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  1. The Lad

    Toronto Wolfpack at home

    Hard game today, full time outfit with a lot of money and experience behind them. Just remember they need to win these games to make top four, we can lose and still stay up.
  2. I posted this in a forum talking about player development in North America, and what the wolfpack were or werent doing... You guys will probably have more interest in it though as it is Ontario specific. Just my idea of where the Wolfpack should be focusing their efforts. Please excuse the over explanation of Canadian things, the other thread was full of non Canadians. Anyways, tell me what you think! In Canada developing players is tough in almost every niche sport because we're such a big, spread out country. You really need to break it down into regions because it simply costs too much for domestic clubs to travel around the country. Even in Hockey where our CHL (u-20) league has teams with average attendences of anywhere from 2000 to 14000, there is still regional divided competetion. Usually the 3 regions we look at here are the west (BC to Manitoba), Ontario, and the east (Quebec+Maritimes) but in Rugby League there are 3 regions where RL is played and officially recognized by Canada Rugby League... Those are BC, Ontario and Alberta. If the Wolfpack are serious about the development of Canadian players they need to be involved in the domestic amatuer leagues. It would be relatively easy for them to put a team in Ontario Rugby League, call the team TWP 2, let an older player or assistant coach the team, and hold open tryouts. The problem is with the actual league itself. They simply dont play enough games. I'm not from Ontario but as far as I can tell they only play a few games a season and there are only 4 teams. Union absolutely dominates in Canada, and thats probably why there are so few games, the players are busy playing union. The league would need to be revamped and probably sponsored by the team so that more games could be played. A ten game season with a 2 round playoffs would be more than triple the amount of games played most seasons. If Hamilton do get an expansion team then I can see a partnership with the Wolfpack on revamping ORL (Ontario Rugby League). Think about it, 2 pro rugby teams in Ontario come in out of no where and theyre both League code... You've got to think any elite players would make the choice to devote themselves to ORL instead of Union because of the possibility of going pro in League, and the fact you'd be getting seen playing against Wolfpack 2 or Hamilton 2. All of a sudden you could have a stronger ORL and more games and practices, with a couple of squads (Wolfpack and Hamilton) possibly offering high level coaching (or atleast coached by vet players/recently retired players). ORL also already has a junior system established so it would be perfect to put teams into that as well. All of this might still take a few years just to develop one or two players but it is a no lose situation because of the relatively low financial risk and the potentially high rewards. Having a homegrown Canadian is marketing gold for all the Canadian MLS teams, and while youre trying to grow a player, youre also growing interest in the game because of all the players who would be playing in ORL. This is extremely dependent on Hamilton or another Ontario city getting a pro club though as the local pro opportunity is the only thing I could see shifting the local players focus to League, there are 10 competitions, across 6 divisions of mens amatuer Union in Ontario, and they are well organized with sponsorship, pro/rel, etc. Putting some sort of Academy or sataliete team in the BC league would be nice too as its currently stronger, but that would be significantly more expensive. Its not impossible as the Vancouver Whitecaps of MLS have these set up all over Canada and the results are starting to come in with players signing for their first and reserve teams, but theyre very rich and ambitious and in Canada soccer vs RL is apples to oranges.
  3. Seems to be a big fan of international expansion. In the rest of the article he criticises the NRL for not doing enough. “Super League will be an international competition in five years’ time,” Lenagan said. “I believe at that time, as well as the English clubs, we’ll have Toulouse, we’ll have Perpignan, we’ll have Toronto, we’ll probably have New York within that time scale. “The Super League is doing a lot of innovative things to take the game forward. The 12 clubs are working tremendously well together, that’s how we got permission to do this [Wollongong game]. “Who knows, if the NRL don’t do something about [expansion with] Perth, with a single flight back to England it wouldn’t at all surprise me if they became interested in playing in a competition of that scale.”
  4. Soooo.... does the dual registration mean we have to be nice to you now? Actually no issues at all on this. And I am quite curious as to where this agreement will take both teams. The GMs and owners seem quite happy about it but I have an impression they all know each other quite well and have a "plan". I really see this potentially as a conduit for finding some talent in NA and sending it to Bradford reserves for training and testing, taking the pipeline transatlantic. But I am just guessing and I suspect the powers that be have other ideas in mind Any takes on the game this Friday? I think it will be close but I do not know the current state of the Bradford team. I will have to go through the other threads to bone up. I say TWP by 10!
  6. Seems the RFL are just expecting all the clubs to televise the games with no compensation. Another backward step for the game. HW
  7. So given the run the Toronto Wolfpack is on what do you think are the chances they will move up to Championship this year? To me it seems the prospect is very strong, but I am curious about other opinions. My first forum post!
  8. In case anyone hadn't been paying attention, there's now a 37-page thread about a Martyn Sadler report suggesting that existing "Super" League clubs are uneasy about Toronto getting into SL because of "lack of away fans". The Wolfpack's first season is turning out to be an unparalleled success, drawing a bigger average crowd in the third tier of the UK pro game than 4 current SL clubs did last year. They've shown that the logistics are workable and there's a market for RL in North America. We know also that Eric Pérez thinks big and playing in the lower divisions was never more than a stepping stone in his view. We know also that the RFL have received expressions of interest from other potential ownership groups looking to back other North American clubs. If for some reason existing clubs managed to block Toronto getting into SL, what chance of a breakaway led by Argyle and Pérez forming a new transatlantic league and inviting select European clubs including London, Toulouse and a few others to join them along with those other new groups in Montréal etc? Would Leeds, Wigan and St Helens (for example) want to stay in the league they're in now or join the new one?
  9. Captain Survival

