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  1. Is Andrew Chalmers the proxy for Nigel Wood? Seems no end in sight to the major issues in the English game.
  2. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-league/2018/05/11/players-superstars-eddie-hearnlooks-bring-magic-touch-rugby/ Please merge with the older threads if necessary. I know we have seen similar stories in the press in recent months. I just wonder if the Hearns potential involvement in the sport is with an eye on the new TV / streaming rights deal which is going to a big issue facing the game over the next 18 months? I think Barry would be a good fit for Brian Barwick's role and I think that would be appealing to him.
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    Denver Test - Ticket Sales

    My concern is that Jason Moore has stated that he wants 40k as a minimum crowd target. If that is not achieved then he said something along the lines of "we will have to look at it / re assess" regarding hosting it again future years. I don't think the 3 year deal is locked in and the 2025 World Cup is not yet fully sanctioned. I hope he doesn't call it a day if the crowd is way off target. It is his money he is putting up and I hope we get the crowd we want.
  4. Lewis

    Keep the 8's

    I would have the top 5 playoffs system for SL and Championship but I would put the bottom SL club in the Championship playoffs as the number 5 seed.
  5. Lewis

    Lions tour 2019

    Rugby League - It's the hope that kills you.
  6. Lewis

    Gareth O’Brien off to Toronto

    I think the run of home games in the 2nd half of the season helps them. I would expect a few signed up before that streak begins.
  7. Lewis

    Gareth O’Brien off to Toronto

    So do I. I also agree that Toronto will splash some big money later in the season and go full tilt at the Super 8's. There are a couple of SL sides currently ripe for the taking. Ofcourse their biggest challenge will then be convincing Ralph that they deserve to be in Super League.
  8. Thanks for posting this. I will definitely try and watch it somewhere.
  9. Gutted I can't go to this. Confirming it about 3/4 months out is no good for me. I am desperate for it to be a success. Jason Moore in the paper; "If I was using a golf term I'd say par score would be around 40k. Anything less is going to be disappointing. Anything more is going to be considered successful. The reality is I'm trying to put 70k people in there but its a big ask." Regarding the 3 years; "We've got options to do it again after we see how this one goes". He also says he hopes its the first of 500 games!
  10. I'm worried! Lord knows how they fit into the mooted 10 team SL as well! I like the call for Tony Smith as Head Coach. He would need a good 3 years to fully turn it around and some assurance from the Chairman that he has full control over the playing squads / recruitment. Neither are likely to happen sadly. The French had a history of playing with flair. The fans would love to see Smith getting the side playing that way. The 5 barges and a kick is not great to watch.
  11. Perth is a no brainer for me. So too is a 2nd Brisbane team. I have be waiting for that to happen for about 20 years now. It's positive to hear Peter Beattie talk about putting expansion on the table again for the NRL. I would love to one day see a 2nd NZ team or a PNG side but that isn't realistic right now. It has to be the two above first. 18 teams with the above included would mean a 50/50 split with Sydney & non Sydney clubs. Maybe that's the biggest hurdle to overcome!
  12. Lewis

    Western Bears NRL side

    Looking back further, they shouldn't have been culled back in the mid 90's. Neither should the Crushers. Just my opinion.
  13. Lewis

    Eddie Hearn ' Monitoring RL'

    It is interesting. To use the Darts analogy, I see the Lenagan-led Super Clubs as the "PDC (initially WDC)" whilst the old blazers at the RFL play the role of the "BDO". I think the SL clubs, players, CEO's are much more likely to be receptive to Matchroom' involvement. The RFL suits more likely to adopt a "we like the way things are" stance. Let's see where we are in 12 months as there is plenty up in the air.
  14. Lewis

    2019 structure

    And then the winner gets to have a review from Rimmer about what value they actually bring to the game.