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  1. Take it you have never been to CCFinal. You will find fans from every club converging at the same time as has happened for 100 years. Dont ever go to a Magic weekend it will freak you out........
    9 points
  2. Hopefully Newcastle can gain promotion, they are doing tremendous work on and off the field. Reserve team, under 19’s academy, increasing participation at grassroots, increasing attendances. They are a club on the up and long may it continue.
    8 points
  3. If you are wondering what is at the root of their healthy glow, its the near 30 years of grassroots development work started by Mick Hogan. They have slowly grown the community game (and continue to do so) from day one. I'm staggered that most still believe you can ''sell'' the game to people who have never heard of it, in areas where no-one has ever played it before. It's embarrassingly naive to argue for expansion without doing a lot of work to seed the ground, grow the participant player and fan base, forming new school, college and amateur clubs, year on year developing along wit
    7 points
  4. Great appointment by the Titans and as a Saints fan I'm absolutely gutted. Not only has he massively improved our team, often transforming players who looked awful under KC, but he also has got us playing exciting rugby again. He has brought through lots of youth, and he's also improved the clubs position with the community and the fans, and seems a genuinely likeable bloke. I'm surprised he went for the Titans job rather than wait a year for the Bulldogs job, but suppose there's no guarantee he would get it. I don't think it's money or lifestyle as much as the challenge of coaching in th
    6 points
  5. Martin Vicker's argument was that pre Wolfpack there was no demand for RL overseas rights as there was no interest. The club had shown otherwise and the rights had a monetary value. Sky were in the best position to exploit this via their world wide channel swapping arrangements. The inference being that Toronto add value to the Sky deal and hence negotiations.
    5 points
  6. All six matches to be shown live on Sky Sports, according to LE.
    4 points
  7. He's 36 and totally unsuitable for SL.
    4 points
  8. A successful anyone playing in Super League would draw big (by RL standards) crowds.
    4 points
  9. Really hope Thunder can get promoted to the Championship,currently second. I'd like all clubs to prosper but surely most neutral fans understand that Newcastle offer more to the Championship than many traditional clubs who have stagnated in the past 30 yrs.
    4 points
  10. Couldn't agree more S.K. You always need 2 or 3 old heads in a team to keep the young ones right. Have we missed Benny? Of course we have. Do we miss Tim when he's not in the side? Of course we do. Same with Graham Horne.
    4 points
  11. Toronto Arrows play in Major League Rugby, where most of the players are "associate members" (aka part time semi-pros) and only a small handful are full time professionals. They get roughly 2k out to their games. TWP average over 7k and are fully professional. The national broadcaster's "rugby" section is completely dominated by the Wolfpack. Who is supporting what now? Oh by the way, those established teams you mention- they also support the Wolfpack. The opportunity for RL (and indeed RU) here in North America is the overwhelming majority of people have never seen and are no
    4 points
  12. You need the old heads, we would still be in League one if we had only played young lads last season.
    4 points
  13. The first part I totally agree with. They don't want a championship final in the UK between potentially a Canadian and a French team. The rest is frankly a lot of anti-Toronto prejudice though Harry and has been refuted several times on here. They chose not to take part in the cup as they (along with Toulouse and Catalans) were asked to lodge a Half-a-Million pound bond to do so - perfectly reasonable. They have appeared in the cup before and have said repeatedly (most recently on Backchat last Thursday) that they would love to be part of it again. Their advantages to being at home
    4 points
  14. I've held a rugby ball probably five times in my entire life. On one of those occasions I found a ball at the local field while out walking the dog. I picked it up and kicked it away aimlessly. I was spotted doing this by a rugby union scout, who immediately tried to sign me up.
    4 points
  15. Hasn't anyone seen the last episode of Back Chat this week? At last, a few facts about Toronto Wolfpacks impact on the rest of the world. They have been engaged in a process of raising the profile of the game, world-wide, a costly, and lengthy process. Their backer, has a better idea (and a more realistic one) of what it will take to establish the game over there than anyone here does and he's prepared to put his money where his mouth is, for a long time, to make it happen. He and his team are like manna from heaven for our game. Whatever they are doing, they are doing
    4 points
  16. Expectations of the Titans are so low that if Holbrook has any kind of success he will seen in a very favourable light. It’s not a bad move at all on his part. Sad to see him going from SL. The speed of his turnaround of Saints was remarkable - they went from pretty much a basket case under Cunningham to within a Golden Point of the GF in his first half-season. Think he’ll go well. Seems a player’s coach who has the right balance between fairness and firmness. A class act.
    3 points
  17. Not unexpected after weeks of rumours, but still disappointing to hear. Holbrook has honoured his contract with us and his high win percentage and style of rugby has earned him a shot at a NRL head coaches job, so can't blame him or his family for wanting to head back when such an opportunity presented itself. As some have said, he's transformed the club. Towards the end of the Cunningham era, we were approaching open hostility between club and fans. Since Holbrook's come in, we've had regular open training sessions, junior member open days and a lot more engagement from the players in lo
    3 points
  18. I did enjoy Mick Gledhill's strop about all this. He is just the same as when he used to post here.
    3 points
  19. You can be a right spoilsport at times John. ?
    3 points
  20. Please don't post entire stories copied from League Express on here (or anywhere else for that matter). We rely on people buying the paper to read the stories themselves, or there'd be no League Express left for anyone to copy anything from. Thanks.
    3 points
  21. The sporting scene in Toronto is dominated by the likes of Baseball, Ice Hockey, Canadian Football, Soccer/Football, Basketball. What Sports dominate the Heavy Woolen area, Leigh and Halifax areas? How long have we has Rugby League in Toronto? A decade with mainly 3 or 4 amateur teams until the TWP came along. So no century long club or any real fan base.The game has been played professionaly and at amateur level for decades in London. London Broncos have had success and play in SL yet cant get even half the crowds of TWP Leigh have had success and been in Super League as have Halifax. Bu
    3 points
  22. Isn't this topic related to audiences, and largely irrelevant to location... 1) Traditional clubs need to look at audience size and penetration (brand awareness through to those willing to part with cash). It really is quite simple. Grow the marketing funnel. This means, understand your customers, understand your audiences. How many RL clubs are actively trying to understand their customers? Genuine question. They are awash with data from websites to ticket purchases etc. It doesn't take much to understand who is buying your tickets, merch, viewing your website etc. to get a really g
    3 points
  23. As a Saints fan I’m gutted Also it shows how far ahead of Super League the NRL is if the coach of our best club wants to leave to join their worst.
    3 points
  24. come on worky please win
    3 points
  25. Why are they better? (even Aussie media concede English refs are better) Simple answer, there is only one of them - not two. NRL refs have been dumbed down.
    3 points
  26. As a teacher/coach of kids, I would often ban the acting-half-back from running with the ball in casual games, turning the role into one of distribution, with a play-maker at either side evaluating options. It increased the involvement of other players, increased general playability and enjoyment, and added, rather than subtracted, extra variability to the attack .The ramifications for such an approach are interesting, and worth a little consideration. Eliminating the acting-half-back “scoot”, for instance, would change the dynamics of the sport in significant ways, not all of them bad.
    3 points
  27. The headline in the menu reads "Ban the acting half back from being able." I've played in several sides like that.
    3 points
  28. Nurse! SWR’s pills have worn off again!
    3 points
  29. He can pick up the phone can't he, or use this interweb thingy?
    2 points


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