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  1. Tonight I went to watch my other half officiate at a SL fixture (I shan't say which one). From minute 1 to 80 he was called all the names under the sun, in front of our little boy and girl. Is this really the state of our game? I don't know the rules as well as he does but to me it looked like a really exciting game with drama right until the end. We were on our feet for the entire match, and so was everyone around us. But as soon as he got in the car I knew something was up. It's getting to him: homophobic language, paedophile allegations and being called a bent cheat. Why should he put up with it? Why should I? Why should our kids? The 'rugby league family' is something we like to talk about when Rob Burrow falls ill, but go to any top level game and you will witness something completely different. I hardly ever go now: I just get into arguments. The absolute state of our game.
    63 points
  2. Attended last nights NARL match Washington Cavalry vs Toronto Wolfpack at Lamport. Was well supported with the east side stand (cap.4600) only open due to covid protocols and attendance restricted to 2000. Very enthusiastic crowd out to support their hometown Wolfpack. Sat next to folks up from DC watching their son play for Ryan Burroughs team. Blake Wallace on the sidelines coaching with Burroughs busy on the field. Simon Gelder the kit man was enjoying himself so lotsa WP alumni in evidence. Sure hope NARL makes a go of it, I for one will be going all in on season tickets and kit and I am confident I wont be alone if this turnout is anything to go by.
    42 points
  3. https://thunderrugby.co.uk/general/trio-of-teams-give-thunder-matchday-milestone/ With ambitions to win Betfred Super League by 2030, Sunday’s Betfred League 1 match-day against Workington Town marks a significant milestone in the development of Newcastle Thunder. For the first time in the club’s history three separate teams, U18s, Reserves and First Team will play fixtures at Kingston Park Stadium on the same day. In a huge boost to the game in the north east almost 70% of the players on show will be either local or academy produced. It is another impressive demonstration of the ambitions held by Thunder, who after being granted admission into the new-look Reserve grade competition now boast a complete player development pathway. Starting with monthly, open-access player development programmes for U12s and U14s, the club operates academy teams at U16 & U18 levels. Players can then progress into Reserves and First Team, giving players from the North East and beyond an outlet to fulfil their ambitions. With continued growth of the grassroots game in the region, where participation numbers have risen by 40% in the last five years and 16 community clubs now have over 1,400 players enjoying the game, the North East has solid foundations for sustainable, long term growth. Newcastle Thunder chairman Mick Hogan said: “There are some exciting times ahead for rugby league in our region and the teams named for Sunday show how it is growing. “Across three teams of 51 players, 35 of them are either from the local area or have come through Thunder’s academy and that is incredibly important for where we want to go as a club and take the sport to. “With new junior clubs forming in North Tyneside, the west end of Newcastle and the Tyne Valley, that next generation of players have something to aspire to in their home region. “Whilst we’re rightly proud of the club’s development, it is just the start of our next steps. With four full time members of staff in our community team and big events coming to the region in the next 18 months, we are well placed to ensure this growth and development of local talent continues.”
    42 points
  4. 19th August L'Equipe gave the treize a full page for the up coming game at Warrington. Yesterday my hopes were raised again with the iconic French sports daily. A full page but centred on Franck Azema a Catalan who played for UTC in 2001 but later made a name for himself as coach at top club Clemont Ferrand. Thomas Bosc spent some time at the rugby union club a year ago and Azema has visited the Dragons training sessions recently. Today absolutely fabulous ! 2 full pages on the game with the XV just one. When was the last time something like that happened. Last century for sure. Everything perfect and included a piece on TO hoping to join the party. This evening Bein Sport 1 will cover the game. It's ideal because the main European soccer is out the way this week and at 8.45pm only Handball on Eurosport in competition. Could have excellent live viewing figures from Brutus..
    39 points
  5. You know what, I try not to be provocative on here and appreciate everyone's views but I have had enough. We are supposed to be a family sport aren't we... at least that is what I was told when I was growing up sitting on the walls of Central Park watching rugby in the 1980's. Well, opposing the use of racist language and blaming the victims of rape is not being woke, it is just being a decent human being. You can stand where you stand and I will stand where I stand, and I am happy to be on this side.
