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  1. You know what, I try not to be provocative on here and appreciate everyone's views but I have had enough. We are supposed to be a family sport aren't we... at least that is what I was told when I was growing up sitting on the walls of Central Park watching rugby in the 1980's. Well, opposing the use of racist language and blaming the victims of rape is not being woke, it is just being a decent human being. You can stand where you stand and I will stand where I stand, and I am happy to be on this side.
    39 points
  2. I just want to understand the logic for putting Leigh in SL coz I still don't understand. Toulouse has just signed a 9 year deal with Stade Toulousain that not just allows them to play at the iconic ground but gives them a major presence at the complex. In addition to that they now have backing from the various local authorities which in France is significant. With the partnerships they have in place I'm confident in saying that over the next few years Toulouse will quickly become one of the biggest clubs in Europe. The commercial partnerships that Toulouse have are on a different
    27 points
  3. Some of the comments on this topic are laughable, and sadly very revealing. When Big Picture says there are 8000 college athletes a year being turned out and only a handful of NFL contracts available, it means that there's a huge pool of potential high quality athletes that might be interested in an NARL opportunity. That's a big pool and several orders of magnitude bigger than the number of RL players, of high quality that we produce. Just because they are not household names or current NFL superstars, the knockers want to denigrate them. (Envy man, its everywhere!) Then the idea, t
    27 points
  4. Lovely article about Rob and his wife Lindsey in the Guardian, well worth a read. The positivity and refusal to feel sorry for himself is amazing, what a wonderful human being he is.... https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/may/07/rob-and-lindsey-burrow
    26 points
  5. Far from it my friend. Consider my state of mind to be pragmatic optimism. In the last 12 months I have seen a business that I helped to build from £10M to £790M market value see its operating profit fall by over 50% (I left in 2017 so didn't feel the pain personally) and a business that my wife built from scratch fold despite exceeding all of the financial targets before Covid hit (that one I did feel personally as I supported the venture financially but the money is nothing compared to witnessing all of my wife's hard work come to naught). There is nothing in the Rugby League port
    20 points
  6. There is absolutely no connection between your first sentence and the second. Is this a thread to discuss what Argyle said or just to rant about him?
    18 points
  7. He was probably the third man in.
    17 points
  8. I am more than a little biased on this subject, but why exactly would it be "mildly embarrassing on and off the pitch"? If Batley completed the impossible and earned the right to promotion... again! Are the Premiership embarrassed by the likes of Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth and Wigan's of the game getting in to the top division? Were they faced with the same small minded parochial thinking by football fans when they earned the right to get to the top. Most people in the country love an underdog story. Although our bubble is likely to burst, possibly as early as Saturday, our cl
    16 points
  9. Not exceeding my expectations Eddie lad. Their performances this year have not surprised me. Their coach is doing exactly what he did as a player.... proving himself to be one of the best outside superleague. Their players really are playing much greater than the sum of their parts. And they are a fabulous club to visit..... and they have a cracking welcoming set of fans. What's not to.like?
    16 points
  10. Just been announced that North Wales Crusaders are moving to the 6,000 capacity Zip World Stadium (Eirias Park) in Colwyn Bay. The stadium is also home to RGC 1404 (the union equivalent of North Wales Crusaders) and also the home ground for the Wales A team for the rugby union six nations. So we are moving to North Wales premier rugby venue. I was disappointed to hear at a fans forum on Zoom earlier tonight that Wrexham Council have no interest in rugby league in the town whatsoever. On the other hand, Conwy Council are very keen to have us in Colwyn Bay. The news was positively
    16 points
  11. Yes it is racist - dismissing it as not is just as much of a problem as the racism itself
    16 points
  12. Toulouse will hopefully get promoted on the back of a winning season which also helps selling tickets and corporates for their first season in the big time. I have no problem with Leigh being promoted, they were willing to step up. Once Toulouse and Catalans are both in SL however, there should be exemption from relegation for both clubs indefinitely. If you want to relegate a French club then you have to have another French club willing to take their place. We have just got to cut this #### out. The Championship is a penniless pit of teams that has survived on handouts and duel registrat
    16 points
  13. I've done a quick search, and in case anyone was wondering, I can confirm that this phrase has never been used on this forum before.
    15 points
  14. Seeing as though they have given a sneak preview of the kit, I will give a sneak preview of my reaction. I think i
    15 points
  15. I've stated this on other threads in the past. I've been watching the game since 1985 as a kid. There were 5 countries in a world cup and occasionally a Welsh team. We now have multi nation World Cups, with Qualifiers, and also a team in Canada to name just a couple of things. For anyone not wanting our game to succeed in any country must question why the watch the game and why they don't want it to be successful. To me there's no reasoning behind it and one of many reasons why our game struggles. Constant negativity. I realise some on here may be trying to wind people up. Well don't. It
    15 points
  16. Quite a long one, sorry.... From reading social media (the font of all knowledge) there are murmurings of the players at Cas not being paid expenses and a feeling that there wasn’t much support for the women’s team from Castleford Tigers. Ignoring all that, the coach going to York no doubt played the biggest part. But let’s just talk about the women’s World Cup for a moment - there’s 15 games, York are hosting 8 of them including both semi finals and Australia vs NZ. Those 2 sides are also using the facilities as their training base (along with France and Cook Islands).
