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winter break...tooooo long.

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the almost total absence of anything to do with rugby league cannot be a good thing, no games at all, no press, nothing on tv.

it is like the sport has stopped existing, the break is far to long we need something to be happening throughout the year, no wonder we can't get any sponsors.

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Try telling the players there break is to long im sure they would have to words for ya n the second one would be off :)

There should show something in the off season I agree but what could they do apart from a season review n a top tries program which no one really watches anyway

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I'd love to see some kind of masters tournament over the winter months, even if it's just indoor touch or tag.

Run it similar to how they ran the 9s tournament - pick several venues a week, have 4 teams playing at each.

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This is good point. Player need the break of course - look at the amount of operations and subsequent re-hab that take place.

How about a "Strongman of League" competition? - It could be a bit like strongest man , but with a rugby theme? They could do Deadlifts, Time trial pulling a vehicle 20M and atlas stones shaped like a rugby ball :lol: - each club puts in a player and the winners go into a final. The fatsest man contest could be integtrated into this for a back from each side too? Could get 3 programs out of it (2 semi + final) have some fun and get some brilliant coverage of the game off season IF SKY would show it. Championship and SL clubs ALL invited to take part.

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the almost total absence of anything to do with rugby league cannot be a good thing, no games at all, no press, nothing on tv.

it is like the sport has stopped existing, the break is far to long we need something to be happening throughout the year, no wonder we can't get any sponsors.

Once upon a time, it used to be like that in June,July and August

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Well the sport got about 30 seconds on a 2 hour 5 live 'review of the sporting year' type show which was in the background not really being listened to by me today. Which with the Olympics/Paralympics and the usual wall to wall football is not too bad. In comparison the other code got about 1 min.

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They usually show a Super League season review on Christmas Day on Sky Sports, what happened to that this year?

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Don't see the problem, finishes early november with internationals and then starts late december with friendlies for some sides. That's a gap of what 6 weeks without a game being played? Some Championship sides have gone longer than that without a home game in the middle of the regular season!

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I don't think I'd like to see the close season any shorter for reasons outlined above, however, that said, if it were down to me I'd be tempted to start the season today, on boxing day. Benefits of the top of my head being;

- The season would cover every bank holiday in the year.

- The season could start with boxing day derbys, it'd be flat cap heaven and bumper crowds!

- We'd only be pulling the start forward five weeks, but it'd give us the advantage of putting season ticket renewals 5 weeks further away from Christmas, helping spread the financial burden.

- The Grand Final would be played in September hopefully improving the odds of the weather being decent, leading to a biggest game of the year being played in conditions conducive to a decent game of Rugby.

- Our regular season would finish slightly before the Aussies, giving us extra time to get our preparation right for internationals in the Autumn, perhaps even warm up matches against the Exiles then instead of mid-season.

It'll never happen mind, well not unless Sky suddenly find themselves wanting extra sport over the Xmas break!

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Shrek- top suggestion!! I miss the Boxing day games, was part of my growing up. With this start date we could have a Lions tour at the end is the season, possibly even a mid season international window - though this is all far too sensible !!

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the almost total absence of anything to do with rugby league cannot be a good thing, no games at all, no press, nothing on tv.

it is like the sport has stopped existing, the break is far to long we need something to be happening throughout the year, no wonder we can't get any sponsors.

Try watching amateur clubs. ;)

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Used to be mid May to end of August for anyone not involved in the internationals.

Now it's mid October to the end of January.

So, 3½ months instead of ..... errrrrrrm .... well, 3½ months.

Plus ça change ..................

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Try watching amateur clubs. ;)

Yup! There's some bloody good rugby to be had at amateur level. The yorkshire cup was an excellent game. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Yup! There's some bloody good rugby to be had at amateur level. The yorkshire cup was an excellent game. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Try watching amateur clubs. ;)

i do, i was thinking more of the lack of a presence in the media, like someone else said some sort of comp in the winter months would be great. a sevens or nines with fringe players shown on telly.

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I enjoyed the couple of hours of specials that Sky put on over the last week. I also enjoyed the hour long SLS special.

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i do, i was thinking more of the lack of a presence in the media, like someone else said some sort of comp in the winter months would be great. a sevens or nines with fringe players shown on telly.

As someone else has posted a masters tournament would be good,similar to the footy one.

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why not bring back the county cups over the christmas period ?

Why not bring back winter RL.

I'd be up for it!!

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Why not bring back winter RL.

I'd be up for it!!

oh dear lord..... I'll come back in 15 pages!! :lol:

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I guess one problem is that the transfer market doesn't really exist anymore, with nearly all signings for the following season largely wrapped up by September or October.

Rather than discuss whether our team might splash out for a big name before the big kick-off, we're left with discussions in which the real rugby fans tell us which games they intend not to watch in the new season.

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Rather than discuss whether our team might splash out for a big name before the big kick-off, we're left with discussions in which the real rugby fans tell us which games they intend not to watch in the new season.

:D :D :D :D

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Championship should start on Boxing day with GF in August, with first 2 fixtures BD and NYD.

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Rather than discuss whether our team might splash out for a big name before the big kick-off, we're left with discussions in which the real rugby fans tell us which games they intend not to watch in the new season.

And the other "real rugby fans" telling them what games they should be watching.

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They usually show a Super League season review on Christmas Day on Sky Sports, what happened to that this year?

It was on New Year's Eve.

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