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  1. Just been announced that North Wales Crusaders are moving to the 6,000 capacity Zip World Stadium (Eirias Park) in Colwyn Bay. The stadium is also home to RGC 1404 (the union equivalent of North Wales Crusaders) and also the home ground for the Wales A team for the rugby union six nations. So we are moving to North Wales premier rugby venue. I was disappointed to hear at a fans forum on Zoom earlier tonight that Wrexham Council have no interest in rugby league in the town whatsoever. On the other hand, Conwy Council are very keen to have us in Colwyn Bay. The news was positively received by fans on the forum and the players are by all accounts very excited about the move. http://northwalescrusaders.com/news/new-home-for-crusaders-in-2021/
    9 points
  2. I suspect you are looking for conspiracy, POR, where there may be a more obvious, simpler explanation. The RFL said, at the start of the season, that they really wanted every team in the championship to play each other one at least once, if at all possible. The clash of the Vikings and Olympique XIII in about ten days was the only one scheduled between these sides this season, as I recall, whereas Toulouse and Fev were due to meet once in each country. In terms of making arrangements, the priority for both Widnes and Olympique XIII has clearly been to get their match re-arranged. The willingness of Swinton to host it was clearly helpful, indeed vital. So, the Toulouse club has expended its organisational energy on, and given priority to, its meeting with Widnes, not Fev.
    7 points
  3. 6 points
  4. surely you have been on this board long enough to realise its not actually that weird
    6 points
  5. A great opportunity here for kids to try out the greatest game
    6 points
  6. Mr Shaw Wright hitting the nail on the head here. League 1 clubs and particularly expansion clubs are always the target of these magical cost cutting exercises
    6 points
  7. Also fantastic to see Telford Raiders topping 100 junior and youth registrations for this season.
    5 points
  8. Some youtubers uploading full Super League and NRL matches and them popping up on my youtube page is the reason I now pay 140 dollars a year and stay up well past midnight to watch the NRL. Anecdotal evidence I know, but I can't be the only one who found a new interest via non-traditional media formats. Without youtube, I would still be thinking rugby league is a less popular version of union since its only played in Northern England (didn't even know about NRL at the time).
    5 points
  9. I think Connor has just displayed all the reasons for his omission from the England squad! His petulant, erratic behaviour would cost England Dear just as it has for Hull FC tonight.
    4 points
  10. All Wigan defenders offside ignored by ref.
    4 points
  11. Yep. Graham Tedesco - a 37 year old halfback from the Oolaroo River Turtles.
    4 points
  12. Illegal play the ball – in the case of an illegal play the ball the ball will be handed over to the opponents who will re-start with a play the ball. This one just seems petty, I can't remember the last time I saw an illegal play the ball.
    4 points
  13. Not responding to your direct question Harry, but on the wider point - fewer clubs means fewer supporters and exposure. Doesn’t that just lead to further decline? Skolars going is not just a tragedy for the 300 or so of us who watch them but also the families we link with through the juniors, and exposure of the sport in local media, links with local colleges and local businesses. Not to mention the annual game in the city (all developed by the club alone).
    4 points
  14. I think we should just have a 4 team league where they all play each other 10 times. Make everyone else amateur
    4 points
  15. How many times have rugby league rights - be that Super League, Championship, NRL, internationals, World Cup - become available in the past 20 years? And in that time how many times have the BBC bid and shown rugby league and how many times have ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, QVC or the Weather Channel?
    4 points
  16. 3 points
  17. Admit it; you're trying to chat up Barca Mum, aren't you?
    3 points
  18. That's rich ! I'm not complaining. I'm saying that the problem that you're complaining about, in your negative way, doesn't exist.
    3 points
  19. Prior to player's getting to open age firstly they need to start to get interest in the game from a young age, whatever the standard of the pro club it still is the focal point of interest and influence to the local kids, my viewpoint is take the pro club away and it will in time effect the amatuer clubs.
    3 points
  20. I think the real argument that shows why BBC is better for us than ITV would is this: Highway ran from the early 80s to the early 90s on ITV Songs of Praise is still going... we NEED to be on the BBC or we'll just be a nice man singing hymns on his own in a field.. (I may have got lost on this thread)..
    3 points
  21. Could be worse, imagine if they had voted in half-baked London Broncos.
    3 points
  22. Can we please stop talking about an "SL2"? If you have to qualify something as being the second-rank of something then it is, by any objective definition, not a 'Super League'. Honestly, it sounds as cringey and small-time as "The £1m Game".
    3 points
  23. https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/meet-rebekah-wilson-former-bobsleigh-23994263
    3 points
  24. While i agree with a lot of what you say the bit in bold i do not. If you look through the history of RL you will find many attempts to change the demographics and geography of the sport. A lot of it done at the expense of a few individuals (not RFL people) and with many all they are asking for is a bit of time, a little bit of help. For some it was money, some it was kit, some even asked for rule books that the RFL couldn't be bothered to send ffs (I have seen the letters when researching my dissertation)! There have been attempts to spread the game that have been stifled by sheer apathy from above or the stupidity/selfishness of the clubs themselves. Even down to the amateur game, on this board there are quite a few of us that continually mention the short sighted pulling of all the DOs in the late 00s.. just small levels of funding, targeted, can increase this geographical spread, the simplest examples of just needing someone to organise things (leagues etc) because right at the start volunteers are hard to come by. We're not looking at News Corps Millions to start Melbourne we're looking at the likes of Coventry and Newcastle who, with a bit of extra help, could take a huge leap. We're talking helping the likes of Bristol after a successful world cup match there instead of just leaving them to struggle and go backwards. While what you say for the most part is true the RFL's track record of letting opportunities pass them by for the sake of the smallest amount of intervention/effort is heart breaking.
