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5 minutes ago, londonrlfan said:

I love how everyone is taking these medical "concerns" as being serious. The only issue is the NRL don't stand to gain anything out of it, simple. 

nobody is taking the medical 'concerns' seriously, but if that is the argument the clubs are using (player welfare) then shooting that down as nonsense is exactly what they should be doing.

 

Looking forward to hearing the Kiwi player view now.

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1 hour ago, Abicus said:

The way Sam speaks about it, could all the players defy the clubs? Could they shame them into being released? It would seem that Brisbane based players will be fine with Wayne Bennett. Would be good to see Shaun Johnson, Simon Mannering come out and speak for the NZ players.

I've already posted a link to an article by Mannering saying he wants to play in the game.

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1 hour ago, londonrlfan said:

Is this match scheduled to be on the BBC? 

Can you pay on the day? ;)

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Just now, deluded pom? said:

Once a cheapskate always a cheapskate. :negative:

No mug mate :/

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1 hour ago, deluded pom? said:

I've already posted a link to an article by Mannering saying he wants to play in the game.

Missed that... but good to hear! A collective NZRL statement signed by the players would be nice.

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4 hours ago, Dave T said:

But his Union are not supporting this. Who are they representing here?

The NRL 

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48 minutes ago, Mark S said:

Rugby League has just officially become a laughing stock! 

What’s happened?

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50 minutes ago, Mark S said:

Rugby League has just officially become a laughing stock! 

Seems like the game is standing up to the self proclaimed kings of RL (the NRL) and the NRL is trying everything to squash the test....while planning to bring an NRL game to the US next year when all of the issue they highlighted will clearly not be valid anymore.

It's a big and positive step for the game.

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34 minutes ago, Saint 1 said:

Good to see, but also embarrassing that we have to see it! 

Yes it is, there should never have been the need to sign such a letter but I'm glad they have stood together and demonstrated their feelings 

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7 hours ago, Abicus said:

The way Sam speaks about it, could all the players defy the clubs? Could they shame them into being released? It would seem that Brisbane based players will be fine with Wayne Bennett. Would be good to see Shaun Johnson, Simon Mannering come out and speak for the NZ players.

I don't think the clubs can legally block them can they? They have to be released for international matches during agreed international windows?

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7 hours ago, Cumbrian Fanatic said:

Well he's certainly not sitting on the fence is he, good on him he's proving himself to be a leader off the field as well as on it

Absolutely and he's really showing up Clint Newton in all this. Rather embarrassing for him and the RLPA when players speak out against their union

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Perhaps there is an upside to all this. The controversy is getting some publicity and the story is now actually appearing on the BBC Sports page. More people will be aware that an RL international between England and New Zealand is scheduled for Denver. The skill now is translating controversy into ticket sales.

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25 minutes ago, Manxmanc said:

Perhaps there is an upside to all this. The controversy is getting some publicity and the story is now actually appearing on the BBC Sports page. More people will be aware that an RL international between England and New Zealand is scheduled for Denver. The skill now is translating controversy into ticket sales.

It was also mentioned on a Radio 5 sports report today. While I don't subscribe to the "all publicity is good publicity" theory, this isn't bad, especially in a week where bad Australian sportsmanship is making headlines.

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27 minutes ago, Manxmanc said:

Perhaps there is an upside to all this. The controversy is getting some publicity and the story is now actually appearing on the BBC Sports page. More people will be aware that an RL international between England and New Zealand is scheduled for Denver. The skill now is translating controversy into ticket sales.

It might raise awareness here but won’t even register in America where the people we want to attend are.

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8 hours ago, Abicus said:

The way Sam speaks about it, could all the players defy the clubs? Could they shame them into being released? It would seem that Brisbane based players will be fine with Wayne Bennett. Would be good to see Shaun Johnson, Simon Mannering come out and speak for the NZ players.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/101852868/simon-mannering-ponders-playing-future-beyond-2018

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8 minutes ago, Yakstorm said:

Update on sales at Denver.  Have been a bit slow the last week, although still a growing amount of red.

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What's the red mean? Also what of the grey areas in the lower 2 bowls? I thought they were sold seats?

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