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Marwan Koukash: I'll turn rugby league into a global sport

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Marwan Koukash is prepared to shift to Australia to realise his dream of owning an NRL club, claiming he can help transform rugby league into a truly international game.

Koukash owns the Salford Red Devils, saving them from financial ruin, and is keen to add an Australian club to his portfolio. The British billionaire has been linked to Newcastle but refused to confirm which NRL clubs he is negotiating with.

The man whose net worth is estimated at $3 billion revealed he is in negotiations to stage a nines tournament, featuring NRL and Super League clubs, in Dubai. However, his priority is to take a stake of an Australian franchise, preferably as a sole owner.

"There are plenty of advantages in being involved on both sides of the world. It would help to globalise the sport," Koukash said from Dubai.

 

"My family absolutely adore being in Australia. We did start talking about the possibility of moving over to Australia," he said.

"Some people say I'm more Australian than Australians. I love it, that way of life suits me very well.



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He certainly grabs the medias attention.

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He will be in the media more than he is used to if he buys into the NRL. National newspapers, tv programs, a far more critical media etc etc

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Turn it into a global sport? Not if some on here have anything to do with it!

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What's he talking about?

The games already "Global" almost every bit of the globe between Hull and St Helens is covered.

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Good luck to him, I hope he can buy an NRL club.

I"m not sure he would be a good fit at Newcastle though. Looking in from afar, Newcastle have always struck me as a real community club where the voice of the fans counts for a lot. I'm not sure Marwans style would sit well with them.

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Good on yer marwan, somebody needs to take the greatest game global as the people who "run" our game have failed so far! So why not give you a shot.

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He will be in the media more than he is used to if he buys into the NRL. National newspapers, tv programs, a far more critical media etc etc

Somehow I don't think that would deter or bother him so much.

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Good luck to him, I hope he can buy an NRL club.

I"m not sure he would be a good fit at Newcastle though. Looking in from afar, Newcastle have always struck me as a real community club where the voice of the fans counts for a lot. I'm not sure Marwans style would sit well with them.

Especially after the tinkler debacle. He should maybe look at the proposed franchise bids like central Queensland, Brisbane 2, Perth, Central Coast etc. or maybe even the struggling cronulla sharks.

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I'm not sure how owning a club on both sides of the pond would help globalise the sport. But he is a billionaire and I am not, so maybe he has seen an angle I haven't! I suppose he will be able to encourage more internationals, but as we have seen here, he is just one voice among all the other owners. Even if he is the richest, loudest voice. However, being the richest and especially the loudest voice seems to have turned people against him (well, at least one person) over here. Why would it be any different in oz? And then he is fighting on two fronts.

 

As for the Dubai tournment, it'll be interesting to see a competition on neutral ground, but will it grow the game? I suppose it puts the game in the shop window for a lot of very rich (potential) investors.

 

One question, which is off topic but might fit here a bit... I know that there was some upset about his missus trying to buy Bradford, but how do you think people/the RFL would feel if Mrs K tried to buy Toulouse?

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As for the Dubai tournment, it'll be interesting to see a competition on neutral ground, but will it grow the game? I suppose it puts the game in the shop window for a lot of very rich (potential) investors.

The World Club Challenge should be in Dubai for exactly that reason and it should also be the location we should look at to house a proper RLIF organisation.

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This guy comes across as a know all who knows nothing. Global Sport? When is he going to set up Pro Leagues in USA/Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia? And throwing money and shouting your mouth off does not get you anywhere. Sorry but I cant take this man seriously with his loud mouth and no real grasp on reality

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The World Club Challenge should be in Dubai for exactly that reason and it should also be the location we should look at to house a proper RLIF organisation.

 

 

And we could bring back winter RL!!

 

Win, win.

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This guy comes across as a know all who knows nothing. Global Sport? When is he going to set up Pro Leagues in USA/Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia? And throwing money and shouting your mouth off does not get you anywhere. Sorry but I cant take this man seriously with his loud mouth and no real grasp on reality

 

 

Some people have got a long way doing just that LL.

 

Have you tried it? Maybe you should.

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Maybe he should attempt to buy England's national team. Maybe he will promote it, offer central contracts and organise some meaningful fixtures then!

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Cronulla Sharks have been a basket case for 20 years.

Step in "Aussie Marwan"

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Turn it into a global sport? Not if some on here have anything to do with it!

Or alternatively the use of the phrase "global game" validates Saint Mo of Lindsay.

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Good man. About time we had someone not afraid of talking things up.

The problem is that most people in RL are used to a sort of 'shuffle. ...do you mind if we sit here..shuffle' whereas he is barging through and saying 'move yer ass, that's my chair'.

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Good man. About time we had someone not afraid of talking things up.

The problem is that most people in RL are used to a sort of 'shuffle. ...do you mind if we sit here..shuffle' whereas he is barging through and saying 'move yer ass, that's my chair'.

Completely agree. What's he doing wrong? Talking the game up, getting column inches,investing money, bringing new ideas. I wish there were more like him

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I think part of the problem here is he has his foot in one camp in a part of the world where RL is pretty much established. He is looking to put another foot in another part of the world where RL is very much established. A couple of games in the middle where no one plays or is likely to play on a big scale doesn't then make the game global. Why isn't he going hell for leather in places where the game isn't already established?

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Maybe he should attempt to buy England's national team. Maybe he will promote it, offer central contracts and organise some meaningful fixtures then!

And get rid of mcbanana.

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I think part of the problem here is he has his foot in one camp in a part of the world where RL is pretty much established. He is looking to put another foot in another part of the world where RL is very much established. A couple of games in the middle where no one plays or is likely to play on a big scale doesn't then make the game global. Why isn't he going hell for leather in places where the game isn't already established?

Dubai is awash with cash and maybe some rich Arab sheiks could also take a shine to rugby league as there's a limited amount of premier league clubs up for sale.

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Dubai is awash with cash and maybe some rich Arab sheiks could also take a shine to rugby league as there's a limited amount of premier league clubs up for sale.

 

That I acknowledged above - I can see the rationale for going and playing games in Dubai, but does a couple of games there and a few mega-bucks owners make RL a 'global game'?

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That I acknowledged above - I can see the rationale for going and playing games in Dubai, but does a couple of games there and a few mega-bucks owners make RL a 'global game'?

Not if it's only English and Aussie sides playing matches out there but if big money can be generated by taking games and tournaments there then somehow that money is then invested in developing RL in places like the US, Canada, south Africa, Nordic countries etc it can only help.

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That I acknowledged above - I can see the rationale for going and playing games in Dubai, but does a couple of games there and a few mega-bucks owners make RL a 'global game'?

Well it's a bloody start.

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If he buys an Aussie club, I hope it's Sydney based and he relocates it! That would be interesting!

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