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  1. Not exceeding my expectations Eddie lad. Their performances this year have not surprised me. Their coach is doing exactly what he did as a player.... proving himself to be one of the best outside superleague. Their players really are playing much greater than the sum of their parts. And they are a fabulous club to visit..... and they have a cracking welcoming set of fans. What's not to.like?
    14 points
  2. https://www.rugby-league.com/article/58045/taylor-prescott-embarks-on-toughest-challenge-yet Taylor Prescott admits that a determination to make his late father proud has driven him to embark on the toughest challenge of his life. The 19-year-old will next month attempt to run 100 miles in just 48 hours - day and night - in a huge fundraising effort for the Steve Prescott Foundation, the charity set up by his rugby legend dad Steve before his death in 2013.
    10 points
  3. They are a professional sports team playing to win sporting fixtures. It's that simple.
    9 points
  4. Rather than get bogged down in situations that haven’t yet arisen, why not just congratulate Batley on a good start to the season? They seem, from the outside at least, a well-run and sustainable club. The book regarding the year they made the 8’s was a good read, for anyone that hasn’t read it.
    8 points
  5. Getting more French teams into SuperLeague raises the profile of the game, over there (and over here in my opinion) and that should increase interest and ultimately, bring more participants into the game. Having a winning French team will do even more. Any French players dropped down to Elite 1 because they can't hold their own in SuperLeague strengthens the Elite 1 competition. The presence of another French SuperLeague team will raise the aspirations of all Elite 1 players who may come to believe there are more opportunities for them to achieve SuperLeague status and thereby r
    8 points
  6. Quite a long one, sorry.... From reading social media (the font of all knowledge) there are murmurings of the players at Cas not being paid expenses and a feeling that there wasn’t much support for the women’s team from Castleford Tigers. Ignoring all that, the coach going to York no doubt played the biggest part. But let’s just talk about the women’s World Cup for a moment - there’s 15 games, York are hosting 8 of them including both semi finals and Australia vs NZ. Those 2 sides are also using the facilities as their training base (along with France and Cook Islands).
    7 points
  7. To form the Hewtly Giant Ram-Dogs... sorry but if this DOESNT happen and happen now then there is something wrong!! I am dropping every other allegiance to support the Giant Ram-Dogs and if this doesn't become the best known brand in the whole of sport then, well, I don't want to be a part of THAT world!!!!
    7 points
  8. It's the London argument again. London are not a development organisation. That they now produce decent academy players is nice but it's not their reason for existing. They exist because they are a professional sports organisation who want to play matches (except when they don't) and win them. They build a senior first team accordingly (except when they don't). The same is true of Toulouse and Catalans. And that's absolutely fine. No need to dribble on giving them silly additional expectations.
    7 points
  9. And players in contention for the RLWC wanting to be coached by the England assistant (and ex-Cas coach!) Look at that impressive list of back-up staff YCK Ladies have now got on the link I provided - some championship mens sides would kill for that!
    6 points
  10. York sadly showing Cas what attracts some players. It's not all about cash, it's often about support, facilities and infrastructure. This is heightened when you aren't actually paying your players.
    6 points
  11. He did a very good job too. Was funny hearing him and fages switching between English and French, you could hear riley was searching in his brain for french words. Funnily enough so was fages. When they got excited they both slipped into englsh. Excellent effort from riley and takes some balls to do it! It sounded like a normal conversation in our house english words in french sentences and french words in English sentences and one speking English and being replied to in french and vice versa!
    6 points
  12. Basically how the old Central Park kop used to look with 10 minutes to go?
    6 points
  13. Yes that’s right; Rovers have been creative and gone to the effort of installing a large temp stand just for May & June so that our official capacity is expanded enough to enable us to let 4,000 members in
    6 points
  14. Actually, there could be lots of positives for Batley to be promoted. Showing that no matter how big or small a club is perceived, or how many fans they can muster, it really is about what happens on the field that should matter. It may also be a big boost to enticing some of the Asian population into the sport, the area around Mount Pleasant and the Heavy Woollen district in general has a huge Asian sub continent, whenever I've been to Batley and seen the young lads playing cricket, football, basketball, even tennis on the pitches and areas around the ground and yet seemingly oblivi
    5 points
  15. Well...Two of those three games were against toulouse and fev....most folks' tips for the top two and if you think losing your halves isn't going to affect how the team plays I'm astonished. Course it will. The cover will now be in the halves with their primary positions left wanting.... i.e. backs up in the halves and weakened elsewhere. Keiran Dixon's tackling was bloody awful. Embarrassing even. But that's for Fordy to deal with.
