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Statement from RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood

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“ 2013 will be Rugby League’s most Important Year since Super League began, “ says RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood, as he looks ahead to Rugby League World Cup Year.

“ 2013 promises to be a hugely exciting year for Rugby League, with the widest geographic range of clubs ever taking part across Super League and the Championships, followed by a home Rugby League World Cup in England and Wales, the next international sporting event to be held in the UK after the 2012 Olympics.

“ I believe 2013 will be Rugby League’s most important year since we made the seismic shift to establish Super League back in 1996. The sporting eye of the nation will be upon the game and this will give us a fantastic chance to showcase this great sport to new audiences. It is vital that we make the most of the chance the year ahead brings to develop for the long term.

“ I hope all Rugby League fans will take the opportunity a major sports event like a World Cup brings to encourage people, including friends and family, who may not have experienced Rugby League before, to come and sample the atmosphere at one of the matches.

“ There is an amazing range of fixtures taking place across England and Wales, as well as games in France and Ireland, and I know many people have already taken advantage of the great value packages available, including special offers for clubs and families who want to make group bookings. All the information is at www.rlwc2013.com.

“ I would like to thank everyone who has volunteered already to be part of the World Cup team. We have had interest from right across the country in being involved and I am sure that, like in London 2012, we will have a wonderful group of volunteers at all our venues.

“ Ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013 in the autumn we have an exciting season in prospect for Super League and the new-look Championships, as well as the Challenge Cup and Northern Rail Cup.

“ The new Super League season kicks off in just a few weeks and in a World Cup year, the added incentive for players to stake their claim to be part of their national teams, will only add to what promises to be a highly competitive season. The 2012 season and play-offs showcased how the top teams in Super League are producing thrilling sporting encounters, which are being enjoyed in record numbers, both at games and on television. The regular Super League season saw a 6.7 per cent increase in attendances - the highest aggregate attendance since Super League’s inception in 1996. Our Super League broadcast partner Sky Sports have also experienced record viewing figures during 2012.

“ There are, of course, challenges ahead and we are very aware of these. We continue to work with clubs, in what as everyone knows is a difficult economic climate, to build for the long term future of the game. While things may move slower than we would like in the current economic situation, it is encouraging for example to see more ground improvements being advanced, with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats the latest team to receive the go ahead for their exciting new stadium plans.

“ One of the greatest sporting rivalries in the world will see battle commence between England and Australia on February 22 when Leeds Rhinos take on Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Our leading Super League Clubs have a proud record against their NRL opponents and I am sure we will see another high-quality contest in 2013.

“ In the new-look Championships we will welcome three new Rugby League clubs to the competition, from Gloucester, Hemel Hempstead and Oxford. These new clubs show how the game is expanding outside traditional areas and are part of the RFL's vision to grow the game across the country. They join a competition, which reaches from North East England to South Wales, and Cumbria to London, and I look forward to an exciting season ahead in both the Championship and Championship One.

“ In the community game 2013 will mark the second season of the new summer Rugby League calendar, a major innovation undertaken by the governing body to develop the sport. In reviewing the first summer season I am greatly encourage by the positive reaction we have received from so many clubs, covering areas like improved training and playing conditions, a better atmosphere to welcome new players, and other benefits like savings clubs have made on heating and lighting costs. I want to pay tribute to coaches, players, officials, parents and everyone involved in running community clubs for making the switch so effective in 2012.

“ Finally can I add my congratulations to Paul Sculthorpe, the only man ever to win back-to-back Man of Steel awards, on being awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours List for his outstanding services to Rugby League and charity.

“ Here's to a great year in prospect for Rugby League in 2013 and Happy New Year to Rugby League fans everywhere.”

Nigel Wood

RFL Chief Executive

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when can we expect mr wood to make a statement on the current situation at salford, he was quite gushing in his public support for bradford, so in my opinion he has decided to ignore salford because they aren't one of the so called big clubs.....................

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plus the bit between SL and C1 that he seems to have forgotten all about.

