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WCC - Expansion Agreed?

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If this is the ridiculous 6-team format that Gary Hetherington came up with, then it'll probably do more damage to the WCC than good.

Can anyone see the benefit of 1v1, 2v2, 3v3?!

They're obviously looking at the runaway success of last year's Anglo-French comp. Seriously, what a load of ######.

Good news that it looks like they're finally taking the game down under though.

Still think the one-off pre-season game could be a winner but mucking about with it like this won't help.

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I dont understand all the abuse this idea is getting on here.

Whatever concept they go with its a step in the right direction for raising the profile of the game, especially in this country as the world club challenge is loved by fans and players and draws in a huge sky audience.

We know that our top teams can compete against there aussie counterparts and the result is normally a fantastic game of rugby.

Great idea for me im just not sure of the logistics of it all, especially when we take the games down under, as our season kicks off a few weeks before theirs.

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work this problem out.....3v3,2v2,1v1...

sounds a great day out,a triple header in the australian sun....great....ok what happens when we host it?

unless we book the millennium stadium...forget about it....due to the 6 nations i doubt we could book it in feb anyway .

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Surely European entry (France, Wales, etc) would come through the Super League? Having the French Champions over Catalans would be farcical.

Same in Australasia via the NRL.

It should only be available to fully professional sides qualifying in fully professional leagues, otherwise it would be completely unworkable.

Yep fair point there but was trying to give an exanple to meaning World.

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work this problem out.....3v3,2v2,1v1...

sounds a great day out,a triple header in the australian sun....great....ok what happens when we host it?

unless we book the millennium stadium...forget about it....due to the 6 nations i doubt we could book it in feb anyway .

Why does it have to be a triple header?

Three seperate games at the home of the host team is fine. 20,000 at Leeds, 20,000 at Wigan and then 15,000 at Warrington for example (or wherever the teams would want to play) Great spectacles!

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Won't the idea be that the three teams play each other over three weekends? Following that the Final?

If 2012 is a guide then surely Leeds & Wire as Grand Finalists plus Wigan as League Leaders.

Very easy to take games out of the season.

Take Magic out the League and transfer it to the C Cup at the last 16 stage.

Have SL clubs enter the C Cup at the Magic Weekend.

Reduce the play offs to two or three weekends. With a top 8 it's 1v8 2 v7 in a straight knockout over three weeks rather than four.

If you reduce the play offs to two weeks then a top thre or four play off.

That's three or four weekends out of the League season to accomodate the six club WCC.

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Apart from Cookie getting the spelling wrong - it should be "Roughyed ....ruining the game," not "running the game", this thread is true to pattern. i.e whatever it is, even though we don't know what it is, it is rubbish.

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yeah yeah....6 teams, producing 2 meaningless games is bleeding stupid...

Why so damned negative? Hetherington has apparently had some successful negotiations with those selfish NRL evil-doers who've been holding the game back for years. But no, you just assume the bloke who has successfully run the Rhinos for years doesn't have a clue.Thank heavens it's people like him who have the most say in how the English game is run and not professional whingers like you.

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For me I would have top four from each with a straight knock out quarters would be (A)SL1 V NRL4, (B) SL2 V NRL3, ©NRL1 V SL4 AND (D)NRL2 V SL3. The semis being winner of match A v winner of match D and winners of match B v winners of match C .

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Great idea for me im just not sure of the logistics of it all, especially when we take the games down under, as our season kicks off a few weeks before theirs.

We could look at a Challenge Cup bye in the current format, bit trickier for the six team format (which is rubbish).

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The question is, which 6 teams?

Top 3? That could exclude champions

Grand Finalists plus in the league would probably be the best bet

But should there be a slot for the Challenge Cup winner?

yes I think it will rejuvenate the comp

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Why so damned negative? Hetherington has apparently had some successful negotiations with those selfish NRL evil-doers who've been holding the game back for years. But no, you just assume the bloke who has successfully run the Rhinos for years doesn't have a clue.Thank heavens it's people like him who have the most say in how the English game is run and not professional whingers like you.

whats the point of 3v3 & 2v2??

we struggle massively to convince the australia fans & media that the wcc is more than just a trial game.....adding 2 pointless games is'nt going to change their opinion....

if we are to add 2 games to the concept...add 2 semi finals....leading too a final....turning it into a meaningful competition with 3 massively meaningful games....

apparently wanting the WCC to be a competitive COMPETITION makes me a bad person....GOOD

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I just don't see what's not to like about about some extra games of rugby league

between the best club teams in the game? What do you make of this?

