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  1. 63 points
    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.
  2. 42 points
    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.”
  3. 41 points
    Impressive advertising by Dacia as this will have cost a few bob!
  4. 39 points
    Welcome to our Canadian cousins. Marvellous to have you on board, and I'm looking forward to a Super League next year which seems just that little bit fresher and more interesting already. I know you'll get some serious moaning from those who think nobody should be allowed to play rugby league more than ten miles from the M62. I think a century of being a sport which was actively persecuted and discriminated against by the ruling establishment in both the UK and France generated an incredible bunker mentality. That "what we have, we hold" view has become a crushing insularity for some. But not all. Don't mistake volume of moaning for the breadth of discontent. There's an awful lot of SL supporters who are delighted about this, and are already planning their visit to Canada to watch their team. See you next year.
  5. 37 points
    A simple reminder: this is a rugby league forum on a rugby league site. It is not a forum for posting ANYTHING about the union World Cup. Long-standing members should know this and will see their posts and threads simply deleted for a first offence. Repeated offences will see you forced to watch every Scotland v Argentina game in history on repeat until early November. Newer members (under 6 months and <100 posts) will be judged based entirely on how I feel on a day but run the risk of bans if they take the proverbial. Brand new members (from now until November) will probably be banned immediately as suspected trolls. Bear that in mind. We have a dark hole hidden away for established members to talk about this kind of deviancy, post there about union, not here.
  6. 32 points
    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!
  7. 30 points
    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.
  8. 30 points
    In many sports you’d be considered part of the problem.
  9. 30 points
    GOT MY TICKETS! WOO HOO! I'm off to Old Trafford. I can't believe it! Had to book each leg separately. Set all of them up in separate windows then started booking as fast as possible, praying one of them didn't disappear. Got them all. Fri 11 Oct 22:30 Heraklion to Athens. Cost EUR 116 (£103 roughly) Sat 12 Oct 06:00 Athens to Amsterdam then 10:05 Amsterdam to Manchester. Arrive 10:25. Cost £166.11 Sun 13 Oct 00:15 Manchester to Athens then 9:55 Athens to Heraklion. Arrive 10:45. Cost £153.80 Total Cost £422 Two airport overnights, so no hotels needed. Need to book the match ticket now. OT! Here I come!
  10. 29 points
    When will the S.L. realise that fans are sick to the back teeth of playing the same team over and over again,and also scrap the ridiculous Thursday night game.Scrap the loop fixtures,if they want more games make S.L. 14 teams.
  11. 29 points
    Just want to say that after supporting this lot for over 50 years, how wonderful it is to be a Salford fan. We have had our downs, we have almost disappeared completely, we have had to move home because of the RFL directive (not applicable to other clubs apparently) yet here we are within touching distance of something great. Happy days.
  12. 28 points
    Thank God someone managed to prise open this silver lining and find a cloud.
  13. 28 points
    If we're not careful, the whole of the forum will soon just be threads about Toronto, starting off on various different tangents but all ultimately ending up in the same handful of people arguing the same handful of points over and over with no one changing their minds on anything. It's hard enough moderating two or three such threads, but a dozen or more, no thank very much! Please, if you want to discuss anything relating to Toronto, please check existing threads to see if your point is already being discussed (I'm almost certain it will be) and post in the existing thread, rather than starting a new one, unless you genuinely have come up with an interesting angle that no one else has thought of. Thanks.
  14. 27 points
    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.
  15. 26 points
    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. ?
  16. 26 points
    The Cardboard Cut Out Crew are now in the UK...…..see below Care of Canis Lupus.
  17. 26 points
    One of the problems with Robert is that he's extremely busy. We have invited him several times to appear on RLBackChat to discuss Super League in depth, but he's always too busy. He rarely returns phone calls, text messages or emails because he's too busy. I was at a hugely enjoyable media dinner at Warrington last night, and part of the attraction was that Robert was supposed to be coming along. It was actually the main reason for me going. But Robert ducked out of the event late in the day, because he was too busy, although great credit to the Wire for hosting a very enjoyable evening. Sitting next to and chatting with Steve Price was a great consolation for not being able to meet Robert. Fortunately Steve wasn't too busy to be there. So we can all be gratified to know that Robert is incredibly busy in organising and promoting Super League. I just hope we see the results of his endeavours before too long.