    Toronto has signed Josh Mcrone

    ST GEORGE Illawarra halfback Josh McCrone has been signed by Toronto and will close out his season at St George and then goes to Toronto on a 2 yr contract. Source: I think there are more on the way, but what do you think of this one?
  10. Huddersfield Giants have agreed an undisclosed transfer fee for the registration of Ryan Brierley with the Canadian Toronto Wolfpack club. The player will move with immediate effect and is expected to debut in the weekends Challenge Cup action should all papers clear in time with the RFL Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis told how the move came about: “We received an offer from Toronto Director of Rugby Brian Noble on Monday which our board, coaching staff, Ryan and his management were made aware of. It was clear that the move would be appealing to Ryan and from our side of things once the fee met our value of the player the deal was quickly signed. "It’s a sad day in some respects for us but the reality is that the move to Huddersfield and into Super League didn’t really work out as either we nor Ryan would have wished. He has been an excellent professional with us, well liked amongst the supporters but with him not cementing a place in the matchday seventeen in his preferred half back role I can well see why the chance to do that back with coach he knows well is appealing to him. He leaves us with our best wishes for his future with promotion to the championship this year seeming a certainty for the Wolfpack I am sure he will play a big part for them in securing that. "From our side the search for additions to the squad is an ongoing process and whilst it may be viewed that this strengthens our position in being able to recruit the reality is that the player market is incredibly thin in the UK. The immediate positive that we gain is a likelihood of further opportunities for our younger players and in particular young Izaac Farrell will now be invited to move up into the first team environment and stake his claim." Ryan Brierley said: “I am very grateful to everyone at Huddersfield for the opportunity to achieve my dream which was to play in Super league. My debut will always be a special memory for me as will be the friendships I have made with the coaches , players and supporters here who have been very kind to me. Like all players I wanted to be playing every week and that’s the main reason for taking the new challenge at Toronto with a coach who obviously I know very well. The initial aim of course is promotion and then the desire and ambition of the club is ultimately Super League and I hope to be able to play a big part in that and get back to level that I am leaving. I wish Huddersfield and everyone there nothing but success and really did enjoy my time at the club.”
  11. With the much awaited game at New River, Skolars v Toronto on Saturday and the intriguing Broncos v Bulls on Sunday, it should be a feast of RL in the capital this weekend. One wonders how much the weight of expectation will play on the Pack men's minds, but I bet they will be glad to play on rubber rather than mud. Skolars have nothing lose by giving it their best shot in a season opener before a big crowd for Champ 1. The Broncos have ground out three unconvincing wins on the road and will be desperate to notch a win to cement their top 4 slot. The Bulls will be equally keen to reduce their points arrears and continue their Herculean task of making the top four. One wonders whether the London media will show any interest in the proceedings? Hopefully a lot of the latent RL fans will re-appear for some of this action.
  12. For me, this one makes a lot of sense. Florida is the centre of rugby league in the USA really.