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I don't agree with that. The rlef should sort this by backing the side working in the games best interest. The World Cup lot have refused to work together twice already. Same in the USA. Bin the incumbents and back the ones growing the game with actual kpis to stop the ###### that currently goes on. The Italians won't pick players from the only real domestic comp, the amnrl have one token guy. Jokers. Sack them all

 

I doubt either side thinks they are working against the game's interests, they'll both think their approach is the best, that's the problem. Who's right, who's wrong, it's all subjective depending on whose side of the story you believe. The RLEF have made a choice, but taking sides is pointless IMO. I'd strip them of all recognition and support until they find a way of working together. Those who genuinely want to be involved in and advance the sport in Italy will find a way to do that. Those who can't do that shouldn't be involved in it anyway.

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I doubt either side thinks they are working against the game's interests, they'll both think their approach is the best, that's the problem. Who's right, who's wrong, it's all subjective depending on whose side of the story you believe. The RLEF have made a choice, but taking sides is pointless IMO. I'd strip them of all recognition and support until they find a way of working together. Those who genuinely want to be involved in and advance the sport in Italy will find a way to do that. Those who can't do that shouldn't be involved in it anyway.

What if the RLEF took the approach you suggest John and both factions end up walking away from the game and RL in Italy collapses again?

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What if the RLEF took the approach you suggest John and both factions end up walking away from the game and RL in Italy collapses again?

 

If they did that it would suggest to me that their commitment to the game was a bit thin, if arguing the toss over who gets to wear the 'official' blazer is more important to them than finding the best way to work together for the benefit of the game, rather than a few individual egos.

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I don't agree with that. The rlef should sort this by backing the side working in the games best interest. The World Cup lot have refused to work together twice already. Same in the USA. Bin the incumbents and back the ones growing the game with actual kpis to stop the ###### that currently goes on. The Italians won't pick players from the only real domestic comp, the amnrl have one token guy. Jokers. Sack them all

If I've learned one thing in my time following RL and this forum it is that if you ask 50 RL supporters what is in the best interests of the game you are likely to get more than 50 contradictory answers.

I would hold the International governing body to account ultimately, they allow expansion to be piecemeal and led by ex pat Aussies setting up "International" teams based in Parramatta because they are not strong enough to stand up to the NRL and tell them what is in the long term best interests of the game. This opens the entire sport up to ridicule and, in my view, sets back the actual development of domestic competition.

A strong governing body has a clear vision and long term plans for the future and growth of the sport. Look at the development and strategy pageson the International Cycling Union or PGA's websites or as bit closer to home look at the IRB's plans or the RFU. All of them have clear well laid out strategies supported with money, coaching and facilities. Rugby League seems to have too many people confusing their own ambition with what is best for the sport.

 

Now where did I leave it..

 

 

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I am in Tuscany for a week. Any games I can go and watch? Tx

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I am in Tuscany for a week. Any games I can go and watch? Tx

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Leoni Veneti reclaimed the Italian State of Origin crown with a 40-30 win over Longobardi in Piacenza.
In a tough, committed contest, the added incentive for the players was a potential place in the Italian side to take on Germany this weekend in the European Shield.
Leoni led 18-6 at the break thanks to tries from Cerza, Verardi and Ciaurro, all golaed by Cerza; Longobardi skipper Franchi with their touchdown, converted by Peens.
Longobardi dominated the opening exchanges of the second period, racing to a 24-18 lead by the 52nd minute thanks to tries from Ilinca, Ceretti and Celerino, Peens with the extras to all of them.
Just before the hour Zorzada crossed and Cerza converted to level, as Leoni began to take control.
Tries by D'Elia after 67 minutes, Boscolo four minutes later and then Genesini, Cerza goaling two of them, established a winning lead.
A Barani try and Robuschi goal narrowed the margin but were consolation for Longobardi, who won the corresponding fixture 54-0 last year; Leoni taking a 2-1 lead in the annual series as a result.
"I saw my players perform with a lot of determination and desire to contest every ball, that approach was the key to victory,” said Leoni coach Tiziano Franchini. “All the players have shown that the Italian Rugby League is growing and that the work we are doing is paying off. "
Longobardi opposite number Kelly Rolleston agreed. “It was a good game, tough and fast. It’s great for Italian rugby league to see that the North East and Central division's are becoming more competitive. I am extremely happy to see new faces pushing hard for inclusion in the next European Shield match.”
National coach Paul Broadbent watched on with interest. “I saw many new faces who want to shine at international level,” he commented. "it wont be easy to make the choices on who will be selected, which is just the kind of headache we want.”

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