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  1. FFS! So as usual the Aussies get what they want. Really hoped the organizers would make a stand on this. Should have known better
  2. That’s an interesting question. I’m not sure to be honest. Given Australia’s history, I’d think a large proportion of people that live here would either by Indigenous or qualify for another (European) nation? But I’m not sure of the qualification for the Indigenous teams. Some people say they’re, maybe, an eighth Indigenous? But they often very much identify as Indigenous. So I genuinely don’t know
  3. Yes, this is exactly what they are suggesting, and the general population are now so scared they actually support this approach. As for the vaccines, that’s a whole other ball game. It doesn’t help that the government hasn’t ordered enough, or that the rollout was botched from the start (in the words of the Prime Minister - ‘this is not a race’ ). It also doesn’t help that the different states, the Premiers, the health officers and the fed government are all giving different messages. In the words of the Qld chief health officer - ‘younger people should not be getting the Astra Zeneca vaccine because there’s more chance of them dying from the vaccine than Covid’ Honestly, you couldn’t make it up. And yes, the attitude here is so insular. The WC decision doesn’t surprise me in the least
  4. A lot of its to do with bubbles and border closures. For instance, there were big calls for Qld to close the border to NSW when Sydney cases started spiking - they resisted until the day after all the NRL wives and families flew in to join the players in the Qld bubble, then slammed it shut. ‘Normal’ people are suffering big time through these lockdowns and border closures, yet the sports teams seem to be given so much preferential treatment. And we all know it’s because all the betting brings in a lot of money for the government…
  5. Well my hope was short lived! All games to be played Sun/Mon, right in the middle of lockdown. No crowds obviously, but a lot of people are going to be seriously ###### off with the preferential treatment they keep getting compared to everyone else
  6. To be fair to the NRL (and it pains me to say that!) the Qld government announced a snap lockdown today (because of six cases… yes…just six) and said no community or pro sport could be played. It’s not actually anything to do with the NRL. There’s no Covid in their bubble. And apparently they are talking about trying to play a triple header tomorrow - I hope the state government kibosh that idea as everyone is sick of the double standards when it comes to pro sport compared to everything else
  7. It’s ###### isn’t it? I’ve made the difficult decision to return to England early next year after 15 years in Aus - I don’t want to spend the foreseeable future unable to see my elderly parents in England and feeling utterly trapped. It’s very sad all round . If only I was an athlete or celebrity I could travel in and out of Aus without any issue. Anyway, pleased the World Cup is going ahead and hope it all goes according to plan!!
  8. It’s all part of the same thing though. It’s not really an ideal situation for those players to have next to no break after the NRL season, go to UK for World Cup which in itself could have challenges (Australians may have to quarantine over there by then), play the World Cup, fly back, quarantine, go straight into pre-season training then start the season. It would be mentally and physically exhausting, and no good for the players’ health. The way things are here right now, there are too many variables, and if things continue as they are, I can’t see it going ahead
  9. I haven’t read this whole thread as it’s pretty long, but as someone living in Aus, I can tell you the whole Covid thing is an utter shambles. Only about 4% of the population vaccinated, a growing number of cases, calls by state governments to lower the number of international arrivals (even though they’re already tiny) as most of the cases here have been a result of it leaking out of hotel quarantine… it’s going to be a never-ending cycle of lockdowns, mixed messaging, politicians arguing, disputes over vaccines etc etc. it’s not so much whether the Aussies want to travel, as to whether they’ll be allowed to. You need an exemption to leave the country, which they might get, but it’s not that easy (the PM has suggested there’ll be no overseas travel for the average Aussie until the end of 2022 - kill me now!!) There’s no end in sight to the ridiculously strict overseas travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine on arrival. But to be honest, as an English person desperate to get out of this prison, if I was an Aussie player and did get the chance to leave, I’d bite their hand off
  10. This was all over the news when it was first alleged. Wasn’t good. I read somewhere it was the reason he quit the NFL
  11. Minimum of three years and eight months https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.9news.com.au/article/20af9ab9-9908-42b3-9e15-53e101f55ea9
  12. Thankfully it’s all craft beers these days - there seems to be a new small brewery popping up on every corner! Fruit sour beers, alcoholic ginger beers, XPAs, IPAs, pale ales, loads of ciders... Think that’s why it’s so pricey!
  13. You wouldn’t want to live in Australia then - I’m in Brisbane and it’s pretty standard to pay $10-$12 for a schooner of beer (that’s between a half and a pint)!
  14. I’d prefer ‘golden try’. Could make for some really exciting play rather than just trying to set up a drop goal
  15. So true. I wouldn’t be booking anything for quite a while. Doesn’t look like they’ll be opening the international borders here until early next year at the earliest, plus the vaccine rollout here is painfully slow so who knows when things will get back to normal. By all means start planning, but don’t book anything as it’s so up in the air at the moment
  16. And spending a week in Lloret for Catalans v Hull was pretty damn good too (if you forget about the actual game, which was rubbish, we lost , and that most user unfriendly beer token system at the bar at the ground)
  17. Not an away day from a club perspective but England v Tonga in Auckland in the last World Cup semi was my favourite RL experience bar none, and that includes trips to Wembley, SL Grand Finals, NRL Grand Finals, State of Origins, World Cup finals... It was absolutely unforgettable
  18. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9171897/Inside-story-golden-boy-Brett-Dallas-went-hometown-hero-pariah-facing-25-years-jail.html?fbclid=IwAR24ZdMl0LleA8LZnYnEaq5-Z7fxROq3ROzh8Qs0SRaKP3sqQ6GyLF-FKGk
  19. Great for Rob and others rewarded for their genuine good deeds, charity work etc, but getting awards just for playing sport is ridiculous. Lewis Hamilton knighted? Just got doing his job? Load of nonsense
  20. So lucky we’ve had no community transmission of COVID in Qld for ages... but don’t think NSW were too impressed our premier introduced new easing of restrictions to allow 100 per cent capacity at outdoor stadiums the day before the game. Well played premier
  21. From that Sun story: “One of the main issues is a report compiled by Super League, with additional input from Rugby Football League chairman Simon Johnson, Andy Anson and Matthew Wheeler, into whether rugby league can succeed in Canada.” Do you know what would be interesting? If they compiled similar reports for all the areas in the UK where RL is currently played. Wonder what that would throw up?
  22. No I wasn't suggesting it would be an issue, more that it's a good thing that a similar name is lready familiar up here
  23. As someone else mentioned, the Brisbane-based Queensland netball team is the Firebirds, so the name is not too far removed from an already familiar brand in this neck of the woods. I don't think it's too bad
  24. To be fair it was always going to be a learning curve for Toronto early on in SL. Suffering early defeats is not the worst thing - it gives them a chance to figure out just what they need to work on to be competitive. If they can take on board those lessons and adapt accordingly, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t keep getting better, although their small squad is always going to hinder them
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