Hail O' great leader, our future is bright in your hands

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Cheers Nige, sounds great.

I hope you don't mind if I pass on SL and the World Cup. You will find me down at the Big fellas stadium though cheering on my beloved Fev Rovers.

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plus the bit between SL and C1 that he seems to have forgotten all about.

Hail O' great leader, our future is bright in your hands

More spin than a Monty Panasar delivery. The bloke is a baffoon.

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plus the bit between SL and C1 that he seems to have forgotten all about.

Hail O' great leader, our future is bright in your hands

Maybe he is leaving the Championship comments to Ralph Rimmer. Expect more pearls of wisdom soon then. :unsure:

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Atleast he's mentioned the Championships, 10 years ago we wouldnt have got F all out of the RFL in these sorts of press releases.

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:( sigh :(Grow up! You lot will only be happy when the entire game goes #### up. On second thoughts, keep going as you are as you are as an example to generations to come of what it is like to suck lemons morning noon and night. Thank god you are not representative of the many fans of this great game and thank god no one takes you seriously.

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Cheers Nige, sounds great.

I hope you don't mind if I pass on SL and the World Cup. You will find me down at the Big fellas stadium though cheering on my beloved Fev Rovers.

Each to their own and all that but....Would you ever hear a football or Cricket or whisper it quietly Rugby Union fan say that about a home World Cup

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Cheers Nige, sounds great.

I hope you don't mind if I pass on SL and the World Cup. You will find me down at the Big fellas stadium though cheering on my beloved Fev Rovers.

That's sad and such a shame, especially given your passion for the game. You really should give both of them a go, SL and WC. At worst, it will give you an opportunity to see the best teams and players that this country has to offer as they pit themselves against the rest of the world, . At best, you will you see the fare that will be on offer when your club joins the elite.

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Cheers Nige, sounds great.

I hope you don't mind if I pass on SL and the World Cup. You will find me down at the Big fellas stadium though cheering on my beloved Fev Rovers.

well that's kind of my standpoint!

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That's sad and such a shame, especially give your passion for the game. You really should give both of them a go, SL and WC. At worst, it will give you an opportunity to see the best teams and players that this country has to offer as the pit themselves against the rest of the world, . At best, you will you see the fare that will be on offer when your club joins the elite.

aye perhaps, but my angst with the game is greater than my motivation for the experiences you suggest. I'm assuming Ian is motivated similarly!

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Cheers Nige, sounds great.

I hope you don't mind if I pass on SL and the World Cup. You will find me down at the Big fellas stadium though cheering on my beloved Fev Rovers.

My view too Ian I won't be watching any of the World Cup either.

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Two points then.

1. You may be fans of say Featherstone Rovers but you are clearly not fans of rugby league.

2. Your negative attitude will only motivate even more real fans to follow SL and attend the WC

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2. Your negative attitude will only motivate even more real fans to follow SL and attend the WC

Then what's your problem? It's a win win scenario.

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Two points then.

1. You may be fans of say Featherstone Rovers but you are clearly not fans of rugby league.

2. Your negative attitude will only motivate even more real fans to follow SL and attend the WC

We are fans of rugby league just not fans of the clowns that run our game that's all.

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Two points then.

1. You may be fans of say Featherstone Rovers but you are clearly not fans of rugby league.

2. Your negative attitude will only motivate even more real fans to follow SL and attend the WC

I don't wish to motivate anyone to do anything. If you want to go, get ya sen off John. Enjoy it. Rejoice about it. Eulogise over it. I sincerely hope it's all YOU want it to be. As a.n.other has just indicated, it makes it a win win for you!

I just have another mindset. I choose not to support sl or the world cup. C'est la vie!

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My view too Ian I won't be watching any of the World Cup either.

Not even to see a couple of Featherstonians representing their country in the biggest tournament in the game ? I think you will miss a lot.

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Not even to see a couple of Featherstonians representing their country in the biggest tournament in the game ? I think you will miss a lot.

I'll live wi it! I'll honestly get more out of watching Selby v Greetland

Each to there own eh?

