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  1. The one thing I hate about rugby league is that everyone is forever wanting to change the rules of the game! This is the culture we've created by tinkering each year: instead of appreciating the sport for what it is, we're always looking at ways to change it to suit our own preferences.
    27 points
  2. A bad start already on this forum to 2022 with general nastiness, let’s just be kind to each other hey guys? Makes you feel better when you do, promise. I love Rugby League, let’s all love it together in 2022.
    22 points
  3. Just when you thought he couldn’t be a greater human being, you find out Desmond Tutu was a Rovers fan…
    22 points
  4. I find it hard to have a go at what is likely a volunteer at a part time club, most likely one whose knowledge of Rugby League is limited at best. Mistakes happen, they’ve acknowledged it and made a bit of a joke about themselves too, so fair play for that.
    21 points
  5. Truly, the man has known suffering and hardship...
    21 points
  6. Pavilion beginning to take shape. No sitting on our hands during Covid...
    20 points
  7. Christ that's a terrible take and an embarrassing effort to exonerate the antipodean cowards. Anyone who doesn't see it was a decision the cowards made entirely because of self interests and a belief their insular competition is so more important than an International programme is an idiot.
    19 points
  8. Announcement on 11 January with PM Castex, Lacoste and IRL President Troy Grant: https://www.ffr13.fr/la-france-organisera-la-coupe-du-monde-de-rugby-a-xiii-en-2025/ L'Independant suggesting a 60 million budget, 40 towns/cities to play host and 4 concurrent tournaments (Men's, Women's, Wheelchair & Youth). Great news that it finally appears to be over the line and let's hope this can be the catalyst which takes Catalans' and TO's respective successes outwards into the country. Would also be an opportune moment for the FFR to professionalise.
    18 points
  9. Come on These guys ate carrying the flag for our sport Even union is struggling in south wales with really poor attendances so the fact that the raiders are still there is pretty amazing
    18 points
  10. Good on the RFL for having the cojones to take what appears to be a firm stance. Other sports could learn from this.
    18 points
  11. I can't imagine what it would be like living in such a hateful and divided society. Oh, and South Africa was bad too.
    18 points
  12. Let’s put a few minds at rest….. We moved into the west stand last season due to the east stand being totally closed to the public and make a red zone due to covid restrictions Its not a case of downsizing at all, we have just under 400 seats standing of areas of 800 and then a 2,400 standing south stand terrace behind the sticks. And if we need it we will just open up the west stand…. It was about listening to fan feedback, they love the east stand and the club house, so that’s what we have give them Regarding Mick, whilst it’s sad to see him go, mick has a number of projects and worked limited hours (and he will still be around to help, and is a massive fan of the club) the day to day running of the club will carry on as normal by the same people. we are super excited to see what we can do on our first season back Full Time. And for information we hope to build on our home crowds which since 2014 has grown from 250 to just 1,100…. Let’s see what we can do this year in the championship Thanks Jordan General Manager
    16 points
  13. International Rugby League.
    15 points
  14. It transfers the responsibility to clubs and players to take covid seriously. Last couple of years we’ve had breaking protocols, not having proper protocols in place, suspicions of faking outbreaks to get games cancelled etc. If <85% players are vaccinated, they’re probably assuming there’s a lax attitude in general and they’re trying to get clubs/players to sort themselves out.
    15 points
  15. Since the start of the pandemic, we have restricted all discussions relating to Covid rules, lockdowns, vaccines etc to the politics sub forum, to avoid every thread on here going down the same alley, as it has had such a widespread impact on society and the game, and the decisions regarding how the pandemic is managed are primarily political/medical and not sport or specifically Rugby League related. We want to preserve this bit of the forum as a Covid-free zone, where you can discuss Rugby League, without constantly being sidetracked by the elephant that steadfastly refuses to leave the room. So, in summary, if your topic is purely Rugby League related, it belongs in here. If your topic is in any way Covid related, it belongs in the politics sub forum, which you can access via the link below. https://www.totalrl.com/forums/index.php?/forum/509-political-discussions/ NB: Only forum members who have accumulated 100 posts or more are allowed in there, to avoid it becoming a troll magnet. Thanks for your co-operation and support.
