Mattrhino

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  1. Mattrhino

    9s, more marquee players,

    The structure is the same as it was in 1998 just nitpicking!
  2. Mattrhino

    9s, more marquee players,

    Some great new players in the comp this year. Definitely gonna make an effort to go see a few non Leeds games this year. This shows there is money in the game to get top players, the cap freeze over the last decade has really hurt us. We need to let clubs off the leash. No point having a race to the bottom comp.
  3. Mattrhino

    Lions tour 2019 (Merged Threads)

    Mate we will be lucky to draw 5 figure crowds vs NZ The only way that the crowds would have been decent is if we had 18-24 months to sell tours to Eng fans. Now we might be lucky to get 6-8 months notice for people to make plans. Tonga and Samoa should have decent turnouts but it is still only 20k at 10-30 nz$ a ticket
  4. Mattrhino

    Lions tour 2019 (Merged Threads)

    True, but the Aussies could be a total different beast in 2 years where our ageing stars will be 2 years older. My main argument is that yes we have had the rug pulled from under us, and the NRL are bar stewards for doing it. But if we look at if without emotion. It would be have been better to sort the ashes out this year then have plenty of time and a bit of money in the bank (maybe) to sort something decent out in two years time. Now we have a broke RFL with 9 months to organise something out.
  5. Mattrhino

    Lions tour 2019 (Merged Threads)

    think it depends if we won the series. We could then go into the WC as the bonefide no1 in the world. I think we would be favourites if we played them this Autumn.
  6. Mattrhino

    Lions tour 2019 (Merged Threads)

    Either way is fine by me. But we need to scrap this tour and go back to the drawing board and do it properly another year.
  7. Mattrhino

    Lions tour 2019 (Merged Threads)

    The RFL also don't seem to want the work a pacific tour of tge UK would take.
  8. Mattrhino

    Lions tour 2019 (Merged Threads)

    My first choice. But that would take a bit of sense. Which the RFL seem to lack.
  9. Mattrhino

    Lions tour 2019 (Merged Threads)

    I get all that, and you are right. But there is no point crying over splilled milk as they say. The Aussies made thier decsion and the RFL should have made a pragmatic choice. If you take the Aussies on thier word they lost half a million taking a couple games to NZ. How much would the RFL stand to lose? My first choice would be to scrap the tour and get some Pacific nations over here this Autumn and play ashes next year.
  10. Mattrhino

    Lions tour 2019 (Merged Threads)

    I think your right. If they were pragmatic they should of bit the Aussies hands off with the offer of a ashes series this Autumn. Because 1. RFL are broke 2. Aus are looking pretty poor as they transistion away from losing 5 of there probably greatest ever players. As you say I think the offer was refused on emotion.
  11. What are you looking forward to most while in Super League?
  12. Mattrhino

    Lions tour 2019 (Merged Threads)

    Should be scrapped now. Lets bring over any of Tonga/Samoa/PNG and a game in France. Play them in some of the bidding WC host cities as a test run. Lets build some momentum for the WC.
  13. There deserving to play in SL or not is a totally different argument. I suspect we are in agreement that licensing is the best way forward in SL. But that doesn't mean these clubs should never be allowed to play at Wembley. You have clubs all the way down to the Conference including FA Trophy, FA Vase, Check a trade Trophy, League and FA cup in soccer. Most of these guys are full professionals who don't seem to mind playing in "loser cups" Again unlike other sports we have a great legacy of village and town clubs who were able to get to Wembley has now been lost . I think this brings back a little bit of magic. But this is only a sticking a plaster over the real problem. This can't be the only idea the RFL have to try to increase attendance. This will not attract casual fans.
  14. It doesn't have to be either or. The championship clubs are historic and deserve respect, but in the modern world they are now no bigger than Conference soccer clubs. They will never in a million years even look to challenge a final place. The game doesn't have two pennies to rub together yet you want us to create a seperate Wembley game for the Championship clubs. I also think you might find that alot of semi-pro players would love to play at Wembley. The crowd could build up to 20-30k by the second half
  15. I usually agree with you Scotchy, but you are barking up the wrong tree here. The NRL have two games pre GF and doesn't seem to cause any problem. Like you I am no fan of let's make everything a double header as a way to inflate figures. But the way RL has become is that now it is all but impossible for clubs outside of SL to get to Wembley. Our game has a long tradition of village and town clubs getting to Wembley which is now lost to the modern game. Now I Don't complain about that, but I think it would be nice to see clubs like Fev, Batley, Fax etc.. back at Wembley. True we won't have 70k there for the 1895 game, but even 10k will still be the biggest game that these guys will play in all season.