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  1. 35 points
    What's more embarrassing is the standard of spelling and punctuation.
  2. 30 points
    I don't know about that but what I do know is that the title of this thread is an embarrassment to our education system.
  3. 21 points
    Played at Stade Ernest Wallon,. Toulouse behind at half time 16-6 before scoring 40 unanswered points in second half. Great result allround for the French club. Whets the appetite for how a competitive Toulouse club playing at the same venue would go in Super League. Close Previous Next
  4. 19 points
    Surely this is merely an administrative error that can be dealt with pragmatically?
  5. 19 points
    Toulouse squad is 28 players. 20 are french and most of them come from the Academy. The reserve Team playing french elite compétition is a squad of 38 players including 14 academy players aged 17 TO 20 years old.
  6. 18 points
    If he was a proper Wire fan he'd have lost in the final.
  7. 17 points
    I would like to thank him for everything he has achieved while in the role. Just remind me again.
  8. 17 points
    Am I the only person what just doesn't see why George Williams is apparently such a hot property?
  9. 16 points
    Oh I see we're revisiting the 'free tickets' square of the Wolfpack bingo card. Here's how it works, for the benefit of Parky and all the other nay-sayers who don't understand how marketing works: As a season ticket holder, I get two 'bring a friend' free tickets each season. Last year, I gave those to friends who had never seen a rugby league game in their lives but who appreciated the invitation to a good afternoon out. Shock horror, these two people got in free (although they both bought beer, so contributed to profit). One of those friends bought tickets to several other games last season, and brought family along on paid tickets, and the other got hooked and bought season tickets for this year. The two friends I go with regularly had similar experiences. Our three sets of season tickets in 2018 is now six sets of season tickets for 2019. In short, six free tickets (aargh! horrible! cheats!) turned into many subsequent ticket sales and three new sets of season tickets (great! wow! amazing!). Despite Parky's concerns about my welfare, I don't care if I sit next to someone who got in free. Quite the opposite: I am delighted. Because chances are, they'll be back, with cash in their pockets.
  10. 16 points
    Did you use a cowbell to type that?
  11. 16 points
    Well they have improved, and will get better. They have excellent facilities and directors who appear in it for the long haul. They draw bigger crowds that All Golds, Hemel or Oxford ever got and they have Juniors and U16s teams as well as links with local Unis. They seem to be doing alot right, and while on the pitch they have found it difficult they will get better in time. How about not being so negative for once, not everything is black and white.
  12. 16 points
    Our forum colleague Bearman (aka Ron Banks) has been taken ill and is currently recovering in hospital in Coventry. I've known him for a long time now and his contribution to getting the Bears to where they are today cannot be underestimated. Let's wish him all the best for a quick and full recovery.
  13. 16 points
    Lost 16-12. Poor first half cost us. This was with a squad made up of 60% local lads, many who have only ever played a handful of league games before. great day all around with an initial attendance well over the 300 mark. Not bad for the first game of league in the town for 80 years. Up the Vikings
  14. 16 points
    Toulouse are mainly French with a sprinkling of Antipodeans (and English). If that is deemed unacceptable for Super League in some quarters then the same should apply to St Helens, Leeds, Warrington and so on and so forth. Should they be barred entry?!
  15. 15 points
    I'm not a fan and there is absolutely nothing wrong with a draw. In the majority of Golden Point matches the game turns into a procession of drop goals and becomes a game that is refereed and played completely differently than the 80 mins before.