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Some of these comments, in regard to the World Cup on here are incredible,it's no wonder League struggles at times.

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Dear Mr Wood,

You claim to love the sport of Rugby League, if this really is the case, please do the decent thing and stand down with immediate effect!

Since taking control of the sport, you and your cronies have single handedly crippled our game. If you want a reminder of some of your blunder's, here is a quick recap:-

1. Crusader's - fast tracked to SL, the visa c*ck up, taken over and moved north as they were skint. Went bust again, dissolved in to a Ch1 team with gates averaging a few hundred.

2. Bradford - Bust and saved because the SL clubs will get decent home gates against them so they are allowed to carry on as though nothing had happened.

3. Salford - Bust and you'll probably do what you should have done to Bradford and demote them, but the greedy SL clubs don't get good enough gates from Salford to warrant saving them.

4. Wakefield - Bust. Missed every target you set them regarding ground improvements, the same one's you set them in the previous licensing that they failed to hit. This time if they missed them, you were going to demote them, they still haven't done it, the saga continues.

5. Castleford - In the doldrums and severely struggling, like Wakey missed every target set in the last round of licencing regarding ground improvements the saga continues here too, will they ever build the new ground - Doubtful in my lifetime!

6. London - Massive strides here, really well done. Average gates just over 1000 for a SL club is almost remarkable. Is it possible to attract less fans to anything in London? However, no-one in the capital even knows they have a team. If they do, they must all be washing there hair on match days.

7. Different divisions playing to different rules (bonus point "experiment" still running and failing), I cannot think of another sport where 2 divisions would play to different rules to every other team in the sport, if it is successful run it in SL? You won't do it Mr Wood, because it has the opposite effect to what it was designed for, it promotes negativity not attacking play.

8. Licensing, introduced to ensure 1-5 on this list cannot happen, that worked well didn't it!

9. Magic Weekend - Lets take the game around the British Isles, spread the gospel! Another Epic Fail, how many new supporters has the sport won from this? Your only attendees are already fans of the clubs taking part and the majority don't attend. If it worked taking it to Scotland and Wales, why is it now hosted in that major development area of Manchester? Disagree with me and put your spin on it? her's a fact for you, the avg gates at the derby games of approx 20k for Wigan v Saints, 10k+ Leeds Bradford 20k for the Hull derby, how many tickets do you sell for the Mickey Mouse Weekend? Not many over 50k I'll bet, and yet the 3 derby games mentioned would pull this alone by having them at home, and you wouldn't have to fork out umpteen grand to borrow Man City's ground!

10. Blackpool - Bust and no longer exist

11. Halifax's SL application through to the 2nd round in the process then branded the worst the RFL has ever seen! If it was so bad how did it get through the first round?

12. Barrow - Bust and broke the salary cap, but you lot couldn't work it out until after the season had ended. A team fully loaded with FT professionals obviously costs over £300k a season to assemble. Anyone with half a brain knew the likes of Rooney, Cattic, et al. must be earning more than £10k a season, Surely you must have thought, anything less than £30k for Rooney and it wouldn't even cover his fuel costs to get up there 4 times a week?

13. Internationally - I don't think we have ever been further away from competing with the Aussies and Kiwi's, roll on the WC, one thing is for sure our game is going down the toilet!

14. 2nd most watched sport on Sky yet you sell the SL sponsorship, sorry sell is the wrong wording, you "give" the sponsorship away for no money and accept a few posters on half a dozen Stobart trucks as payment!!! I ask you, I only wish the papers had even the slightest interest in the game to photograph the brown envelopes changing hands on that one!

15. Championship clubs have had funding reduced by £10k per year because your flagship clubs are struggling to cope on the £1 million per season they are given.

I could go on, but alas I am getting rather upset thinking about how an incompetent moron such as you Mr Wood, can be allowed to, frankly, pinch a £200k+ salary for what you do, when clubs are struggling and going to the wall due to your failings!

The game is a laughing stock, and the book stops with you Mr Wood!

