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  1. 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
  2. International Rugby League.
    15 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Despite all their doubters, Cornwall currently sit at the top of the table.
    12 points
  7. 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
  8. Variety in play instead of everyone playing the same way with the same moves.
    11 points
  9. 20 live matches on a YouTube channel. More the better! https://www.thesportsman.com/
    10 points
  10. 10 points
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. But won a pre season game against a team so hyped up by you that I even said to the wife as I was leaving for the game that we’d get hammered and wondered why I paid £15. I think the difference between town fans and you is that we know that we have a long hard season to come and will need plenty of luck with injuries and the bounce of a ball and hopefully a couple more signings to bolster the squad. One season of competing in the championship and you seem to think that your top of the table material. Today we had youngsters playing who played for the shirt and out enthused your team of superstars. UTT
    9 points
  14. Sounds promising, especially that there could be more. “Rugby league's governing body have identified a site off Grey Mare Lane in Beswick to develop what they call a 'unique facility' which will be used by elite and community players alike, as well as young people who live in the local area. It is the first of a number of nationwide hubs the RFL are calling 'OuRLeague Life'. They are being designed to offer a number of services including education courses, returning to work and employability courses plus a host of rugby league-related activities and programmes. Planning permission has been submitted to Manchester Council, and is the next step on the RFL's plans to lay down further roots in Manchester ahead of their relocation to the Etihad Campus later this year.” https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/rfl-new-public-facility-manchester-22709341
    9 points
  15. In their defence, Skolars have made progress - they may have finished near the bottom in the last few years and only won a handful of their games, but the games were competitive and the results were often pretty close. The opposition knew the games were not walkovers and the games were entertaining. Skolars run a number of junior teams of which players have progressed to Broncos academy & reserves & 1st team. Skolars run coaching sessions in local primary schools & organise successful primary festivals. I do however think they are really going to struggle this year on the pitch. They have re-signed some of last seasons squad who are definitely league 1 level and have a couple of young prospects that could potentially play at a higher level, but Broncos going part time has resulted in 6/7 players departing and it looks like they are struggling to recruit suitable replacements. The board/volunteers/sponsors have put in a huge effort and done a great job over the years just to keep the team viable - whether they can maintain this with the 80% cut to central funding & no travel grant remains to be seen. I believe league 1 is better for having Skolars in it.
    9 points
  16. Oh give ower. There are only 2 important things to take from todays game :- 1. The Town are having a party and 2. The Jam are in the bin
    8 points
  17. Matty Henson scored it. James Newton missed the tackle. Double win.
    8 points
  18. i think what happened with the sandwich board guy is he actually got talking to some rugby league fans outside the ground and when he realised how pessimistic and doom laden they were it depressed him so much he decided not to come again
    8 points
  19. "I hope our fans deliver for us as up to now our sales don’t do that" "I care not if people who are of that ilk like my comments or even turn up". He can't join the dots, can he?
    7 points
  20. Just said it's a good job it was our 2nd pre season friendly and not our first, good job we had 456 substitutes to use, good job we utilised all Walker's experience at this level and we're gonna win the league.
    7 points
  21. If we are to have play offs then the McIntyre system top 5 has always been my favourite as it rewards league placing and means you have to beat every team that finishes above you. I never like any system that has half the league finishing in the play offs as it just rewards mediocrity.
    7 points
  22. They had three quarters of the pressure , penalties , six agains ,ref piggy backing them around ( some of them decisions ) and didn’t really show that much . We just had to hang tough then came into it . Walker outstanding and must start in the league . Hope the bloke with the drum bangs it all the way home and leads the wonderful songs they came up with
    7 points
  23. Don’t forget to stop into Tom Gilmores coffee shop/cafe next to the stadium just behind cricketers arms pub and get your pre match food because the food in the stadium is horrendous! Support your scrum half batley fans as I know u will it’s called brew lane
    7 points
  24. So the French will let the final of the French RL world cup that they paid millions of € towards go to Spain....probably not, I would say.
    7 points
  25. Would be quite the plot twist, considering York have been running a promotion so the ground is full and buzzing with atmosphere so it looks great on... Premier Sports TV.
    7 points
  26. The Sportsman can today reveal a broadcasting deal with The RFL which will involve live streaming of 20 matches across a range of competitions in 2022, including the Betfred Women’s Super League and Challenge Cup, Men's Challenge Cup, Betfred League 1, and Wheelchair Rugby League.
    7 points
  27. I have given this some serious thought and it isn't a flippant answer. If I could bring anything back it would be my 15 year old self who thought everything was wonderful and not this cynical old man I am now. Rugby League was everything to me back then and because it was everything to me, it was perfect.
    7 points
  28. This might not be a popular opinion but since there's no relegation from League 1, I don't think it necessarily matters how good Cornwall are this year on the pitch. Obviously there comes a point where they're losing too much to build supporters etc, but I think a lot of potential fans will be patient in their first season at least, especially if they can demonstrate their policy of bringing through local talent. If I was in charge, then I would be definitely targeting a 3-5 year growth plan with the intention of making the team competitive (i.e. challenging for play-offs) within that time. Any results before that would be a bonus, but the main priority would be growing off the field and developing local players and systems to ensure they've got a good feed-through for years to come.
