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  1. You are discounting the fact that, as kids and young players, these people have chosen to play Rugby League, because like most of us, they just prefer the game (by a mile). I'm surprised you can't find the good grace to compliment the amazing achievements of the Newcastle development programme, to which they have committed many years of volunteer effort and ingenuity. ''The problem with their academy...........'' smacks of complete ignorance of what it takes to get to where they are and/or utter contempt for their achievements. With friends like you, who needs enemies?
    9 points
  2. I’ve got first hand experience of working on player development in the NE. There are some extremely well talented young players and athletes in the region. In past years they were held back by their RL IQ but as the decades have passed the amateur game has allowed these lads to start playing at 5 & 6 years old so the current players are right up there with most other regions. There has been a core of volunteers almost RL missionaries who’ve been involved from the very first day, they’ve nurtured the game and started new clubs with multiple age groups, they along with others are a credit to the region! Id love to see them compete at the top of the Championship and gain promotion, it would be just reward for the endeavours of those who’ve worked so hard with little to no help from the RFL. Should they gain a Super League place and keep it then it would be great if York could follow them as geographically it makes Newcastle less of a ‘satellite’ club and maybe creates a rivalry that both can feed off. In time they could make a Newcastle, York, Hull FC and Hull KR rivalry and really reignite the interest in East Yorkshire as well. Good Luck to them
    7 points
  3. There is a lot of excellent work going on behind the scenes. It is no secret that the club wishes to buy the stadium and when this happens, I can tell you now we are going to start seeing a lot of good things happen.
    7 points
  4. Oh yeah, AFCW reckon the Broncos are predicting a 3,500 average attendance! But it's not just the financials that stand out, although they in themselves are a cause for concern: the Broncos are paying a fixed rate, plus an unknown % on tickets and beverages. And at the same time paying for 2 training bases elsewhere. At minimum they've got to be spending £250,000 on facilities - which is a massive hike on the hourly rate we were led to believe (again, clarity is hard to find because the Broncos treat everyone like idiots) the club was paying at Ealing. Of a wider concern is the tone of that document, and every other message coming from AFCW. It's very much one of a landlord asserting itself. I get that AFCW fans are particularly sensitive souls, and the Dons Trust board is attempting to manage them through this, but it is all very one sided. Apart from hosting 13 matches at Plough Lane, the Broncos don't seem to be getting very much out of this at all. But then the messaging would be one-sided because the Broncos still cannot bring themselves to even make a gesture at keeping their ever-diminishing fanbase informed. I've said this before on this thread, but David Hughes is having his pants pulled down here and we all know who is doing it to him. And I can't help but feel that this is going to be one disaster too many and he'll finally walk away. And that, folks, should be of concern to everyone in the game. RL in England is retrenching further and further each season.
    6 points
  5. It can always be relied on that some Rugby League fans can find a negative in a positive story
    5 points
  6. Carcassonne been pushed out of stade domec for Sunday's game. The union teams fixture for last night was called off due to an opposing team player showing covid symptoms on the team bus. He tested negative so the game has been moved to Sunday and the league team moved to stade mazet. Reports in the paper today that the federation are pushing to restart elite 2,elite juniors and elite femin as soon as possible and asking for permission for teams to train after the 6pm curfew. The elite womens union and younger elite union teams are allowed. Also mid April restart for the lower divisions and kids sections. Finger crossed! I can't see it happening but no harm in trying!
    4 points
  7. That may well be the case. In some ways it's not the end of the world. Players will be dropped from the RU side who can be picked up by Thunder and developed. One example at York where this type of thing has happened is Jason Bass, he didn't make it in Union with Leicester Tigers was using League for fitness and switched to it fully, played for England students, Coventry and now 1st pick centre at York mixing it up with an excellent performance against Hull last night still only 24 with plenty of opportunity ahead of him.
    4 points
  8. Let's stop being so harsh about Mr kear , he normally gives us up to 4 points each season
    3 points
  9. True, and I've said this more than once - A good RL player does not necessarily make a good RU player and vice versa! Don't understand why so many people seem to be under this misapprehension
    3 points
  10. A statement has emerged from the club. It doesn't add much to the known picture TBH. https://londonbroncosrl.com/news/plough-lane-update/
    3 points
  11. Isaiah Papali'i looks like a good buy for Parra. Never stopped working and made the most metres.
    3 points
  12. England/GB have played France 16 times between 2001 and 2019. During that period Catalans have been admitted to SL and Toulouse into the Championships. English RL is not neglecting France no matter how many times it gets repeated.