    39 points
  6. Whitehaven have announced they will be hosting a special Christmas lunch at the LEL Arena. The event, which is free of charge, will be for those who would otherwise be lonely on Christmas Day. The invitation is extended to anybody who contacts the club via social media, or through the club office before 23rd December. In a statement, the club said: “Christmas is a joyous time for most of us however for some it can be a time where they feel isolated. “This year, Whitehaven RLFC are going to be putting on a Christmas lunch at the LEL Arena, free of charge, for anyone who wishes to spend a few hours in the company of others that are in a similar position of not having anyone to share the day with. “We will be putting together a Christmas lunch for anyone who contacts the club, via its social media pages, club office or through another means possible by Thursday the 23rd of December.” Well done Whitehaven, a great gesture!
    38 points
  7. nice to see google celebrating what would have been clive sullivans 78th birthday.
    38 points
  8. Game. Changer. https://www.superleague.co.uk/article/2439/channel-4-to-broadcast-betfred-super-league-in-2022
    37 points
  9. Lucky the existing SL members aren't being measured .
    37 points
  10. The Toronto decision isn't significant just because of that poor, mucked-about, betrayed club. It's significant because of what it says about our whole sport in this country. I don't think any of us quite appreciate how close we are now to returning to semi-pro status, before gradually dying out. We now know the TV deal will be significantly less. We also know that most, if not all, of our championship and league 1 clubs are at the point where the doctors are soon going to be asking the family whether they want to switch off life-support. The finances of even our largest clubs have been ripped apart by Covid. What we essentially had was a sh*t or bust decision to make. We're trapped in a small cave and the water's rising. We can either dive down and at least try to find a way out, or we can just keep clinging to the shrinking air pocket until the water hits the roof. That decision speaks volumes about just how bad the clubs know the situation is. I've loved this game for nearly all my life. I've watched it, played it, coached it and refereed it. It's a wonderful game, and it's nearly always been dreadfully administered and led. When I was younger and still thought there was hope for change, I used to waste hours arguing about the need to expand or die, to take risks and invest in them, and to make decisions based on a clear-eyed view of what the game needed, rather than a misty-eyed view of what old-but-failing clubs wanted. We've had our opportunities, but we've never taken them, and every time the door to a better future was opened a crack, there was a stampede of close-minded "fans" and fearful clubs, racing to slam it shut. Only tonight, I read on twitter more than a few comments from people celebrating, yes celebrating, the demise of the only club to have demonstrated an ability to grow a large new fanbase in a virgin market in nearly a century. The same mindset honestly insisted that replacing Toronto with tiny village teams like Featherstone or Leigh would somehow be an improvement for the game. I don't even know how to begin comprehending the size of the blinkers anyone would need to wear to think that. Nobody's coming to rescue us. The NRL will be happy counting their cash alongside the AFL as a curious standalone Antipodean pro sport. All but one and a half French clubs are already a few part-time payments away from being a pub team. There's a very high chance that a large number of lower league clubs are going to fall over very soon as a result of Covid. And RU will happily take our five or six decent-sized SL clubs once the minnows find they can no longer pretend to professionalism after the new TV deal cuts their income. I advise everyone to enjoy what you can, because we're not many years away now from the end. That bell's tolling for us, and it's deafening.
    36 points
  11. Just got back to my hotel in Toulouse. All credit to TO. They just didn't let us play in the first half, so strong and unforgiving. We gave it a much better go on the second half, but came up second best. The ground is great, the atmosphere was spot on. We were sitting with all TO fans, a good bunch of folks. Don't mind admitting I must have got something in my eye after the final whistle as it started watering when I saw our shattered players go over to applaud our loyal fans. I thought it was our year. But TO look ready for SL. They mean business. Good luck to them. Our day will come.
    35 points
  12. Bassetlaw Bulldogs RLFC, in their 3rd year of existence as a Junior RL Club, are working with their local council to build a pavilion on their home ground. They have managed to find £160k of funding, including £15k from the RLWC2021 Legacy Fund and £60k from Sport England. Additional funding from the District and Parish Councils means the funding target is only a couple of thousand quid short of the anticipated cost of the project. Building work will begin in the coming few weeks on the building which houses two changing rooms, a small communal area, a referees room, kitchen and toilets. The building comes on the back of the replacement of a former football pitch with a rugby league pitch, with a new set of posts. The club plans to run teams at U7,U9, U11 and U13s in the coming season, whenever that might be, with strong numbers already registered at each age group. It has also been brilliant that the likes of Phil Clarke and Bill Arthur made time to appear on the club's virtual awards evening, offering the club a huge boost. Bill voiced over the season report and Phil sent a video message of congratulations to everyone involved.
