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  1. Attended last nights NARL match Washington Cavalry vs Toronto Wolfpack at Lamport. Was well supported with the east side stand (cap.4600) only open due to covid protocols and attendance restricted to 2000. Very enthusiastic crowd out to support their hometown Wolfpack. Sat next to folks up from DC watching their son play for Ryan Burroughs team. Blake Wallace on the sidelines coaching with Burroughs busy on the field. Simon Gelder the kit man was enjoying himself so lotsa WP alumni in evidence. Sure hope NARL makes a go of it, I for one will be going all in on season tickets and kit and I am confident I wont be alone if this turnout is anything to go by.
    42 points
  2. Don't think it's been picked up elsewhere, but Newcastle's chairman Mick Hogan says that they're going to go full-time next season. Interesting development, and you hope it doesn't go the way of Sheffield. But the noises of sustainability, genuine local development, and a rich owner that could "do a Toronto", all are good signs. I know us rugby league fans are a dour lot, but is it OK to be happy with this news?
    33 points
  3. TO after playing 13 games across the Channel have at last a chance to do something at Ernest Wallon this Saturday. The local regional daily rag La Dépéche starting to give the treize some coverage. Through out this season every TO game is highlighted on the front of the special Monday Sports section as well as match report inside, For the first time too an advert for Saturday’s semi final appeared on the front page next to the mast heading – a first. 300 partners of the club attended a Garden Party last week. Their sponsors are I would think have made this season possible for them – re-cruitment and travelling expenses without gate money until now. Sarrazain and former President Zalduendo left and right on bottom pic. Bein Sports coverage will be there Saturday I hear Down in Perpignan the excitement growing daily to the their semi-final. The supporters groups are coming together to receive the players two hours before the KO with bands and flags, The day before the match the town hall are getting involved too providing T-shirts and masks. The French prime minister Jean Castex to be present too.
    31 points
  4. Bernard overwhelmed Saturday at St James Park. Supporters from the other clubs chanting the Dragons name loudly, He couldn’t believe his ears. Maybe the Brits liking the under dog up against the top dog - since some time. The Dragons totem pole of the renaissence across the Channel since 2006. Three years after the Wembley Cup success - now the League Leaders Shield. 4 semi-finals now after 2009 (Kevin Walters), 2014 (Laurent Frayssinous) and now two successive from (Steve McNamara). Are Catalans becoming the 6th biggest club on the podium behind Leeds, Wigan, St Helens, Warrington and Hull FC. I think ticking all the boxes -stadium,support, formation,finance and now success on the field. Coinsiding with this Toulouse Olympique and their challenge to join them in Europe’s top competition. In less than a months time Stade Brutus and hopefully Ernest Wallon will welcome sides across the Channel, The French game here cannot believe it.
    27 points
  5. Total idiocy to destroy lower league clubs to support the elite, just a moronic short term plan. All that happens is the game outside of the SL elite dies, less players, less fans, less Sky viewers, less sponsorship, less neutrals travelling to finals etc, hence less money into the game. This happens and my club dies then I will have zero interest in the sport outside of watching local amateur RL, and I guarantee this will be the same attitude for thousands of other fans.
    23 points
  6. Current markets are declining in value which means new markets or bust. Catalans and Toulouse could well be 2 of the 4 most dominant clubs in SL within 5 years. You either try to stop that happening or welcome the opportunity to explore new markets. Guasch has been amazing loyal to the Dragons and deserves every bit of success he gets.
    22 points
  7. Imagine if a French team won the Super League, another French team won the Championship and a Welsh team won the League One Grand Final, could well happen, gotta love expansion of the game.
    21 points
  8. The Huddersfield scholarship player is the first player of Asian descent to captain an England international team. What a fantastic story https://twitter.com/BBCWYS/status/1430591050930814978?s=20
    20 points
  9. What I find interesting about the original post is that a New Zealand sports subscription channel ceasing to broadcast Rugby League from another country is perceived to be a problem with the source country when the reality is that it is a reflection on the popularity of Rugby League in New Zealand. If Sky stopped broadcasting the NRL over here, it wouldn't be because of how well or poorly the NRL was performing in Australasia but how popular it was in the UK and the volume of people consuming it. This is a worrying update for Rugby League. But in New Zealand, not the UK.
