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Honor James

Statement from RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood

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"I love rugby league but only when it involves my club"

And people wonder why this great game doesn't get the recognition it deserves.

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But if and when Fev do make the SL - I assume you won't be watching as you have morals and the SL concept is morally wrong?

I will watch my club in any League that they compete in. However I will carry on my protest until P&R is restored and the RFL care about all member clubs. We have also earned the right to play in the elite league by winning the Championship along with Fax and Sheffield. Unlike some of the clubs who have just been placed.

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I will watch my club in any League that they compete in.

Double standards then.

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Well no - not if they are not the rules.

Ok tomorrow the government legalises robbing houses and looting. If I took part would I be moraly wrong?

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"I love rugby league but only when it involves my club"

And people wonder why this great game doesn't get the recognition it deserves.

There is nothing wrong with just supporting your club. Or would you prefer they stopped doing this altogether and the clubs go under? That would really increase the recognition RL gets.

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Double standards then.

No not at all, we have earned our right. What I wouldn't do is sit back in the SL and abuse people from the lower leagues who feel like boycotting SL and the World Cup because P&R isn't in place.

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Spot on Robin. When you feel like something is not right you need to protest and not attending the world cup or watch SL games is the only few options we have.

yup!

Whinge? Yes!

Morngy about tge game? Yes.

Disatisfied? Yes

Protest vociferously? Yes

I have flaws. Repeat - I expect no-one to follow suit.

It is my stand.

Don't see it as a big deal. In the greater scheme of things ill have little/no impact. C'est la vie!

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Ok tomorrow the government legalises robbing houses and looting. If I took part would I be moraly wrong?

It's not a half-decent comparison so I won't bother responding to that one.

The fact is that it is the rules of the game. You may not like the rules, but that does not make them immoral.

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I will watch my club in any League that they compete in. However I will carry on my protest until P&R is restored and the RFL care about all member clubs. We have also earned the right to play in the elite league by winning the Championship along with Fax and Sheffield. Unlike some of the clubs who have just been placed.

it does appear we have the same hymn sheet ian

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There is nothing wrong with just supporting your club. Or would you prefer they stopped doing this altogether and the clubs go under? That would reall increase the recognition RL gets.

Bang on. I have an idea for all these Leeds, Wire, Wigan and Saints fans and whoever posts on here about loving the game. Why not instead of watching your own team, travel down to London more often so that their gates increase. If you love the game that much London will thrive, it might mean that your club can no longer sustain the team you currently watch but what the hell, its for the good of the game.

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No not at all, we have earned our right. What I wouldn't do is sit back in the SL and abuse people from the lower leagues who feel like boycotting SL and the World Cup because P&R isn't in place.

You say you boycott SL then say you would watch your club play in it ,to me that's double standards.

Do you think that most people who watch SL only have the interests of their own club and not the game as a whole.

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It's not a half-decent comparison so I won't bother responding to that one.

That is your opinion, mine differs. The rules are morally wrong and you can go on about the rules as much as you like. You might think I am a thick flat capper but I understand the rules perfectley. They are just wrong.

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There is nothing wrong with just supporting your club. Or would you prefer they stopped doing this altogether and the clubs go under? That would really increase the recognition RL gets.

Most clubs are going to the wall anyway,so much for the people who love the game.What ticks me off is the attitude of so called fans that criticise the game and only complain.

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There is nothing wrong with just supporting your club. Or would you prefer they stopped doing this altogether and the clubs go under? That would reall increase the recognition RL gets.

Well no - if he doesn't watch SL because he has morals and it is an immoral comp - then surely if he starts to watch it he is losing his morals?

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Bang on. I have an idea for all these Leeds, Wire, Wigan and Saints fans and whoever posts on here about loving the game. Why not instead of watching your own team, travel down to London more often so that their gates increase. If you love the game that much London will thrive, it might mean that your club can no longer sustain the team you currently watch but what the hell, its for the good of the game.

Do you not realise that some of us do watch other clubs ,we are not as blinkered as you think.

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You say you boycott SL then say you would watch your club play in it ,to me that's double standards.

Do you think that most people who watch SL only have the interests of their own club and not the game as a whole.

No I think that they care about the game but as long as their club is part of it as well.

For example if your team were booted out of the League in favor of a fast tracked club and denied a fair way back in do you honestly believe that the opinions would be the same. Your answer will without a doubt be yes but it's easy to say yes when you are part of the 'big boys'.

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That is your opinion, mine differs. The rules are morally wrong and you can go on about the rules as much as you like. You might think I am a thick flat capper but I understand the rules perfectley. They are just wrong.

No - you may dislike them, but who are you to say they are wrong (or who am I to say they are wrong?).

Whether we like the rules or not, there is nothing immoral about them.

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I can (just about) get my head around why some disgruntled people want to boycott SuperLeague. (Its nothing to do with morals though, plenty of sports all over the world don't use automatic P&R)

What I can't fathom is why somebody would want to boycott one of the biggest events in Rugby League in this country in 13 years and the second biggest sporting event on these shores next year (after the Ashes).

Its a chance to showcase our sport to millions of people across the world - potentially millions of newcomers too - watching the finest athletes in the world playing some fantastically exciting Rugby League. This event has nothing to do with SuperLeague or the Championships, its about backing the 17 blokes on the field playing for your country.

If you are still narrow minded enough to ignore that fact and think you are proving a point then fine, its your loss. I've got a feeling you probably won't be missed.

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Ok tomorrow the government legalises robbing houses and looting. If I took part would I be moraly wrong?

The RFL don't make the rules. The clubs make them. The RFL management may - or may not - make recommendations.

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No I think that they care about the game but as long as their club is part of it as well.

For example if your team were booted out of the League in favor of a fast tracked club and denied a fair way back in do you honestly believe that the opinions would be the same. Your answer will without a doubt be yes but it's easy to say yes when you are part of the 'big boys'.

TBH - if I felt so strongly about something based on my morals, I would stop watching the game altogether. I wouldn't do it half-heartedly and ditch my morals as soon as it suited me and my club.

I can absolutely understand you disliking the current system - I don't think it is the best system necessarily - but I don't buy the morals argument you use.

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Any mention that the Championships wont have a main sponsor in 2013?

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Bang on. I have an idea for all these Leeds, Wire, Wigan and Saints fans and whoever posts on here about loving the game. Why not instead of watching your own team, travel down to London more often so that their gates increase. If you love the game that much London will thrive, it might mean that your club can no longer sustain the team you currently watch but what the hell, its for the good of the game.

What is the reason for asking people to abandon the loyalty to their own team? I'm not sure where this logic ties in.

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No I think that they care about the game but as long as their club is part of it as well.

For example if your team were booted out of the League in favor of a fast tracked club and denied a fair way back in do you honestly believe that the opinions would be the same. Your answer will without a doubt be yes but it's easy to say yes when you are part of the 'big boys'.

So if I said yes I would be lying would I.If my club were taken away from SL my opinions would be the same.I'm not blinkered,I love the game for what it is.

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Any mention that the Championships wont have a main sponsor in 2013?

I think as things stand, none of the main four comps have a sponsor attached to them - although there is time until the season starts, so let's wait and see.

I think it was earlier in this thread that it was pointed out that the RU Championship has no title sponsor, suggesting that it won't be as easy as many think to get a sponsor.

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Do you not realise that some of us do watch other clubs ,we are not as blinkered as you think.

Yes but if you really cared about the game like you say you do, you would go in larger numbers. Or is the love for the game only from the people who post on this forum.

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