  18. 25 points
    This tour has been a shambles from start to finish. They couldn't secure a game against the Aussies - the main matchup people wanted to see. The branding was weird - when were we ever the GB RL Lions? It's just so clunky and long. GB Lions, Great Britain or the Lions. We don't need to mention the sport in every team name! The coach - same as the England team coach, so shocked to see that he only picked players eligible for England, even when given better options. This led to a huge Domino effect of problems... The squad - suppose this is down to the coach too - was completely unbalanced, aging, same old in some areas, and very NRL favoured. 2 wingers in a squad? Only an idiot would do that. The tactics - they played like a team that had never trained or practised any set pieces; they didn't show any! Every game felt like a friendly or a trial. The marketing - non-existant. Stadiums were empty. This "iconic" GB brand brought less people in. It's like Wood thought this was all that was needed. Absolute delusions of grandeur. The results - an absolute disaster for GB. I wouldn't be surprised to see them lose next week too against PNG. This tour was everything that was wrong with international rugby league. It felt like the problems we had 20 years ago. Everything that we learnt from that stupid period of international organisation discarded because someone who was around at that time had a bit of a feeling for nostalgia then drew up his plans on the back of a cig packet. I'll be glad to see the back of GB Lions after this. Switch back to England and we can pretend this nonsense tour never happened...
  19. 25 points
    Super League champions by 2030 is the headline target set by Newcastle Thunder on Friday afternoon, as the club unveiled an ambitious roadmap for the continued growth of the sport within the North East. Taking place two years out from the opening weekend of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, which will kick off with a spectacular opening ceremony, England’s opening game of the tournament and a further match at Kingston Park Stadium, Hosted at Newcastle Eagles impressive Community Arena, club chairman Mick Hogan addressed an audience of over 100 members of the region’s business, political and rugby league community to outline the strategy that will guide all efforts over the next decade. With the Dacia Magic Weekend returning to the city for two years from May 2020, and a total of five games in the men’s Rugby League World Cup taking place in the North East in 2021, the hosting of major events will form a talismanic cornerstone for the strategy. Bringing world-class action with the biggest names and prizes in the game on show, Newcastle’s hosting of games of this magnitude will allow rugby league to engage with an audience renowned for its appreciation of sport and create a whole new generation of fans. With rising gates at Kingston Park Stadium for Thunder home games, increased participation levels at grassroots clubs across the region and the Newcastle Rugby Foundation being named Championship and League 1 Foundation of the Year for a second time in three years, the continued development in these key areas will build on those high profile events. Announced at the event was an increased investment and commitment to develop the community game, the Thunder Community Project will shortly see a brand new member of staff join the team and work in developing the game in Teesside and the south of the region, home to one of the great success stories of recent years, Yarm Wolves. As well as this work, details of plans to establish women’s and wheelchair teams were also unveiled, with a showcase match of the latter taking place as part of the event. Bringing these two strands together is Newcastle Thunder itself, with the focus on establishing the team as a vibrant club that provides an outlet for the North East’s rugby league family to come together. After a hugely successful 2019 which saw the team make the end of season play-off final and finish the year with the most points scored across the campaign, the focus remains on gradual evolution and making positive steps in a sustainable and responsible way. With Simon Finnigan confirmed as head coach for 2020 key signings and retentions for the upcoming season will see the solid foundations of the last year built upon and maintain the upward trajectory that will enable Thunder to be crowned Super League champions by 2030. Following the event, Hogan said: “It is an exciting time for rugby league in the North East and with growing participation numbers, a new club in Newcastle Magpies and our wheelchair rugby league team. “With the sport continuing to grow in the region, we have developed taken the opportunity to give the Thunder and the legacy work around the 2021 World Cup a clear purpose and we will be providing more details on that in the near future.“ IMG_2005.mp4
  20. 25 points
    Why do some people hate Toronto so much? I don’t get it, this could be a huge step in growing the game, isn’t that what we all want?
  21. 25 points
    Was part of a 3 man coaching team taking a Midlands academy U16 team to Wigan St Pats today to play against Scotland U16s. At half time the score was 12-4 in favour of the Midlands boys, by full time the Scots had snuck over the line 24-20. A crowd of around 100/200 watched a fabulous game, full of skill and passion. The crowd certainly loved it. What a great day, there is so much talent in the Midlands - all 18 of the midlands squad are from the midlands itself and did not look out of place. I watched part of the second half behind the posts and had a chat with some locals, who said that 2/3 of the players on the pitch wouldn’t look out of place in the heartlands. Rugby is a skill, regardless of code, there is so much potential out there. Take it from a very proud coach. The future CAN be very bright.