    15 points
  16. Like the vast majority of french people , he knows better rugby union, but he comes from the South regions where our rugby code is still alive ! His presence and speech shows a desire, at a very high level of the french government to help rugby league to progress and appear again among the major sports in our country.
    14 points
  17. Now that he has been arrested, I think we can all agree that he is a Rugby Union player.
    14 points
  18. Solstice. One of my favourite days of the year. We know we've got the worst of winter to come, but the climb towards springtime starts at 15.58 hrs today.... the time the northern hemisphere of the earth's tilt turns back towards the sun.... soon have the crocus' up... As a rule, I don't do symobols/tokens etc, but I love this day. Something about today right lifts my mood. Happy yuletide folks
    13 points
  19. 13 points
  20. Was the laal 23 i think it was a new player? He looks handy with good kicks today. Thought you were fairly wooden today, which is bound to change but you are only a fortnight off the first game so you had better get a better mentality than you had today. Will Newts be in your 17 every week? Listen marra, you are on a Town forum so getting your back up over some posts ain't gonna get you anywhere. We are relegation favourites with probably the lowest budget in the league by a mile. Everyone is telling us about how we are getting mullered every week. So to see a lot of young lads play for their shirt and compete like they did regardless of whether it is a pre season game or not is good to see. We were expecting big things from the Haven super squad but some of your players looked a mile off for the start of the season. Some did look handy too but I don't think I can remember a line break. Was there? If we hadn't scored at the end I think Chris would still have been the happier of the two coaches.
    12 points
  21. People complain our squad is weak, we need more players. But the same ones then complain about paying £2 more for a ticket. Unbelievable.
    12 points
  22. Despite all their doubters, Cornwall currently sit at the top of the table.
    12 points
  23. 12 points
  24. What are the RFL thinking about in allowing teams to be bolstered by other teams who subsequently are making them falsely stronger than they actually are. It renders and makes the competition a complete and utter farce whether that be in assisting a team to win promotion or at the other end of the table it could save a team from relegation. I really am getting piffed off with the complete amateurish attitude that those in power consider what is supposedly good for the game, it's about time Rimmer and the SL governance were force fed a couple of slices of reality, they keep telling everyone who is prepared to listen what a forward looking and well run sport RL is, trouble is there are fewer people willing to listen these days.
    12 points
  25. 40,000 licenses and 190 clubs from 2026 onwards the reward. Nearly one hundred towns/cities already showing interest. Paris, Toulouse,Bordeaux and Nice from the large villes. From March onwards works starts. Expectations to be concluded by September. Anticipating 800,000 tickets to be sold. Crowds for semi/finals 30,000.
    11 points
  26. Variety in play instead of everyone playing the same way with the same moves.
    11 points
  27. A message from Gary McKeating our Communications Manager. ‘You are obviously noticing interviews and photographs from training have been less over the last couple of weeks. This is due to the rise of omicron and a decision taken to further limit staff and directors at training for a limited time in the interest of safety and to try and ensure training and planning for the season is not impacted by the dramatic rise in infections. The vast majority of the country is being affected and having to reduce activity so please bear with us and your understanding would be appreciated. I’ll be looking to do an interview with Chris today to give an update and a preview.
