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What a great and surprising development.

Live and delayed on TV.

Played before regular NRL fixtures.

Mens and women’s teams from each of the six initial clubs.

Hopefully the first step to professionalism.

https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/04/18/nrl-announces-historic-touch-football-premiership-competition/?utm_source=NRLFBContent&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=NetworkContent

 

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A really logical move by the NRL and just further helps align touch football with Rugby League.

Also works as a good lure to convince OzTag to come back to the table to negotiate a potential partnership with NRL.

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It is a great initiative and broadens the market to those who find rugby too rough.

If only the RFL had got their act together with it over here...........

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RFL already have a decent relationship with Try Tag Rugby, so there is no reason why they couldn't do something similar with them or alternatively go a bit rogue and approach some Touch players to join their SL aligned teams.

If Sky are prepared to come to the party and cover a few of the major games, they could actually use it as good leverage to formalize a partnership with Touch (or just use it to grow Tag)

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3 hours ago, Yakstorm said:

RFL already have a decent relationship with Try Tag Rugby, so there is no reason why they couldn't do something similar with them or alternatively go a bit rogue and approach some Touch players to join their SL aligned teams.

If Sky are prepared to come to the party and cover a few of the major games, they could actually use it as good leverage to formalize a partnership with Touch (or just use it to grow Tag)

Do you think they have the foresight to do this? They could identify and pick up a few decent players for the full contact game via this route; broaden the gene pool to recruit players from.

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Touch and Tag and nines really need to be pushed by the RFL and brought completely under its remit. It needs to be pushed by the clubs and into schools, into colleges and universities, work with health authorities and local government.

The commitment to playing a full season of full contact RL is pretty big, and we are seeing the amount of people who can commit to that fall drastically. The commitment to a summer of a few touch or tag or nines festivals is much much less and all that feeds back up the professional game and the pro game can make a huge contribution to popularising it.

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7 hours ago, Yakstorm said:

RFL already have a decent relationship with Try Tag Rugby, so there is no reason why they couldn't do something similar with them or alternatively go a bit rogue and approach some Touch players to join their SL aligned teams.

If Sky are prepared to come to the party and cover a few of the major games, they could actually use it as good leverage to formalize a partnership with Touch (or just use it to grow Tag)

Are the RFL actually linked into TTR in anyway?

I understand there will be a tag tournament pre the TWP v Fax game with free tickets to the preceding game as prizes.  Good initiative and could quite easily be replicated, especially for Clubs who have training facilities directly next to their ground.  Offering an Event Day, rather than just a match.

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3 minutes ago, Lowdesert said:

Are the RFL actually linked into TTR in anyway?

I understand there will be a tag tournament pre the TWP v Fax game with free tickets to the preceding game as prizes.  Good initiative and could quite easily be replicated, especially for Clubs who have training facilities directly next to their ground.  Offering an Event Day, rather than just a match.

Yeah they are.

And that is a great idea. Especially for grounds where they can have things going on in and around the area, and id say especially for the big events, semi finals, finals, internationals. Make a whole RL festival out of it with womens games, tag games, nines games, all added in to the mix to make a whole day of it and get more people buying more food and drink.

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A Full Field 13 a side Touch Rugby League Version of the game is the way forward for social participation in the sport in the modern era!

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As someone using touch to get people playing 6 tackles away from the league heartlands, this is a no-brainer. 

The codes appear similar and we have used knowledge and experience in league to coach and fill in to play for us. 

The funding comes from O2 and England RU but the game is close to RL. 

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I believe Catalans trialled touch rules with the first team squad at Castleford last week. 

Could be heading to SL before we know it.

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5 hours ago, scotchy1 said:

Yeah they are.

And that is a great idea. Especially for grounds where they can have things going on in and around the area, and id say especially for the big events, semi finals, finals, internationals. Make a whole RL festival out of it with womens games, tag games, nines games, all added in to the mix to make a whole day of it and get more people buying more food and drink.

Strange that TT Rugby doesn’t have ‘League’ at the end despite their Rules involve PTB, Handover, 50/10 (40/20 type option).

 Just proves my theory that players just want to play and no politics involved.  But it also takes away a little bit of heritage in the name. So what.

Seems TTR are going great guns and Clubs and the RFL are playing catch up.  Is TTR where the RFL are getting their figures from for the Annual Report?  

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On 18/04/2018 at 4:47 AM, Copa said:

What a great and surprising development.

Live and delayed on TV.

Played before regular NRL fixtures.

Mens and women’s teams from each of the six initial clubs.

Hopefully the first step to professionalism.

https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/04/18/nrl-announces-historic-touch-football-premiership-competition/?utm_source=NRLFBContent&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=NetworkContent

 

This could end up completely screwing up funding from sports england.

What you are doing is codifying a version of touch football that has the essential rugby league elements removed like the play the ball.

All those participations numbers we claim from people playing touch are liable to be lost.

The numbers claimed by a seperate NGB for Touch Rugby.

Typical short sightedness from the NRL.

 

 

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