    3 points
  25. This is long overdue, its only took 25 years.
    3 points
  26. Chickens and hatching notwithstanding, the prospect of a York-Fev match at Wembley makes me very happy, both as a Knights fan and a supporter of RL in general !
    3 points
  27. https://www.intrl.sport/news/international-rugby-league-approves-changes-to-laws-ahead-of-rlwc2021/
    2 points
  28. I don't know if Connor is the answer, but I agree with your sentiments. I'm not sure that England will ever beat the Aussies by just playing high percentage rugby at a good intensity, because the Aussies are the masters at it and they will beat us at our own game. Man for man they are just better than us. Our best hope is to throw some stuff at them that they never see. Adopt a style that they aren't used to, and have a couple of mavericks in the side. There is chance it might end in a spectacular failure. But there is an even bigger chance that the safety first approach will end in an honourable defeat.
    2 points
  29. That’s why Connor isn’t in the England squad
    2 points
  30. Because it’s makes him harder to judge how good he really is. It’s like Brian Clough in football. He took two second division clubs in Derby and Nottingham Forest and won the first division with both. That makes him the greatest in my view.
    2 points
  31. I know people will complain about that knock on decision, but for me that right. French was holding the ball in a bad position, Tuimavave doesn't have to carefully remove his arm so as not to dislodge it. Great vision from Connor and a smart finish from Swift. 18/18 from the tee for Sneyd this season.
    2 points
  32. Isn't Jason Robinson a born again Christian? There's a crossover angle for us to try in this World Cup year.
    2 points
  33. Development is important, but should that be in a "Super League" is an important question.
    2 points
  34. Ease up Scottie, just cause the NBA and your other US sports don’t do it that way, doesn’t mean it can’t be done that way.
    2 points
  35. https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/we-are-always-looking-leigh-boss-john-duffy-provides-recruitment-update/?utm_content=bufferea25a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
    2 points
  36. I think Bash would only ever really work at Blackpool. Colwyn Bay isn't really that kind of town. Pleasant surprise to see the positive reaction to the news. Would have thought the football ground would be more suitable but it looks like Conwy Council are a driving force and presumably they own Eirias. Personally, I find it a bit of a shame considering even post-Super League there was a spell when Crusaders were regularly getting over 1,000 at the Racecourse. Hopefully this move works out though. I've got a trip lined up to Llandudno this summer so might pop along if the fixtures land kindly, having seen seen Crusaders (Mk I and Mk II) at the Racecourse and Cefn Druids. And Bridgend if we're counting that...
    2 points
  37. I hope you took up the offer from that chap and gave him a good shoeing I wonder if the council are throwing all their eggs in the basket of the football club, now they have famous owners. Sad because there's room for lil ol rugby league
    2 points
  38. Exactly, some for example Fev fans are now being so hypocritical - big fish small ponds and all that
    2 points
  39. They can have a billion more viewers, but its completely academic how many they have if they don't promote the sport.
    2 points
  40. They make good cheese sandwiches in Philly...they put cut up steak in there...lots of it...smothered in cheeses and sauce...good.
    2 points
  41. Fev claim to be SL ready but then claim they are semi pro and therefore cannot travel to France, they therefore are not SL ready, wasnt last year, and wont be this year. Also imagine the stink if Fev gain promotion after refusing to play their main rival
    2 points
  42. In all the years I have followed Rugby League both as a supporter and a national pressman for more than thirty years - and that is far too many to think about - the game's authorities have never come up with a plan designed to last very long. A fortnight is the their idea of long-term planning so no matter how they decide to divvy up the latest Sky money you can count on the scheme not lasting the planned distance. It grieves me to say this but as somebody who was at the press conference the night Maurice Lindsey announced his Sky package I was not alone in thinking that the announcement of a Super League was the most divisive decision since 1895. Nothing seems to have changed - except for the annual alterations to the laws of the game (TGG no less!) licensing, franchising, promotion and relegation, top four, top eight, top six. Maybe the time has come for the select few to go their own way and achieve what Mr. Lindsay suggested out the outset ("get rid of the dross") Framing the Future they called it at the time. What does that future hold now?
    2 points
  43. That could well be a great move Could attract loads of tourists from along the North Wales coast line
    2 points
  44. Not yet. "The Super League clubs had also originally hoped to sell a separate package to a different broadcaster, that would involve 10 live Super League matches broadcast throughout the year with a weekly highlights programme. As yet there is no news about that package."
    2 points
  45. You could well be right, Futtocks. I imagine the reality is that most civilizations learn to (a) use the off-cuts of, and offal from, cooked meat carcasses, rather than waste them, and (b) to extend their storage life by adding flavoursome preservatives. For that reason, another Scottish speciality, a sort of white pudding called a 'mealie pudding' probably has equivalents in other countries, where people were eager not to waste any oatmeal. I fully accept the uniqueness of a Cornish pasty, but also note is similarity to another Scottish gem, the Forfar bridie. Other Scottish fair includes a tasty fish soup called Cullen skink, Cullen being a town on the great Scottish fishing coast that runs west from Peterhead ('the Blue Toon') and Fraserburgh ('the Broch'); and a great dessert course called Cranachan, which includes whisky, honey, toasted oatmeal, cream and fresh raspberries.
    2 points
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