  16. 15 points
    Link? You're a condescending #####. Are you still referring to that article where somebody was miffed because someone else didn't say hi in a crowd? What's a non playing "membership" worth? Is a hundred bucks going to make a difference to anyone? How f*cking hard is it to spell Argyle? Their business, not anyone else's. By what measure? Prove it. I think most people with a vague interest in sports in Ontario know the exist, as well as some with no interest. I live two hours away from Toronto and people ask me about TWP. Beyond the borders of the province, and really the GTA, is pretty irrelevant in terms of "local market". Doesn't matter, fans should show up to watch their home team. TWP are not selling tickets in the UK are they? Their business, not yours. Guy comes in for free, buy two hot dogs and and two beers = profit. Up to TWP to decide how to get people in the door and how much to make off them the first time vs the hundredth time. Fans keep coming back = all that matters. There's a field, there's stands to watch. There's a place to buy beer and place to ###### it out. What more do you want? You're bitching about them losing money, isn't using an economically priced stadium a way to not do that? People ##### about teams playing in empty stadiums, isn't playing in Lamport vs BMO or Rogers Centre a way to not do that? The season starts in the dead of winter bud. Whether there's a dome on the field until April or not, it's stupid to play outside in Canada until then. Well, the lower mainland in BC, but then you'd be bitching about flights wouldn't you? You're a condescending #####. So? Most sports teams are owned by rich people. Lots of sports teams lose money. It can be for pride, pleasure, taxes, who knows. Their business, not yours. What' wrong with playing only 2/3s of the season at home? Why does any sports owner lose money? - see above. Their business, not yours. How hard is it to spell Ottawa? I have never seen it spelled wrong until multiple times on this website in the last week. You're a condescending #####. You're a condescending #####. The end of your second sentence rather cancels out the first. If the very heartland of the game can't grown how can anyone have an expectation of growth anywhere else? By your own statement you can tell that it's not a problem with "expansion" it's with the overall game. You're a condescending #####. Why does it need to? Why can't you be happy with thousands more enjoying the game that you like? Why can't you be happy that tens more players can make a full time living playing the game you like? Why do you think that these new clubs sustained existence won't inspire some grass roots? Do you have so little faith in the game? What's wrong with waiting for people to say "we want to play this game we like watching" instead of begging people to "please play this game, we like it so you should too"? Exactly. Never mind. Let people try their best and enjoy any benefits that may come.
  17. 15 points
    Its been some time since I have commented on the forum. I have lurked occasionally but my professional life has had me very busy of late. However, I felt this news exciting enough to log in and comment. Somewhere in 2017 in one of the many exasperating endless threads debating Toronto/expansion I discussed at length for the potential of a viable franchise in Ottawa. In my professional opinion as a businessman it is a slam dunk, and great news for RL. Here are some of my thoughts as to why: 1) Ottawa is a large city with an even larger catchment area - beyond the local CMA which exceeds 1 million people it is in fact within easy driving distance of both Montreal and Kingston, and many Torontonians who are Wolfpack fans will think nothing of the 500km trip to go see a game in Ottawa whether the Wolfpack or new Ottawa team. 2) I grew up in Ottawa and can attest to the fact it is a very sports oriented city. And Ottawans like rugged sports so I see rugby being an easy sell to the population. Ottawa is also generally familiar with Rugby - I played while in high school and I think it will actually have an easier intro into Ottawa then it did into Toronto. BTW Ottawa has a fair sized UK expat population. 3) Ottawa is well known to peer sporting cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York and Philadelphia and having a team in Ottawa will allow for an easy sporting rivalry with any of these should they ever get involved in RL. A Toronto/Ottawa/NY basis for RL to gain a presence in NA is such a natural step. Should it come to fruition adding Boston and Philly would be an easy fit and result in very manageable travel times for both the local and visiting teams. 4) Ottawa is a very pleasant place to visit as a tourist. The venue is easy to get to. Its right beside the Rideau Canal which itself is a tourist attraction. Ottawa has many attractions which can easily keep any tourist busy for several days. And if coming from the UK it cuts about an hour off the flight time. Plus Montreal is an alternative for flights. 5) Landsdowne is a modern stadium in great shape. It beats the pants off almost all the other RL grounds. Its easy to get to as its just off the highway. Its served by public transit. One potential matter might be some scheduling conflicts with the CFL team that the backers also own, but I think that is very easily resolved. 6) the Ottawa partner is very successful. They have the deep pockets such that this venture is not even remotely a stretch for them. Other then the NHL hockey team they own every other major sporting entity in the city already, and have promotion & marketing down to a science. They know their market and how to work it. The entire cost associated with the RF team including travel etc is likely not even a secondary expense figure on their annual statements. If only we had more ownership groups in RL that were as capable and financially sound as this one. 7) There will be no lack of external sponsors - there are a lot large companies with a major presence in Ottawa. Ottawa is one of the high tech hubs in North America as well as a major legal hub due to government. I expect corporate boxes will sell out quickly. I can see Ottawa getting to 8-10k attendance very quickly and Lansdowne park lends itself much more to the type of atmosphere the WolfPack has created as its a much larger space that is traditionally set up for family type events. 7) I do believe having a 2nd Canadian team will imprint upon the psyche of young Canadians the potential of pursuing RL rugby as a sport. It will improve the potential for government funding. Even Ottawa weather is not what it used to be. In the 60's and 70's it was common for the winter temp to be below -20C from end of Nov to end of March continuously. This is a pipedream now. I suspect by mid april games could be played outdoors. I also think they could actually cover Lansdowne but I don't think they have enough reasons yet to justify the cost. And a few early season games in the RL is not enough on their own to justify that expense. With all due respect to Man of Kent and his observation of having visited some family and thinking Ottawa is dull, I beg to disagree. Ottawa would not get a million people attending its winter carnival, all freezing their asses off in Feb, were it a dull place. But I suppose in the end each place we visit is what we make of it. Some do better then others in this regards. I think away visitors will not have any difficulties finding many attractions to enjoy. Thus about Perez and the ownership group and the capability to make Ottawa a viable RL entity I have no qualms. On the usual matters debated ad nauseam on the forum such as the amount of talent available, developing Canadian junior talent, etc I am happy to let someone else discuss - I think they are non-issues. Edit: I think Rowley will be a contender to be coach.
