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  1. 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
    24 points
  2. 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
    13 points
  3. 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
  4. I'd say Perez has made fools of a lot of people who probably said what he did couldn't be done.
    9 points
  5. Hmm. My comments were really more for fans of the sport of rugby league to consider, but knock yourself out.......
    8 points
  6. Same old knockers at it again. These new teams have to take more or less what they can to get set up ,they can be more selective when they are established. In regard to talking big why not? Perez has done more to establish teams in NA than the RL have ever attempted. The guys a breath of fresh air to the game.
    8 points
  7. WTF are you on about? By the way, aren't you a Wimbledon fan who just wants the Bronco's money to prop up their sagging P&L account? You are one of the pretenders I'm on about.
    7 points
  8. we'll hold you to that..and good luck in the Championship in 2022...
    6 points
  9. The man who is tired of RL towns is tired of life
    6 points
  10. Covid times, but I always thought a mini-magic-style-single-stadium-Saturday-and-Sunday-all-live-on-TV-double headers was the way to revitalise the Chalenge Cup at the quarter final stage.
    5 points
  11. All teams, as we know it's Warrington's year.
    5 points
  12. I think this proves that we need more matches where Wakefield are the away side in a neutral venue. The public have spoken.
    5 points
  13. That video does certainly outline why Jacksonville appear the most staggering omission from the established USARL teams. Spinner Howland has stated on another forum that the Axemen were not contacted by the NARL and had no idea it was in the works due to NDAs involved with the three teams that were approached, said this was the same for all other USARL clubs and the governing body. I can't for the life of me see why you would disregard what little 'established' foundations there are in the country in favour of half a comp of start-up teams. I couldn't say for sure but given that video has
    5 points
  14. This is worth repeating. There were literally five countries. Five. That's not "five and then lots of tier two countries at various levels and with some heritage connections". It was just the same five it had been for decades.
    5 points
  15. You've got some nerve, given your behaviour on the Broncos thread
    5 points
  16. That doesn't work if you enjoy nothing more than telling the world about how much you hate everything about everything.
    4 points
  17. It's tough isn't it. It's almost as if everyone doesn't fit into simple boxes and you have to make sensible judgements on a case by case basis.
    4 points
  18. Yes, you said. It must be frustrating to continually post on a Town hall panto message board, when you prefer blockbusters.
    4 points
  19. Makes things easier for the broadcasters, too.
    4 points
  20. Living in Ripon in the late 90's & early 00's there were always a lot of lads in Leeds and Bradford shirts. York may attract a larger following in such areas if they continue to improve/progress, but I doubt it would be because they are a 'North Yorkshire' club rather than 'West Yorkshire'. On the issue of bin collection - York isn't administered by North Yorkshire Council, it has its own unitary authority. In the rest of north Yorks the bins are collected by the district councils. Police Force and Fire Brigade are shared! The stadium may be similar to a lot of other new one
    4 points
  21. I wish people would stop bringing this up, as this selection shows, he was clearly referring to Australians like Austin & Hastings, rather than players like Oledzki.
    4 points
  22. 4 points
  23. That is not a fact Jack. Its tough losing a club no doubt but the Wolfpack might just still have some life left in them.... And as for the Whopper...I did not even know they had Burger King in England!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S. And the Wolfpack crowd figures WERE accurate...so there....
    4 points
  24. I never understand why so called fans want the game they love to be played in the least number of places possible, masking their negativity as having the game's best interest at heart.
    4 points
  25. I bet there were a lot of Lamport regulars who went initially because it was a novelty, something different and a party atmosphere and then discovered they loved the game. I remember bringing a half dozen to L1 game 1 at Lamport by mid season I had a dozen or so and by the last game I think we were 20. On more than 1 occasion I talked to Americans who came in from Buffalo and upstate New York. Championship season(1) 20 was a regular outing and by Ch season 2 GF we were 30 with most of them season ticket holders, heck I had 4 people from Montreal and Ottawa!! There's no reason this scenario can
    4 points
  26. Hold up, are you telling me that Eric Perez, an advertising person trying to promote a sports competition in a completely new market, is making the product out to be slightly better than it likely will be in order to attract new customers? I’m shocked and appalled. I always thought advertising was about being honest and telling potential customers that it’s rubbish so they can make an informed choice. Or better still, not telling them at all. That’s proper Rugby League marketing.