  22. 24 points
    This isn't a hate or love thread and hopefully doesn't turn into one. My question is actually sincere and I hope people answer it truthfully as we are separated by an ocean and don't have conversations face to face to find these things out. As I understand it fans weren't happy with the RFL, SL and the state of the game before TWP was announced so I'm wondering what impact has TWP had on you and your relation to RL? Has anyone made it out to games for their team or a teams nearby just to see us? Has all the chatter about us gotten people more interested in their clubs again, got them to go to more games? I'll start, Hi I'm Krzzystuff and before the Wolfpack I didn't know that rugby league existed! I just knew union from playing in high school and been to two games at BMO vs the 4th tier All Blacks. Since randomly stumbling across an article on BBC World news I got really intrigued in the concept of the team and started looking for more information on RL. It actually took a few days to realize it wasn't Union, my coworker is actually from Siddle and was the one who told me the differences when I passed the article along to him. I started listening to many podcasts and watched many YouTube show's (still listen on a weekly basis) and got involved in this RL online community. I dove deep into RL and brought many friends/co workers and acquaintances to games and tried to grow the fan base. Since I was the "expert" in the group I had to explain to the best of my knowledge the differences to everyone as they were confused by what they were seeing at the home opener in the rain. Jake Emmitt provided some fireworks that faithful day with a fight vs. the Oxford boys. I watched the MPG between Salford and Hull KR on YouTube to get a feel for the game at a higher level and watched many of the games in the last world cup and loved it. My favorite part was seeing JT lead the Mate'ma in their Sipi Tau vs NZ and just feeling the electricity in the stadium. I'm extremely excited for the coming season in the promise land of SL and can't wait for all the drama and excitement that it brings. One coming drama is that my oldest will be cheering for the dragons when they play us because ya know, dragons are cooler. RL was the first and is still the only sporting event that I've taken my boys to and I look forward to making it a tradition for us to go to a few games each year. Maybe the old trout, as Sims likes to say, will get me season tickets to take the kids so she can have days to herself...one can hope lol. I am very thankful that Mr. Perez pursued his crazy dream as it just came true.
  23. 24 points
    Marwen saved Salford. At the point he joined the club was dead. He was badly advised at the start by people including a certain Mr Chambers. He is responsible for funding Jackson Hastings and Joey Lusick when they first came. I'd be happy if he left his money in the game but left the decisions to the experts.
  24. 24 points
    Australian Rugby League worked this out over 30 years ago, although it has had plenty of road bumps along the way. It was realised that a competition based around suburban Sydney teams was not viable in the long term. Gone are Newtown & North Sydney, mergers between Wests and Balmain, Saints and Illawarra. In have come Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle, Cowboys (Townsville), Warriors (NZ) and Melbourne. The NRL has plenty of problems and nothing is perfect, but it has gradually evolved from where it was 30 years ago to a point where it now has a TV deal worth $2Billion. I'd suggest that apart from all the juggling around the competition structure nothing has really changed in the English game in the last 30 years, same teams and I'd say no extra money in the game. I dont think Brian was suggesting that they drop all the current teams now and move everyone to a major city, but rather having a team like Toronto in the comp is a move in the right direction. The competition would also benefit from having Toulouse as well as London, instead of sitting back and hoping they one day earn promotion the League should be actively working out how to not only place them in Super League but also how to support them and make them a long term sustainable club.
  25. 24 points
    Just saw the following new item, here, on the TotalRL front page: We are still waiting for official statements from the RFL and the Super League, not to mention the obvious fact that this is all pending a Toronto Wolfpack Victory, in the Championship Grand Final, this Saturday, October 5. This is big news, though; and, as a season ticket holder since 2017, I couldn't be more excited! Official Statements: Super League Confirmation on Promotion https://www.superleague.co.uk/article/1094/super-league-confirmation-on-promotion News Reports: Rugby league officials say Wolfpack meet promotion criteria if they win Saturday (Neil Davidson | The Canadian Press | Multiple Publications | 2019-10-03) » https://www.cbc.ca/sports/rugby/toronto-wolfpack-promotion-1.5307405 » https://www.tsn.ca/rugby-league-officials-say-toronto-wolfpack-meet-promotion-criteria-if-they-win-saturday-1.1375728 » https://www.thestar.com/sports/2019/10/03/officials-confirm-wolfpack-will-be-promoted-to-top-tier-super-league-with-win-in-million-pound-game.html » https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article-toronto-wolfpack-approved-for-super-league-promotion-if-they-win/ Toronto and Featherstone both approved for promotion by Super League (James Gordon | Love Rugby League | 2019-10-03) https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/toronto-and-featherstone-both-approved-for-promotion-by-super-league/ How the Toronto Wolfpack Could Shape the Future of Rugby League on Two Continents (Morgan Campbell | Toronto Star | 2019-10-04) https://www.thestar.com/sports/2019/10/04/how-the-toronto-wolfpack-could-shape-the-future-of-rugby-league-on-two-continents.html Wolfpack Look to Win Promotion, Change Face of Rugby League (Neil Davidson | The Canadian Press | CBC Sports | 2019-10-04) https://www.cbc.ca/sports/rugby/toronto-wolfpack-promotion-1.5307405 Toronto on Verge of Promised Land in Bid to Become Global Sports Brand and Change the Face of Super League (Ross Heppenstall | The Telegraph | 2019-10-04) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-league/2019/10/04/toronto-verge-promised-land-bid-become-global-sports-brand-change/
  26. 24 points
    You only have to read one,the other 11,873 are the same post.
