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New ARLC CEO

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Hopefully the fact that he's Welsh and lived over in the UK might mean he can turn the Australian game to take a more sympathetic view towards international RL e.g. some funding and games for PNG and the Pacific Islands and changing the State of origin eligibilty rules so that players can both play state of origin and international football for some other country than Australia and geting the Aussie clubs to host the WCC every alternate year.

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I'd have liked to have seen someone with a Rugby League background get the job rather than another anonymous "suit".

Too many of our administrators (in both hemispheres) are too far removed from the actual game. We now have another one to add to the collection.

Having said that, I hope he is the man for the job and can re-invigorate international football even though it's not technically his job to do it!

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I'd have liked to have seen someone with a Rugby League background get the job rather than another anonymous "suit".

Too many of our administrators (in both hemispheres) are too far removed from the actual game. We now have another one to add to the collection.

Having said that, I hope he is the man for the job and can re-invigorate international football even though it's not technically his job to do it!

That's an argument that cuts both ways. A person with no club or state axe to grind can make better and more impartial decisions. I think it worked quite well in the RFL with the Richard Lewis appointment.

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That's an argument that cuts both ways. A person with no club or state axe to grind can make better and more impartial decisions. I think it worked quite well in the RFL with the Richard Lewis appointment.

True I suppose, but at the same time Richard Lewis never struck me as having a passion for the game, rather a sense that he was just doing the job he was paid to do.

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Insofar as a major concern has been that the ARL is too insular appointinga Taff must be a good thing.

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True I suppose, but at the same time Richard Lewis never struck me as having a passion for the game, rather a sense that he was just doing the job he was paid to do.

Passion is not always the best attribute when hard decisions have to be taken.

When Lewis took over the game was in a mess and leaking money like a sieve.

A disinterested administrator did what had to be done and he handed the game over in much better shape.

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Passion is not always the best attribute when hard decisions have to be taken.

When Lewis took over the game was in a mess and leaking money like a sieve.

A disinterested administrator did what had to be done and he handed the game over in much better shape.

I'm not disputing what you say. I agree Richard Lewis did turn the game around financially and steadied the ship. Once the ship was steadied though, did he plot a successful new course and dedicate his time to taking the game forward? If so, why did he effectively become part-time and spend most of his time in his role with Sport England down in London?

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At his press conference, he didn't recognise any of the players on a picture containing Johnathan Thurston, Wendell Sailor and Sam Thaiday. He also couldn't name the captain of the Kangaroos.

Watch this space - I'm not impressed with the ARL Commission so far.

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I know it's a different sport but it didn't do Leeds Utd any favours having a fan in charge, they were basically ruined by him.

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The point is he has got pretty sound business credentials and the one thing the ARL need with all that influx of TV monies is someone like that, not from the squabbling, political backstabbing background that is RL at the moment. They also have a pretty sharp Salary Cap Supervisor who takes no prisoners as the Eels and other Clubs have found out!

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He's keeping the day job at the bank; so he hasn't been brought in to be a hands-on CEO. The ARL's choice has probably been influenced by the success that Richard Lewis had with the RFL in the UK.

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I'd have liked to have seen someone with a Rugby League background get the job rather than another anonymous "suit".

The very real danger in getting someone from within the game is that they end up with someone who barely registers the existence of the international game, or even worse, someone whose horizons don't stretch any further than Sydney city limits.

I think this guy's worth going with, if he can look at the bigger picture, can map out the future for RL and has no political/personal enemies/obligations within the game.

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At his press conference, he didn't recognise any of the players on a picture containing Johnathan Thurston, Wendell Sailor and Sam Thaiday. He also couldn't name the captain of the Kangaroos.

Watch this space - I'm not impressed with the ARL Commission so far.

I understand your concern but really its more important that he does the best job possible. It would perhaps be worse if he knew the players, their coaches etc, at least this way he won't have too many preconceptions and maybe feel obliged to favour certain people or clubs.

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I understand your concern but really its more important that he does the best job possible. It would perhaps be worse if he knew the players, their coaches etc, at least this way he won't have too many preconceptions and maybe feel obliged to favour certain people or clubs.

I wonder how many RL players Richard Lewis could have identified, at the time when he was first approached for the RFL job.

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I wonder how many RL players Richard Lewis could have identified, at the time when he was first approached for the RFL job.

Pretty sure his first game was at Wakefield and he hadn't seen a game before that. Luckily, he didn't do a bunk immediately ;)

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Pretty sure his first game was at Wakefield and he hadn't seen a game before that. Luckily, he didn't do a bunk immediately ;)

But was he ever seen at Belle Vue again?

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But was he ever seen at Belle Vue again?

Doubt it, the guy wasn't daft. ;)

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But was he ever seen at Belle Vue again?

Why is that important?

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Why is that important?

It's not, it was meant to be a light hearted jibe about the state of Belle Vue's facilities 10 years ago :unsure:

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It's not, it was meant to be a light hearted jibe about the state of Belle Vue's facilities 10 years ago :unsure:

:D Fair enough!

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He's keeping the day job at the bank; so he hasn't been brought in to be a hands-on CEO. The ARL's choice has probably been influenced by the success that Richard Lewis had with the RFL in the UK.

He is full time from February. Apparently his $1 million plus salary is going to be a paycut from his current job.

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Apparently his $1 million plus salary is going to be a paycut from his current job.

He can't be from West Wales then. They are famously tight with money.

:D

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I wouldnt have 99% of people who are 'passionate about RL' anywhere near a job at the top of the game, they're usually the least qualified and insular.

Good luck to this guy, we could do with an outward-looking person in charge of the game over there, and the fact he isn't Australian means there is an outside chance he is aware other countries exist.

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