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  1. £10m of it was for the 'Funded By' programme which has put money into facilities and equipment for community clubs. Most if not all of that has already been spent.
  2. The problem with inviting Serbia is that they would be completely reliant on the dozen or so dual nationals to be competitive. Without them, and I don't say this to knock Serbia who I have a lot of admiration for, they would really struggle. They struggled in the qualifiers to be fair. The only way you could do it is if they were guaranteed to have the dual nationals available.
  3. Absolutely. France is more important than ever.
  4. There's nothing the players can do about this, even though the majority would clearly love to play in this tournament. It's out of their hands. The NRL made the announcement, they and their compliant media are now stifling discussion of it, and no doubt behind the scenes placing lots of pressure on the pacific nations to pull out - which I am fairly sure at least one of them will do in the next few days. Then the others will follow - because what's the point of continuing - and it'll be game over. What comes after that is anybody's guess.
  5. I see the pig ignorant Phil Gould is now claiming that the rise of Tonga is down to the NRL. Funny that, I thought it was Jason Taumalolo choosing to represent them and a dozen talented youngsters following him. Getting angrier by the day here.
  6. I'm afraid there's definitely more chance of the tournament being postponed than of it taking place. The NRL and its member clubs are just going to put so much pressure on the pacific nations that one of them will crack and pull out. At that point continuing becomes untenable. There is apparently a meeting of the Asia Pacific RL next week, to decide on a position to take, but I think it'll all be stitched up before then. In the unlikely event that it goes ahead, I certainly see the appeal in having Indigenous and Maori teams taking part. They'd be very competitive teams, it would have a r
  7. The RLPA gets its funding from the NRL, so I wouldn't hold my breath for too much from them. A bit of lip service re supporting the event and perhaps not getting in the way of players who do want to travel over is the best we'll get.
  8. Phil Gould is possibly the biggest grifter in rugby league. And there's no shortage of competition.
  9. Yes, just the Broncos. Sunday 11th September 1994 (I've just looked it up!) was my very first London Broncos game. Versus Keighley Cougars, at Hendon FCs old Claremont Rd ground. There were some seasons where I saw very few games because of work and what have you, but to all intents and purposes I've been a fan for 27 years. But I'm done now. They don't deserve anyone's support. It's just one thing after another and I've had enough. I am and always will be a rugby league fan. How that evidences itself in future I have no idea, probably just internationals I guess.
  10. 99.99% of Londoners don't know the club exists, or if they do don't know where they play. Of the people who do know, most of them have had enough and walked away.
  11. He's consistently good as a pundit, much better than any of the English ones. I think people overlook his credentials because he had a bit of a mixed record as a coach, but the DFB is perhaps the most impressive governing body in the sport (their coach development programme is second to none) and you don't get to coach Germany if you can't do the job. He's also spent a lot of time working in TV, including in America, so knows how to get his points across.
  12. It was interesting to me that the only one of the BBC's highly paid pundits who noticed what had happened halfway through the first half was Jurgen Klinsmann. At half-time he said Italy's best tactic was to continue to overload the wide areas, which is exactly what they did. It was a passing comment and no-one else picked up on it. What Italy did was force our wing backs (Shaw and Trippier) to play deeper, and as a result our two forward support men (Mount and Sterling) had to move to sit alongside the central midfielders. Essentially changing our 3-4-3 formation into a 5-3-1. That gave t
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