''It's all meant to integrate with the international calendar. If there's an international tournament in one hemisphere, then the World Club Challenge will be in the other.''

Expanding the competition to six teams in 2015 - in the UK - will make it 18 years for the concept to have recovered from the disastrously lopsided 1997 competition.

Hetherington said a schedule for five to six seasons had been agreed on, moving between hemispheres and between two- and six-team formats. While he has been pushing for an expanded WCC for some years, it's understood this time the Australasian clubs are on the same page. ''Down the track, we see this becoming a valuable TV commodity and hopefully a vehicle for promoting rugby league in new markets, such as Dubai or Hong Kong,'' Hetherington said."

It's not clear what the format will be, but maybe the intention is that some of the qualifying ties will be played in Dubai or Hong Kong? As far as the concept being taken seriously in Oz is concerned it's good news the game is returning there.

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just so we're clear what the plan is....

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/changes-afoot-for-world-club-challenge-20130214-2eeho.html#ixzz2KrGCeVQD

Every year Leeds play in the World Club Challenge, their CEO Gary Hetherington offers to play it in Australia and calls for the concept to be expanded.

Every year, nothing of the sort happens.

But things are different this time. In the middle of last season, South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson flew to England for talks with Hetherington, Warrington "pop impresario" Simon Moran and Wigan's Ian Lenagan.

They agreed to play the WCC in the opposite hemisphere to internationals in each season for the next five, and to trial an expanded competition every second year.

The six-team comp in 2015 does not mean six teams have a chance of being crowned world champions. It means the game will be played as part of a Super League v NRL "Test" series.

On a single weekend in February 2015, Super League will be paused and on Friday night the third-finishing teams in each comp will meet, followed by the second-finishing on Saturday – with the WCC on Sunday.

This concept has the backing of NRL clubs – but the key is selling it as a separate television product and building it up to the point that states and cities bid to host it.

Playing the WCC in Australia next year will have no impact at all on the All Stars or the planned Auckland Nines – instead the pre-season will start to generate some real momentum (throw in the Charity Shield as well).

Although the clubs support these ideas, they still need to be signed off on by the Australian Rugby League Commission and the Rugby Football League.

so that means

2014 - single game WCC played in australia

2015 - 6 team NRL V ESL "test series" played in uk

2016 - single game WCC played in australia

2017 - 6 team NRL v ESL "test series" played in uk

what a shambles...why #### about between the 2 types of "wcc" ?? also how can they say they are chasing a TV deal when the concept is different every year???

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just so we're clear what the plan is....

http://www.smh.com.a...l#ixzz2KrGCeVQD

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so that means

2014 - single game WCC played in australia

2015 - 6 team NRL V ESL "test series" played in uk

2016 - single game WCC played in australia

2017 - 6 team NRL v ESL "test series" played in uk

what a shambles...why #### about between the 2 types of "wcc" ?? also how can they say they are chasing a TV deal when the concept is different every year???

It's a step in the right direction.

The only concern I have with the Top 3 (though if Hetherington was involved in negotiations, I'm sure this has been thought of) is that the champions might not be involved in the comp

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If the WCC's in the opposite hemisphere to the season's internationals, I suppose we can expect a 4 Nations up here in 2014. Thought it was pencilled in for Australia/ NZ.

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exactly.....the 2017 world cup is being held down under.......

as is the 2014 4nations...the deal was sorted 6months ago when big nigel went down under

none of the WCC news makes any sense.........and the way i read it brooza....is that wigan,leeds & warrington have agreed to be the 3 teams that go down under for the 6 team NRL v ESL series........

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The main reason I don't like the idea of 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 is that it reinforces the feeling that the WCC is just a meaningless friendly. By adding two COMPLETELY meaningless games to it, how is it meant to be taken MORE seriously? It is not a step in the right direction at all. It will do more harm than good IMO.