    7 points
  29. My biggest fear with the new owner at York is that he turns out to be like Beaumont, I desperately hope he follows Jon Flatman's lead in professionalism and culture at the club. No amount of money chucked at players forgives the embarrassment of having an attention seeking nutjob for a Chairman. Don't think I could support that.
    6 points
  30. 2 Aussies & 1 Kiwi in our 20 man Chargers squad for yesterday’s game
    6 points
  31. Think McDermott will have been pretty happy with how we went today. Leeds kept their starting pack on for the entire first half and until they scored a minute before half time the score was 6-12, so acknowledging it's just a pre-season game it's encouraging that we weren't blown away by a SL side, especially after we took Kopczak and Lockwood off after about 20 minutes. They took just about all their first team off at half time so had a team of younger fringe players plus three or four older or more established players, and we took JSL and Moors off for a breather at half time. Leeds had the better of those opening 10 minutes but then we started to bring some of our first-choice forwards back on and just about had the upper hand afterwards, though the Leeds fringe team (most of whom have some sort of SL experience) played very well. Can't read too much into pre-season games but I did think it was interesting that when Ferres came on he played in the middle with Junior playing back row, I'd quite like to see this if it continues as I think Moors is the bigger threat out wide whilst Ferres has the size to contribute in the middle and also a very good pair of hands.
    6 points
  32. The pedantic ref tried to spoil the game as a spectacle. But despite being down to 12 for a quarter of the game the lads dug deep and got their rewards. Enjoyed the game with all the new lads showing up well, particularly Walker who deserved his mom. Although rusty we look good down the spine with good options. I think we wanted it more in the end, and I'd be disappointed with some of my team if I'd come from the Jam to watch them after Jonty was blabbering on about respecting the Ike. Tom walker played well, as did their 23 & 30 both the props are big units who ran it in well and got them rolling a couple of times. I laughed at Brui being called Elton John by the popular side, thats some haircut But what's happened to Callum? He was a shadow of the player he once was. Didn't look interested considering who he was playing against. Thought we looked fitter and defended very well considering our squad is so inferior to the Haven superstars. Our lads showed a real desire which was good to see and its great to have it back again UTT!
    6 points
  33. A interesting insight into the work being done in Galway: https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-league/59978813
    6 points
  34. Good game at Pilks today Galway gave it a good go and never gave up. Interception try had them up at half time Hope they have not had to dash back for a ferry and are enjoying the sights of St Helens hopefully they get back in next year and can play a home tie at home
    6 points
  35. The RL obsession with double and triple headers never ceases to amaze me. If anything smacks of small time it's this.
    6 points
  36. I can see the crowd being about 1000 with 2000 of them from haven
    6 points
  37. Maybe some folks are tired of the tedious "I'm more of a REAL fan than YOU" one-upmanship, especially when it is shoehorned into threads about other subjects so often?
    6 points
  38. Nobody gave a nod. Pure fantasy.
    6 points
  39. St Ives played some games in 2021, but didn't complete the season in the East Rugby League. Bedford Tigers ran two mens sides last year and a women's team, and hope to add a second womens team this year. Eastern Rhinos still going too. Ten teams in the East RL for 2022, with some clubs from the East playing in the southern conference too. Plenty of Essex teams - Brentwood, Southend, Canvey Island.
    6 points
  40. @Eddieyou now have a local team to follow https://www.instagram.com/rugbyfootballleague/p/CYoc_zotrRq/?utm_medium=copy_link
    6 points
  41. Get Anglian Windows to sponsor them, they could be called the "Chamois" you know from the Window Vipers............ I'll get my coat.
    6 points
  42. This will sound odd but I miss Knowsley Road. Some of that is just down to the time in my life and missing going the match with my Dad but it’s also the difference in atmosphere. There was something about the old grounds though, being huddled together in the winter, banter with plenty of away fans who were better mixed in, getting real close to the pitch. I am proud that we have our own modern stadium and there’s a lot right with it, time moves on, but it’s not Knowsley Road .
    6 points
  43. Prime Minister Mr Jean Castex spoke for 25 minutes. He talked about the legendary Paul Barriere who organised the 1st WC in 1954 in France. Even mentioned the Catalans Dragons. Not surprised as the PM has strong links in the Pyrenees and has watched Super League games at Gilbert Brutus. It's quite extraordinary to see this launch take place. Some good pics here * https://www.ffr13.fr/bienvenue-france2025/
    6 points
  44. Not long is it. I told Mrs Eddie last night that we were going to the South of France on holiday in Autumn 2025, she doesn’t know about the WC yet but seemed pleased.
    6 points
  45. In one way it adds to the interest that Toulouse haven't really strengthened their squad much (on paper anyway) in the off-season. The two things that stood out to me last season was how "together" they were as a squad, and how well they seemed to be coached. Certainly defensively they were really solid and a big improvement on previous years. There hasn't been much talk really about Houles because he's been in charge there for 10 years but is there a chance he has quetly progressed into a really top coach? Not that you can tell a huge amount just from interviews but he always impresses me when you hear him speak and he really had the team playing towards a common goal last season. They probably look the weakest squad on paper and I think they will miss Casty as he was immense last year, but it wouldn't surprise me if they had a season similar to that of Danny Ward's 2019 London team, who managed to eke out 10 wins with a squad that probably looked of similar quality on paper.
    6 points
  46. It's going to be hard to top this for 2022's worst post. Strong opening candidate.
    6 points
  47. 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.
    6 points
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