    34 points
  13. What is the criteria for determining their 'contribution' to French RL? Is it exposure? crowds? participation? professional contracts? Maybe let's answer some of these questions. Are there more people playing the game? Yes, up from 7,000 registered participants, to 30,000 in 2012 and reported over 50,000 recently. Are there more RL games on TV? Even this year, there is more than there was prior to the Dragons getting in. The FFRXIII couldn't afford to cover games on local TV, there was no Super League and no NRL. Even with SL's stuff up this year, there has been NRL, Elite One games and at least the trial of Dragons games on FTA in France. Have they been able to attract Major Sponsors / Major French companies? Some of the Catalan's sponsors include: AXA (Major multinational, made 104bn last year alone...) Air France Hop! (Part of Air France - not a nothing airline) BPI France (Investment Bank - Avg Income over 1.4bn pa) Altrad (Also the current French RU Major Sponsor) They've also previously attracted the likes of Nike, Citroen, IDEC, SeaFrance and Renault to name a few. Are there more French players with professional contracts? In 1999, before the Dragons, there was Jerome Guisset (Raiders) and then....??? I know there were others, but you could honestly count them all on one hand. There are at least 15 French nationals in the Catalans 30-man squad alone, plus there others playing across Super League and the Championship. Have they been able to attract crowds? Yes, they actually hold the Super League attendance record (31,555), and are one of the few clubs that has actually grown over the past decade. They were one of only 6 clubs to attract over 10K on average in 2019, and their lowest home crowd was larger than Wakefield's, Huddersfield's, London's and Salford's largest home crowds. Have they taken games around to spread the code? More so than some clubs, they have at least taken matches to Barcelona, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Narbonne and Carcassonne among others. Is France more competitive on an international front? Arguably no, but on the flip side, where might they be if there was no Catalans? That potentially is more scary. For me, they've definitely brought value to both Super League and the French game, and arguably stopped the game from dying in the country. As to why hasn't the French national team kicked on since their admission, there are a few reasons for that including: Other nations have gotten better: Not only do we now have the Pacific nations getting stronger, even the likes of England and New Zealand have gotten better and are no longer anywhere near as hot and cold as they once were. Conflicts of interest: Catalans do want France to be stronger in international Rugby League, however that is like priority 7 or 8 for them... for the Catalans they want to avoid Relegation first, then try and win a trophy or two before worrying about what country a player comes from and if that will strengthen the national team. Lack of depth: Let's face it, for France to be really competitive, they need at least 30+ full time professional players and they're not going to get that from the Catalans alone. French Team Management: The French national team lacks the leadership it needs to make eligible French players want to play for the Les Chanticleers at all costs. It's why you see many top players only turn up around World Cups. Sure they are not perfect, and there is more that the club could do, but to say they aren't doing anything for French RL is a terrible ill-informed statement.
    34 points
  14. That’s all. Delighted as a fan of the sport, another big city in the top league is only a good thing to grow the game. Happy days!
    33 points
  15. Don't think it's been picked up elsewhere, but Newcastle's chairman Mick Hogan says that they're going to go full-time next season. Interesting development, and you hope it doesn't go the way of Sheffield. But the noises of sustainability, genuine local development, and a rich owner that could "do a Toronto", all are good signs. I know us rugby league fans are a dour lot, but is it OK to be happy with this news?
    33 points
  16. TO after playing 13 games across the Channel have at last a chance to do something at Ernest Wallon this Saturday. The local regional daily rag La Dépéche starting to give the treize some coverage. Through out this season every TO game is highlighted on the front of the special Monday Sports section as well as match report inside, For the first time too an advert for Saturday’s semi final appeared on the front page next to the mast heading – a first. 300 partners of the club attended a Garden Party last week. Their sponsors are I would think have made this season possible for them – re-cruitment and travelling expenses without gate money until now. Sarrazain and former President Zalduendo left and right on bottom pic. Bein Sports coverage will be there Saturday I hear Down in Perpignan the excitement growing daily to the their semi-final. The supporters groups are coming together to receive the players two hours before the KO with bands and flags, The day before the match the town hall are getting involved too providing T-shirts and masks. The French prime minister Jean Castex to be present too.