    11 points
  28. Tonga, PNG and the rest won't ever be able to host their own Internationals and make money from them because those countries are all too poor; even matches in New Zealand (like the money-losing 1996 GB tour) aren't guaranteed money-makers. This weird idea that the rise of these tiny third world countries will do anything substantial to boost the game's profile, image and fortunes really is divorced from reality. For your information PNG has hosted many standalone internationals in the past, especially against Fiji. When Tonga rugby league was broke, we saved them by organising a test match in Lae with all expenses payed for. They lost the match despite having players like Sika Manu, but the revenue it generated helped save them. This was a year or two before their famous RLWC run. PNG may be an underdeveloped nation, but the PNGRFL is well financed with alot of political backing and power. It's flagship competition the Digicel cup not only has players from PNG, but also from across the Pacific, especially Fiji and the Cookislands. We've hosted many high level regional events, such as the APEC Summit, South Pacific games (twice), and even the last RLWC to name a few. I agree with one or two of the points you've made, but assuming low tier countries can't organise their own test matches is pretty ignorant.
    11 points
  29. No, but I hate it and it's rubbish.
    11 points
  30. Great to see this, sounds mutually beneficial and hopefully it will create more pathways into full contact Rugby League - well done to the RFL. New partnership to grow oval ball sports | England Touch
    11 points
  31. Alphabetically: Cornwall: If we get some decent players from local Union sides who fancy trying League, we may surprise some teams who bother to make the journey, and not use Covid as an excuse. We are an untried team, we may well be rubbish in our first games, but we will build. Doncaster: Still regarded as an expansionist club by some M62'ers, but they have a good stadium, better than some higher divisional teams (Rhubarb triangle take note), although they don't own it they have stability, and could be a force. Hunslet: I wouldn't call these a sleeping giant anymore, more a sleeping rabbit, living within the shadow of the big boys at Headingly must upset them. They claim to have made some good signings (Haven't they all), but I think 2022 is the year the Myrtles go down in Flames. Keighley: Always under the shadow of Bradford, I am not sure anymore. I think it is time for a reawakening of COUGARMANIA! Didn't do as well as they would've liked in 21, but with a solid start, they could upset the cart. London Skolars: Many years ago I lived in London, and travelled to Wood Green, and was always disappointed by the atmosphere, teams, hospitality, facilities, they were always an amateur side, even Hemel were better serviced, they will struggle as Broncos have stolen their better players for 22. Midlands Hurricanes: Improving year on year, I think this may be their breakthrough season, if the relegated clubs don't get in their way. North Wales Crusaders: Colwyn Bay, and Rhyl, just down the coast was always considered by my Chester living Nan, as Liverpool-by-the-Sea, and despite the Welsh RU playing some lower National level teams there, RL might have a chance, It is easy enough, and pleasant enough a journey to Erias Park for most M62'ers, who could make a day-trip by rail. Play-offs beckon. Oldham: Oh dear. What can I say about this fallen giant? Not a lot really, some awful signings last year led to relegation, hopefully in 2022 they can pull their financial strings together, and get a decent, loca, affordable ground share. Rochdale: We are getting to the point where I repeat my School Report, Could do better. I feel for the Hornets fans, like so many peripheral Manchester Clubs, they had to sell their stadia, without considering an alternative, that didn't include bankruptcy, (See Below), the local community league teams are always very strong, and should provide enough players with pride to return the Hornets to stinging level. Swinton Lions: Last season, the Lion without the roar, until they sacked their coach, then they picked up points too late. Signed some above average players during the off season, and may make some impact on this League. West Wales Raiders: Another work in progress. However the work they are doing in the valleys will surely reap some rewards soon. Llanelli, may well see another successful Rugby team in the area, it may take another 10 years, but we are in it for the long term, Yes? Yes. Good Luck, and a Strong and Covid-Safe 2022 to all the teams. Cornwall v Toulouse at Wembley/Old Trafford in 2030
    11 points
  32. So after 110 years of professional RL in the UK where nearly every club has gone bust at some point, the game opts to include a team from France. Within 15 years, this team wins the challenge cup and league leaders shield and is now the leading professional RL club in Europe in terms of turnover. Yet they are a joke and the people who chose to include them are muppets? Okay, sound reasoning.
