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  1. Well we know Red Star Belgrade are entering the 2019 Challenge Cup and have aspirations for League 1, now they’re adding additional focus to their youth program. As a business owner myself, i think this is a fantastic initiative and will be throwing in a tenner. https://chuffed.org/project/redstar If you are serious about growing the game you should do the same. We complain that Toronto isn’t interested in youth, well let’s show our support for an expansion club doing the extraordinary! https://chuffed.org/project/redstar
  2. Likely to upset a few people here... Have been thinking long and hard about developing the League to allow for expansion in the future and have come up with a conference system similar to that in the NFL. Before you give up reading on... please just read the rest... 😊 "The East" Hull FC, Hull KR, Castleford, Featherstone, Wakefield "Yorkshire" Leeds, Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, York "Lancashire" St Helens, Wigan, Leigh, Salford, Swinton "The West" Warrington, Widnes, Workington, Whitehaven, Barrow "Expansion" Catalans, Toulouse, Toronto, London, New York (?) This idea ensures that local derbies are contested yearly and without fail and also with a Home and Away same conference, Home only against 2 Conferences, and Away only against the other 2 Conferences ensures all teams play everyone - total 28 games. Future Expansion would be to develop French Rugby League, as well as North American Rugby League, and could look like: "France" Catalans, Toulouse, AS Carcasonne, Limoux Grizzlies, Lezignan The bottom team could face a play-off with the French Elite 1 Champions "North America" Toronto, New York, Hamilton, Boston, Chicago The bottom team could face a play-off with the Champions of a US/Canada RL "UK and Ireland" London Broncos, London Skolars, Ireland, Wales, Scotland In case you think I have forgotten about the rest... The British Rugby Championship Rochdale, Oldham, Batley, Dewsbury Hunslet, Keighley, Sheffield, Doncaster Newcastle, Coventry Hemel, Skolars, Crusaders, Raiders Please go gentle with me with your responses... 😘
  3. The World Club Series, in my opinion, could be so much better than it currently is. And so the following knockout tournament will solve this! 😉 Finalist 1 Semi-Final 1: Super-League Champions v Semi-Finalist 1 becomes Finalist 1 Quarter-Final 1: NRL Runner-Up v Quarter-Finalist 1 becomes Semi-Finalist 1 Qualifier 1: France 1 v North America 1 becomes Quarter-Finalist 1 Finalist 2 Semi-Final 2: NRL 1 v Semi-Finalist 2 becomes Finalist 2 Quarter-Final 1: Super-League Runner-Up v Quarter-Finalist 2 becomes Semi-Finalist 2 Qualifier 2: New Zealand 1 v France 2 (or Wales 1) becomes Quarter-Finalist 2 Hopefully you can follow my plan! The idea being that one nation could host the tournament - potentially at the same ground - playing two fixtures a day: Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2 (played on a Thursday) Quarter-Final 1 and Quarter-Final 2 (played on a Sunday) Semi-Final 1 and Semi-Final 2 (played on a Wednesday) Final (played on a Saturday) The tournament therefore lasts 10 days long, consists of teams from 5 or 6 nations, and requires teams to play at most 4 games but more likely just 2 games. It is greater exposure for the International Club game, involves more teams, and doesn't last too long so should in theory be able to be implemented. If say New Zealand Warriors, Catalans Dragons, or Toronto WP were in fact to win or be runners up in SL/NRL then they would be bumped up the knockout stages accordingly.
  4. Klubi Regbise Tirana from the Albania Rugby League 🇦🇱, plus the Rhodes Knights Rugby League and Patras Rugby league from the Greek Rugby League Association 🇬🇷 are three of the new clubs that are set to take part in an expanded Balkan Super League in 2018. The Balkan Super League will feature at least 12 clubs in 2018 from Serbia 🇷🇸, Bulgaria 🇧🇬, Bosnia 🇧🇦, Turkey 🇹🇷 plus Greece 🇬🇷 and Albania 🇦🇱.