    32 points
  17. Thunder set to open magic weekend on the Saturday when they play Doncaster at St James Park. Great news for the club and the sport in the region!
    32 points
  18. There seems to be a rising prevalence of people on here thinking it is ok to have a go at other forum members, making personal attacks, snide digs, that sort of stuff. It isn't ok. Cut it out. Disagree with someone's opinion, but do so without adding a personal dig as part of your response. Otherwise the big moderating stick will be coming out. Thank you for your co-operation. A reminder of our T&Cs below: https://www.totalrl.com/forums/index.php?/guidelines/
    31 points
  19. Give Cornwall a chance. If it works, we have a brand new catchment area and a few thousand new Rugby League fans. If it doesn't, what have we really lost in the grand scheme of things?
    30 points
  20. I often find myself moving certain magazines/papers in front of others in newsagents...
    30 points
  21. I expect she will leave 10 minutes before the ceremony finishes.
    30 points
  22. I just want to understand the logic for putting Leigh in SL coz I still don't understand. Toulouse has just signed a 9 year deal with Stade Toulousain that not just allows them to play at the iconic ground but gives them a major presence at the complex. In addition to that they now have backing from the various local authorities which in France is significant. With the partnerships they have in place I'm confident in saying that over the next few years Toulouse will quickly become one of the biggest clubs in Europe. The commercial partnerships that Toulouse have are on a different scale to Leigh's and it gives the RL exposure to the 4th biggest city in France that has a population in the metropolitan area of over 1.3 million, plus many more across the South West region. It would have increased the competition's presence in France and the number of professional players which allows the France national team to become more and more competitive and create a natural rival for England on its doorstep, that has so many commercial benefits in itself to UK RL. We were told over and over that they had an 'oven baked squad' ready to compete. If that's the case why are they now loaning a player from another SL club? On paper, their squad wasn't any better than Toulouse's and they finished below them in the league table in recent seasons. Apparently the bids were assessed by an 'independent panel of experts' yet there has been no explanation into the reasoning behind the decision. To top it all off the majority of people in this country don't even know where Leigh is and thought that the parish of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex had entered a team into SL. It was a terrible decision which says so much about the mindset of people running the sport here. It's several months on and I'm still disgusted
    30 points
  23. Terribly sad news. Jordan played for East Hull as a kid with my brother. We used to give him a lift home from training fairly often. One of my favourite memories was we had picked our kid up from East Park one winter after training (maybe u13s) and as we started to drive home we saw Coxy stood at the bus stop completely caked in mud, with that massive grin on his face. So we pull up and said, what are you doing, Coxy? Look at the state of you. He goes, I'm just getting the bus home. He didn't even have a bag for his boots he was just holding them in his hands. Well we just laughed and told him to jump in because there wasn't a bus driver on earth that would have let him on. He used to try and convince me that if it wasn't for Rugby League he'd be a Dolce & Gabanna model. He once had an operation after falling ill during a game and when he was well enough me and my mate (we all sponsored Jordan at the time as he had just broken through at Rovers) went round to see him. He had this little dog and he bloody loved it. At Rovers events I always ended up on the same table as him somehow and we used to laugh and joke about different stuff. Some of his team mates used to say he looked like a horse so it came as no surprise when Ben Fisher wandered up one time and put a bowl of sugar cubes in front of him haha. I don't generally use social media or forums to express my feelings when someone I know has passed away but I will make an exception here. He was a big daft lad with a smile wider than the Humber, and an infectious personality. He was a good kid. A really good kid. He never really changed from that lad we picked up at the bus stop all those years ago. Rest easy, old friend.
