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  1. I am really and genuinely sad to hear of Dave's passing. Apart from his undisputed ability as a player he was a true gentleman. He was a good friend of mine during his day at Platts where I worked as an apprentice. We talked a lot of rugby together and I remember seeing him on the Monday morning following the HKR semi final. The injury he got was horrendous and his face looked like a lump of liver. Poole should have been banned for a long time for that offence. I forget what Dave's position was at Platts but somehow feel that he was the senior personnel manager, or something along those lines. As a young apprentice and at that time a young player I was late for work on a regular basis even though I only lived round the corner. Never seriously late, a matter of two or three minutes most mornings, but eventually I was brought up in front of Dave for a ticking off. The first question he asked me was why are you always late in the morning? To which I replied I just can't get out of bed because I'm tired. He knew that at that time I was travelling across Lancashire two evenings a week on a motorcycle to train with my team and he also knew just how much that takes out of you. He smiled put his head in his hands and simply said "Go on off you go, try not to be late again and whatever you do don't get brought up to see me again. He was a great guy who I had every respect for and from that day forward he would seek me out on the shop floor and he would give me advice with my rugby career and in return I did my best never to be late again. Even though I have not seen him for many years I miss him being among us somehow. I can't think of another way to put it really. If anyone knows of the funeral details I may try to get there. It's the least I can do for a man who gave me great enjoyment as a player and who helped me such a lot in my younger days. God bless Dave.
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  2. Such a depressing take. How could you possibly watch any of Tonga's games during the World Cup or since and describe them as plastic. They are the most astonishing scenes at rugby league games we've seen in years, you get goosebumps even watching on TV from the other side of the world. I feel very sad that you can't get any joy from such amazing events, just because you can't see beyond a very outdated view of national identity.
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  3. No, I honestly don't. Plus, the players themselves are demonstrating that they're more than just friendlies. There is no way that England would have celebrated a friendly goal in the same way that they did Kane's winner against Croatia. We've played twice against Croatia and twice against Spain. There have been some really good games to watch. The friendlies were almost always dire. The best one was probably Columbia in 1995, because of the goalie doing a scorpion kick. I'm looking forward to the SF next year. I think this competition has re-invigorated international football.
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  4. Quality of chefs, quality of judges, absence of Gregg Wallace.
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  5. I have watched and enjoyed all the WC games for the specticle that is on the field of play, but that does not mean that I have to agree with how the concept is originated, RL is my first passion and I get tremendous joy from watching our National team, and yes I feel part of it, but if we adopted a number of non-nationals be it ancesteral or of residency qualification to represent us in preferance to our own guy's, it would have the effect of alienating me, I would sooner a gallant fight and a loss in preferance to a 'manufactured' victory. Just my feelings and thoughts Toby, and I will respect the views of other's who have a differing opinion to those I have.
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  6. Ah, the power of the Rugby League fraternity. I am not going to name names, but someone read the above post & got in touch with me, and offered to cover my phone, webby, & H2O debts. I am very, very, eternally grateful, and will officially appoint their team as my second team (Unless Swinton play them, then it's Gloves Off). I am not religious in any way (apart from RL), so I have asked one of my God Bothering mates to offer a prayer of thanks to my benefactor. It truly has restored my faith in humanity.
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  7. Awesome newish act out of Cronulla, Ruby Fields recently released a new song “Dinosaurs”. Chick has talent and is a bit of a spunk. Trying to arrange for her to play at the first home game for Sharks 2019
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