    5 points
  16. His main problem is that, like Luke Thompson, he's joining a club that are currently a bit rubbish.
    5 points
  17. The have been told they have to win the competition - end of - by a basket case of administrators. They applied for promotion on other stuff and got the middle finger. That is exactly what they are doing - loading with as many players as possible to win games and win promotion. How is this different from dual registration or loan players? Change the rules, give them some protection and breathing space and then you can perhaps dictate who they put on the field to try and win games to go up (and then survive).
    5 points
  18. I think the title of this thread would make a cracking new name for the General Rugby League Forum.
    5 points
  19. While ideally they’d have more, surely they just want the best players available to them with whatever money they have available, and if they aren’t French then so be it. Would you question how many of the Hull KR team are from Yorkshire, or Warrington from Cheshire etc?
    5 points
  20. A proper traditional RL press release would be worded something more like: None of these clubs exist, and if they actually do, they're probably up to something or other that is really really dodgy. Anyway, the quality of Rugby will be ###### and every single one of them will go bust within six months. Everybody in the USA hates Rugby League, and nobody in the USA has heard of Rugby League. The money involved in setting up what is indubitably a criminal money-laundering operation should have been spent on clubs in the heartlands of England. Specifically my club. But only the men's te
    5 points
  21. Breaking in Australia. Looks like a double pick up from the Tigers with Hastings going too.
    4 points
  22. Are any British clubs charged with "helping" the England/Wales/Scotland/Ireland/GB team? no. Is the main reason the British clubs exist to develop players for the national teams? no. So why are French clubs expected to forego winning things over developing the French national team?
    4 points
  23. I would love tonnes of French SL players. What I would love more is 100s of boys and girls in Perpignan and Toulouse picking up a ball and playing RL because they have an elite team in their town/city. It really doesn't matter who is in the first 17 - those days are gone. Are kids not wanting to play for Arsenal even though they maybe the only English accent in the dressing room?
    4 points
  24. Sadly, Wigan have gone from 4 time World Club Champions to an NRL nursery club. Hopefully they can sign Gildart back in a few years.
    4 points
  25. You're right, no way would the defence in SL be that rubbish to allow him to just reach out and score.
    4 points
  26. I think they should be in too, I’d lose interest if there wasn’t P&R earned on the pitch.
    4 points
  27. If they win the competition then under the current rules they should be in. The club has spent a lot of money on its ground and facilities and, until the likes of Wakefield and Castleford are denied a place in SL on the same basis, Batley should be welcomed. I think things should change because of exactly this but the rules are the rules at present. As someone said, those basement dwellers would be rubbing their hands. Saying that, so should Batley's fans - cracking start from a great club.
    4 points
  28. In that case we already have this dont we? but if you want to say that English players count on the quota for french teams then you have to say that french players count on the quota for english teams and IMHO that would set the french game backwards, more players succeeding and being taken on by english clubs would allow for more french players to come through again...
    4 points
  29. Pff, what does a small industrial town bring to Super League. Maybe they should merge with Dewsbury and Huddersfield if they want to be in Super League.
    4 points
  30. Depends on expectations I guess. Do we expect Toulouse (and Catalans as well I guess) to produce an equivalent pool of French talent as the many more English clubs produce of English talent? If they can provide a development pathway for seven or eight French players in the first team then they're on a par with, for example, Saints at the weekend who had seven 'homegrown' in their 17. Expecting Toulouse and Catalans to also be responsible for creating a wider pool of French players to supplement this, in the same way other SL clubs supplement their own with English players developed e
    4 points
  31. More French players in Superleague with 2 clubs. Higher profile for the sport in France.
    4 points
  32. The international game is thriving in the southern hemisphere is probably a truer reflection of the state of the game. Us in the northern hemisphere is a bit of a joke, we’d rather play the Combined Nations, for example.
    4 points
  33. Same here, £4.95 for that was the bargain of the year. Great effort from both teams. York's stadium looks great but I hope they can sort their playing surface out soon. Several Fev players have shown pictures/videos of it close up on their social media with the word "beach" cropping up frequently, parts of it looked desperately bare and far more sand than grass. Hall in his post-match interview had a big red mark on his elbow where the skin had come off, must have been like playing on a 4G.
