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  1. I expect she will leave 10 minutes before the ceremony finishes.
    20 points
  2. Personally I think the WC organisers should just come out and say the WC is going ahead and publicly show the covid bio security protocols. Then say they are open to either invitational Australia and NZ sides (whether that be indiginous or Maori sides or not) and then say if that is declined they will be inviting 2 other nations in to compete (maybe US and Serbia) This will show two things A. that the WC is bigger than the ARLC and NZRL and that we have other nations that can come in and play. This WC can easily be a success without Aus and NZ and could actually mean that it is the most widely contested WC of all time, for example Scotland V the USA would be a much better game than Scotland V Australia. The one thing we do have on our side is that RL at any level is a fabulous spectacle
    15 points
  3. I think (on balance) we will have a World Cup, and that it may well include an Indigenous team. And if it does go ahead, I think it will be a fantastic success. The UK Government’s response has been superb - not just holding the line but directly supportive. It can’t do any harm that we are already emerging from our exit wave, and that even gloomsters on SAGE are being optimistic in public. By now, Vlandys and Gould expected the whole thing to have folded, but they have under estimated their ability to dictate to the world. You cannot over state the significance of Tonga’s staying on board. With PNG solid, that may well be enough for all of the Pacific Nations to hold the line. The ARL and NRL have also effectively treated the Pacific Nations with complete contempt, as well as the NH and the rest of the world, and that looks to have failed. It is one thing announcing that they’re not going, and everyone caving in, but to prevent this taking place may well require them to effectively force players not to go who could play for other countries. If there is one thing that could unite the Pacific nations it would be being dictated to in that way. This has not panned out as they expected, and there is a lot still to play for. Choosing Gould as the ambassador to make their case is something of a godsend to us, as he is so obviously a fool.
    14 points
  4. So the concensous is we play the World Cup this year regardless?
    11 points
  5. One positive for me out of all this is that many Australians do care about the international game and want to see it thrive. The likes of Rocket and Jim on here have shown how much they care and there are masses of comments on social media showing people don't agree with what has happened. The majority do have the games best interests at heart, its just those in the positions of power don't give a damn. It is though pretty alarming how much disconnect there seems to be generally between those that run the game and fans and players. I also include the UK in this.
    11 points
  6. This is huge and what I've been longing for. This is the biggest name we could have got saying this and the man responsible for the spurring on the development of the PI countries. Game on: Tonga stalwart Jason Taumalolo says he intends to play in the 2021 World Cup in England despite the withdrawal of New Zealand and Australia and he expects his team-mates to follow suit. Speaking via zoom at a North Queensland Cowboys press conference in Townsville on Tuesday, Taumalolo echoed the words of Tonga coach Kristian Woolf, the St Helens boss, who insisted at a time when the tournament hung in the balance that his players were still committed to it. “It’s obviously a tough one given the circumstances that’s happened around it and the situation that different countries have been put in,” he said. “I myself am still going over to play in the World Cup. “It’s obviously disappointing to have Australia and New Zealand pull out but two countries pulling out doesn’t really hamper what the game is all about. “It’s about international footy and getting other countries and nations ready to play each other. “Obviously I can’t change anything, I’ve just got to roll with it I guess.” https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/tonga-star-jason-taumalolo-committed-to-playing-in-world-cup/
    11 points
  7. You're right, it's absolutely not a given. It's quite possible that if this world cup is cancelled, that's it, at least for the full scale version. At best we might get a miserable ersatz NRL version which would be the Pacific series with GB and France bolted on. Which is why I've come round to the view that if we can get the buy in from the Pacific teams, the BBC and the government, then we should go ahead. Even if we just avoid losing money, it would be worth it to keep the prospect of a better future alive.
