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  1. .............. fat-footed due to threatening storm that won't get on with it. Over sensitive to high atmospheric pressure - it's a pest.
  2. True. Rugby Union there will not give in easily to having a rival code poach their territory. For the (growing) minority who play it theree, it's not just a sport. It's a religion.
  3. My goodness! That brings back memories. Trevor Lake was one of the heart-throb senior boys at the high school my sister and I went to. A year or two ahead of my sister he was, and therefore way below me daring even to look at such an exalted person - small, cringing first year as I was. But I did know his wife Pam (nee Southey) who lived in the same, nearby village as we did. Pam was in my sister's form and her sister was in mine - very nice girls, very nice family. Their mother Mary was a fabulous gardener who, over the years, became one of my mother's closest friends. That was after Pam disappeard, I think. Well got married actually. We knew that, and that they had come to England so Trevor could play rugby as a career, which you couldn't do there, of course. I suppose my father would have known it was Rugby League (not Rugby Union) but we didn't even know there were two kinds. Just rugby - and what amazing thing it seemed to us that someone from Selukwe was able to do that. Small world, Zimbabwe (or Southern Rhodesia that was). https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/566186984396466037 "Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." David Livingstone
  4. QUOTE: from the link posted above by Deluded Pom FROM "The Zimbabwe’s national rugby league, which was prematurely abandoned in 2014 due to financial constraints, is set to return this year.............................etc. But, clubs, who have been under severe economic pressure, have been funding themselves to fulfill fixtures. The establishment of a national league with corporate sponsors will come as a huge relief for clubs which will be absorbed into the proposed league as they have been teetering on the brink and have been struggling to fulfil some of their matches due to financial constraints. Sportivo, as Harare Sports Club are affectionately known, won the Northern region rugby league last year, ending Old Georgians’ dominance in the region. Old Georgians have been the most decorated team in the Northern region, winning the league championship title in the two previous rugby seasons. But, the Daniel Hondo coached Sportivo, ended last year’s rugby season unbeaten, beating Old Georgians to the title. Bulawayo-based rugby outfit, Matabeleland Warriors, won the 2018 Southern region league. ....... etc." to END OF QUOTE Having lived in Zimbabwe half my life (in two sessions), it seems to me this refers almost certainly to a revival of Rugby Union rather than anything to do with League. Old Georgians is the the `Old Boys' organisation for St Georges, a (very expensive) private school in Harare - UK equivalent: Eton or Harrow. Traditionally for boys only (although that may have changed by now) and originally exclusively `white', the private schools were first in the country to accept black students, which they did long before independence ushered in multiratial education for all. Catering predominantly to the children of rich and influential (say) tobacco farmers, mining magnates, financial supremos, Members of Parliament - and increasingly since independence the main political party `top dogs' - St Georges was always among the top few rugby schools in the country. It is almost certain that any black rugby players from Rhodesia seeking to join a club in the UK, prior to independence, would have been educated at a private school like St Georges. The preferred game at `black' schools was, and I'm sure still is, soccer. Although, important note, there is no such thing there now as a `black' or a `white' school. As it should have been all along, all schools are now open to any child of any colour, class, creed, code or artificial, human division whatever.
  5. This thread is a pleasure to read through; members posting `think things out' contributions, without (apparently) any mere spoiler material. I know little or nothing about the development of a potential (say) League 1 level rugby league player, but I gather there seems to be a general idea that most players drafted into these new clubs would come from the UK. Why is that? Surely there must more players from `down under' than we know of to date, who wouldn't mind a chance to spend a few of their waning years playing in the USA or Canada. Snap your hand off at the wrist for the chance, in fact. How could we know how many, when the opportunity has not been on offer until now? And then there are the RLIF `other nations'. There must surely be the occasional, outstanding individual talent in many an `other nations' team, crying out for an opportunity to achieve its full potential. Jamaica for one is on the rise, South Africa has been a considerable player supplier pool for UK Rugby League in the past. There are options all over the place. It depends on whether or not these clubs are aware of the level they may have to enter at. Are they - fully aware? And will they be prepared to lose a lot before they start winning on any regular basis? If so, the old saying: "cometh the hour cometh the man", or in this case "the men", may turn out to be most interestingly applicable. If you were offering a chance to play in Tierra del Fuego you might find recruitment a bit more difficult ……… although, who knows? Young men are designed by nature for adventure. So, I say good luck to Ottawa and New York, so long as they are fully, and sincerely, serious in wanting to play this game beyond the boundaries of their own, current local potential. But if their main aim is to make money out of this, I hope it flops before it starts. For one thing, they won't make money. To do this will cost money - lots and lots and lots of money. But for the other, and by far the most important reason (in my view), to have "BIG MONEY, BIG PLANS" coming into the game, only to drop out when they realise the going is a lot less cushy than they kidded themselves it would be, has the potential to make a laughing stock of the whole game. Rugby league needs that as much as we all need a hole in the head.
