We made a reasonable offer of what we could afford over the next 18 months but never got a reply and Wednesday was the deadline that we had to give six months' notice. "The ball is in their court now and it may be that we get no response and they are happy to take back ownership of the ground. I can't talk on their behalf." The Wildcats were hoping to move to a purpose-built stadium for the start of the 2015 season but work has never started on the project. Carter says he has spoken to several different clubs about possible groundshares for 2016. He added: "We've already looked at alternatives because it's no good us saying we have six months to get something sorted - realistically you need to have something in place well before then. "We've had a number of discussions with other grounds at this time, which will remain confidential."
  12. French centre or second-rower Benjamin Jullien has joined Crusaders on trial. http://www.northwalescrusaders.co.uk/crusaders-bring-in-frenchman-on-trial/ He played today v Rochdale.
  13. Catalans Dragons have confirmed that back rower Ugo Perez and loose forward Thibaut Margalet have signed full-time deals with the club. Both players are products of the club reserve team Saint-Estève XIII Catalan. Perez, 20, has inked a three-year deal. Margalet, who has played two Super League games for the Dragons since his debut in 2013, has signed a one-and-a-half year contract.
  14. Ollie Olds at Souths Logan Magpies.
  15. Of course he's entitled to play for whichever team he qualifies for, but it seems to me players like Segeyaro only opt to switch there international allegiances in order to boost there chances of playing Origin, rather than switching because they want to play for Australia. A means to an end.