    19 points
  10. So we squeeze everyone under the super league because sky broadcast it, what about all the others in the food chain, cut them and super league wouldn't last long, as the clubs die so will support for the game and that will lead to the player pool also going #### up.
    19 points
  11. Personally, I think it's the cumulation of a lot of hard work over a number of years to get where we are now.... it took many years of being in recovery after the dodgy CEO was found out. The hardship of those years has given the club a resilience, and now the on-field performances are building nicely to reflect that effort and dedication. The enforced move away from the Racecourse and landing at Queensway didn't help, it was (and still is) very basic, and it lost us many fans. The move this year to Colwyn Bay can be a bit of a drag for the journey when you're used to home games 10 mins down the road but it is a much better home for the club. Queensway was soulless, but Stadiwm Zipworld is bringing back the atmosphere we enjoyed at the Racecourse. I think this has helped the overall feeling both on and off the pitch. The current squad is the best we've had in some years, and they are pulling together very well on the pitch. They're playing much more as a team, backing each other up, and the combinations are clicking nicely. It's a good mix of long-term Cru, new signings and yes a couple of loanees, but when they're out there together on the pitch they look and play like a team. The future's looking brighter in Cru-land
    19 points
  12. Leigh are rebranding shortly Taking the ' Super League Club ' off the shirt , again
    18 points
  13. Well, I'll probably be shot down by the SL diehards but I'm going to say it anyway I was more entertained by the two Championship Play games than by the two SL Play Off matches. Yes, I accept the quality probably wasn't close to the level of the SL games, and - before anyone bothers to make the point - I realise that even the bottom teams in the Super League would batter the Championship teams But, having said all that, I enjoyed watching the two games today more than the games on Friday and Thursday Who's with me?
    17 points
  14. Of all the clubs that have fallen from grace Oldham have been the biggest and the decline is so sad to see. I think comparisons with Swinton are not really valid. Oldham is still a real hotbed of the game and still has some strong vibrant amateur clubs, albeit not as many as 25 or so years ago. It is still a strong production line for the game, I know Wigan have just signed 4 from Saddleworth u16s, but the professional team certainly needs help. When we are talking about investment in the game getting Oldham back as a sustainable professional club with a ground, even at a basic level, could only benefit the game.
    17 points
  15. FFS do people really want two small leagues with convoluted cross league games that will mostly have only one winner? The sport is crying out for some stability and clarity of leadership and all we're getting are promises of more change, confusing league structures, less credibility and more loop fixtures. Just stop it will you.
    17 points
  16. A couple of things. Surely this suggests that we don't have a major issue as a TV spectator sport. The value sky are paying is more ruthless nowadays and basically reflects that they have no competition. But I think we should have confidence that our figures are strong and we don't need to change everything. Also, it is frustrating that a supposed partner like Sky are taking such a hard stance to a sport that pretty much keeps one of their channels afloat and provides a lot of viewers during Summer.
    16 points
  17. Apologies to @John Drake for me shamelessly borrowing the standard fixture thread formatting (or perhaps kudos to him for the inspiration, assuming everyone is OK with some positivity ); but a game is a game! This one is particularly exciting for those of us across the Pond who have been missing live, in-person professional rugby league; and for those excited about a re-born Wolfpack, and North American Rugby League (NARL) in 2022. Didn’t seem fair to keep any discussion relegated to a single thread in the International forum. The game will not be televised; but the team has indicated that it will be uploaded to YouTube after the fact. I think I speak for all when saying that the players from the OG Wolfpack will be sorely missed. You were the heart and soul of the team. How things ended (including how you were treated) should never have happened. Please, remember: You made this possible; you laid the groundwork for this NA Rugby League renaissance, and for future generations of players and fans. Looking forward to being back at Lamport, and seeing some old friends, once again!
    16 points
  18. I've always thought anyone who does business with Beaumont wants decking.
    15 points
  19. Oh come on people. This could be the only opportunity you'll ever get to say "Well, I really think Marwan could bring some much needed stability and professionalism to this club" and keep an almost straight face. Don't waste it.
