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  1. Ex - CEO charged with fraud

    Unfortunately the DP and Wales Online are in the WRU's pocket, hence the lack of RL coverage.
  2. Referred to the Crown Court for next month http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/home/2018/01/10/gallery/former-crusaders-chief-accused-of-fraud-103602/
  3. Can Rugby League ever succeed in Wales?

    Funding is a massive issue, coupled with WRL''s total lack of commercial nous. Here's what WRL has received in terms of Sport Wales funding in the last few years. 13-14 – NB these figures are for 15 months January 2013-March 2014 as WRL changed its financial year from Jan-Dec to April-March. Community Sport 2014/15 Welsh Government v National Programme £46,875 v National Staffing £18,750 Elite Sport Lottery v National Coaching £ 9,375 Total £75,000 2014-15 Community Sport 2014/15 Welsh Government v National Programme £33,750 v National Staffing £13,500 Elite Sport Lottery v National Coaching £ 7,500 Total £54,750 2015-16 Community Sport 2015/16 Welsh Government v National Programme £31,388 v National Staffing £13,500 Elite Sport Lottery v National Coaching £ 7,500 Total £52,388 2016-17 Community Sport 2016/17 Welsh Government v National Staffing £13,095 v National Programme £30,446 Elite Sport Lottery v National Coaching £ 7,500 Total £51,041 2017/18. Community Sport 2017/18 Welsh Government v National Staffing £29,400 v National Programme £13,270 Elite Sport Lottery v National Coaching £ 7,500 v National Performance £25,000 Total £75,170
  4. I am not sure what the answer is for Wales. This RLWC was always going to be a tough ask but I have been shocked by how poor they have been, especially by the shocking defence & an apparent lack of effort in those first two games. That's two poor world cups back-to-back, and we can't hope to be semi-competative with the likes of Phil Joseph, Courtney Davies and Dalton Grant. The only hope is that the can get more young lads in SL academies and build for the future, and maybe some much-needed changes behind the scenes at WRL.
  5. Would the Cru have decamp again over the summer months at Queensway? I was under the impression that the local athletics club got first dibs on the use of the Stadium?
  6. Huge congratulations to Rochdale. Getting Kilshaw on board has been a great move and he's building a very strong squad. He did a fantastic job at Wire and really benefited from his stint in Aus as well. With Rob Massam and other personnel joining next season they should give things a good go in the Championship next season. A well run club on and off the field.
  7. I've got a feeling the Cru might sneak this one. With the coaching staff and key players moving on to pastures new next season, they will want to go out on a high.
  8. Demise of the cru

    It's looking like Rob Massam is Rochdale bound. Should imagine the likes of TJ and JW will join the exodus as well. I wonder if Mark Croston will reignite his interest in the Cru. He was interested at the start of the season but was put off by the behind the scenes shenanigans. He's done a decent job with the Skolars and also has string links with the Chester Gladiators.
  9. You have hit the nail on the head there Newbie. Scorps have shown it can be done. They invested in a proper player pathway and got their house in order off the field. Results on the field suffered but they are in good shape and they have some very exciting news on the horizon. NW Crusaders gambled attracting players with over inflated wages in a bid to boost crowds. It brought some short term success but there is no infrastructure or tangible youth set up (bar Allen Jones' stellar work).
  10. A good showing from the Crusaders considering the off-field shambles. Credit to the players for turning out and giving 100% in the circumstances. Big blow that Muzza won't be with the club next season. Understandable due to the budget cuts but he was a key factor in keeping the squad together.
  11. Crusaders' Last 2 home games at Chester RUFC

    I think that is the ambition. The Football Club are on a sound financial footing thanks to the supporters trust. Don't think it will happen for a long time.
  12. Crusaders' Last 2 home games at Chester RUFC

    I think any move away from the Cae Ras would be detrimental to crowd numbers, as has been proven with the dip in numbers heading to the Rock and Hare Lane. But the club's finances will prove the biggest stumbling block to any stay - the football club are going to want to generate revenue after taking over the lease and are going to want certain guarantees that the Crusaders are able to meet those costs. I think NW Crusaders have a massive rebuilding job to do with local businesses. The mess and unpaid bills left by the previous regime means that a lot of local businesses (including the council) may be wary of linking up. Word of mouth is contagious. I guess Queensway or (at a push) Deeside would be viable options with a bit on investment to bring them both up to standard.
  13. 2016 squad

    Nothing to be alarmed about. It's pretty much the same agreement that they had in place Warrington - use of the AJ Bell for training/weights and the expertise of Salford's Sports Science gurus, in exchange for helping blood Salford's youngsters and giving game time to members of the senior squad. As 95% of the squad are pooled from the North West, it's a no brainer when it comes to saving pennies on travel expenses.
  14. As a fan of both sports, I think RL players could learn a lot from their NFL counterparts in terms of footwork.
  15. Wire Partnering with Hornets

    I think it's pretty much the same deal that the Crusaders had in place with the Wire last year. I doubt we'll see the likes of Westwood, Hill and Simms lining up against the Cru next season, but they'll use the partnership to keep squad players fresh and blood some of the youngsters. I guess this move means the Crusaders will no longer get to use the Wolves' Padgate training facility, which is a real shame. But apart from that, good on the Cru if they decide to go it alone this season. They've got a big and good enough squad to do so.