  27. 23 points
    Rugby League as a sport - fans, owners, administrators, the lot - gets what it deserves. There was an opportunity here, an owner who's spent £10m, a growing fanbase and a very attractive market, for us to exploit. But no, the SL clubs would rather pocket an easy £200,000 and watch the opportunity sail on by. Anything else would have required some hard work and RL always takes the easy way out. You wanted a parochial sport, fine, that's what you've got. The future in England is abundantly clear; a second rate domestic competition, ignored by the rest of the country, played in front of crowds of old men hankering after yesterday's glory, that produces players for the NRL and union.
  28. 23 points
    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
  29. 23 points
    Maybe it was meant as an illustration of CJ's breadth of interests. You might just be seeking offence.
  30. 23 points
    Just over 3 years ago I popped along to Bootham Crescent for my first York game. Yet another Castleford game had been moved from the usual Sunday slot and it was the straw that broke the camels back so I decided to see what my local side could offer....the match for some reason was a Wednesday evening (quite ironic), and York struggled to beat Coventry 32-14 in front of 451. I’ve been going ever since, usually on that blessed Sunday spot! Soon after the owner announced he was pulling out. Players were playing for free. James Ford would drive round York on an evening trying to find a patch of grass (near streetlights) then quickly text the players who’d turn up to train! York went to Toulouse with just 11 men, given a guard of honour at the end by the Toulouse players. The timeline here might be a bit off (it’s all a bit of a blur) but I think it’s around that time York were made homeless and had to play at amateur grounds in the area, borrowing plastic chairs from local village halls in order to have enough seats! In 2017 I saw York lose (twice) at home to North Wales, saw them labour to a 2 point win over South Wales (later to become West Wales). I was on Scarborough beach when I heard York had lost at Oxford! I remember a close fought win at home against Doncaster when more than 1,000 turned up for a league fixture for the first time in years and just having a feeling something special could happen here. A lot has changed since then. James Ford has become York’s first ever full time coach. Crowds have gone from 400 to 2200 ish, there’s a real opportunity now to consolidate the club as a solid Championship side, and who knows what could happen if the average can be pushed past 3k in the new stadium. It’s not completely perfect in York-land, off the pitch especially I think a few things need improving....some of the problems are a result of ‘squatting’ at York City FC, but at the new ground there can be no excuses. However if more clubs could work with and value their fans more, stop the infighting, and instead of owners posting digs at Toronto/Catalan/RFL etc and releasing controversial statements actually focused on what’s good the game would be in much better health. Little York had a bad day at the office, but provide a beacon of light for the Keighley’s, and Whitehaven’s (clubs who’ve had a tough time off the pitch lately) that no matter how bad things are there’s always a chance you can turn things round.
  31. 22 points
    https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/sport/rugby/andy-farrell-not-alone-on-the-paths-less-travelled-between-league-and-union-983318.html
  32. 22 points
    I'm over for the game, amazing! A nice brunch in a bar near the ground then to the beer garden before the game which is great, friendly excited atmosphere, local craft beers, Wolfpack merchandise, food, then there's the atmosphere at the game, Canadians, immigrants ex pats, (most knowledgeable of the game) , screams at all the big hits, the stadium announcer shouting defence defence, stay seated and people selling ice cold beers directly to your in the stands. After the game the mayor pledged a big investment into the facilities and the TEAM which was greeted with a massive cheers and excitement , the people around me then told me about how he made the same comment for the basket ball team, he kept his promise and a few years later they won the NBA, then straight back into the beer garden(behind the goal line) party going on and it's like that for every game apparently with a dj playing music for all ages, then to another pub near to the ground with its own brewed beer, 5 or six times a big chant of Wolfpack Wolfpack all through the bar, then we get chatting to the die hard fans with Wolfpack tattoos origanlly from Nicaragua, then another few South Americans, a few Americans, also a few expat city types, people who work for TV stations, the city newspaper, all in their Wolfpack gear. The city has a great feel about it, I was surprised to see so many Canadians in the bars before the game having brunch and beers kitted out in their Wolfpack merchandise, Its a completely different atmosphere here, where the game is in fact a full day out with friends good food, good company and some very nice local beers, À great experience that's well recommended.
