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  1. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/warriors-in-it-for-the-long-haul-after-returning-to-australia-20210103-p56rgn.html
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  2. Judging by some of the comments at the time the match attracted non fans to the game who by definition must be non purists
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  3. Hanley is the best for me because he was genuinely world class in a number of positions. Not "well he can play there as well", genuinely world class. Out of every player I've seen in either code, if you offered me one player to build a team round, I'd take Hanley.
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  4. Elite One, I reckon, which is sad because he looked full of potential but for whatever reason he’s never fulfilled it.
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  5. Yes, it bothers me too. 'Sir' Ellery should have been knighted - his story is fabulous and RL in general deserves the recongintion for being light years ahead of all other sports in having a black captain (Sir Clive Sullivan) and then first blakc coach. However, we as a sport have - in part- only ourselves to blame. How many of us have wrtitten / complained to ou MP, MOS, or even the PM....?
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  6. Well I'm now in the players WhatsApp group. So I guess I'm involved now
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  7. https://www.asiapacificrl.com/2020/12/22/kolkata-hosts-rugby-league-indias-first-tournament-for-2020/ Kolkata hosts Rugby League India’s first tournament for 2020 The newly established Rugby League India has successfully held its first Rugby League tournament for 2020 in the city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) over the weekend. The event extended on Rugby League India’s Jackals Academy program which has been working on introducing Rugby League basics to Boys and Girls across the sub-continent. Sunday’s event saw players from across Kolkata and wider West Bengal take part in the four team tournament. Supported by the Australian High Commission in India, former NSW Premier and current High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Bhutan, Barry O’Farrell, was on hand to present awards to the winners. Rugby League India was established in early 2020 to help with the development of Rugby League across the nation. The Federation has member League’s in West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Jammu & Kashmir.
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  8. Yeah we have a very close relationship with Scotland RL, we have hosted U16 development days for the scotland academy side in the past and will continue to work closely with Scotland RL We can’t wait to host them this year
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  9. I always do my best to get the numbers up.
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  10. Might as well be blunt. I don`t even begin to comprehend the appeal of Doctor Who or anything similar. Beyond the theme tune and the assistant totty. However, I did watch it as an impressionable infant, and I`m pretty sure "The Green Death" is the one with the giant maggots. One episode was experienced while trying to eat a bowl of mandarin orange segments. Wasn`t able to finish them, and to this day even the thought fills me with nausea. They were previously my favourite dessert. The power of association is amazing. The series from that era that really creeped out my young mind was "The Sea Devils". Not just the freaky monsters, but the accompanying Radiophonic Workshop weirdness.
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  11. Well that's all relative isn't it? Slow compared to Piggy's Mate trying to get to the front of the pie queue, but faster than me walking to the chemist! Are all of your props lightning quick?
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  12. Not sure if you`re aware of the India Jungle Cats. This is a team of Aussies and Kiwis of Indian heritage. They played their first international against Colombia in Brisbane in 2019. I saw the livestream. Lot of very promising players. Don`t know of any involvement they have with development in India. Clearly it would help if they forged some links.
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  13. He’d be a good signing for promotion favourites Toulouse
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  14. He needs to be playing to get a world cup spot i reckon.
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  15. In theory ... theory ... people should not receive an award, or honour, or recognition, just because someone is talented. If we look at say Sir Isaac Newton, he did not get an award for working out the dynamics of gravity (he did not 'invent' it), ie his natural ability. He was given a knighthood by a grateful nation (the government) for recoining a debased currency. This was many years later. Likewise Wren was given a knighthood when quite old. There is a long tradition of "political" honours. Of course today luvvies get awards really for being famous. This is wrong. But if a RL player works broadly selflessly for a cause then he should receive an appropriate recognition. I think we are looking though the wrong end of the telescope, we need fewer honours, not more.
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  16. Leigh ?? Well he is an ex TWP player.
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  17. Well that's fine Robin except for those of us banned from the political forum. This is a substantive RL concern and many of those disappear for various reasons not all of them that good. Removing this would serve no purpose other than it'll be a bit quieter. The question is do our sportsmen deserve less recognition than athletes in other sports? It is also legitimate to ask why even though we all know the answer.