    11 points
  33. As I previously posted, Oldham are keeping their 2021 shirt and are selling it at cost-price as a thanks to the fans. However, we have switched manufacturers, from 1895 Sports to Ellgren. They look very smart IMO.
    11 points
  34. 20 live matches on a YouTube channel. More the better! https://www.thesportsman.com/
    10 points
  35. 10 points
  36. A nice read here: After announcing his government’s “unreserved support” for the 2025 World Cup in France, French Prime Minister Jean Castex pointed to the Paul Barrière Trophy and declared: “The Rooster you can see on the top of the trophy is going to sing again in 2025”. ...... In a sign of how much things have now changed, Castex declared himself a supporter of both codes and praised the defiance of rugby league supporters in France. French Prime Minister Jean Castex launches the 2025 World Cup©France 2025 “It was indeed in France that the idea for a Rugby League World Cup was first mooted in 1934,” Castex said. “This did not come to fruition but even in those days the promoters and advocates of the sport were very determined and I must say that they managed to actually overcome the ban of the sport under the Vichy regime and this whole project was picked up by the president of FFRXIII, Paul Barrière, after World War II. “It was only in 1954 that the first Rugby League World Cup was held in France, with the final played at the Parc de Princes [in Paris]. Let’s not mention that France got beaten by England but still there were 30,000 people in the stadium … and it is high time that the World Cup came back to France.” NRL 2022: World Cup, France, 2025, Prime Minister, Jean Castex, Luc Lacoste, Troy Grant, Trent Robinson - NRL
    10 points
  37. Paris - Parc des Princes - 48,583 - Stade Sebastian Charlety - 20,000 - Stade Jean Bouin - 20,000 - Accor Arena (arena) - 15,500 Bordeaux - Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux - 42,115 Nice - Allianz Riviera - 36,178 Toulouse - Stadium Municipal - 33,150 - Stade Ernest Wallon - 19,500 Le Mans - MMArena - 25,064 Perpignan - Stade Aime Giral - 14,593 - Stade Gilbert Brutus - 13,000 Albi - Stadium Municipal d'Albi - 13,000 Montauban - Stade Sapiac - 12,600 Lourdes - Stade Antoine-Beguere - 12,000 Narbonne - Parc des Sports et de l'Amitié - 12,000 Besancon - Léo-Lagrange Stadium - 11,500 Martigues - Stade Francis Turcan - 11,500 - Palais des Sports (arena) - 4,000 Beauvais - Stade Pierre Brisson - 10,000 Begles - Stade Andre Moga - 10,000 Carcassonne - Stade Albert Domec - 10,000 Perigueux - Stade Francis-Rongiéras - 10,000 Limoges - Stade municipal de Beaublanc - 9,872 - Palais des Sports de Beaublanc (arena) - 6,500 Vannes - Stade de la Rabine - 9,500 Libourne - Stade Jean-Antoine Moueix - 8,500 Boulazac - Le Palio (arena) - 5,200 Roanne - Halle André Vacheresse (arena) - 5,020 Limoux - Stade de l'Aguille - 5,000 Villeneuve-sur-Lot - Stade Max Rousie - 5,000 Vichy - Stade Louis Darragon - 4,900 Chambery - Le Phare (arena) - 4,500 - Stade Municipal - 3,500 Pia - Stade Daniel Ambert - 4,500 Blagnac - Stade Ernest-Angeles - 4,000 Massy - Stade Jules-Ladoumègue - 3,200 Montlucon - Stade Dunlop - 3,200 Trelissac - Stade Firmin Daudou - 3,000 Arras - Stade Degouve-Brabant - 2,800 Villefranche-de-Rouergue - Stade Henri Lagarde - 2,700 Marmande-Tonneins - Stade Michelon - 1,700 Autun - Stade Saint Roch - Biganos - Stade de la Verrerie - Issoire - Complexe sportif Jacques-Lavédrine - Le Creusot - Stade Montporcher - Salon-de-Provence - Stade Marcel Roustan - Chatillon - ---------------- I was bored, I decided to look up every single place on the list and try to find the biggest stadiums in those places. I might have missed some stadiums cos if I couldn't immediately find a stadium with a quick search I looked up local football clubs but that doesn't mean there might not be yawnion clubs in some of these places that I didn't come across. Also the ones listed at the bottom I couldn't find capacities for which suggests they are probably just fields with a tiny stand or something. I guess these places are the places looking more at being training bases, along with some of the other very small stadiums. I couldn't even find a stadium in Chatillon. It struck me that masses of these places are small towns of only 20,000 or so people with very little sporting presence. Not many of them are suburbs of larger cities. You'll notice as well, I've listed arenas I came across during my search in the main list due to some of these places having both a stadium and arena, though you will see a couple of the places have arenas only.