  33. 22 points
    Oh dear, some people are going to be very angry and make some very long posts.
  34. 22 points
    I don't get this management speak. What does a team need to 'bring'? What does a team need to 'add'? What are these mystical 'criteria' that need to be met? Who are all these multi billion dollar companies waiting to pump money into the game if only teams with exotic names are playing?
  35. 21 points
    Why do they need to be alternatives? Given that everything transatlantic is funded completely independently, with no financial input from SL, how does it preclude SL from expanding across the North of England (something we have conspicuously failed to do for the last 100 years, by the way). More small time thinking from Michael Carter
  36. 21 points
    Please allow me to apologize to both your and your other half for the awful behaviour of some fans. Its a disgrace and I wish I could fix it but I can't. I implore you to come to Toronto if he gets to ref a game there and bring the kids along too. The refs are treated very well here by everyone. Its a wonderful and joyous experience for all involved. Please feel free to PM me if you are coming so I can take you and your family out with my family before and during the game and show you a good time out. Hang in there...it is an ugly part of the game but there are lots of positives too. If you are coming to Toronto PM me.
  37. 21 points
    Interesting.. just posted on their Facebook page
  38. 21 points
    Big day tomorrow, first game back at the moulin v limoux, starts with a catalans training session, then the official opening of the stand, u 19s game, first team game and fireworks and music to end it all. 650 people coming to the pré match meal and free entry for everyone. The history story board at the side of the field has been updated too, video0000001.mp4
  39. 21 points
    https://www.rhonddaoutlaws.co.uk/2019/11/13/outlaws-moving-to-new-home/ Unfortunate circumstances that it’s at the expense of a union club but nonetheless an amateur club having their own base, club house and income stream in South Wales is massive. Smart move, Rhondda Outlaws.
  40. 21 points
    But they aren't real home-grown RL fans - when will people understand? 1 Warrington fan is equivalent to 10 Canada casuals.
  41. 21 points
    I simply don't know where to start........I've come to the conclusion that certain 'rugby league fans' want to keep the sport small time. Congratulations to them.
  42. 20 points
    Pitshanger Panthers and will based at Trailfinders. I see Broncos have assisted with sorting a kit for the U13 and U14 teams. Good move and clear that London are keen to plant further roots in the Ealing area
  43. 20 points
    Toronto are already reportedly lining up Man of Kent to count their crowds in, and are cautiously optimistic that they will just sneak under the 1000 mark should the same thing apply in Canada.
  44. 20 points
    1. ENOUGH OF THE HATE-FILLED ANTI-TORONTO STUFF BASED ON NOTHING BUT YOUR JEALOUSY. We don't mind critical posts but we do mind hate-filled ones. Why not go find a UKIP forum somewhere to spout your anti-foreigner bile. 2. This forum is provided free of charge by a publishing house that makes its money via copyrighted materials. We don't approve in any way of you breaching the copyright of other sources simply because you don't want to pay for it, or have used more than the free quantity they give you. Please don't. 3. And, Toronto/Canadian rugby fans... why not try to be nice about things, some of your posting is right on the edge of trolling. I sometimes let posters be fed to the angry folk when they bring it on themselves. 4. For our newer posters. Post-season is always when the forum gets bored and tempers fray. If you find yourself getting angry for no good reason, go out, sit in the rain and get tiny bits of vitamin D that has two benefits, first you'll feel grateful to be back in and second you'll be off the forum for a while.
  45. 20 points
    Mainly council funded with money from a shopping centre development next door plus about £2m from the Football Foundation and sale of Bootham Crescent. Total cost is about £40 million, massive cinema, leisure complex & NHS health centre type stuff in there. Can't wait to be in there now, it's gone on far too long, joint stadium for both clubs was first talked about in 2000 and that proposal not happening is what ended York Wasps effectively. This stadium project caused numerous problems for the Knights until we got a new owner, now relationships with the council and Football club seem to be really productive so it should be the best thing that's ever happened to RL in North Yorkshire.


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