  18. 15 points
    I think the biggest thing RL can learn from RU’s Six Nations is that there’s an advantage to sticking with a tried and tested format and calendar event. Even non rugby fans know that it is on, on a yearly basis and this surely helps it grow. Imagine being a non hardcore RL casual and trying to follow our international scene.
  19. 15 points
    Thankfully no TRL member has attempted to share that video on here. And if they had we'd have removed it. Also worth pointing out that if that Senator from Queensland had posted the comments he makes in that letter on here, he would have been banned under our Terms & Conditions. It is possible to set certain standards and adhere to them, standards that don't amount to censorship, just a basic demonstration of human decency.
  20. 15 points
    Expansion will never work, all these clubs are doing is holding back traditional clubs like Oldham and Hunslet.
  21. 14 points
    Great news for Menzie and his family. http://www.sheffieldeagles.com/article/52611/update-menzie-yere
  22. 14 points
    I know a lot of water has passed under the bridge, people should not be held responsible for the actions of previous generations, time heals old wounds and as a sport these events offer the chance to show we are a mature, confident and open sport. But I would still have told them to #@%$ off.
  23. 14 points
    There is no lack of ambition at Thatto Heath Crusaders. But if we attempted to move to League One we wouldn’t get any funding from the RFL as we’re not an expansion team, we would struggle to get grants to upgrade the facilities further once we enter the professional realms, we would have to sacrifice training slots and use of the facilities of our junior, girls, womens, masters teams just so our semi-amateur team could have the run of the place. We wouldn’t be able to run three open age teams for players of differing abilities, every Saturday through the season as we would have to pay out wages/expenses to players who are turning up for the money rather than because they want to be part of a group of players that are happy to pay £12 a month to receive great coaching from unpaid volunteers in order to be part of something with there mates. I’m not wanting to bag the expansion teams as there are great people doing a lot of great work to make it happen, but I’d question whether the RFL might be spending their money more wisely if they were investing it in heartland community clubs as opposed to funding expansion teams who are only dragging players in from the the NCL, NWML, YML etc., Training in heartland areas and in turn weakening those competitions from where they are dragging those players from, all for the promise of £200 a win and £50 a loss. (Which by the time lads have trained twice a week and travelled to god knows where on a weekend probably isn’t even minimum wage). Meanwhile they’re doing very little to produce new talent from the grassroots in those areas all because they are trying their hardest to make ends meet and keep their head above water. So next time you suggest there’s a lack of ambition in the NCL, I’d suggest that you do some research into the 50 odd clubs working their stones off and scraping round to pay the bills, while producing 99.9% of the talent for expansion teams and getting next to nothing in return. But Hey ho, if you see it as a lack of ambition then that’s what it must be. Good luck in the future. I’m pretty confident we and the rest of the ambitionless NCL teams will still be here doing great work in the community 20/30/50 years time, producing the next generation of rugby league stars.
  24. 14 points
    I hate seeing the losing team on the field laughing and joking with the opposition. Do that in the sheds afterwards, not on the field when you have just let all of your fans down big time.
  25. 14 points
    sorry about the writing but am dislexic and had learnin problems at school but is it not bad that a professionnal club calls itself the cowbell army cos a guy hits one at some of there games.
  26. 14 points
    Oh no, other fans think were embarrassing because a bloke rings a cowbell.....get a grip. You think they don`t do this in other sports? Oh and find some commas and full stops.
  27. 14 points
    As a matter of principle, I cannot support the new 'no fault stand down' policy the NRL has introduced. Players found guilty of serious crime should be punished. They should be punished through the criminal justice system and (as I have stated previously) I believe they should be punished by the game as we seek to remain a family focussed sport with a moral centre. But I do not believe that punishment should be meted out before guilt is proven as that is an absolute mainstay in a civilized society.
