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  1. c0c0nutz

    Yaha turns his back on RL

    I would say he's just taking an opportunity presented to him. I wouldn't be surprised if guys like Gigot and many more in the future follow suit. There needs to be other forms of revenue $$$ (whatever we can think of!!!) if we want to keep players in the game, like an online rugby league channel, streaming matches from NRL, SL, International RL, and other rugby league content. Small town clubs are still important to RL but should only be playing in those leagues (NSW/QLD Cup & League 1/Championship they get there chance in competitions like the Challenge Cup). In future to move forward there should be more of a focus to prioritise internationals and reduce the amount of club games.
  2. So from what I'm reading here David Argyle is relocating London Skolars to Philadelphia (2019 or 2020), I'm assuming they will be renamed accordingly as well? Personally for London to continue developing quality rugby league players one could hope there is a proper reserve grade and London Broncos operating a team in that, and of course an academy team unless this is is made up BS.
  3. If you want the weaker team to win then you need all teams to be on an even playing level.
  4. c0c0nutz

    Louis Anderson retires.

    Great servant not only for Catalans, but for NZRL. Hope he continues to play or coach in the Elite.
  5. c0c0nutz

    Irish interest in League 1

    I'll believe this when I see them on the field.
  6. add to that clubs in the future like New York, Red Star Belgrade and other ready and ambitious European/British clubs it will hopefully raise the profile of the competition to be much higher.
  7. c0c0nutz

    Poland's New National Coach

    wonder if they'll include Jack Gosiewski and Paul Momirovski. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak would have to be a certain..
  8. c0c0nutz

    2025 World Cup US in doubt

    Have it in Australia, of course NZ again and PNG, Fiji can have one home game.. maybe even a double header in Hawaii Samoa vs Tonga and Canada vs USA. Of course the WC needs to expand lets add another two to four teams making it 18-20, one African, one Asian plus another European, and South American nation would do. Must be promoted well for it to be considered a success.
  9. https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/106570437/rugby-league-world-cup-in-united-states-in-doubt-due-to-financial-troubles There are fears the 2025 Rugby League World Cup may not go ahead in the US as planned due to financial troubles surrounding the promoter. The Rugby League International Federation had conditionally awarded the event to North America almost two years ago, signifying the first time the tournament will be taken out of traditional heartland areas. The bold foray into the US and Canada is still seven years away, but already there are concerns whether the event's promoter, Moore Sports International, is still in a position to bankroll the event. The company made history by taking an England-New Zealand test to Colorado earlier this year, a game that was well received in the Denver region. However, a crowd of less than 20,000 resulted in Moore Sports International chief executive Jason Moore suffering an estimated seven-figure loss. While the players have been paid, the New Zealand Rugby League and the Rugby Football League (the governing body for professional rugby league in England) claim they are out of pocket and are facing the prospect of carrying a debt of up to $500,000 each. Under a revised timeline, the NZRL has given the promoter until Friday to pay the money they say is owed. "We haven't been paid, but we're running a timeline on that, that hasn't expired yet," NZRL boss Greg Peters said. The parties had signed a three-year deal to play tests in the US. However, a report into the controversial Denver fixture found it was "inappropriately scheduled" and suffered from a number of organisational oversights, meaning it will likely remain a one-off match. Asked if the Kiwis would consider heading to Denver again next year, Peters said: "I would say it's unlikely at this stage, unless the promoter delivers pretty quickly." One of Moore's other projects, snowboarding competition Air + Style, was slated to be held in Sydney's Domain this month. However, it has been scrapped and Moore's subsidiary firm, Moore Snow Sports, is one his companies currently in administration. Moore has proven he can make big events happen. He brought Los Angeles and Arizona to the SCG for an historic Major League Baseball series opener in 2014. While that project was a success, his foray into Denver was impeded by resistance from the NRL and its clubs, which didn't want the fixture to proceed. Moore declined to comment when contacted by Fairfax Media. It is hoped Moore will find the funds required to fulfil his financial commitments from the Denver test, the first step towards proving he can deliver on his World Cup commitments. But the large financial loss and the delays in paying up cast a doubt on the US venture. "MSI has been awarded the 2025 World Cup subject to appropriate guarantees and finalisation of a staging agreement," RLIF chairman John Grant said. "When we have greater clarity on MSI's position we will know whether we have to deal with anything or not. We'll wait until things become clear." The RLIF has yet to contact Moore about the issues, but said, "there are always contingency plans", which could include the prospect of seeking alternative partners to promote the 2025 World Cup. "There are always options, particularly when we're talking about an event seven years out and also particularly when there is every indication RLWC2021 [in England] will be very successful," Grant said. The fallout from the Denver foray comes at a time when the NRL is seeking to take more matches to the American market. The governing body gave some consideration to staging a season-ending Australia-Tonga test in New York, but the promoter behind the initiative couldn't convince head office he could make the project stack up financially at short notice. Negotiations are also advanced to take the opening round match for 2019, most likely between Melbourne and South Sydney, to the US. A decision on the "round zero" project is imminent, although the NRL is wary of green lighting another loss-making match in America.
  10. c0c0nutz

    Vive la France

    Next is Toulouse!!
  11. c0c0nutz

    Tonga v Aus is on

    Qatar…. On a serious note all of those choices minus New York would be most sensible for Aus vs Tonga. If they (the New York consortium) want to test the waters for RL in New York, get Toronto to play a big name SL club in NY maybe during pre season (Leeds, Warrington, Wigan) and you could work off that.
  12. c0c0nutz

    Are the Robots dead?

    the robots were pretty ###### but the cartoon version of this is just as bad, ffs they have the number 10 attempting a drop goal! simply using highlights of SL players, past, present and future both on Sky and BBC with some appetising rock music from aspiring British bands should get people pumped to watch RL. The robots and the number 10 attempting a drop goal makes no sense.
  13. SL 1 & 2 with either 10-12 teams in both leagues, all fully professional , each team in each league play each other twice so that would mean 20-24 rounds. Top 3 teams from each league enter a 6 team playoffs for the final. League must have teams from North America and France if able (Toronto?, New York?, Catalans, Toulouse, London, Salford - with a plan to move them into Manchester).. Championship can still exist at semi-pro level for aspiring SL clubs and promising expansion clubs with around 10-12 clubs and appropriate teams are promoted/relegated to SL 1& 2. All SL teams must run a National Youth Competition (under 20s), any French/European or North American teams entering must have suitable youth setups for SL before entering from Championship. Hopefully this would work and increase attendance, tv ratings, player performance and ticks all the boxes. Things like internationals must be considered (not really a big fan of any State of Origin-like fixtures, lets just have club and international)
  14. c0c0nutz

    Kangaroos to play in New York

    Australia vs Tonga in West Coast USA (Hawaii, Utah, California) or New York (USA Canada pre match) NZ vs Samoa in Auckland Fiji vs Cook Islands in Suva or Rarotonga everyone should be happy then..
  15. c0c0nutz

    Kangaroos to play in New York

    Play it in New York. the Tongans will plant their flag on the statue of liberty. MMT. In all seriousness though they would be better of playing it in New York, Utah or West Coast US (Utah, Hawaii, California etc..)