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  1. Manu didn't want to play against the Roosters, so joining another NRL club was out. 

    There may have been SL clubs who could have made an even half competitive offer for him as a marquee player, but the richer ones already have their quota filled.

    That leaves the millionaires' toy clubs of French RU or the corporate cash of Japan. No other realistic options in Rugby of either code.

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  2. 3 hours ago, Keith989 said:

    Yeah RU is getting very serious in Japan, just a couple of weeks ago Osaka got almost 10k in attendance (in the 2nd division!). They are actually hoovering up the best SH talent, so much so, it's now incredible rare an All Black joins Europe instead of Japan. 

    I wonder if Joey is doing his "apprenticeship" in Japan first, then joining a super rugby franchise in order to try become an AB? Otherwise it's just purely money driven. 

    It's a safe earner. Plenty of RU players are boosting their pensions in Japan, especially when their home scene's looking more and more financially insecure every year.

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  3. 29 minutes ago, Sports Prophet said:

    I took some time now to YouTube some Japanese club rugby and the crowds are actually very respectable. Some subsequent research then leads me to believe that crowd averages in the top division are over 11k. That out does SL doesn’t it?

    I think what this move does highlight is the growth of another professional club rugby competition which has long rid itself of “emerging” status. The competition appears undoubtedly a significant player in the market which can entice some of the world’s best rugby talent to sign up.

    Japanese rugby is the beneficiary of a greater global RU strategy to expand the game in new, financially successful markets. A strategy RL historically either shies away from or does everything possible to hinder.

    Corporate owned RU sides (as most Japanese teams are) have many salarymen eager to show loyalty by attending company events. I wonder how many of those seats are filled by paying customers?

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  4. 33 minutes ago, Hopie said:

    I believe the fact that Yorkshire won 7 out of 8 of the Ruby Union County championship that began in 1889 (Lancashire won the other one) also influenced the decision to be extra harsh/seek to exclude to those from the north who were seeking broken time payments.

    They have never liked it up 'em.

  5. Talking of cult TV, I re-watched Children of the Stones fairly recently. Not quite as nightmare-inducing to the adult me as it was back then, but the village of Avebury looks fabulously ominous in it.

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  6. I remember finally getting my hands on a DVD box set of The Prisoner; a programme I'd only ever seen clips of, although I had actually visited Portmeirion by then.

    I loved it.

    I also remember my disappointment at the rushed and shoddy conclusion to the series when the TV company lost patience and told them to wind it up some way or other.

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  7. 24 minutes ago, kiggy said:

    Yes, on the Internet via their website but also by the TV providers, which will push RL to a wider french audience.

    Sur la la TNT, canal 31 à Toulouse et Montpellier, canal 33 dans les pays Gardois et Catalan. Mais aussi sur les Box de vos opérateurs, Via Occitanie Toulouse est accessible sur :

    • Canal n°538 sur la SFR Box de SFR
    • Canal n°341 sur la Bbox de Bouygues Telecom
    • Canal n°369 sur la Livebox d’Orange
    • Canal n°942 sur la Freebox
    • Canal n°369 sur la Boite Sosh

    Thanks for the extra information. It's good to see it has plenty of alternative outlets in its home country.

  8. 9 minutes ago, The Art of Hand and Foot said:

    I have read, Tony Collins I think, that the split was far more complex than broken time. The Lancashire and Yorkshire leagues wanted to form and arrange their own cup and league competitions. However, broken time payments were an issue. I think, again from Tony Collins, that they saw how professionalism had transformed association football. It's a while since I've read his books.

    There was a dislike from the Twickenham tendency of league tables. They saw the game as a series of one-offs, organised according to convenience, and they far preferred to play their own kind than a bunch of scary dockers/miners/mill-workers who'd enjoy giving the stockbrokers and coppers a bashing.

    Cricket had it's "gentlemen and players" snobbery, but at least they agreed to play alongside each other in meaningful competitions.

    The Calcutta Cup was donated with the intention that it be Rugby's equivalent of the FA Cup. Twickenham ignored the donors' wishes and it became just another Home/Five/Six Nations trinket, while Association Football got on with forming leagues and cup competitions, thus conquering the world.

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