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  1. I'm surprised by comments that Richard I Lewis didn't make a real difference. In his tenure, he: - Reunited BARLA and the RFL after 30 years of separation - Oversaw the addition of the Catalan Dragons - Completely overhauled our sponsor portfolio, attracting the likes of Engage, Carnegie, Nestle, Valvoline and Gillette and all for dollar values we have never quite gotten back to. - Turned the RFL finances around and reunited the RFL and Super League. - Had Eurosport interested in televising the Championship (which Sky blocked but then gave a regular Thursday TV slot to
  2. The NRL wouldn't even be contemplating a second NZ team unless there was the money in the market to make it happen. Most likely Sky and Fox have given some indication of what they'd be prepared to pay for a 9th game per week and the amount must be enough to make it worth considering. Another team in NZ ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to potential crowds and being able to develop quality players. It also opens up other live TV timeslots due to timezone differences (or gives you two clubs you can predominantly put in the 6pm Friday slot), plus you have a large audience of New Z
  3. So are you saying that Super League is a rebel competition as it is not linked to the IRL and ERL as well?
  4. For those who haven't seen the Press Release sent out by both the Canada Rugby League and CCCRL, here it is (the underlined items relate to the CRL): A new body has been formed, the Canada Co-Operative Championship Rugby League (CCCRL), with the intention of establishing the first ever professional Rugby League competition in Canada, while also becoming the world’s first co-operatively owned sports league. The founding Board of Directors’ plans have been accepted by the Canadian Rugby League (CRL) and are effective immediately. The founding Board has also announced its t
  5. The CRLA president, Bob Jowett, included a quote in the official press release for the competition launch stating: “The CRL are extremely excited by the launch of the CCCRL competition. This organization will provide a great opportunity for Canadian fans to watch high quality Rugby League being played in Canada and to support the continued grassroots development of the sport with a pathway right through to the professional game. We look forward to working with the CCCRL to assist in recruiting new and existing Rugby League talent in Canada that will showcase what the country and the game
  6. I do like that the quotes from Abdo also infers that 18 is not necessarily the 'cap' either for the NRL, that once the NRL is in a position to create pools, it opens up new opportunities for the game to scale. It means, whilst NZ is currently earmarked for spot 18, there are still opportunities for WA, PNG, etc to join beyond that, especially if pools / conferences are introduced. As for where a second NZ franchise could be based, after Auckland, the next biggest areas are Canterbury (656K), Wellington (542K) and Waikato (497K). Arguably basing the team out of somewhere like Hamilt
  7. Comparing the CCCRL plans to Euro XIII isn't really fair, the two concepts are taking quite different approaches with how they intend on starting their competitions. Whilst Euro XIII has a lot of either new Rugby League clubs, or clubs who have returned from being dormant, the CCCRL, at least initially, is selecting players from mainly areas which already have some form of Rugby League activity. British Colombia, Alberta and Ontario all have some form of regular Rugby League activity (or at least pre-COVID), Saskatchewan has at least a team and was well represented in the last East v
  8. I'm sure Masters will work quite well for Ontario simply because all of the clubs playing in the ORL are currently one team Open Age clubs. If nothing else, adding a Masters side adds some depth to the club, especially from a volunteer perspective and almost serves a similar purpose to what say 4th grade Rugby Union does. When I've seen Masters teams added to clubs like this, generally speaking it has worked well because it gives an avenue for older players to stay involved without the same level of physical commitment (games are usually once a month, training is usually the occasion
  9. What is your definition of substantial? I remember clearly around the 2000 Rugby League World Cup there was next to no domestic activity in Wales. The only club was the Cardiff Demons and there wasn't even much from a University side. Today there are two Semi Professional clubs, around nine clubs around the Province playing in regular competitions with teams from juniors up to seniors, University, College and School teams and leagues plus a number of Masters and Wheelchair teams popping up. This is all in the last 20 years and today we are at a point where there is enough people
  10. It's a great strategy and so long as it's enforced using common sense (ie. Don't just automatically exclude a club if they tick two of the three boxes), it will help Wales Rugby League long term. For me, my favourite part of the strategy is the focus on the Women's, Wheelchair and PDRL parts of the game as I feel this is where Wales can achieve significant growth far quicker and cheaper than they can in the 13-a-side Men's.
  11. Palanque left the FFRXIII in a better state than he inherited it. Whilst there will always be those who will say that he should have done more, what he did has laid a decent foundation for Lacoste. Some of the things Palanque did included reducing the Federation's debt and increasing revenues, helping secure more coverage for the Elite One competition, overseeing increases in participation, creating a partnership with Touch France and taking some much needed steps to try and improve the on field performance of the French national teams (not everything worked, but they did win a Euro Champ
  12. I'm surprised by some of the negativity towards Laurent Frayssinous as coach, I mean he was never that bad at Catalans. In his 4 seasons / 139 games as Coach, the Dragons won 66, drew 6 and lost 67... Certainly not hopeless and if you compare it to other Dragons coaches, he did better than Potter and Walters and is on par with McNamara. Only Robinson did better and he will be there helping Laurent along the way. For me, whilst ideally you'd want Robinson to have the capacity to be the main coach, this is the next best option.
  13. I personally feel that the Super League / everything else split really doesn't work for the sport in the UK and either everyone needs to be together (similar to the NRL) or the split has to be Professional / Amateur or all Pro Clubs / everything else. It really feels counterproductive that certain aspects of the game, which do impact Super League clubs, such as a number of sponsorship properties, Challenge Cup, structures below SL, referees, are controlled by a separate body, whilst on the flip side Super League has control over certain decisions which drastically impact other Pro Clubs,
  14. So after a number of seasons of it feeling like the game was 'treading water' a bit, it feels like Rugby League in the US is set to explode in 2021, with the country set to enjoy possibly the most significant period of growth since the Jacksonville Axemen helped establish the Southern Conference. Kicking off the growth is the announcement that the South Florida Speed will join the Premier competition, bringing the national competition to 12 teams and providing some nice balance between the North and South Conferences. We then have significant opportunities coming off the back of the
  15. If the aim is to grow exposure of the competition, then I don't quite understand the approach of having some games on Facebook and some on YouTube. The two mediums serve rather different audiences, both with their pros and cons, and the reality is, it is quite easy to stream to both simultaneously... For YouTube, the advantage is that just about every internet enabled device comes with it as standard, it doesn't require people to subscribe to watch it, it has a far superior player and from a search perspective, it is far superior. Facebook's strength is that, because everyone has t
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