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Everything posted by jim_57

  1. Toulouse FC’s 33k stadium for either the full thing or a French “mini-magic” like I mentioned in a previous post would be good.
  2. Now that Toulouse are in a French one day “magic” would be good. 4 games: Elite 1 or Lord Derby Semi Finals Toulouse V Wigan Catalan V Leeds
  3. So unless they play England every year the rest don’t bother? Weird take. I am all for full Euro Cup featuring England going forward but England aren’t going to be able or willing to play all of France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland & Jamaica every year unfortunately. I do think they should be playing France & at least one of the others annually to help develop local competition.
  4. Week 1: Warm Ups Wales V England France V Jamaica Ireland V Scotland Weeks 2-3/4: Mini-Series England V France x 3 Scotland V Ireland x 2 Wales V Jamaica x 2 Would be reasonable. If all we get is the 3 games mentioned in the OP it is probably major warning signs.
  5. Not bad for the first weekend, what about the 2-3 weekends after that?..
  6. In the absence of a tournament at such late notice I’d love to see a few mini-series like this. England V France, Wales V Jamaica & Ireland V Scotland all in 2-3 game series plus 3 mixed warm up games.
  7. After the events of the last month this should be looked at as a “fresh start” for the England V France rivalry with both sides fully buying in to it. We need France to be at full strength and England not to hold any games in Leigh, 20k minimum. Same if England play a game Vs Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Jamaica or anyone else at home. These games would get 20k easily at the World Cup, need to make that the expectation for every England home international, not just Aus & NZ games.
  8. Personally not interested in combined teams. Jamaica with heritage players would be reasonably strong but if blowouts are a concern go for Ireland who can probably put out the strongest team with heritage players.
  9. It’d be good for England to play at least one home test this year. Great news if theres 2-3 tests Vs France as the minimum. Maybe a Jamaica/Wales/Ireland/Scotland game as well as.
  10. Absolutely. I’ll be very disappointed if England don’t play France at least once this year and twice next year.
  11. Agreed none of the Pacific nations will be going over this year. I think it’s a good opportunity to start establishing some local competition. Firstly start playing France at least once preferably 2-3 times a year, secondly start a Euro/Atlantic Cup (better name needed) system. Tier 1 - Top 3 Euro, Top 1 North America. (England, France, Wales, Jamaica). Under that 2nd tier comps for Europe & Americas. Under that regional comps for Europe and in time Americas.
  12. England Vs France, Knights Vs France A & Under 18 test triple header, twice a year every year get it started.
  13. No matter what they organise England should be aiming fairly high no matter what opposition they can get in place. If anything International RL needs the support more than ever so hopefully a lot of fans will still be eager to get to a game against France, Wales, Scotland, Jamaica, Ireland, Italy or anyone. If it’s an England home game they should be aiming for at least 20k no matter the opposition. No more Leigh Sports Village games and no more “what’s the point?” or there really is no hope.
  14. Not sure what’s possible at this stage , could it be an option to keep some existing venues bookings and offer to transfer ticket sales and play some home games? I’d look at a 4 or 6 nations involving France and 2 of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy and Jamaica. 16/10 France Vs England - Toulouse (One off test, never a better time to start playing France regularly) 23-24/10 England Vs Ireland - Newcastle or Hull England Vs Jamaica - Bolton or Leeds England Vs France - Leeds or Sheffield Final - Anfield or Hull
  15. That is laughable. Australia V NZ V England twice in 4 years? Is it 2003? We are finally in a position where Tonga, Fiji, Samoa & PNG could spring upsets against ‘the big 3’ on their day, a position we could only dream on 10 years ago. Should be a 4 nations at the very very least. In saying that I think England should focus closer to home for a while, try and play 5-6 internationals a year in 20k+ stadia. Aim to bring France along with at least 2 games a year in the short term and put plans in place to help Wales and other promising European nations (and Jamaica) develop players long term.
  16. It’ll always be a recurring problem with NZers and Pacific Islanders as long as the RL International game remains a shadow of what it could be. All the emphasis is on Origin in Australia so I could imagine the ineligible players feeling left out. Unless they play for a Grand Final making club then they would rarely ever play in front of big crowds & great atmospheres let alone travel to different places to do it.
  17. That’s fair enough. I’ve always been the type to hang out for the internationals so I’d still watch as many as possible to support it.