  6. Grenfell? It was on the news. A lot. Which channels do you watch? The BBC for one has also done a Panorama type special on it. As to social injustice and inequalities in general, to some extent these things do still exist in Britain, yes. Some do, in a-semi inevitable state, almost everywhere. But judging by remarks on this forum from time to time, it might do a few people good to get out and about a bit around the world; skip the tourist-trail, cheap booze-up holiday; get load of what social injustice and inequality really can be. You could start with Mexico City (for one example) and Venezuela isn't looking too good these days. Or you could give Zimbabwe a once-over; they would welcome your British pounds or better still, your US dollars. Give them to the people you see though, not to the goverment; that sort of money just disappears into an abyss.
  7. I agree with almost all you say there. Sadly, however (though a woman myself) I am not so sure you have the right adjective when you say "the better gender". This same posting fron Drake, and my first reply (see above) were also posted on the Womens Rugby League section of the Totalrl.com forum, and . . . . . . . wow ? oh my! ? . . . . . they sold 2 tickets overnight. I'm sure the PNG girls will be overwhelmed by this avalanche of support from the women of West Yorkshire.
  8. Brilliant. They sold 2 tickets overnight. I'm sure the PNG girls will be overwhelmed by such an avalanche of support from West Yorkshire.
  9. Posted 12 minutes ago (edited) Come on West Yorkshire, let's show some solidarity with the PNG Rugby League girls (the Orchids). It takes a hell of a lot of courage to strike out against any national tradition, in particular against the traditionally subservient role of women. Good for them! I have just booked two tickets for the Huddersfield screening. Huddersfield Odeon, Wednesday 17th April. It's a snip at £9.75 per ticket + 85p booking fee. When I went to read the posting, they needed 44 more bookings to confirm the Huddersfield screening. My booking took that down to 42. Let's see if we can make that 0 by tomorrow morning. Go girls! Go Orchids! Edited 4 minutes ago by Honor James
  10. Come on West Yorkshire, let's show some solidarity with the PNG Rugby League girls (the Orchids). It takes a hell of a lot of courage to strike out against any national tradition, in particular against the traditionally subservient role of women. Good for them! I have just booked two tickets for the Huddersfield screening. Huddersfield Odeon, Wednesday 17th April. It's a snip at £9.75 per ticket + 85p booking fee. When I went to read the posting, they needed 44 more bookings to confirm the Huddersfield screening. My booking took that down to 42. Let's see if we can make that 0 by tomorrow morning. Go girls! Go Orchids!
  11. Reading through this topic, I am trying to work out why anyone would want this chap Edwards, when it's quite clear he's prepared to use a Rugby League club to `play the ends off against the middle'. And surely that goes for any rugby league club, not just Wigan. He seems a pitifully self- focussed character to me, and therefore not a person likely to be much good at coaching Rugby League, where the team is alpha and omega. Much more suited to Rugby Union, where it has always been more likely to see the `individual' ego thrive. In Rugby League it takes a very special `individual ego' player to be accepted with any warmth. I can only think of one who is regularly mentioned with affection and respect, across the whole game., who might have been `an ego' - in fact regularly says he was. Certainly,from what I hear, could have claimed the right to be, and that is Alex Murphy. But somehoe, I don't think he really was; just played the part. But they did have a right-down-regular `ego, me, mihi, me' at Saints last year. A few fans migh have wept when he went back to the Wonderful Land Oz but I didn't hear much weeping from the team. Was there any? In order to shine, a chap like that has to be accommodated by the whole of the rest of the team. Feed him the ball, set him up, watch his back .... You've got to be pretty darned good, and then some, for other men to go on doing that for long, before they catch on to `cui bono'. But oh ..... the hushed, admiring tones on Sky TV - enough to make sailor seasick! They're not nuts in Oz. You know what they say. If the swan you thought you had, turns out to be a duck, paint it white and put it on the market.