    14 points
  17. Sorry but your disrespect for proud Rugby League clubs is wrong. I'll leave it to Leigh and Wakefield fans to speak up for their own historic clubs but here's my take on Hull Kingston Rovers. Rovers have an ever improving stadium on the back of big investment and have pumped money into the youth system with the esteemed John Bastain leading the way. They will soon be purchasing the stadium and already own the leasehold. They have average crowds of over 8,000 and a class leading community involvement programme. They support the East Hull community and have been praised by local politi
    14 points
  18. If I were at Toulouse, I wouldn't have been too anxious to get a free ticket into $uperleague for 2021. Too many obstacles to international travel at the moment, too much uncertainty, too little time to recruit a $uperleague squad. The delay may have a silver lining.
    14 points
  19. https://www.rugby-league.com/article/58045/taylor-prescott-embarks-on-toughest-challenge-yet Taylor Prescott admits that a determination to make his late father proud has driven him to embark on the toughest challenge of his life. The 19-year-old will next month attempt to run 100 miles in just 48 hours - day and night - in a huge fundraising effort for the Steve Prescott Foundation, the charity set up by his rugby legend dad Steve before his death in 2013.
    13 points
  20. So Salford add nothing ? Which Million £ game is the most talked about, especially with non RL fans? Which cup final was the closest and most exciting in recent year? Which play off attracted the most attention in recent years because it was a new face? There is a clue in there somewhere. There may be fans that want a closed shop of 6 teams such as St Helens, Wigan, Leeds and Warrington but fans would soon be bored of that and Sky wouldn't pay for it if viewing figures drop. Some fans might not believe that teams such as Salford, Huddersfield, Wakefield add anyth
    13 points
  21. Initially it is for this year. If we are to move back to Wrexham it would have to be at the Racecourse, I really don't see us going back to Queensway. However I do get a sense of frustration from the club with the constant obstacles which seem to keep popping up in Wrexham every time they want to take the club forward. I get the feeling that the local council's attitude over the last few weeks has been the final straw. On the fans forum on zoom on Wednesday night, our CEO and Chairman both said how they had been bowled over by the facilities and the welcome in Colwyn Bay, and it is appare
    13 points
  22. However, The Yorkshire Post also understands that Super League will be free to air a set number of games - possibly as many as ten - on terrestrial television. In what would be a significant boost in making rugby league more accessible and reaching greater audiences, it is planned that certain games will be broadcast at 3pm on Saturday afternoons, which would help augment the BBC’s ongoing coverage of the Betfred Challenge Cup. https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/exclusive-bbc-to-show-live-betfred-super-league-games-from-next-year-3217039
    13 points
  23. I don't post on here much now, however tonight is an exception. People slag off soccer all the time, rightly or wrongly. But wouldn't it have been great for the likes of us, Batley, Dewsbury, York, Rochdale, many more in 95, had RL fans had the Balls and Solidarity that has been demonstrated by football fans today Sky employees saying how they are against franchises and the thought of no promotion and competition a way of killing the game. I can't get my breath more than ever now, how the likes of ourselves were sold down the Calder. At least the objective of successful
    12 points
  24. A great report about Ronan Michael in the Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/ronan-michael-revelling-in-his-sporting-life-after-landing-in-super-league-1.4553560
    12 points
  25. Can I come and stand with you, mate? Some very odd takes on a few matters on these boards over the past week. Some very predictable, others i'm genuinely shocked by.
    12 points
  26. Just looked at the fixtures and now Featherstone won't be travelling to France (May 1st) and neither will Widnes (May 8th) - this is after London binned off the trip last week and were given a 24-0 loss. Exactly how is this meant to create any kind of valid competition in 2021? Toulouse will have to make the play offs based purely on winning away fixtures and their rivals will avoid their win percentage being affected by losing a tough away trip. They also will go weeks without games. It will be one game in a month. I know the RFL have given the p/t f/t team excuse but this is literally c
    12 points
  27. My rugby union club pays £500/yr,whilst my cricket club pays £300/yr. The reaction here,is rather like a player who turns up,plays the game,goes home and complains about having to pay any subs. Certain players seem to believe that facilities are provided and maintained for free,the magic fairy maintains pitches,marks out pitches,washes kit,rates etc,etc. General threads on here include,can I get in free,whats the discount code,I'd go if it was cheaper than that(no they wouldn't),I'm not paying extra for my 10 yo,usually followed by,why isn't there any money in the game.