On top of this, it isn't even going to be a regular occurance. It's just an appalling strategy.

For those questioning the format (and thinking there's a possibility it wouldn't include the champions), I'm guessing when they mean 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 they mean after the play-off series, and not the league standings. So Leeds would be 1st (champions), Warrington 2nd (GF runners up) and Wigan 3rd (highest placed semi finalists). Coincidentally, that would be the SL Champs, the CC winners and the LLS winners.

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Don't understand the assumption that the Aussies would hammer us. Wire, Leeds, Wigan and maybe Saints and Hull would be able to compete against NRL sides.

In 1997, the far weaker side of the Super League Wars in Australia competed in the World Club Challenge.

The Super League Rebel Clubs gave it their best shot.

They made a good fist of it though but it had little interest or support in the pro ARL League community in Australia.

http://en.wikipedia....ub_Championship

Aftermath

The dominance of the Australasian sides in the competition led to the Rugby Football League appointing Joe Lydon to head a commission to provide an explanation.[2]

Its a wase of time in an already congested season in both Leagues.

With the end of quality players moving to English Clubs and the NRL Clubs cherry picking the best English players does anyone think it will get MORE competitive than it was then

Look at the scores, it was mass thrashings in many cases.

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The main reason I don't like the idea of 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 is that it reinforces the feeling that the WCC is just a meaningless friendly. By adding two COMPLETELY meaningless games to it, how is it meant to be taken MORE seriously? It is not a step in the right direction at all. It will do more harm than good IMO.

On top of this, it isn't even going to be a regular occurance. It's just an appalling strategy.

For those questioning the format (and thinking there's a possibility it wouldn't include the champions), I'm guessing when they mean 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 they mean after the play-off series, and not the league standings. So Leeds would be 1st (champions), Warrington 2nd (GF runners up) and Wigan 3rd (highest placed semi finalists). Coincidentally, that would be the SL Champs, the CC winners and the LLS winners.

I don't see how it dilutes the WCC match itself - that will still be between the champions of each league. As the game is envisaged to be played in February in the following year I frankly don't get how the question of the SL champions not being involved even arises? If you're really determined to be negative and assume the two other matches will be pointless, fair enough. Personally I don't understand what's not to like about getting the chance to see the best NRL teams play over here and it just winds me up how some so called fans here aren't happy unless they're running down people like Hetherington who are trying to build something.

Give it a chance.

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You would be better off building up the Test Games where it would at least be competitive.

Would it be better to have a 3 Test series between England and Australia or...

Leeds V Storm

Warrington V Dogs

Wigan V Souths

If the Australian Clubs put out a full side and its Apples and Apples and whipped the English Clubs in Australia what then?

Will they get better next year?

It will have the Legs of the Exiles concept.

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You would be better off building up the Test Games where it would at least be competitive.

You have National teams playing and Media attention if it is competitive, Clubs like Warrington and Hull will have little pulling power in Australia with the media or Fans.

Would it be better to have a 3 Test series between England and Australia or...

Leeds V Storm

Warrington V Dogs

Wigan V Souths

If the Australian Clubs put out a full side and its Apples and Apples and whipped the English Clubs in Australia what then?

Will they get better next year?

It will have the Legs of the Exiles concept.

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I don't see how it dilutes the WCC match itself - that will still be between the champions of each league. As the game is envisaged to be played in February in the following year I frankly don't get how the question of the SL champions not being involved even arises? If you're really determined to be negative and assume the two other matches will be pointless, fair enough. Personally I don't understand what's not to like about getting the chance to see the best NRL teams play over here and it just winds me up how some so called fans here aren't happy unless they're running down people like Hetherington who are trying to build something.

Give it a chance.

What would it be if it was diluted anymore than it currently is?

Whats less than water? if you live in Brisbane you would know the WCC gets very little coverage and barely a mention in a League mad City like Brisbane.

They play the game on TV at 1 am or something two days after its played on channel Nine.

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if you live in Brisbane you would know the WCC gets very little coverage and barely a mention in a League mad City like Brisbane.

Probably because Brisbane never play in it

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