  28. 14 points
    I have been a member of this site for over 10/15 years (I reckon) but to be honest I find it now so negetive to all aspects of the game I wonder why I bother anymore. We have the same group of people who know whats wrong with the game and put forward all their stats numbers and figures and they are never wrong.THEY have all the answers. We have the same group of people who just do not want to listen to any other opinions and if you dont agree with them you are bullied of the thread. This site has become "home to a few" who think they know best and if you disagree with their opinion then you are hounded off the topic. Discussion and opinions are no longer relevent,the crack is no longer fun,its all to serious and controlled by a minority who no matter what YOU think ...THEY are always right. A lot of good characters no longer post, a lot fun characters who had great knowledge of the game no longer post and I wonder why that is ? Guess the new young breed have taken over ?
  29. 14 points
    The 6000+ crowd is all the more impressive when you consider that Catalans are at home on the same day. Around 15,000 people watched live Superleague and Championship RL in France today. Must be some kind of record. Hope the TOTO derby is a Superleague fixture sooner rather than later.
  30. 13 points
    Having watched 4 Games from the NRL and watching the 3rd from Super League this weekend. Three penalties given in total in NRL matches around the play the ball. And the abysmal cheating and penalties given in the super league games it is glaringly obvious that super league need to adopt two referees, a proper play the ball, with the foot, and to be penalised for stepping off the mark. And this needs adopting ASAP before the game is ruined completely! Just one problem? Where do we find the right quality of referee?
  31. 13 points
    Casty reaches 300 games for the Dragons last Saturday. Another milestone for Catalans reached. Clubs 14th campaign relative newcomer. Saw Remi make his debut at Stade Jean-Laffon near the railway station against Thornhill in the Challenge Cup in 2006. He's been with them from the off. Against Leeds Saturday an all Audois front row with Albert and fellow Lezignais Bousquet. Great stuff!
  32. 13 points
    Happy Kidney-versary to me, 12 months after the operation and all's well. Decent holiday early next month and making my masters comeback at the end of the month
  33. 13 points
    Just back from the Thunder -West Wales game. As a Thunder fan I want to give the west wales team a pat on the back- they never gave in and tried to the end. A few years a go we (Thunder) were in the same position, it takes time so all the best at keeping the Rugby League flag flying in South Wales dig in you’ll get there.
  34. 13 points
    http://www.totalrl.com/ben-flower-hopeful-celtic-players-arent-picked-for-great-britain-as-token-gestures/ “It’s difficult playing for Wales, when you know that most of the time you are not going to come up against the best opposition there is,” he said. “You don’t play in the biggest games. “Playing internationally should be the highlight of your career, but for me at present it isn’t. So if I got a chance to play for Great Britain against the best teams in the world it would be incredible. - I somewhat agree with him but does he not realise that the problem starts with his own attitude and clubs similar to his employers. If Ireland, Wales and Scotland could call up full strength sides then the European Cup would go from strength to strength in terms of coverage, respect and finances - instead it just goes around in circles. After all look at what Taumalolo et al have done for Tonga.
  35. 13 points
    1. Wigan make big signings mid season 2. Signings help them avoid relegation 3. Wigan breach salary cap 4. Wigan apologise for error and take points deduction in 2020 I think that’s how it works at Wigan anyway.
  36. 13 points
    Saw my Oncologist this week to discuss my scan and bloods results, and good news is im still cancer free! Three years in remission in June so happy days :-)
  37. 13 points
    I am one of these odd people who can't think of anything worse than watching a video of people being murdered. I won't be looking.
  38. 13 points
    I couldn't help feeling I was looking into the future. That's a taste of Super League as it could be and it's compelling. As a heartlander, I can see that by carefully managing this, there is a chance to lift up traditional clubs in the process.
  39. 12 points
    One of the things to come out of the recent fans forums at the Vestacare was a determination to promote youth involvement with the club as, clearly, youngsters are the future followers if Oldham is to flourish. To this end the club are launching 'Roary's Pride' as a junior supporters club centred around our ever popular mascot. There will also be a dedicated 'Lion's Den in the clubhouse. Rugby Oldham Supporters Trust are pleased to announce they will help this initiative by providing a 4 figure sum in sponsorship to fund 'goody bags' of baseball caps, t-shirts etc. for those signing up to the new Junior Supporters Club. Our congatulations to all involved in getting this initiative off the ground.