    11 points
  8. I'm just hoping Tonga v Somoa meet somewhere in the tournament The anthems / the pre war dance / the skill / the collisions / open rugby league - beats SOO - that is mate against mate at its best - gives me goose bumps
    11 points
  9. They could dig out the old Australia SL strip design to really ###### off Gus and his pals.
    9 points
  10. Disappointing but players are entitled to a opinion. We are obsessed with the Aussies over here; utterly obsessed and you hear that in Hill's words (and McGilvary the other night). We need to break that obsession as a sport and country.
    9 points
  11. Post above mine mentioned former Leeds and GB Scrum Half Jeff Stevenson who also had a falling out at Headingley.I thought you might me more intelligent than than your reply but obviously not.Forget our sports heritage and we may as well all pack it in.
    9 points
  12. Its Gould's "we owe them nothing" comment that sticks in the throat.. you may think that but its not us you owe its all the smaller nations, its the international game, its the fact its a world cup! he then goes on with "delay it 12 months, 2 years, there'll always be another world cup".. well actually thats not a given Phil for a start.. equally there may be another world cup but for a player there often isnt.. the majority of international players get one world cup at most its rare that players play in multiple world cups/olympics etc THAT is why they are special... If i were a player with a chance to play, for a large or small nation, and he was saying that i'd be throwing things at the tv or just throwing the tv around.. what an arrogant, self centred ....... (noting John saying about the sweary filter i wont finish the sentence but this is the one time that your point is worth making with a swear word!).
    9 points
  13. I now disagree with myself. The Aussies are small minded selfish idiots. This has nothing to do with covid and all to do with NRL pre season. Have the WC without them - invite the Aborigines and Maori…
    8 points
  14. It’s NZ I’m more disappointed with. The Aussies are just being Aussies
    8 points
  15. I completely agree. There should certainly be no NZ tour, as I have previously said I'm sick of them being the default option anyway. Get Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and PNG across for a 6 nations with France. Reward all the PI countries and split profits. Get it organised and sell and promote tickets during the RLWC. Play France games in France to help them build for the 2025 World Cup.
    8 points
  16. Jason Taumalolo's support was always going to be crucial. And, whatever happens now, the great man did not disappoint. A modern-day Messenger without a doubt. He's God's gift to Tongan and international rugby league.
    8 points
  17. This is one of the better "What Gale did" memey things. Some even appear to have fallen for it.
    8 points
  18. Here I am in deepest darkest Devon at a wedding and the female registrar turns up in a car plastered with Wigan RL stickers!
    7 points
  19. Christian Welsh just on the BBC news saying that even though it wouldn’t have been as enjoyable as a pre pandemic World Cup given the restrictions, many players really were looking forward to playing. I don’t think the debate is over yet and there might even be a player revolt which forces the Australian and NZ authorities to rethink. As a wild card there may be ‘independent’ initiatives as in the non official Russian Russians in the Olympics in which the players somehow come irrespective of their ruling bodies. Otherwise, as most people are saying, stuff them- let’s go it alone.
    7 points
  20. It is, and it will be interesting to see how this will play out. I'd love them to stand firm and deliver an excellent world cup without them. They are being made to look like idiots at the moment, but if we just fold and postpone, they will be proven right and will get their way, and ultimately demonstrate where the power lies. If we hold firm, this could be a similar look to the European football teams and the Super League power grab attempt.
    7 points
  21. No postponement and if any plans had been drafted for next year involving Australia or NZ I’d scrap them now or very soon if I were England. I believe NZ were due to tour UK, I’d replace that with a Euro Cup and inviting one or two of the Pacific nations to tour instead, assuming they stay on board for the World Cup.
    7 points
  22. The World Cup organisers need to put the pressure back on Australia and New Zealand. The next announcement should be that the World Cup is going ahead, with the 2 sides given until August 6th (end of next week) to re-enter the tournament before they are replaced with other sides.