    15 points
  20. Is it just me or does it make me think ' angry birds ' ?
    15 points
  21. If in South Devon this Saturday Evening pop along & support the Sharks.
    15 points
  22. Surely by that logic funding should remain the same and SL take the brunt of the reductions?
    15 points
  23. To be fair, the club is thinking outside the box, in fact we have moved about 40 miles outside the box and our crowds have doubled.
    14 points
  24. You can keep changing the structure as much as you want but unless RL addresses the following key issues it will always wind up in the same predicament: - Take steps to have a national game with teams in major centres across the country - Greater visibility and meaningful competition for the England national team We will be back here in a year or two talking about the same issues if this two tens goes ahead. Again this comes down to vested interests, club owners like Davy aren't going to propose anything that's going to inconvenience them so him being the chairman and proposing 'solutions' is a problem
    14 points
  25. A litigation claim from an ex-professional is surely in the post. I get the feeling that a lot of the game's stakeholders are probably hoping that they are no longer involved in the sport by the time it lands on the door mat. RL has to get involved in this discussion, no matter how uncomfortable it might be. What's worrying is that there seems to be a cohort of people in the sport - fans included - who seem to think that this sort of thing should be "part and parcel" of playing contact sports. as if the players are some sort of circus freaks, giving themselves serious injuries for our entertainment. We've had a narrative developing around "the game going soft" in response to the increase in penalties and disciplinary incidents and I've even seen suggestions of making parents sign disclaimers before their kids can play, as if that isn't going to make our participation problem even worse. Yes, contact sports have risks, but the onus is on the sport to mitigate the most serious and that mitigation goes a lot further than just handing out longer bans at the match review hearings (whilst, at the same time, insisting on increasing the work load and work intensity on the players). As a player, I could understand and accept that rugby might give me a broken leg of a dicky knee, but that it could increase the risk of developing dementia in my 30s? That's a different story. It's obvious which way the wind is blowing, and people still want to pee in the wrong direction.
    14 points
  26. Hope this isn’t classed as too positive https://www.seriousaboutrl.com/super-league-reveals-record-audiences-43486/?fbclid=IwAR0RLrcv5SyVnqpynHTR5qhxlFzxDUtznP2LM46CVjmcN07FdB39VdDbtIg
    13 points
  27. My son will be playing in the curtain raiser, the Carcassonne pole espoir(with Laurent frayssinous's son) versus the salon pole espoir so the players will all be u16s,u17s or u18s.
    13 points
  28. Leaving aside any comments about the relative standard of women's football and women's rugby league, I am just open mouthed that any human being believes that it is easier to pick up the basic skills for rugby than for football.
    13 points
  29. I don't think it's a coincidence that they stopped broadcasting it once they saw Leigh were in. Is that what you mean?
    13 points
  30. So some sheep fiddling kick & clap fans 12,000 miles away don’t get up early to watch Superleague so it’s doomed,ok then.
    13 points
  31. If there's not much in it and the higher bidder isn't an easily accessible FTA channel then I hope we have the cojones to go with the lower bidder for the exposure. We're an invisible sport a lot of the time and we need to address that.
    13 points
  32. I can't support any decision that would result in a club like Coventry ceasing to exist. 600k funding for 12 clubs at 50k each is chicken feed. Please do the right thing the RFL and the clubs.
    13 points
  33. The RFL can give 500k for Nigel not to leave the sport but can’t find 60k a year for 10 clubs. Rimmer should consider himself solely responsible as this has been coming forward years yet the close the eyes and hope for the best method hasn’t worked. Such a shameful self serving regressive sport.
    13 points
  34. The Crusaders final league game of the season, Saturday 11th September, is now free entry to all as a thank you for the fans support this season. Details to get the free tickets are on Crusaders website. Anybody at a loose end please feel free to join us in what will be a great match against the Skolars.