  40. 12 points
    ‘COMPELLING, INSPIRING, EMPOWERING’: NEW WOMEN’S SPORT FILM HITS UK CINEMAS A new women’s sport documentary film will premiere in London next week (Monday 8 April) following rave reviews at international film festivals and preview screenings. Power Meri (Powerful Women) follows the journey of Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby league team from inception to the world stage, and explores the broader social impact of sport on women’s empowerment, community attitudes, and national identity against the backdrop of a country often described as one of the toughest places in the world to be a woman. Fresh from selection at international film festivals in Australia, the USA and Tahiti, Power Meri is hitting UK cinemas on limited release. The film’s director Joanna Lester, a London-born sports journalist, moved to Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2014 and embarked on the film two years later. “Living in PNG and hearing the inspiring stories of female rugby league players, who were changing attitudes about women in their communities through playing the country’s male-dominated national sport, I always thought their voices deserved to be heard on a wider scale,” Lester said. “When it was confirmed that PNG would form a national women’s team, the Orchids, to participate in the world cup for the first time, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to document that journey and share the story with national and international audiences. “Since we released the film in Australia and PNG, the response has been overwhelming. The story of the Orchids seems to have truly inspired people within and outside of sport. As a filmmaker, it’s a privilege to be able to share a raw and real story from behind the scenes of women’s sport in a country that is rarely portrayed on the big screen. I hope the story of this extraordinary group of women, who have put their hands up to be part of something ground-breaking, despite criticism and barriers, will inspire audiences everywhere.” Power Meri premieres in London on Monday 8 April at Odeon Covent Garden and will screen at selected cinemas across England. Tickets are only available online at: uk.demand.film/power-meri/
  41. 12 points
    Lot happening in Asian Rugby League at the moment with the ASEAN Super League and Philippines Estepa-Elefante Cup both kicking off and the Hong Kong and Japanese seasons to start soon. ASEAN Super League: Eight team competition broken into two Zones. Central Zone features Bangkok City Bulldogs, Banglamung Broncos, Sattahip Storm and the Nonthaburi Knights whilst Mekong Zone includes Ubon Wild Bees, Mukdahan Blue Nagas, Paske Panthers (Laos) and Savannakhet Warriors (Laos) Central Zone Round One Results: Banglamung Broncos 42 - 24 Bangkok City / Sattahip Storm 34 - 12 Nonthaburi Mekong Zone Round One Fixtures: Ubon v Mukdahan (Sunday) / Savannakhet v Paske (TBC) Estepa-Elefante Cup: Third edition of the Philippines National Club competition has four teams, North Luzon Hunters, Cavite State University Tigers, Manila Storm and Clark Brothers. Round One Results: North Luzon 24 - 24 Cavite / Clark 30 - 16 Manila Women's Rugby League: Currently there is a Development clinic happening in Ubon where so far well over 50 Women have taken part and will finish with Thailand's first ever full 13-a-side Women's competition match tomorrow when the Moon River Wildcats take on the Mukdahan Blue Birds. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/15/ubon-to-host-first-womens-rugby-league-match/ Youth Touch Football Development Camp: Mae Sot in Western Thailand held a two-day touch football camp focusing on introducing youth on the Thai-Burma border to the code. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/13/successful-clinic-held-in-mae-sot-by-global-alms/ India Jungle Cats to play Colombia: Clash set for July in Australia. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/08/indian-jungle-cats-announce-clash-against-colombia/ Pattaya to host NRL Masters first Asian event: First time a Master's Rugby League event has been set for Asia, affiliated with the strong NRL Masters brand. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/02/25/nrl-asia-masters-launched/ Only 3 spots left at ASEAN International 9s: After the PNG Diamond Chiefs confirmed their attendance, the second iteration of the tournament is almost full. More at: https://www.aseanrl.com/2019/03/10/diamond-chiefs-to-join-2019-asean-international-nines/
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    Stadium is actually in a great location. It's basically right beside downtown Ottawa in a very posh neighborhood that is almost identical to Liberty Village. That neighborhood is called "the Glebe". OSEG own three different sports clubs: Ottawa Red Blacks, Ottawa Fury and Ottawa 67s hockey club. They have a proven track record of building pro sports teams. This is a Blue Chip investor folks.
  44. 12 points
    Are you just a robot on repeat ?
  45. 12 points
    I think Widnes should buy him a bike, to thank him for his efforts. Maybe get some players to present it to him.
  46. 12 points
    In my opinion they should have kept the Magic weekend at Newcastle to underpin all the work that is being done at grass level there.
  47. 12 points
    Am I the only one worried about posting on this thread in case I am one of the a#@$holes?
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  49. 12 points
    With that kind of support in the championship you’d have to think that with the away support brought by some of the bigger clubs they could be achieving some 10k+ crowds if they were in super league. Imagine that ground packed out with 19k for the first Super League french derby, makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
  50. 12 points
    Just seen a tweet from Ian laybourn which is very encouraging news: @ILaybourn: Figures released today show that, compared to 2018, Betfred Super League TV audiences for the first four rounds are more than 25% up, with over 1.7m viewers to date.

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