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  18. I thought sincerely Kevin Sinfield would be awarded a knighthood after his 7 marathons / 7 days achievement . There is really a discrimination problem in this case
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  19. Sam Burgess, Sir Kev and Peacock's faces and names are known amongst 'sports fans' down this way (basing this on non RL specific work/pub colleagues)...... Not sure many would be able to connect the names to faces but there you go... . Peacock from his CC stuff for the Beeb probably .... A lot would again know the face of Nobby/Robbie-Paul too Among my RU team mates about a third are nailed on RL fans.... SL and NRL.... All mostly southern with some Irish/Welsh chucked in For all the lamenting people do on here about the 90s Wigan side being the last time RL was known nationally - I just don't think it's true.....whenever I bring up with new non rugby people I'm a RL fan they are as likely to bring up the Rhinos period of dominance as much as Wigan's. Terrestrial CC games and internationals make a mark down here, loads of people watch and talk to me about it who are not 'rugby' fans. Plenty that enjoy the weekend Sky NRL stuff too This is despite ALL sport's personalities becoming less visible/well known in the general publics view in my opinion..... I'd wager most people would know have known a lot of the faces in the England soccer team in say 2004......i bet the general public would be much less likely to know as many now We need to stop beating ourselves up.... RL is an amazing sport/spectacle/drama...... Class will prevail. We will survive and thrive long long into the future Remember it's TGG
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  20. Good shout that. Regarding knighthoods, there’s loads in sailing and horse racing, so it is weighted towards the establishment (middle class pursuits). This also applies in football, as Man Utd are the establishment club (minutes after winning the Champions League it was leaked Fergie would be knighted, they couldn’t have given it to him quicker if they tried). Sir Matt Busby...only won one European Cup, yet Bob Paisley with three, never knighted.
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  21. This is a good post, PT. There are a two or three points which I haven't spotted on skim-reading this thread (but, as ever, apologies if they have been made) First, you cannot nominate somebody for a knighthood. You propose them for an honour, and then the type of honour is proposed or determined (not sure, technically, which) by those who scrutinize the cases for the names put forward, or so I understand it to be. Second, I think that, over the years, the ease with which honours are given to sportsmen, and the class of honour, have changed. No doubt, old fogeys like me would say that too much is given too soon nowadays, but that's another discussion for another thread on another day. However, this might go part of the way, at least, to explain the lack of honours for some of the pioneers, such as Clive Sullivan. Third, rather than complaining along the lines you suggest, we need first to actually make nominations. For sure, if those are not accepted, we may have grounds for complaints as you suggest, but were I to complain, for example, to my MP about the lack of a knighthood for Kevin Sinfield, I am sure the first thing he would say is, "Give me details of the case you made when nominating him for an honour." Er, fair enough, I didn't...!
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  22. Chaffinch just after visiting the feeder
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  23. Here's what concerns me. We're moving to a new stadium because: (1) this is a brand new start for the club!; (2) we can do a whole range of commercial/community/other things at the new stadium that we were chomping at the bit to do but the old landlord wouldn't allow; (3) our new landlord has bought into our vision and will help us build crowds; (4) you know what - this could well be our forever home. Each and every time. Copy and paste.
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  24. I couldn't care less about the honours system and think its a joke. That said it still grates me the lack of recognition that RL gets.
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  25. Henderson Gill was a special player and a great character.
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  26. They aren't far away from me. I'm tempted to send them an email to find out a bit more. I haven't played since my teens but if they are looking for players I wouldn't mind a run out at a low standard on a casual basis.
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  27. Yawn got better defensively because of RL coaches ..... and then you woke up! There should always be cross polination between all sports but it needs more than a similar oval ball for it to be of any use. There is already plenty of drama in RL and it only needs good marketing to make use of it .
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  28. Stay a child as long as you like kid. Getting old aint all it's cracked up to be.
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  29. No. Toulouse just want players good on and OFF the field..
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  30. What would be interesting, if Scottish clubs could affiliate with the likes of Newcastle, Workington, Whitehaven, Barrow creating a pathway for players. Plus representative games against, Scotland (league players) Vs Cumbria and North East/Durham Tyne n Wear. Scotland RU I believe have close links with Newcastle Falcons so why not RL. I guess time will tell, but it all needs funding, put in the right place. Again I think Scotland need a good WC, well advertised up here, pushed with the Scottish Government, if the NationalFootball team or RU team make a major tournament it's plastered everywhere, but as far I can see Scotland making the RL WC has had little coverage. But fingers crossed this will change over the coming months. Behind the scenes I'm sure Scotland RL are working hard with what they have available to them since funding from England RL was pulled.
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  31. Got a great close up view of a redwing in a hedge by the roadside as I was heading up the hill to Skidby yesterday.
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  32. Very very different positions. Last resort switch just like interchangeable centres and back rowers.
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  33. A pointless signing by Wakey in the first place, plenty of cover at full back and centre and he wasn’t the organiser which Trinity were desperate for last season Where he ends up next is anybody’s guess, the lad obviously has issues, hope he manages to resurrect his career at some point.
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  34. Barry O`Farrell was on the Wests Tigers board, so he has Rugby League connections so I`m not sure why he would hash tag " #spiritofrugby" at the bottom of his tweet. It makes the whole thing look like it has been organised or at least been approved by World Rugby. Not sure why he would put that in there, possibly done by a lazy or ignorant/mischievous staffer. Worth noting he was a Liberal Premier and a Liberal party appointee and therefore would be surrounded by conservatives. The `junglecrowsfdn` only referred to `rugby` as well, until we get that terminology correct it will often only look like a promotion for union doing great work in the third world. Not us. It would appear that the whole thing was undoubtedly organised by AsiaPacific Rugby League and may have involved a union club the Jungle Crows, that`s fine, it`s hard to expect them to adjust their terminology but Barry really should have been hashtagging `AsiaPacificRugbyLeague`. If anyone has twitter and I don`t, after thanking him might be worth pointing out the above to him as well. Excuse me from being the killjoy on what otherwise is a very positive story but we have to get the terminology right otherwise these sort of initiatives which are done with the very limited funds that the IRL have will possibly only benefit somebody else.
