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England v Exiles to be played at the HJ Stadium on Friday 14th June, 8pm

As Gatcliffe says, good news for Warrington, I wonder whether we offer a really good deal to the RFL, as they do seem to like using the stadium.

This year we have the Exiles game, Championship Finals Day, plus 2 World Cup games. There is also always the possibility of a Challenge Cup Semi Final.

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Back to one game then?

I don't think it confirms that - this was purely from a Warrington point of view, but it'd make sense. The game will be a tougher sell after last year's disappointing games and the way they treated the 2nd game, maybe the one game, go all out to sell it at a reasonable price, make it an event and keep it on the calendar.

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Disappointing that they state that this will be England's only competitive game prior to the World Cup opening game against Australia.

Surely a training camp overseas with a game in advance would have been advantageous?

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I'm baffled by this to be honest. I thought people were broadly happy with a 2 game series and surely there needs to be a warm up match (v Cumbria for e.g.) before the World Cup itself?

Just bizarre.

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I'm baffled by this to be honest. I thought people were broadly happy with a 2 game series and surely there needs to be a warm up match (v Cumbria for e.g.) before the World Cup itself?

Just bizarre.

TBH - last year showed that clubs and fans just hadn't bought into a two game series.

McNamara picked basically an England Knights team for the 2nd match, and the crowd numbers reflected that. I wonder if this was down to pressure from clubs around their players being over-used.

Agree on the warmup match.

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TBH - last year showed that clubs and fans just hadn't bought into a two game series.

McNamara picked basically an England Knights team for the 2nd match, and the crowd numbers reflected that. I wonder if this was down to pressure from clubs around their players being over-used.

Fair enough. I don't really like the concept so I wasn't paying that much attention.

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I'm baffled by this to be honest. I thought people were broadly happy with a 2 game series and surely there needs to be a warm up match (v Cumbria for e.g.) before the World Cup itself?

Just bizarre.

Exactly, I've suggested this in previous posts on both here and Town's fan forum. Although if there is sufficient time between the SA camp and the Aussie WC opening fixture to scheduled a game, I wouldn't blame the RFL holding back an announcement of such a game until the two Derwent Park WC matches are close to sell-outs.

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1 game is right at this stage. Maybe there could be room for a 2 game series next season and capitalise on the feelgood factor after England win the World Cup.

Not sure a full game before the WC is the right preparation either, maybe a 'probables v possibles' game of full contact behind closed doors would be better.

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Think the last "Origin" format went 1 game, 2 games, 1 game from 2001-03...

Good size venue and there's sure to be Warrington representation on both sides so with a focus on the England side in World Cup year I'm sure we're looking at a good turnout here. Good choice.

The RFL press release posted elsewhere by Honor states that Exiles tickets go on sale the Monday after the WCC so there seems to be a bit of a plan there.

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Think the last "Origin" format went 1 game, 2 games, 1 game from 2001-03...

Good size venue and there's sure to be Warrington representation on both sides so with a focus on the England side in World Cup year I'm sure we're looking at a good turnout here. Good choice.

The RFL press release posted elsewhere by Honor states that Exiles tickets go on sale the Monday after the WCC so there seems to be a bit of a plan there.

I was thinking the same about it eerily mirroring the county origin games in 2001-2003. Exactly 10 years on!

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1game would be better 2 doesn't work

Agree but there is no consistancy. Chopping and changing as alway and not allowing the project to grow. Should have been one for a few years and really build it up. For me it should always be internationals.

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I guess that this is possibly the best that could be fitted in, otherwise they would have done more. Id prefer to see a decent number of trial games, warm ups etc but it ain't that easy.

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We have had three games and the Exiles won them all.

If England don't win this one the RFL have to seriously consider bringing in help for McNamara.

NZ had an inexperienced coach in Kearney for the last World Cup so they brought in Wayne Bennett to assist.

The same man assisting England and McNamara could go a long way to improving our fortunes in the World Cup.

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We have had three games and the Exiles won them all.

England beat Exiles 18-10 at Langtree Park in game 1 last season.

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England beat Exiles 18-10 at Langtree Park in game 1 last season.

don't let facts get in the way, afterall magic man bennett finished 12th last season ;)

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so just this as a preparation to meet the aussies the mind boggles :wacko:

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Actually don't think a two-game series would be that competitive TBH. With is being WC Year England players will want to put an effort in. The Exiles side is weakening year on year. I think a comfortable win for England this time around - maybe 20 points+ if it is fine.

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This will be the last year of the Exiles concept I suspect.

It has not captured the imagination of either the fans or the players to any large extent.

Last years games were a dire spectacle and the crowds have gone from..

14,000 England lost 12-16

11,000 England won 18-10

7,800 England lost 20-32

Even without the NRL based 5 or 6 players its hardly inspiring against mainly a bunch of veterans and average Joes.

An 11,000 average crowd that is dropping away is not going to go forward.

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I would like to see France developed better than it has been, they seem to be treading water or even losing ground in the last decade.

I don't think there is an easy solution for England, the way the game has been developed over the years has been an issue that will not go away any time soon.

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