    3 points
  13. Blaming the journalists here is pointing the finger in the wrong place. Journalists will report what they see and find. The sport and the clubs employ PR and media relations staff who are literally paid to encourage journalists to see and find the right things. So if the players aren't getting the limelight, we need to ask why. Are the clubs building stories around the players? Are the players being media trained so that they're comfortable with the media and able to speak in a language other than cliche? Are the clubs making the players available to the media (I know this is a long-standing complaint from people at Sky)? Do the clubs trust their players when it comes to areas like social media? The clubs literally pay staff to make all of that happen. As @MJMpoints out, if Wigan are putting the "men in suits" front-and-centre of their club media day, you can't blame the journalists for reporting on the men in suits - they're seeing and reporting on exactly what Wigan want the journalists to find and report on. Why wasn't the first hour dedicated to the team captain, the new signings or the Head Coach?
    3 points
  14. I’d love to see them in SL, though I expect the existing clubs would be horrified at how far away they are and would find a reason to kick them out in favour of Dewsbury.
    3 points
  15. After 60 mins when Reynolds went off is probably the standard of alot of the Championship teams although Hull are all full time. York scored 3 tries to Hull's 0. To say York haven't played a competitive game in near on a year and the half back combination is brand new with several other debuts on show apart from a couple of errors in defence, I thought they played well and structured well against a good Hull side. Hull I thought as they always do looked clever from the halves, kicked well and showed real power and pace up the middle, a bit difficult to judge on one mixed game of players from both sides coming on and off but I would suggest an exciting season ahead for both and the new Stadium at York looked immense, can't wait to be watching from inside that.
    3 points
  16. If you are going to run a marathon you train by doing long distances not short sprints, equally in team sports it does no good whatsoever for preperation of (and that is what this game is) playing against other teams that will not or cannot offer that competitive edge to test and extend you both physically and mentally. The exiles game is much preferred by the coach simply because it will be a much bigger and better test than playing France and dare I say will offer better preperation for the World Cup comp. Agreed, the European International game needs to develop and improve but not this year as far as England are concerned, Mr Wane is correct that the focus should all be about what is good for England that is his main priority and quite rightly so.
    3 points
  17. Such a great idea this, hopefully most members will now be able to get in. It’s not like it’s going to make any money back at all, given we’ve all already paid, so frankly for Neil Hudgell to put up the cash to do this is a great gesture for the local community. God knows what would have happened to this club over the last 20 years without that bloke.
    3 points
  18. Yeah it was indeed offside. I was impressed with York. They stuck to their task in the first half and kept it competitive when Hull were dominating. Then when Hull started to introduce a few more of the fringe players York took charge of the game and were by far the better team towards the end. There is plenty of SL experience in that team and I think they will have a real cracking at promotion this season. As for Hull, more positives than negatives. I thought our line speed and intensity in defence was excellent in the first half. Reynolds and Connor were linking up well and the big guys looked fit and did some damage. Satae was head and shoulders the best player on the pitch imo. He could be in for a big season.
    3 points
  19. And it finishes 28-22. That was a fantastic game, with the Knights denied a try at the end (offside I think). Typical Knights, they never stop and they never think they're beaten. Good to see that continuity after no games for so long.
    3 points
  20. OK, in fact I will double it and go for the full £!
    2 points
  21. Completely wrong and below the belt ..... I’d have got it in anyway , ive waited months
    2 points
  22. You do need more than money but also a clear link between wages and sucess. Newcastle have the cash that if they got to SL they could spend to the cap. North East England population 2.6 million and Newcastle has a metropolitan pop of roughly 900,000. Although the academy hasn't won many games it is well established now and Thunder have a complete monopoly over the player base. They were getting 1000 in League 1. Think if they got to SL Sky will be all over showing their games so exposure would increase and I'd bet Thunder would average between 4-5,000 first SL season. Really exciting times for Newcastle.