    4 points
  27. That's the spirit mate. The amount of talent that goes to waste in the US is astounding, there a very few alternatives for those that dont make it in pro football.
    4 points
  28. Just because they haven’t made it in the NFL doesn’t mean they aren’t superb athletes who can be good RL players. There will be some unbelievable athletes who don’t make it professionally over there.
    4 points
  29. Shock, horror, the most successful clubs with the best youth development systems have the most players picked for England.
    3 points
  30. I believe I said at the time that it was incredibly poorly worded by Wane, but iirc it was in context of an interview asking about Australians playing for England at the time. I don't think you can link it to BLM at all though, he was never talking about the race of players.
    3 points
  31. 3 points
  32. Big Brexit Waney’s “English born” thing didn’t last long.
    3 points
  33. He's set up two clubs in four years from scratch. Not bad imo.
    3 points
  34. I worry that the whole Valencia project is solely founded on attracting visiting UK fans, plus trying to appeal to British expats in the area, and it actually has no Spanish element to it at all. Surely they have to put down some roots first, and ideally play in an appropriate competition before even thinking about joining the RFL system. Otherwise it will end up being yet another false dawn, based on social media and one mans dream.
    3 points
  35. Ya sure that is why Bradford hired him a few years back to right the ship...ya sure. Stick to the facts please and quit the made up stuff.
    3 points
  36. A partial answer to your question, HW, is that it suits the broadcasters. Keeping them sweet may not be critical, but it does no harm. It also suits those who want to go and support their own team, but quite fancy being a neutral observer at another match - same venue, same day, so no excessive, extra time commitment and no extra travel costs. I see it as an addition to, not alternative for, Magic Weekend. To suggest that they are alternatives seems to me to be both specious and spurious. This year, the only people who might feel a tad grumpy about this apparently lately determine
    2 points
  37. I'm not sure how you solve it in the short term. But the space you want to get to is where fans are turning up because they like the experience and because each game has the potential to be the one they'd kick themselves for missing. Basically, and good luck with this, you want to create a situation where instead of saying the third match in a three-match Test series that is already 2-0 is a 'dead rubber', the natural instinct for the rugby league supporter is to be excited at the prospect of the defeated side turning up and playing with pride.
    2 points
  38. Exactly, it's a pretty desperate comparison. He is a product of the English RL system, end of story. Hastings, Coote, Austin are not.
    2 points
  39. I saw him playing at Redcliffe (in 2016) against the Aussie Schoolboys. He was one of the few England players to match the standard set by the opposition (which included Payne Haas).
    2 points
  40. They are proving as good as their word. Mikołaj Oledzki: The Poland-born former diver with sights on England World Cup spot
    2 points
  41. It looks like few on the Batley forum reckon it’s a foregone conclusion. If our pack start to win the battle in the middle and we complete our sets well we’ll give them a good game. They look strong in the halves like Swinton, but we managed to nullify theirs for large parts of the opening league game. I’m looking forward to a good contest.
    2 points
  42. No doubt about it...that Elstone had the depth and clarity of a large mud puddle...NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!
    2 points
  43. Nothing wrong with a dream (I should know about that LOL:) Any new RL has to be encouraged but also has to be realistic, my own personal opinion of the proposed European comp is that it seems a little far fetched however if it does happen I wish it well. France has to be the No 1 priority at present. Paul
    2 points
  44. I see what you mean but I don’t think anyone thinks that, surely. I think they just mean superb athletes who could become good RL players.
    2 points
  45. Mmmmm. A Wakefield fan slagging Leeds Rhinos' facilities. OK.
    2 points
  46. He’s heard from Justin Horo that Wakefield train at dog sh/t park and wants to bring his dog along to training. Walk the dog and a days training, kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
    2 points
  47. These are the types of signings that should get people excited. We now have a realistic pathway to introduce top American athletes to the sport.
    2 points


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