    13 points
  35. It’s possible to add corporate facilities to Moor Lane I’m sure. It’s a decent stadium, almost entirely rebuilt in the last 3 years, and anyone questioning Salford’s ambition just needs to look at their attendances for 20+ years… sometimes you need some realism, and grow from a secure platform? I know it’s not the perfect location, still a bit away from the urban action, but it looks much better located than the AJ Bell at least. Also, Gary Neville seems like a pretty stand-up bloke, always with one aye on his reputation in the community and doing the right thing not the best-for-him thing… that’s a long way from any of the Broncos ground-change partners for people making that reference. Good luck to ‘em I say.
    12 points
  36. The Bristol based All Golds have signed a partnership agreement with French side Toulouse Olympique cover a wide range of areas of mutual benefit! It has been a real pleasure to play a part in this new partnership and looking forward to it producing results for both clubs. Click Here for the press release in English!
    12 points
  37. You've read it haven't you, you clever sausage!
    12 points
  38. Short memory lad - we saw 2 of the best SL games in a long time last Saturday - think you're comments are unfair. Does Sky football (and there fans) say what you're saying after a drab 0 - 0? - no they just look forward to the next game. So much negatively on here from supposed fans- last Saturday was great entertainment and here we are 6 days later saying sky should drop our great game....ffs
    12 points
  39. This would obviously be fantastic and was something that Ian Lenegan touched on in the Wigan fans forum. Taking less money from Sky and getting games on FTA for a lesser amount was something that many have wanted for years. It has always been argued that money could be recouped through the increased value of sponsorship and that having wider coverage and more eyeballs could only benefit the game as a whole. This move has obviously not been by choice but it may be exactly the push and forced decision that the game needed.
    12 points
  40. “SUPER LEAGUE bosses hope to spark a seven-figure bidding war over their free-to-air secondary TV contract. SunSport understands two broadcasters have indicated how much they would be willing to offer for ten matches a year. Rugby league’s top flight is able to negotiate another deal under the terms of the reduced main Sky one, which is worth £24million a year for 2022 and 2023 — down from £40million a year. It was assumed the BBC would pick it up but it is understood another channel is interested. After both indicated informally how much they would be willing to offer, chiefs now hope to make them formal. If both are keen, that could push up the bids and plug more of the £16million-a-year shortfall. Talks are also ongoing over sorting a TV deal in France, especially if Championship League Leaders’ Shield winners Toulouse win the Grand Final and are promoted. There is no broadcasting arrangement across the Channel but Catalans Dragons also won the Super League title”.
    12 points
  41. Fantastic achievement by the Dragons, Lets hope Toulouse can seal promotion and make it a French double.
    12 points
  42. Had Batley, Featherstone, London and Halifax travelled to Toulouse the league leaders shield would probably be over by now. How a club that has to travel from the South of France and back (same day, 1600 miles) each week is deemed to have an advantage is absolutely nuts!
    12 points
  43. Looks probable that both SL and the Championship league tables will be headed by French teams. Pretty amazing imo. Hope it feeds into the international team and matches.
    12 points
  44. The last 20 minutes of this game needs to be used in all future SL advertising, it's astonishing that it happened between the top 2 teams in a game with such value. In other sports top 2 would have seen a stale load of nervous nonsense leading to a boring draw.
    12 points
  45. Amazing game and Catalans winning the LLS in such dramatic fashion is a massive plus for French RL. Let's keep supporting the game over there, they have so much potential to help transform the NH game for the better.
    12 points
  46. From the outside this looks exactly like they are thinking outside the box… a community day working with local groups etc and rewarding supporters after they’ve moved to a totally new area and stadium this season. Worth the experiment to see if they can get new supporters, increase in merchandise etc and attract new sponsors to etc. Some people are never happy
    12 points
  47. My first decision as new RFL dictator will be a guarantee of no structure changes from now for a decade. When will people see that all this constant changing stuff drives negative perceptions of the sport and disenchantment? The notion that we are still discussing changes which will be implemented from the start of next season is ridiculous. The rules and rewards teams built their 2021 squads around should never be changed after that season started. The current structure is perfectly sound and rational for the size and nature of our sport. Just leave it alone, stop sacrificing bits of the sport's credibility in the name of mindless tinkering and deluded beliefs in silver bullets. Focus on the important stuff.
    12 points
  48. I honestly don't get the mentality that fewer clubs existing is a good thing for rugby league in the long run. It's an absolute nonsense.
    12 points
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