    2 points
  23. It might be on Radio York, as I will be muting John Kear too!
    2 points
  24. A World Cup isn’t a surprise. No one has said it is. The draws certainly aren’t clear cut and the same for the 4N, in which France had to qualify to compete in. Claiming a France game in a random draw is lunacy. A bit like if I tried to claim England were doing great things for developing minor nations by playing Greece at the end of this year. People want England to play France for a few reasons. People want a mid-season international and France are the obvious choice, given no Super League or NRL club is going to release players to travel the world. France are then the best of the NH nations and with 25+ professional players in the Super League/Championship, it’s a bit easy to see why. No other nation offers that, for a start. People have also seen the development of the SH nations now Australia are on board and helping more than in recent years and I think there’s a hint of jealousy there and think that we could replicate that with France, especially, given we’ve already got two full time clubs in our competitions, we’re already a few steps ahead. I think there’s also a pretty reasonable fear that England’s arrogant and dismissive approach of the international game, yeah just like the one dead heads here complain about the NRL, combined with the growth of the SH means that we could well be left behind, if we’re not already.
    2 points
  25. I agree but the capacity on the other 3 sides is over 10,000 which is enough for most games. That's why the South End is closed most of the time and has not been a priority. The temporary stand at the South End will be open for the derby when hopefully all restrictions are lifted. It would be great to see a full house on all 4 sides. Rovers are getting very close to the purchase of the freehold which is very exciting.
    2 points
  26. There’d be something to worry about if Thunder were haemorrhaging players at Academy level to union. I can’t say I’ve ever seen anything to suggest this has taken place at any time, certainly not to any sort of level where Thunder would have any issues with this practice. Thunder are building nicely. They have an Academy that’s playing Super League opposition, they’re improving on the pitch and would have been amongst the favourites in 2020 and will make the Championship better for their presence.
    2 points
  27. That may be, but they are very clearly hoping to establish a strong RL club capable of challenging for major honours, and have already set up many community clubs in the North East, so what’s not to like. People can always find a negative I suppose.
    2 points
  28. How so? It looks like a reasonable compromise to a pandemic that is causing problems for international travel. I'm not really sure why these press releases from the RFL have to highlight things like who will pay the bill for testing. It's really small time.
    2 points
  29. As in all these things there would be some academy players in their academy better suited to playing union and some players in the union academy better suited to playing Rugby League. A win win for both codes at the club
    2 points
  30. Certainly a matter of when, not if, they make it to SL. Next 2 or 3 seasons. Huge catchment area all to themselves, so no competition for players. Understand that people worry they'd lose players to Falcons but players arent going to move in huge numbers. Once in SL, north east great place to live on full SL salary and will arguably be , after Catalans and Leeds, most attractive destination for imports. Hope they can be averaging 1500 by seasons end and push on year after.
    2 points
  31. It pretty much is a done deal as there is no other option being pursued and it's entirely down to the AFC Wimbledon membership where we now get to play. You might as well wonder why we moved on from every other ground we've played at. The recurring theme is always that we messed up whatever opportunities were there whilst decreasing our support base and utterly ruining the relationship with the landlord. I'm sure there's no chance of that happening again. After all, we're going to wear a special blue and yellow kit.
    2 points
  32. Bit of an irrelevant post when there's a global pandemic on.
    2 points
  33. Took my sister to her first ever game of Rugby League . She made a remark early in the game that Papenhuyzen does not look like much physically , then he dominated , and she says " wow, he is super quick. Safe to say she enjoyed it and i believe from next season I'll have her signed up as a season ticket holder.
    2 points
  34. Isn't Crown Green a little dangerous for a youngster... Best to keep them on the flats till their 18.
    2 points
  35. Does anyone remember Jean Capdouze who used to post on rlfans? I'm 99% sure its the same person.
    2 points
  36. It sounds like an excellent deal for AFC Wimbledon.
    2 points
  37. Hull KR practising for the future here. To satisfy SL's ground criteria, you just need to be able to produce really good drawings of things that have not happened yet - like new stadiums. You never have to build them - it's the drawings that do the trick. But keep this secret to yourselves Hull KR fans - we don't want everyone knowing. I actually think it's a good idea for those whose sarcasm detectors might not be working.
    2 points
  38. Yes DKW.....Elias Payot, the PNG international hooker for one.
    2 points
  39. It’s been over 100 days since the Super League Grand Final. We’ve had no International games. We’ve had no pre-season Friendlies yet. We’ve had very little to talk about aside from the inevitable Covid related stuff and the financial impact this pandemic and the subsequent restrictions have on the sport as we head into a year where we are renegotiating a TV deal. Why is he shocked or surprised that these people are taking precedence at this time?
