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People younger than mid thirties

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paul Loughlin, saints centre

 

I used to love watching him play. He was the last of the classic centres in that he was superb at making space and giving his wingers pin point passes and opportunities to split the defence due to having sucked in the opposing winger. He made a star out of Les Quirk.

 

His interception try at Old Trafford brought GB so close to clinching a test series against the Australians that the last minute loss in that game still hurts.

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What has being younger than mid-thirties got to do with this thread?

I'm not sure. I love these threads that meander about with the history of the game though.

I can only assume that the OP is lamenting the chance to have copied the Aussie game by introducing franchising in the early 90s to mirror their success. I guess that he is making the point that had we done this we might now be winning Ashes series in front of full houses.

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make sure i am not looking at this through rose tinted glasses!

 

Come on guys - reading comprehension in the 35+ crowd is quite low I see. It's either that or you can't remember a post from two days ago, never mind the early nineties!

 

As it is, I sort of think I agree with Ian - although I am only judging on 15 minutes of highlights...

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If people want to watch interesting highlights from Test matches versus the Aussies, I suggest these:

 

2004 - CoM Stadium - 38k crowd - GB v Aus Tri Nations clash where the Aussies scored right at the end to snatch the victory.

 

2006 - SFS - Smallish crowd (not unusual for GB games in Sydney) - the Mason v Fielden game - a classic.

 

2011 - Wembley - 42k crowd - some great tries including two of the best wingers finishes you will ever see from Ryan Hall. Great event.

 

There are loads of great moments versus the Kiwis too.

 

International RL can be improved imho, but it still provides many great moments just like it always has.

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Come on guys - reading comprehension in the 35+ crowd is quite low I see. It's either that or you can't remember a post from two days ago, never mind the early nineties!

 

As it is, I sort of think I agree with Ian - although I am only judging on 15 minutes of highlights...

Its just to make sure i am not looking through rose tinted glasses!

We all look back and think it was better in our day! Just trying to gauge opinion of younger people

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 My dad is 71, steeped in rugby league since he grew up watching saints in the 50's, he thinks the game is a better spectacle played by better, fitter and more skill full players now than at any other time in history.

 

My mum, who is not quite 71, has been watching ever since she was a kid and she says exactly the same.

 

She also says that my grandad, who was born in 1905 and watched the Team of All Talents as a boy, would have loved today's game.

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