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  35. Ross Strudwick stories at Fulham could have its own thread
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  36. Yeah all those X can run the 100m in 10sec are definitely lies. At 12sec you're already faster than most. 11sec is lightning quick. Carlin Isles ran the 100 in 10s13 and leaves in his dust every rugby player he faces in a sprint, most time it's not even close.
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  37. Since it's not been posted in this thread yet here's that little bit of RL porn. I never tire of watching this.
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  38. With the above has anyone ever nominated someone for an award? I am sure there are plenty of coaches that have been volunteering tirelessly for years that create positive impacts at community levels that if nominated by individuals they would receive BEM or possibly even a MBE if you think of some of the big amateur clubs without like Stanningley or Siddal to name 2 without the volunteers the gap left in society where 150+ kids wouldn't have a sports team. It wouldn't be surprising if the RFU don't have a committee just filling out forms for honours. If you looked in the honours list this year Exeter head Coach Rob Baxter awarded with OBE for winning the league and European Cup. Their captain Joe Simmonds awarded an MBE too. Their chairman awarded OBE in 2012 for services to sport for basically running Exeter Chiefs as a business....
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  39. The thought then and now of having to endure that makes me want to hide down t'cellar. William wasn't exactly part of the same gang i hung out with. I found him an odd lad back then. I haven't met him since.
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  40. Hanley is the only British player I would hand on heart argue as being worthy of being included in a World 13 from when I started watching in 1981. He was a pretty good centre and then had that absolutely stunning season at Bradford - scored 55 tries at a time when the top tryscorer was usually a winger with somewhere around 30. Then transformed into the best loose forward in the world at Wigan, and even over 30 in an underperforming Leeds team broke the record for tries by a forward. Funnily enough my favourite Hanley performances were in losing cup games whilst at Bradford - the semi v Featherstone in 1983 where he scored that long range try, and in 1985 when they ran Wigan all the way at Odsal (I think the final score was 8-4 or something with Hanley scoring an obligatory try). He went head-to-head with Brett Kenny and lost nothing in comparison. I also have a soft spot for someone else mentioned in this thread - Henderson Gill. He played for Wigan in the first game I ever saw in 1981. Leeds won but I still remember being as mesmerized as the Leeds defence by Gill bouncing around in all directions. I thought he was the most amazing winger ever. Until I saw Des Drummond rip us apart later in the season....
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  41. With people like Clive Sullivan, there should be a posthumous "we are incredibly sorry we did not award this in time" Knighthood
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  42. I've no idea where all the birds have gone. I bought two new feeders and I've been defrosting their bath, but all we've had is a pair of bullfinches. No sign of the wrens, dunnocks, #### or any other finches. It's weird.
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  43. That's a blessing then
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  44. (I believe) Up to a point the English RFL invested in Scotland RL but pulled funding a while ago which led to a decline in RL up here. It's all done on good will now, not sure if sport Scotland invest or the Government. McEwans help sponsor the league and nation team but I don't think it involves money either. So I think we still only have 1 development officer and a few volunteers. I just hope we have a good world cup, Scotland RL push the local media etc to build interest, try and get a mention on TV etc and the people of Newcastle come out to support us. It would make a massive difference to the sport up here. RU is getting a bit of a bashing up here due to mis management of funds etc so if we can get just a small slice of business it would make massive differences. I know RU players do like a bit of RL, and amateur level clubs are really struggling with disproportionate funding, most of it going to Glasgow, Edinburgh and the super 6, we don't need many players to take up RL or even persuade a couple of clubs to start up a team. But a positive world cup would hopefully make things easier
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  45. I know it only happened a matter of months ago, but if this season and that GF doesn't go down in history, then history is bunk. Plus it's a damn good little video that adds to the experience we all had watching the match.
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  46. Indeed. Hanley is chairman on the Man of Steel voting panel.
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  47. Having keen and well connected rugby league fans in the diplomatic service is of great benefit to the game..
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  48. Not in most peoples opinion- it was the single most enjoyable game I've see all season including the NRL. The game was top quality from start to finish. As someone said at the time - if you didnt enjoy that game you dont really understand RL. Like watching the Ashes cricket a few years ago in Cardiff when Anderson and Panasar blocked out for over an hour against the Aussies and it was far more entertaining, tense and riveting than any cricket match you will ever see when 6s and wickets are flying.
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  49. I think it’s great that us RL fans can take a bit of throwaway news and end up arguing over it with mathematical proof It’s almost like it’s the off-season or something!
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