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We are fans of rugby league just not fans of the clowns that run our game that's all.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Pick the bones out of that one!

Dear Mr Wood,

You claim to love the sport of Rugby League, if this really is the case, please do the decent thing and stand down with immediate effect!

Since taking control of the sport, you and your cronies have single handedly crippled our game. If you want a reminder of some of your blunder's, here is a quick recap:-

1. Crusader's - fast tracked to SL, the visa c*ck up, taken over and moved north as they were skint. Went bust again, dissolved in to a Ch1 team with gates averaging a few hundred.

2. Bradford - Bust and saved because the SL clubs will get decent home gates against them so they are allowed to carry on as though nothing had happened.

3. Salford - Bust and you'll probably do what you should have done to Bradford and demote them, but the greedy SL clubs don't get good enough gates from Salford to warrant saving them.

4. Wakefield - Bust. Missed every target you set them regarding ground improvements, the same one's you set them in the previous licensing that they failed to hit. This time if they missed them, you were going to demote them, they still haven't done it, the saga continues.

5. Castleford - In the doldrums and severely struggling, like Wakey missed every target set in the last round of licencing regarding ground improvements the saga continues here too, will they ever build the new ground - Doubtful in my lifetime!

6. London - Massive strides here, really well done. Average gates just over 1000 for a SL club is almost remarkable. Is it possible to attract less fans to anything in London? However, no-one in the capital even knows they have a team. If they do, they must all be washing there hair on match days.

7. Different divisions playing to different rules (bonus point "experiment" still running and failing), I cannot think of another sport where 2 divisions would play to different rules to every other team in the sport, if it is successful run it in SL? You won't do it Mr Wood, because it has the opposite effect to what it was designed for, it promotes negativity not attacking play.

8. Licensing, introduced to ensure 1-5 on this list cannot happen, that worked well didn't it!

9. Magic Weekend - Lets take the game around the British Isles, spread the gospel! Another Epic Fail, how many new supporters has the sport won from this? Your only attendees are already fans of the clubs taking part and the majority don't attend. If it worked taking it to Scotland and Wales, why is it now hosted in that major development area of Manchester? Disagree with me and put your spin on it? her's a fact for you, the avg gates at the derby games of approx 20k for Wigan v Saints, 10k+ Leeds Bradford 20k for the Hull derby, how many tickets do you sell for the Mickey Mouse Weekend? Not many over 50k I'll bet, and yet the 3 derby games mentioned would pull this alone by having them at home, and you wouldn't have to fork out umpteen grand to borrow Man City's ground!

10. Blackpool - Bust and no longer exist

11. Halifax's SL application through to the 2nd round in the process then branded the worst the RFL has ever seen! If it was so bad how did it get through the first round?

12. Barrow - Bust and broke the salary cap, but you lot couldn't work it out until after the season had ended. A team fully loaded with FT professionals obviously costs over £300k a season to assemble. Anyone with half a brain knew the likes of Rooney, Cattic, et al. must be earning more than £10k a season, Surely you must have thought, anything less than £30k for Rooney and it wouldn't even cover his fuel costs to get up there 4 times a week?

13. Internationally - I don't think we have ever been further away from competing with the Aussies and Kiwi's, roll on the WC, one thing is for sure our game is going down the toilet!

14. 2nd most watched sport on Sky yet you sell the SL sponsorship, sorry sell is the wrong wording, you "give" the sponsorship away for no money and accept a few posters on half a dozen Stobart trucks as payment!!! I ask you, I only wish the papers had even the slightest interest in the game to photograph the brown envelopes changing hands on that one!

15. Championship clubs have had funding reduced by £10k per year because your flagship clubs are struggling to cope on the £1 million per season they are given.

I could go on, but alas I am getting rather upset thinking about how an incompetent moron such as you Mr Wood, can be allowed to, frankly, pinch a £200k+ salary for what you do, when clubs are struggling and going to the wall due to your failings!

The game is a laughing stock, and the book stops with you Mr Wood!

Pick the bones out of that one instead of posting silly childish faces.

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