  18. NZ, Tonga, Fiji and Samoa could have put out sides stronger or on par with Queensland this year. That shows that the dynamic is shifting, there are a lot of great players ineligible for Origin now. Will the ARLC ever see this or admit it? Unlikely. At the very least if there is a divide between Northern & Southern Hemisphere teams in the next few years it may give the Australia V NZ rivalry a chance to build up some momentum again. As an internationalist the thought of a Pacific Cup featuring Australia, NZ, PNG, Tonga, Samoa & Fiji is mouth watering even with everything that has happened recently.
  19. Couldn’t agree more, the two strongest nations on & off the field and the (probable) hosts of the next 2 world cups, the relationship really needs to be strengthened both at international and club level. I’d start with a 2 or 3 game series every year with 16’s, 18’s, 20’s & ‘A’ games played underneath that. For the A games Elite players V Championship players. Sure it’ll be one sided for quite a while but couple these tests with some incentives for clubs to take on French players and hopefully the gap will close.
  20. I’d love to see England really go for it and show what can be done without Aus & NZ. Games against Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, PNG, Cook Islands, Jamaica, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy should all be in the mix and hopefully 5-6 games a year including mid-season and post season. In particular I think England & France should be coming together to create a regular 2 or 3 game series that will hopefully one day be a great rivalry, the key is persistence and what better time to start with France hopefully hosting the 25 World Cup. I also hope the fans can show this year and next that they’ll back these types of games too, even if England beat Wales by 80 it shouldn’t matter. Support Internationals by supporting England whoever they may play because it may be a while before the traditional opponents are seen in the Northern Hemisphere again after this debacle. No more LSV on a Tuesday, 20-25k grounds should be the minimum for an England test no matter the opponent. I wouldn’t exactly say it’s a blessing in disguise but at least it’s on the table now and England can go forward with different plans then just Aus/NZ tours every other year. If handled well it could lead to bigger and better things in the medium-long term, the status quo has been broken and I personally think it was getting stale anyway.
  21. No postponement and if any plans had been drafted for next year involving Australia or NZ I’d scrap them now or very soon if I were England. I believe NZ were due to tour UK, I’d replace that with a Euro Cup and inviting one or two of the Pacific nations to tour instead, assuming they stay on board for the World Cup.
  22. As for 2022 if any ‘plans’ had been made with Aus or NZ cancel them. I believe NZ were due to tour the UK, so instead of planning that only to have NZ potentially pull out last minute - scrap it early and plan something not involving Australia or NZ. I’d like to see a Euro cup, played in tiers, for example: A - England, France, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Italy B - Greece, Russia, Spain, Serbia C - Regional tournaments with a promotion playoff. Invite some Pacific Islands or North American teams to tour as well if possible. Jamaica in particular could possibly become a pretty strong opponent with all their heritage players available. You can bet there will be a Pacific Cup played in Aus so something to match that would be good. Australia has played their cards and England should be looking at opportunities to get some local opposition up to scratch or they really risk becoming isolated. England will probably put 50+ on all those bar a full strength France or heritage Ireland & Scotland but big deal. Some compromises need to be made, England haven’t played weaker opposition regularly for a while, that mentality needs to change.
  23. Stop treating France like Australia has treated England. I’d start by looking at a genuine annual European program with junior tournaments as well at 16s, 18s & 20s. Also look at how the club game can accelerate the strengthening of France, Wales and other European nations. Offer incentives to get more French players in to Super League academies & first team squads. It won’t happen overnight but England really need another strong nation or two behind them in the Northern Hemisphere. Australia unfortunately has control over NZ and we’ll most likely see NRL clubs try to withhold lots of Pacific players as well.
  24. May be eligible for both but he’s played for Cook Islands previously.
  25. Trying to look on the positive side let’s hope we see some stacked sides of the nations remaining. I’d say most NZ players would have dual eligibility plus from the likely Australian squad we could see: Samoa - Haas, To’o, Luai, Paulo, Papalii, Tino Tonga - Kaufusi, Fotuaika, Fifita Italy - Tedesco Wales - Frizell Fiji - Saifiti, Sims, Koroisau Cook Islands - Holmes, Molo PNG - Coates There’s probably more.. But going back to pessimist mode most of those would be blocked.
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