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  1. I think they discussed a few ideas that had been put forward. Think the general consensus was to look at some form of regionalisation to keep travel to a minimum and boost attendances and much needed revenue for clubs that are going to be struggling financially. Obviously a lot will depend on if and when the green light to resume comes and how the lockdown restrictions are lifted. I’m sure clubs will be consulted before any final decision is made but with so many unknowns it difficult to get anything concrete in place.
  2. It’s your understanding that is incorrect then, it is an England Community Lions Tour for those playing in the community game. No mention of amateur. Also once a semi pro contract expires or is terminated and they revert to playing unpaid amateur rugby with their community club. Thus making them amateurs again. The ideology that once a player has taken some of Satan’s silver they should spend the rest of their days in purgatory are out of date. Even professional boxers are now allowed to return to the “amateur” ranks to try box at the Olympics. I understand your point but i
  3. It’s not the 1970’s. “Forfeiting amateur status” is such an outdated - and in my opinion backwards - idea. These lads have given their all for their clubs in the “community game” this season. This is a tour for players in the “community game” therefore they are eligible for selection. I can’t be on my own in thinking that barring players from touring for striving test themselves to play at the highest level possible and chase a dream they’ve probably had since they were little kids is more than a little odd. Then when it hasn’t worked out at a pro club, or work and life has send the
  4. It’s not BARLA who have that rule in place. Ex Pros are allowed in the England Lions squad. Both players mentioned have spent the vast majority of their OA careers in the amateur game. Why should lads that have to forego any opportunity to ever tour or gain representative honours, just for having a crack at the pro game while they’re young and probably need the money?
  5. Top achievement by West Hull. Particularly with the vast majority of those points coming in the highest division.
  6. I think it’s wide open. All of the top four will rightfully fancy themselves as the best in the league on their day. Finishing in the top two and assuring a home semi final or two will be a big advantage. The next 3 all have more than enough talent to go away in the playoffs and cause an upset or two. It’s been a competitive league all the way through and any team having an off day can get turned over by anyone. The playoffs should make for great viewing.
  7. On the game, we were a little disappointed not to get over the line and get some points on the board but there was a clear gulf in class between the two sides. Skillwise I don't think we were too far off but we just couldn't match the Eagles physically. They were just bigger, stronger and faster across the board, but it was a good experience for the lads and will give us a few things to work on to continue to improve.
  8. There were two coaches from Thatto Heath - one parked inside the ground and the other outside somewhere. There was a mini bus on stadby too incase the second coach was over filled, but I don't know if this was used. One coach contained the players and a couple of dozen speccies and another one full of speccies. There were also quite a few people who travelled over in cars too.
  9. I'll go for 46-12 to the Eagles. Your speed and fitness should tell in the end but the size of the pitch should lend itself to the way we play the game and i'll back us to get over for a couple of good tries!
  10. Have the Eagles announced any change in prices for Sunday's game or will it be
  11. It has been confirmed as 3pm on Sunday 7th.
  12. Our website for those of you who are interested is www.thattoheathcrusaders.org To be honest a think that most of us were a little disappointed with the draw. We were looking for either a Skolars or Gateshead,that we'd have had a good chance against or a Widnes or Leigh for a good local tie that we could have got a lot of support at. Still it should be a good day out for our lads and we won't go home wondering what if. Should be an entertaining game for you lot, we tend to throw the ball around a bit and score quite a lot of long range tries too. A few names you may of come across in
  13. Sheffield Eagles v Thatto Heath Crusaders
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