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what a joke !

an insult to French RL fans :(

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what a joke !

an insult to French RL fans :(

Why? Don't understand this negativity, the FFR13 are completely within their rights to promote and play the game outside of the south of France äne explore new markets. As long as all costs are covered. I think it'll be a good means of pushing the sport forward on the back of the Bein Sports TV deal and the impending/potential pro league, a good way to test the water and create a new market.

Rugby League in France is quite limited to a small market so it'll be good for them to spread their wings.

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Isn't this the equivalent of England rugby league team playing a test match in Peterborough?

Which would, of course, be brilliant.

It is the home of the round ball game.

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Anywhere would have made more sense than wherever the match would have been, wherever that was.

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Isn't this the equivalent of England rugby league team playing a test match in Peterborough?

no, more like Penzance ! France is a flippin' big country mate!

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Why? Don't understand this negativity, the FFR13 are completely within their rights to promote and play the game outside of the south of France äne explore new markets. As long as all costs are covered. I think it'll be a good means of pushing the sport forward on the back of the Bein Sports TV deal and the impending/potential pro league, a good way to test the water and create a new market.

Rugby League in France is quite limited to a small market so it'll be good for them to spread their wings.

the french public have one chance to watch their international RL team this calendar year - just once !!! so why in heavens name couldn't it hace been somewhere easily accessible to the fans and not som northern outpost on the whim of an outgoing FFR president hell bent on doing his old mate in Lens a favour - is there no consideration for the loyal fans ?

it's like playing the England v Wales game in Dover or Truro - an absolute disgrace !

the RL area in France is roughly a line from Bordeaux to Lyon which is about one third of the country which relates to an area about twice the size of England ! - this suggests to me the FFR has more than enough territory to 'spread their wings' !

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I'm not that concerned about Lens.

What really does concern me is the fact that the RFL, which owns a stadium in the middle of the M62 corridor with a capacity of circa 20k, has decided to not use it for the autumn internationals and has instead gone for Craven Park (England v France) and Salford for the final, which have a combined capacity of just over 20k I believe.

Now I know that England v France never gets a brilliant crowd in but surely holding it at Craven Park (no disrespect to HKR) shows a serious lack of ambition on the part of the RFL. They got good crowds last Autumn for the England matches, the Exiles at Saints got over 11k crowd and they're doing all this work in Manchester with the extraordinary rugby, why not play it that way, and then have the final at Odsal which is pretty much central for most RL fans?

Any surprise players like Eastmond and Tomkins switch to RU with the prospect of playing for their country in front of 80,000 plus when sticking with RL they could be turning out in front of a tenth of that figure.

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Now I know that England v France never gets a brilliant crowd in but surely holding it at Craven Park (no disrespect to HKR) shows a serious lack of ambition on the part of the RFL. They got good crowds last Autumn for the England matches, the Exiles at Saints got over 11k crowd and they're doing all this work in Manchester with the extraordinary rugby, why not play it that way, and then have the final at Odsal which is pretty much central for most RL fans?

Thanks for that, was wondering where those games were.

I'm pretty happy to see England games move around a bit. Might have waited for the new stand at Craven Park, I suppose.

Odsal might be on the large side for these games.

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Thanks for that, was wondering where those games were.

I'm pretty happy to see England games move around a bit. Might have waited for the new stand at Craven Park, I suppose.

Odsal might be on the large side for these games.

If you work on the basis that England will make the final, the RFL own Odsal. Surely they could put the match on for a not exorbitant cost and get a decent crowd, on the back of sensible ticket pricing and marketing. Bradford is bang in the middle of RL territory, not a ridiculous drive either if you live in Hull or Warrington.

Can someone explain the point of the RFL owning Odsal if they don't then use it for internationals like this?

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Can someone explain the point of the RFL owning Odsal if they don't then use it for internationals like this?

They didn't take on the lease to develop a national stadium. Good thing too- national teams should play round the country.

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It's at Craven Park?! Really?! When was that announced?

In fact, when was any of it announced? I have no idea what's happening after the GF. I'm a keen RL follower, how are the passive fans meant to know if the keen followers don't?!

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If you work on the basis that England will make the final, the RFL own Odsal. Surely they could put the match on for a not exorbitant cost and get a decent crowd, on the back of sensible ticket pricing and marketing. Bradford is bang in the middle of RL territory, not a ridiculous drive either if you live in Hull or Warrington.

Can someone explain the point of the RFL owning Odsal if they don't then use it for internationals like this?

Because it has no cover for 3/4 of the stadium?

Also I would guess that Odsal has limited corporate packages.

Tbh Odsal would be better for a summer international v Aus

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Because it has no cover for 3/4 of the stadium?

Also I would guess that Odsal has limited corporate packages.

Loads of boxes in the Coral Stand (still called that?) to the right of the cameras

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Loads of boxes in the Coral Stand (still called that?) to the right of the cameras

Still the cover issue, plus the fact that it is too big for a game v France.

Get a roof on and it would be absolutely worth considering for a full house game v Aus. Imagine the atmos from a standing crowd under cover for such a game....

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It's at Craven Park?! Really?! When was that announced?

In fact, when was any of it announced? I have no idea what's happening after the GF. I'm a keen RL follower, how are the passive fans meant to know if the keen followers don't?!

It's in the French press released that was linked to at the start of the thread. England v France November 3rd at Craven Park and the final November 10 at Salford City Stadium.

Hope someone tells the England side because according to http://www.englandrl.co.uk/ , the next fixture is October 26 against Australia, and they are also playing Ireland on November 2nd!

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On the French federation website, there's going to be a high speed train put on for supporters from Avignon to Lens stopping at Lyon, a day return ticket will cost 175 euro with a match ticket, they need 500 supporters or it won't run!

Don't think there'll be many takers!

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