    12 points
  28. The fact that Toulouse are an overseas team was undoubtedly a major factor in them missing out for 2021. When the decision was made there were still a lot of unknowns with Covid, and the fact that France has now gone into a 3rd lockdown sort of proved their point that it would have been a major risk to fulfilling the fixture schedule by promoting Toulouse. So while they probably were the better option under normal circumstance, their geographical location worked against them for this season.
    12 points
  29. Yes that’s right; Rovers have been creative and gone to the effort of installing a large temp stand just for May & June so that our official capacity is expanded enough to enable us to let 4,000 members in
    11 points
  30. My 8 year old son regularly tells his teammates at his Union club that he'd rather be playing Rugby League because it's better. I don't know if he'll ever play for Ireland or anything, but I'm hopeful he'll have a long career of hiding Union mags at newsagents.
    11 points
  31. The article was actually the main sports article on the sports page for a number of hours and is very prominent in the print edition. You can see here: https://www.facebook.com/171690882992178/posts/1939291272898788/
    11 points
  32. OFGS, I just can't...
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  33. I think he's a bit busy right now
    11 points
  34. One of the main stories in the FT today is the Premier League trying to rollover its current domestic rights and not put them out to tender. The value dropped 10% last time and is likely to drop further this time. The most recent soccer league - Serie A - saw its rights drop 25%. As ever, this is not happening in isolation for rugby league.
    11 points
  35. Getting up to £30m but with Sky relinquishing their exclusivity is not that bad a deal. The ability to take the second or third choice games elsewhere is very significant indeed. Obviously it's not overall as good as the deal Nigel Wood negotiated but there are some promising things in this.
    11 points
  36. dear lord... @davidargyle9 is the twitter handle.... he joined in November 2020 and posted that on December 15th 2020 and that was the latest post he has tweeted. Everything he has posted is an obvious wind up ffs.. if ever anyone wanted to know what had gone wrong with this world this is it... read one tweet assume you know who its from and get annoyed.. do some f*ing research (not much either, took me all of 2 seconds) and you realise (if you had to) that its someone on a p*ss take... no wonder disinformation and an inability to see what is news and what is not is rife, anti vax, covid
    11 points
  37. I don't want to sound negative nor do I claim to have a full understanding on all things about SL, living as I do in the antipodes. Do despite that caveat, here goes: There is only one factor that drives any decision in SL and that's money. Some say there are only 12 clubs due to player depth but its really because SL are dividing the central funding up between less teams. They accepted TWP on the understanding they took no central funding and Leigh's being agreeable to taking less than half the funding helped their bid no end. More money to the incumbent clubs. To maximise the Sky p
    11 points
  38. Harry Sunderland trophy was an existing man of the match trophy which washed around the old premiership finals and others for years and years. Harry Sunderland was a great name no doubt but it isn't associated with the big SL GF night at Old Trafford which has happened since 1998. It is time to retire that MoM award IMO and introduce the Rob Burrow Medal for future man of the match performances. Rob has an iconic GF final moment, has won umpteen GFs at Old Trafford and is an inspiration to everyone - it is a great way to recognise a brilliant man. Also, make the change now while he and hi
    11 points
  39. I don't know about you guys but I love the branding. Two new junior clubs in Coventry and one in Birmingham. This is the start of something really great.
    11 points
  40. It’s very knee-jerk and untrue that this is the worst decision the game has ever made. I mean, come on, this is Rugby League, we’ve made far worse decisions than admitting Leigh Centurions to Super League and I am pretty confident that we’ll continue to make far worse decisions in future. Leigh were the “easy” option. They ticked the boxes, openly said they’d “play for free” and offered up the least issues compared to some of the other clubs. In true Rugby League fashion, we’ve thrown them in at the deep end without the appropriate aides, and there’s people three rounds in looking confu
    11 points
  41. If SL hadn’t rejected the Wolfpack for not being situated next to the M62 it’s reasonable to assume the NARL never would have happened. Ellstone is a visionary.
    11 points
  42. I don't think I've ever seen Rugby League given that level of prominence in The Irish Times before. In fact I don't think I've ever seen Rugby League mentioned in The Irish Times before. Without wanting to restart the heritage player debate again, it shows how important it is to have home grown players that journalists here can build a story around.
    10 points
  43. The RFL have bottled it. Found guilty but given the minimum suspension based on the grading for what are very weak reasons The various “Tackle it” type campaigns need binning as they are clearly paying lip service
    10 points
  44. Lachlan Walmsley aside (Scottish heritage) I see Whitehaven have named Aaron Purewall and Guy Graham, two ex-Scottish RU junior internationals. That’s positive - more of the same now Scottish rl is back up and running.
    10 points
  45. He was only 21 when he left Saints after making 40 appearances. He scored 9 tries in his only season at Warrington and was offered a deal at Brisbane,where he suffered a serious injury in preseason,calling him a flop is ridiculous & petty,at 26 he should be in his prime and has looked in good form at Hull.
    10 points


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