    30 points
  24. In many sports you’d be considered part of the problem.
    30 points
  25. In pursuit of a little balance, herewith some optimism: First, Cornwall punches far above its demographic weight when it comes to producing rugby players and athletes. A good example of this is the Bill Beaumont RU County Championship which, over recent years, has been dominated by four sides: three Rugby League heartland counties (Yorkshire, Cheshire, and Lancashire) and Cornwall. So, looking ahead to the future, Cornwall is somewhat likely to become a net exporter of Rugby League players. Also note that its population is in excess of 560,000 - more than St. Helens, Wigan, and Widnes combined. Second, the game we all love has just embedded itself as far south and as far west as it is possible in mainland Britain. Celebrate it. Third, those travelling to follow their teams will be sure to receive a great welcome at The Memorial Ground in Penryn for the club's first season. My son has played for Penryn RFC juniors, and I cannot speak highly enough of those involved with the oldest Rugby club in Cornwall. What is more, it is just minutes away from some of the most beautiful scenery you will find in the country.
    29 points
  26. Just came inside and my son told me, shattered, embarrassed, angry, I`m sure they could of arranged something if they really wanted to. My sincerest apologies from one Australian who really wanted it to happen. The rest of the comp this year is going to leave a sour taste in my mouth.
    29 points
  27. 28 points
  28. Er no it's not. Its time to get Toulouse in Super League and have 2 French teams.
    28 points
  29. Thank God someone managed to prise open this silver lining and find a cloud.
    28 points
  30. 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
  31. Bernard overwhelmed Saturday at St James Park. Supporters from the other clubs chanting the Dragons name loudly, He couldn’t believe his ears. Maybe the Brits liking the under dog up against the top dog - since some time. The Dragons totem pole of the renaissence across the Channel since 2006. Three years after the Wembley Cup success - now the League Leaders Shield. 4 semi-finals now after 2009 (Kevin Walters), 2014 (Laurent Frayssinous) and now two successive from (Steve McNamara). Are Catalans becoming the 6th biggest club on the podium behind Leeds, Wigan, St Helens, Warrington and Hull FC. I think ticking all the boxes -stadium,support, formation,finance and now success on the field. Coinsiding with this Toulouse Olympique and their challenge to join them in Europe’s top competition. In less than a months time Stade Brutus and hopefully Ernest Wallon will welcome sides across the Channel, The French game here cannot believe it.
    27 points
  32. Putting this on here rather than just on the women's RL section as I think it is general good news - for the first time ever there was a u15 girl's RL game in London over the weekend between Skolars and Elmbridge. Now isn't that great? Congratulations to all involved.
    27 points
  33. 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, that Perez is a bullshitter, (risible), he's done more, against an incredible inertial mass and envious fearful Super League, to raise the profile of Rugby League here (yes here) and in North America than anyone else has achieved in the same time (Let's not even mention the new ''millionaire at our expense'' Robert Elstone). What the doom-mongers who forecast the impossibility of ''breaking through'' in North America are really confessing, is their own lack of confidence (shame on you all) not in the Yanks ability to get it done, but their lack of confidence in the game itself. They see rugby league, as cheap fare, only mildly interesting to elderly Northern folk, who are dying off rapidly and in truth, totally unpalatable, to young, new world people of both sexes. (Shame on you). Well I'm firmly in the other camp. I believe (really believe) that Rugby League is the greatest game of all, so when I discover that someone like Eric Perez, is backing the game with everything he's got, I'm willing him to succeed and I'm not surprised he's having a go. It makes sense to me and I'm confident that providing our people (god help us) don't put insurmountable barriers in his way (instead of cheering him on) he/they will be successful. I want to say, that the glaring, livid, putrid green, envious comments of the knockers is loathsome and they should stop pretending, to have the games best interests at heart. Its plain to see, that you don't.
    27 points
  34. https://kirkleestogether.co.uk/2020/03/17/we-have-got-a-deal-to-buy-the-birthplace-of-rugby-league-over-the-line/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn Kirklees have bought the building to put it back into use, and ensure its continued existence as part of our history and heritage
    27 points
  35. I don’t get where this thread has come from, if I’m honest. Salford played Huddersfield on Friday night. It happened to be Valentines Day, the game was televised for Sky Sports and Storm Dennis was starting to take full swing. The crowd was 3,350. Rewind six months ago, almost to the day and Salford hosted Huddersfield at the AJ Bell. It was a 3pm kick-off on a Sunday, the weather was good and Salford were on a good run. They attendance was 2,750. Salford have shown a 22% increase on last year’s game against the same opposition. Rather than slag them off because they might not have a five figure crowd, let’s congratulate them as a club for such an increase in such a short time and long may it continue for them.