    7 points
  23. We need more of this! The next day or two will be crucial. https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-league/57980708
    7 points
  24. I think the fact that they are wheeling Beattie out means they are feeling the pressure. Can`t underestimate the importance of Jason Taumololo speaking out as well, lot of the young blokes will listen to him and with Grant publicly pushing back like he is, will be causing no end of discomfort. BTW. the comments section attached to the article I posted was full of scathing comments about the NRL`s stance and that`s from Australians !
    7 points
  25. In light of what happened last week, France is the immediate future to support the game in England. Toulouse is that first new opportunity. We've got to grasp with both hands. Followed by regular international engagement with France. The roots are already there. Take the opportunity. The first step to diversifying in the NH.
    7 points
  26. https://www.zerotackle.com/its-about-international-footy-taumalolo-wont-miss-world-cup-despite-australia-call-107695/
    7 points
  27. I really hope this WC still goes ahead, even without them. If the players are on board, there could be major backlash on the ARLC and NZ that will weaken them for years. If players lose trust in ARLC & NZ, and then choose to play for other nations as a result, we could see a strengthening of other nations. It all depends on the players really. Look at Tonga and his their players are happy to reject Aus & NZ. If this happens for other nations, we may just see that first choice being affected for years to come. NZ are already struggling because of the surge of Tonga. I'm trying to be positive. As long as we give these nations opportunities to play, the NRL can't do anything to prevent them playing.
    7 points
  28. This... it would cause a right old stink Down Under. So all for it.
    6 points
  29. They are a genuine team in their own right as are the Maoris. Might just be the right time to step out of Australia’s shadow. Playing for their nation, representing their forefathers, showcasing their culture.
    6 points
  30. I want the World Cup to proceed now more than anything. The attitude of the NRL, V'landys and people like Gould over the last week has convinced me that you cannot appease these people and attempts to do so will be disastrous for the game in the long run I would be gutted if its postponed. Taumalolo's support is huge, to the extent that I think it could get all PI nations on board. We certainly need to make it worthwhile for them to say yes. If they are on board then the World Cup simply has to proceed this year and if it does it will be great.
    6 points
  31. Toulouse is the best away fixture on the calendar. Bar none. Toronto was an absolute blast. They won the play off and rightfully took their place in SL. Toulouse only have to win the final and its theirs to enjoy.
    6 points
  32. I think it’s quiet because we’re punch drunk. And it worries me that year after year fewer people have the will to get off the ropes and keep on turning up. Ever since Watersheddings went (for which imo there are still significantly unanswered questions) we’ve been hanging on by a thread, sometimes doing ok-ish, other times seeming that the thread is about to be cut. What the answers are, I don’t know. Whether there’ll be a club in the future, I don’t know. But I do know that this club is in my blood. Right from cutting free passes with an old fashioned, primary school guillotine for Mr Whitworth on the 60s, through the Super League days, Boundary Park, Bower Fold,Limeside, Swinton, I’d rather watch Oldham than anyone else, wherever, whatever level, even a Grand Final. When we win (distant memory) it’s elating; when we lose it’s profoundly deflating. But it’s my club, my roots, part of my identity. I really hope beyond hope that Brian Mac can turn it around- there were some good signs at Haven. If he does and we escape it will be ecstatic (until next season), if he doesn’t, they’ll still be my team. Come on, you ‘Yeds!
    6 points
  33. You sound like Gus Gould. Last week has completely changed my view on pretty much everything; the sport is bigger than individual clubs. Evaluate the risk but the sport must grasp the opportunities to diversify and grow; not hinder them.
    6 points
  34. Part of the problem is……the world isn’t as small as it used to be. In 1921, Bradford playing at Halifax would have been quite a journey for most people and sort of exotic. England playing people from New Zealand (wherever that was) would have been mind blowing….actual foreigners from the empire? Incredible. Harold Blenkinsop signing on for Wigan for £500 cash would have been incredible…..’owww much?.? I’m not being sarcastic or taking the pee there, that was the world once upon a time. I don’t really think RL has moved enough with it - which may be endearing or tragic depending on your point of view. Sadly I can’t help thinking RL has missed the boat.