    2 points
  40. Wow, he only asked! nothing wrong with a bit of curiosity and when did curiosity have anything to do with entitlement? I am staggered how aggressive some people are these days!
    2 points
  41. What's it got to do with you ? This is commercially sensitive information. Why would clubs disclose it - however interesting it might be ? Do you ask Tesco what its staffing budget is ? Or Amazon ? Or BT ? I'm staggered by folks' sense of entitlement these days. Or, put another way, nosiness.
    2 points
  42. They maybe missed his control in the 2nd half but Melbourne under Bellamy are just a well oiled machine and the day the coach leaves will have a far greater impact on the club than all the great players who move on.
    2 points
  43. We are in completely unchartered territory now. I'm now 68.2kg, down nearly 17kg since October - I can see rib cage. I have a bit of a loose skin issue around my gut area. I feel the wind might blow me away soon and I get cold very easily....
    2 points
  44. Its clear that the salary cap in its current form does not create a more equal competition. I think its also clear that it is just a mechanism that allows the big clubs to not spend too much whilst still remaining on top. Similarly it allows the weaker clubs to cling on in Super League under the pretence that it is an equal competition and they have a chance. This debate has somewhat been done to death on various threads over the years but the crux of why the weaker clubs remain weak has been explained pretty well the last couple of pages. If we genuinely wanted a cap to create a more equal competition you'd be letting promoted teams spend extra as well as clubs that haven't won anything for a few years. Leigh or someone like Huddersfield being allowed to spend an extra £500,000 would really shake things up. That would allow them to compete with the bigger, more successful clubs for players. However we know that's not really what the current Super League clubs want.
    1 point
  45. I was in a good mood before I logged into TRL.... The significant part of the Dons statement, is what it does not say, Unlike the previous minuted meeting there is no mentioon of free admission for Wimbledon fans or the Yellow and Blue strip. It also makes it quite clear that August is the first time London Broncos will be playing at Plough Lane. That they will be paying a minimum of £ 200,000 in rent and a percentage of bar takings and ticket sales. That's not to mention the rental agreements with Rossyn Park RUFC and the Richmond Athletic Trust With the money coming to Championship Clubs being cut, as with Brentford, rental payments will soon exceed revenue. Even a chimpanzee would be able to work that out. In the last, successful championship season in 2018, London Broncos Home average attendance was 896. If you assume 300 away fans and a further 200 former attenders at Ealing no longer going for a variety of reasons, that leaves you with around 400 fans. So I would expect matchday attendances between 450-550 at Plough Lane. Tha's not sustainable and the sporting economics of the madhouse. The departure from Ealing was an amicable one with the rental agreement expiring on 31st October 2020. The London Broncos felt they could maximise revenue away from Ealing by increasing season ticket numbers, match day attendances, commercial partners and hospitality. The club also claimed it had been told by Super League that it would need an alternate venue should they be promoted Jermaine Coleman has mentioned London Broncos looking at New River Stadium which is in no way Super League standard, but does fit in with the Commercial managers original wheeze to make the club part-time as is the case with his favourite team Featherstone Rovers (true). New River is still an option for Broncos now pending taking up residence at Plough Lane, though I think it will be Richmond. As for getting promoted to Super League, The Broncos have a good coaching staff and a reasonable starting XIII at championship level which should make the top four with the caveat that this is all dependent upon remaining injury free. While the desire to use locally developed talent in the first team squad is laudable. there is more than a whiff of the London Poundland sides from over a decade ago at The Stoop. Fair play to the Dons for being far more open with their fans than London Broncos are as the Official Supporters Club has said nothing. I expect the Dons to go from strength to strength but I do not think London Breoncos will be around as a club by 2023 or at least not the cloub as recognised today.
    1 point
  46. That's a really weird way of looking at it. Why would you strip out tournament games? If we strip out tournaments, England RU haven't played Scotland RU for over 100 years. (This may not be entirely true )
    1 point
  47. Totally agree with you d-d. But I guess his aggressive nature is what earned him his measly 8% rating on his 5,677 posts.
    1 point
  48. Smith explains his retirement timing https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/cameron-smith-made-retirement-decision-a-week-ago-keep-news-quiet-until-premiership-eve/be993bb6-f68c-496e-b0a9-3729946c8d3e?ocid=Social-NRLFS
    1 point
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