    4 points
  34. Cracking game , well played rovers , looking forward to the match at P O R when we can all attend , that type of game needs Fan's ,great for the championship
    4 points
  35. brilliant performance. very impressed by marshall, she is a real bag of tricks and kicked superbly, would have been my POM for sure. peach is class, and i thought stimpson and limbert (2 of the old guard!) made a real impact at a crucial time. i very much hope that when we get back to being able to attend matches that the womens games are sheduled so that they dont clash with the mens wherever possible. and also the YCK website would look much more balanced if it added a YCK ladies shield onto its header and the Womens RL league table to the footer! the futures breet, the future
    4 points
  36. Still not playing near what i would expect with our squad of players.thought John Davies yellow card was a bit harsh no malice intended.Gale,Chizzy ,Davies and Bussey the pick for me.But we won because Parata speeded the game up round the ruck when he came on.Missed goal kicks again could have proved costly we need to sort that out.Just a word for Danny Kirmond i think he tackled himself to a standstill in the first half against his old club.
    4 points
  37. Best team won, well done Fev, but that's the last 3 games where we have conceded 2 soft tries on the wings.
    4 points
  38. If it had been scored against us I would have been quite discounted. Its easy to focus on the negatives on what was a fabulous game with a thoroughly astonishing end. Been on my ###### a few weeks now..... it proper gave me a lift. I was (and still am) proper buzzing.
    3 points
  39. Bibby definitely looks like the better player, although one area where I think Hankinson may be better in handling ability. Neither seem to have good acceleration but Bibby is more than quick enough when he gets up to speed. Bibby has strength and makes good carries and is also a fairly strong defender physically. For me Bibby looks like one of those outside backs likely to transition into the back row. He's difficult to bring down when he drives the ball in and can make good post contact metres, he's physically strong defensively. I just don't see anything outstanding in terms of pace, f
    3 points
  40. Yeah.... Kendall called early.... too early.... which drew a gob full.... which was daft. He wasn't held and again, it's clear from the vid he wasn't held..... but chelpin at the ref is only ever going to end one way.
    3 points
  41. Reminds me of Shaun Ainscough who was scoring tries for Wigan but just didn't look the part long term. Tom Davies on the other hand. Why the hell did they let that kid go?
    3 points
  42. They've had enough luck this week, to last them a while Mr F!
    3 points
  43. I thought we (Leigh) would not win a game, but after the display against Saints I am a bit more positive, hopefully we will be making Wakefield sweat a bit.
    3 points
  44. They have just signed Albert and Gigot, both French but only giving the argument that ‘French born players’ should be given a chance wears thin. French born players are getting a chance. Elite 1 is higher profile than it’s been for years. It is up to these players to work hard,take their chance to show they are good enough. IfCatalans had taken advice from some posters on here and filled the team with French they would be in the championship now. If TO rely on the same plan they will go no further. Thankfully for their supporters they choose not too.
    3 points
  45. Plenty of room for both. Rugby league is too small to be exclusive. Yes, don't ignore the community game. Lots of players still graduate to the first team via that route. Toulouse (to me) represents a much better international presence than TWP ever did. Its a big rugby city and easy/cheap to access. So.... let's develop TO for no other reason than I love it there!!
    3 points
  46. It is in the blood of every British Rugby League fan. If I had to choose between England winning the World Cup or a three test Ashes series against the Kangaroos I would choose the former for the good of the sport as a World Cup win would be huge for Rugby League in this country. But if I had to choose one for my own personal pleasure and satisfaction I would take the Ashes series win.
    3 points
  47. That’s what I was thinking, though in terms of SL profile it wouldn’t be great. Maybe they’d find a way to withhold some of Bately’s share of the tv money and award it to themselves as well.
    3 points
  48. I think one thing that's become clear is that most teams have worked out that the best way to play us is to try and gain near-maximum set completion, do five drives and a kick and try to prey on any mistakes we might make. For most of the game York barely went beyond the first and second receiver, that's not a criticism of them, they have a scratch half back combination and especially once they went two scores up they put the onus on us to create opportunities which was a smart approach. I thought we countered this pretty well, I remember looking at the clock after half an hour had b
    3 points
  49. I think the more important win would have been the 3rd test 1992. Right in the middle of the ARL season and on prime time.
    3 points


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