  5. A strength becomes a weakness when it makes us complacent. A weakness becomes a strength when we see it as such and keep working to improve it. How do those to qualities apply to RL? First up, the weakness. I see RL's biggest weakness it’s lack of international reach. The opportunity in NA is huge and has landed on RL's lap. There are risks in expansion but even bigger risks in simply maintaining the status quo. There is a realisation by many in RL of the need to take the bull by the horns and give it a go. As expansions go, this one is relatively risk free due. Now for the first point. Where is RL's strength? Australia. Some years back, the game was expanding there, plans to take the game nationally were unfolding. After SL in Australia, the game retreated and expansion ignored. What I thought was regrouping proved to be prolonged inaction. The game still rides on its popularity but the mindset certainly isn't visionary anymore. The recent issue over a lucrative match in the US (I thought a no-brainer) risks being stymied by some clubs concerned about injuries. A game that is run by introverted clubs in Australia deserves nothing more than to fail. Their strength is proving to be the game’s weakness. If Australia continues to dominate all decisions made in RL, it will hold the game back. There is no vision of growth in Australian RL. Opportunities to expand don't come along very often. Shortsighted self interest will keep RL in the backwaters. Australia is in my opinion RL's weakness, too self absorbed. Can RL overcome it's greatest weakness and take the game international? Time will tell.
  6. NickG14

    Hemel Stags

    Still early days but Hemel have been thumped 82-0 by Barrow. Most expansion clubs seem to be no where near challenging for promotion or playoffs (not including Toronto) how long will it take for there to be more of an even playing field between heartlands and expansion and what can be done to help?
  7. I apologize for posting this in the General Rugby League Forum, given the Toronto Wolfpack specific nature of the content; but, with so much of the discussion to date revolving around what level of media coverage and other exposure the team is getting locally/nationally, and what potential fan base it may foster in the long run, this will hopefully add to the discussion. The ~3000 word piece is a great read, and interesting in and of itself. The photography is excellent as well. The fact this this type of positive, detailed, original reporting is beginning to reach one of the two national sports specialty networks, either of which are at least as ubiquitous as Sky Sports is in the U.K., is potentially a big deal. In addition: there have been many other media outlets picking up the Canadian Press wire service's frequent coverage; and the country's highest circulation newspaper (Toronto Star) has begun publishing the Kingstone Press League 1 table (alongside those for the NHL, NBA, MLB, NFL, CFL etc.), both of which should give us some confidence that things are trending in the right direction. Stumbling upon a fairly respectable city centre sports bar playing the Challenge Cup Final, live, and then again on repeat, while I was out for lunch with some friends, kind of feels like the icing on the cake.
  8. Please support our Development Area club Exeter Centurions were formed in 2007, and have competed in the South West RL every summer since that time. As the RFL has lost its funding from Sport England, the game in the south west is now without any central financial backing whatsoever. Added to that, insurance and pitch hire costs have escalated dramatically. The running costs of the club are over £1500 per year. The local players and volunteers contribute towards the cost of running the club, but we really need external support to keep the game alive in Devon's capital city. We don't expect something for nothing - whether it be shirt or programme sponsorship for your business, or buying replica shirts and merchandise as a supporter, we are happy to credit our sponsors and provide suitable rewards. I know all clubs are strapped for cash, but the one thing we don’t have in the South West is a past generation of former players willing and able to help their old clubs with time, money or sponsorship. That’s why we’re coming to you, the wider RL community, to ask for help. If you can donate the cost of a pint, we’ll be able to keep our pioneering club alive and well. I know it’s early days, but we’ve already had two ex-Centurions play professional games with Featherstone Rovers and Oxford RL. Who knows – the next Louis McCarthy Scaresbrook, Tony Clubb or Dan Sarginson might be about to begin their RL careers in Exeter…. Thanks in advance for your kind support! CLICK HERE TO HELP: http://www.gofundme.com/centurions15