    10 points
  38. That’s not a given, really. You only need to look at Beaumont as evidence of that.
    10 points
  39. There's a huge amount of negativity up here around Australian RL Rocket. Yes, we know and accept there are plenty of Australians who love international RL, so please don't take it personally, but the popular image is that the NRL really screwed the 2021 World Cup and have compounded that with the international weekend being effectively axed to protect the SOO. Bennett and Robinson are also nothing to do with the NRL, they acted in support of the IRL. I'm also not defending SL either here, they can be just as protectionist as the NRL but simply don't have the same financial influence. On the positive side, we are now going to see two great and profitable World Cups in Europe over a 3 year period, and I'm sure every RL fan in the NH would love nothing more than the NRL and SL to see from these tournaments the potential of international RL and throw their weight behind it. A great opportunity for the game here, I hope we seize it.
    10 points
  40. London Skolars away. I like it.
    10 points
  41. Still at the editing stage
    10 points
  42. Newcastle merging with Hull kr would creat a true derby Hull/Gateshead v Hull kr/Newcastle
    10 points
  43. To keep costs down and help with profits, sponsors are needed . It's hard to get decisions quickly under normal circumstances, never mind the current situation. All this impacts on the time schedules regards production. I'm sure both the Club and Ravensport worked together on this and to give credit, they got sponsors, manufactured ,and have got the shirts out for Xmas.
    10 points
  44. Ok slightly off topic but this contributed to lots of abuse aimed at me and also shows that coaches, spectators etc don’t always hear the interplay between ref and player. I called a player and his captain to me, I was getting fed up of this players constant antics, messing around at the ptb, low level sarcastic dissent “oh GREAT call sir” etc “Leave it out now or I’ll be getting a card out and it won’t be yellow, understand?” Once again the sarcastic response “Oh why not just send me off now?” So I did, off he went, crowd and coaching staff are incandescent with rage. One of the contributors to this thread was there, after the match I was asked “Why did you send off our number 7?” ”Because he asked me to” I replied, shamefaced lad has to admit to mates etc that’s what happened, silly bu**er
    10 points
  45. So I was buying some booze in the supermarket yesterday and the guy in front was paying for his stuff. Bit of a hold up….me drumming fingers….turns out his shopping came to £11.49 and he didn’t have enough money in his account to pay for it so was deciding what to put back. He wasn’t creating a scene and was clearly embarrassed by the situation, ie genuine. I told him to put them back on the till and I’d pay for them (it was only about £2). He was ridiculously grateful and I had to tell him it wasn’t really a big deal. As I left, he tried to shake my hand but thought again, what with covid around. I gave him another fiver and told him to have a good Christmas and to do the same for someone else one day. (I know, I know, philanthropist is my middle name) It sort of blew my mind that you wouldn’t have enough money in your account but I’d forgotten that I was once in that boat too. Moral is, if you can help someone do so. But I still don’t give to those jokers tapping on your car window at the lights.
    9 points
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