    27 points
  36. Good news story inbound North East Rugby League Registration Update Participation numbers up 35% on 2020 and up 20% on 2019 The % is based on a clubs current number of registered players compared to the number registered in 2020. 1 - Wallsend Centurions - 294% 2 - Whitley Bay Barbarians - 192% 3 - Catterick Crusaders - 178% 4 - Jarrow Vikings - 175% 5 - Durham Tigers - 129% 6 - Wallsend Eagles - 124% 7 - Hartlepool Hurricanes - 115% 8 - Gateshead Storm - 107% 9 - Cramlington Rockets - 106% 10 - Durham Demons - 106% 11 - Yarm Wolves - 104% 12 - Newcastle Magpies - 85% 13 - Alnwick Bears - 54% North East Total - 135% 2020 - 35% 2019 - 20%
    26 points
  37. Lovely article about Rob and his wife Lindsey in the Guardian, well worth a read. The positivity and refusal to feel sorry for himself is amazing, what a wonderful human being he is.... https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/may/07/rob-and-lindsey-burrow
    26 points
  38. Newcastle Thunder can confirm an application to join the Betfred Championship for the 2021 season has been submitted #ThunderFamily #RugbyLeague
    26 points
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  40. The Cardboard Cut Out Crew are now in the UK...…..see below Care of Canis Lupus.
    26 points
  41. Here's a fun fact. In the last 3 years the four teams at the top of the rankings (New Zealand, England, Tonga and Australia) have played 10 internationals between them (14 if we say that Great Britain counts for England). But of course we have been in the state of a global pandemic for most of this time so internationals have been difficult? The Union teams for these nations have played 109 internationals between them in the last 3 years. When it comes to the profile of our sport, we simply get what we deserve.
    25 points
  42. I could not be so excited (Apart from the London Broncos that I really do hope will turn things around) * Toulouse in SL:) * Hull KR back on track to become a big club again and a great derby v Hull FC * RLWC :))) * Challenge Cup Final at Tottenham Hotspur FC * Catalan Dragons v Toulouse could be the biggest SL crowd ever * Cornwall RL * England v France regular tests back on the agenda * Forces RL Male and female to really take off with a TV deal (Watch this space) * Female SL continues to grow * The most competitive Championship for years * Etc etc etc Paul
    25 points
  43. And that my dear is the very reason why RL has been a far worse enemy to itself than by any combination of undermining by other sports or organisations. From the Welsh clubs being cut adrift in the early 1900’s to date, our sport has little vision beyond the confines of the hard shoulder of a well known road reaching East to West. Sadly we deserve it.
    25 points
  44. Just occasionally thrilling and dramatic: too often tedious, sometimes unpleasant, occasionally ugly; a brutally uncomfortable and relentless contest of high speed impact; wrestling, pushing, pulling, twisting; with little of the flow and movement and visible skills which should be the foundation of the sport. The game has become, too often, not a spectacle which will attract new fans, new investment, a new demographic; or retain existing enthusiasts. This is not down to Leigh, Featherstone, Wakefield’s ground, old supporters, forum negativity, misunderstood nostalgia, the structure of the divisions, Keir Starmer, the course of the River Calder, or the salary cap. It will not be solved by beer tents, DJs, hoping for the best, fireworks, waiting for the end of covid, playing top-trump positivity on a forum, seeking to attract millionaires. It will most certainly not be solved just by altering the divisional structure. This is down to SL, the visible arm of the game, the part with exposure, profile, control, which has allowed and encouraged rule interpretation to drift towards a sport dominated by size and power. Perhaps summed up by “Why bother with craft to beat a defensive line when the defensive line can be battered into fracturing?” Recruitment, coaching, training, are all firmly tied in to the impact aspect which now dominates the game. Do you not wonder, when the biggest celebration of a game is often when five defenders push a single ball carrier into touch or back over his own line? Is that the best we’ve got? Briefly, the game on the field needs to be made more attractive to potential fans and potential players, more watchable, more playable. Only Super League can lead this. The good news is that a great deal of initial progress could be made simply with re-interpretations of the rules.