    6 points
  35. I stood on the terraces for years as a kid at Featherstone, without away fans the core was around 2500 fans max and that was in the first division with international players. Why are people obsessed with what Toulouse might or might not get if they are in SL. Why is 2500 Toulouse fans worse than 2500 Featherstone fans or is it entirely based on how many away fans will rock up 10 miles down the road for a derby? They got over 6000 for a Championship game in 2019 in the stadium that is now their permanent home. They have had no home games in 2 years despite winning over 20 consecutive league matches. How might that have helped boost interest? Wigan drew 5,500 for a SL game last week. There aren't thousands and thousands of northern RL fans queuing up to watch RL club games any more. The only way to expand is new markets. The game is dying on its ass.
    6 points
  36. I will be ecstatic if Toulouse are in SL next season after 3 seasons they will be up there with the best of them. They have the potential to be the biggest club in SL. Paul
    6 points
  37. Those teams along with the Pacific Island teams , and all the cultural attachments , would be really something . The sport could make a lot of that and turn a negative into a big positive
    5 points
  38. Not unless he played Union he won’t have.
    5 points
  39. I’d love to see England really go for it and show what can be done without Aus & NZ. Games against Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, PNG, Cook Islands, Jamaica, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy should all be in the mix and hopefully 5-6 games a year including mid-season and post season. In particular I think England & France should be coming together to create a regular 2 or 3 game series that will hopefully one day be a great rivalry, the key is persistence and what better time to start with France hopefully hosting the 25 World Cup. I also hope the fans can show this year and next that they’ll back these types of games too, even if England beat Wales by 80 it shouldn’t matter. Support Internationals by supporting England whoever they may play because it may be a while before the traditional opponents are seen in the Northern Hemisphere again after this debacle. No more LSV on a Tuesday, 20-25k grounds should be the minimum for an England test no matter the opponent. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s a blessing in disguise but at least it’s on the table now and England can go forward with different plans then just Aus/NZ tours every other year. If handled well it could lead to bigger and better things in the medium-long term, the status quo has been broken and I personally think it was getting stale anyway.
    5 points
  40. And if they don't Fev will not let SL down either. I really see nothing outside the central handout to differentiate Featherstone with Leigh, Salford, Huddersfield and Wakefield. Taking pot shots at Toulouse and crowds they get for fixtures against p/t clubs is not the answer - it is a pre-war RL club with a lot of backing behind it. They have never had the opportunity to play in a high profile league. It is untapped potential.
    5 points
  41. It's also given the WC lots of publicity. I imagine there will be a lot of nationwide media coverage when the official WC announcement is given. If they announce its still happening then the WC organisers should be able to use all the publicity to sell lots of tickets
    5 points
  42. Me too,I was planning on just a couple up and down trips on the day for games ... However if it happens now I'll commit to having sleepover weekends up north all throughout the tournament and watch as many as I can...
    5 points
  43. The worst part of that Gould clip for me is when he said he hopes there is some international footy at the end of the year for the players - there already is Phil you absolute person who I hold in very low esteem
    5 points
  44. Here's hoping with Toulouse this season. Definitely mass of potential for SL, France and NH rugby league on the back of last week's decision.
    5 points
  45. There appears to be an interesting tesion between those coaches / administrators who have ever been involved in International RL and those who haven't, with the latter very happy to remove opportunity from players.
    5 points
  46. My hero of the day. He is right about the possibility of a new name on the cup, this is a huge opportunity for one of the PI nations to win it and that is no doubt driving player interest. That makes it tougher for any PI nation to pull out under ARL pressure as well as they do risk open player revolt.
    5 points
  47. Good on Jason His decision to defect to Tonga before the last world cup lit the spark that started the resurgence in the Pacific Nations. Just need more to become public now
    5 points
  48. Would imagine that was HIA mate, otherwise that really is an exceptional recovery.
    5 points
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