  12. Lois was on Rugby League Backchat last year and was very impressive, I thought. She was with two other women. One from the RFL - admin side, if I remember rightly, but I may be wrong because so far as I remember, she didn't say much at all. And to my horror, I can't remeber who the third one was - shameful, but I don't think she said much either. One suggestion that might help, if they intend inviting women on to the show again ..... cut the apartheid. Why three women, no men (or for that matter why three men, no women)? A mix might bring up common issues, with a different slant, and shed new light on all manner of interesting possibilities. ?
  13. Here's an insert sidelines for you ............... In my experience, one of the biggest mistakes that almost the whole of the Rugby League community makes (from the RFL to Joe Soap and Fred Fish on the stands) is thinking that the game of Rugby league needs to change. Change this, change that .......... every time a new CEO takes over, a new Chairman takes office, and above all, every time a new season starts - FLASH, BANG! Someone, somewhere starts the whisper that grows to a mutter that grows to a press conference at which "ALL NEW marvellous ideas for an ALL NEW game are announced. FANFARE! Ta-ran-ta-ra! Fizzzzle ................ Because? Because a tweak here and tweak there is not what this brilliant game needs. What about a shove here then, and a shove there? No, not even. Well what then? What this game needs is leaving alone for a year or two so it can get can get back a bit of simple, self- belief. "The greatest game!" its executives say, and then regularly make a joke of that by announcing necessary, ALL NEW CHANGES - every year! It's "The greatest game!", says the RFL executive proudly, then tells us how they plan to change it again this year. Why? It's "The greatest game!" supporters say, and then spend the season complaining about the incompetence of its managers, the meanness of club owners, the useless referees, hopeless coaches (if they don't win every match) and even, at times the expensive, lazy players. It's "The greatest game!" they say, then complain about the inconvenience that Sky TV has caused because every match at every club can't now be on a Sunday afternoon .... so they can get home in time for tea. It's "The greatest game!" they say, but it doesn't match up to what they saw when they stood with dad in the freezing rain, sleet and snow, watching players long gone play a game which (today) few if any would recognise as League rather than Union .............. if it weren't for the shirts on the players' backs. Times change, things evolve, nothing we did (ate or saw) last week can ever be as good as our memory of what it was `THEN' ....... be that sixty years ago, last season or last week. If we are honest, we all know that. So for me - strange as it may seem to many of you even to contemplate the idea - the only thing this game really needs is managers, owners, executives and supporters who constantly talk up the good. Yes, occasionally mention but don't `go on about' a result, a player, a game (but never The Game) being `not as good as it was'. One game, yes - not as good as the one last week. But The Game - of course it's not the same as the first time you watched it. Nothing ever is. Nothing ever never will be - mercifully, because if it were the same life would be exceedingly dull. How could any of us say something was good if we had never experienced bad? We just remember the good, while fortunately, the bad fades slowly into the background until, if we think of it at all, we find that it doesn't really matter any more. So let's be positive .......... if we really believeit is the greatest game.
  14. Follow the link and read to the bottom ........ https://economist.com (plus a long link tail) And if you do, thanks for being interested. Go well, as they say in Zimbabwe (or hamba gachle, that is). ?
  15. Based solely on his past, onfield performance, that is probably a very reasonable thing for Wigan to want. As for the rest - my first husband struggled for years with the same problem. Fortunately for him, a great deal of professional help and support from friends and family led him finally to the right platform to overcome it and he has been dry for 45 years. It can be done. If Zak can run, week after week - as he does - again and again and again, at speed, straight into those massive Rugby League forwards you have to run into, if you want to play Rugby League, then for me (though I'm no expert), Zak has already got within him the strength of purpose, the self belief, the courage and the tenacity it will take. He may not know that but he uses all those things to play Rugby League. They all do. I wish him the very best of good help, good healing and good health.
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