    25 points
  45. https://www.coventry.gov.uk/news/article/3777/plans_announced_for_rugby_league_satellite_clubs_in_west_midlands?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Orlo
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  46. The development of rugby league in the region will expand significantly in 2021 as the award winning Newcastle Rugby Foundation announce exciting expansion plans to the Newcastle Thunder community department. With the sport in the north east seeing a 40% growth in participation over the past five years, the addition of three new members of staff will see the foundation’s programmes result in more players than ever before participate in the game. Over 1300 players are currently registered at the 15 community rugby league clubs in the region, with growth of school teams, community club’s or variants such as touch, PDRL/LDRL or wheelchair rugby being targeted by the new look community team. There will be a focus on club development in the North of Tyne, South of Tyne and Tees Valley, in order to create new participation opportunities and on school engagement via the Sky Try and Thunder School Connections programmes. In addition to building up the RLWC 2021, which will see five games in the men’s competition held in the north east and the Foundation aim to engage new audiences, there will also be a focus on those who have been involved in the game’s past via a North East Rugby League heritage programme. Alongside, Thunder’s coaching camp programme will be expanded with dates set to be hosted both at Kingston Park and community clubs every school holiday while enhanced pre-match activation at home Championship and cup matches will serve to make big games, bigger. The Foundation on will also be launching new programmes to engage the north east community by using rugby league as a vehicle to improve mental and physical well-being In order to develop and deliver these exciting programmes the Foundation will welcome Steve Beaty as Newcastle Thunder Community Manager, with Danny Gilroy and Joe Eltringham joining as Community Development Officers The trio will join Jason Grant who is currently leading efforts as the CDO in Tees Valley. Over the forthcoming weeks and months further details on each of the Foundation’s programmes will be confirmed along with introductions to the members of the team and information on how to become involved. Chair of Newcastle Rugby Foundation Mick Hogan said: “This is a really exciting development for rugby league in the north east, particularly with the Rugby League World Cup kicking off in Newcastle this October. “We are building on the success of our development programme and the creation of new clubs like Newcastle Magpies and Wallsend Centurions is a real positive, particularly in the areas where there traditionally hasn’t been rugby league activity. “The diversity of our rugby league offer will emphasise that it is a sport for everyone from pre-school tots to over 35s masters, women and girls, touch rugby and the various forms of disability rugby league. “Accessibility and inclusivity will remain at the heart of everything we do. The Foundation, along with our partners, are driving up the numbers of young people playing the game in schools. It is important we transition these new players into clubs all across the region which will ultimately result in a stronger Newcastle Thunder.” Jan Robinson – Chair of NERL said: “2020 was a difficult year for everyone and as we return to a ‘new normal’ in 2021 we have much to look forward to in the north east, not only in terms of a playing season, but also our local team in the Championship, and the Rugby League World Cup with significant games in our area. “It is very pleasing to see that the Foundation will be there to support and develop Rugby League in the North East as we aim to ‘Build Back Better’.” To get in touch for more information on the Newcastle Thunder Community please contact steve.beaty@newcastle-thunder.co.uk https://www.thunderrugby.co.uk/general/foundation-expands-rugby-league-activities/
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  47. ......and Im a Bulls fan. I am personally dreading Monday. We should be 6th on the list of applicants. I feel the integrity of the sport rests on Monday's decision. I feel the Newcastle decision was the correct one and similar decision like this needs to made. Rugby League needs to be completely transparent and Monday is a good day to start.
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  48. Mick Gledhill you say? That should tell you all you need to know.
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  49. Well... after 66 days in ICU my sister's fella who was described as being as near to death as can be without dying.... has made it. He's home. Half the fella he was.... and the virus has ravaged his lungs.. he needed dialysis, ventilation and a tracheotomy. His consultant is highly regarded and saw a possibility for him so persevered when others may not have. Nature did its bit and he is now at home in rehab. It will take a while but thankfully he didn't make the daily stats. I may well have a drink now. ?
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  50. It's interesting that there are clubs saying Toulouse will be bad for Super League because Toulouse won't bring any away fans without considering maybe they are bad for Super League because they have no confidence in being able to sell their games. I mean it's not like clubs travel well these days anyway. Crossing the M62 seems to be considered as daunting as crossing the channel. Yorkshire clubs don't generally bring many fans to the DW and Wigan no longer seem to bring many fans to Yorkshire. I don't see how the losses would be so great as to be a massive burden.
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