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  1. As a Wire fan, can't see us coming close in this encounter. Any excuse I will list - week before Wembley, rested players, lack of form, lack of focus on this game, etc. Wigan by more than 20 points.
  2. I couldn't agree more with @TheDaddy Richard Lewis sorted the game out at a time of huge crisis and no confidence, aligned all the para-organisations, and the biggest struggle, BARLA at the time, to unify the game. Introduced England as the national team. (GB has a place in international sport for me, but not in place of England). Wood actually did a lot of good - as highlighted by Man of Kent, and was a good expansionist, and Internationalist. I have no idea what happened behind closed doors to force Wood out. The SL chairmen, plus Rimmer perhaps wanting the top job? Now Elstone running SL, and the Championship clubs threatening to break away too. Expansion having little to less encouragement, no 'tangable' international competition, more make shift (in the northern hemisphere). I was chatting to my brother watching the semi finals today...I enjoyed the wire v hull game, as my team won...but we are both genuinly bored with the same old same old. Bored of watching Wire V (choose neighbouring team x 4/5 times a year). We both want to get excited about an international calendar and watch England V whoever! RL DESPERATELY needs different interests outside the Super League, Challenge Cup. I honestly look at Rugby Union with envious eyes. You can shoot me down for my next comments, however you wish. Ive been a long time RL supporter, but im now so disengaged with the game as a regular due to the very poor vision, and management from the RFL, that I just don't see how it will ever change. My money is precious, and I do now pick and choose when and where I go, as opposed to being a regular season ticket holder. The world is bigger than the M62 corridor my friends. For me, Rimmer should be ousted as soon as possible, and replaced with a visionary leader (as per Lewis, back then) to re-unify our fractured sport. Push through and cast vision for international presence, and re-ignite connection with existing and potential supporters.
  3. Felt bad for Westerman dropping that ball, for Philbin to score. Bad pass from Kelly. I liked Westerman at Warrington, he's a talented player. I didn't have us down (Warrington) for a win today. Happy we did. My head tells me Sint Elins will be at their best for Wembley, and we won't quite have it in the ammunition to win.
  4. The Exiles was a good concept at the time. As per usual, the RFL never saw it through. I think there's room for the Exiles in future international exhibition competition as the RFU do with the Barbarians.
  5. Please.No one EVER bring back 'The War of The Roses' - to top flight Rugby League. It is:- 1. Parochial 2. We are not the same demographic like Australia (it will never be a State of Origin equivalent). 3. If you're in favour of this, then you may as well confine our sport to the Room 101 'it's just a northern sport' category. Even I don't relate to the county thing. Im 37, and was neither born in Lancashire, or Yorkshire. Yet I'm a northerner.
  6. Thanks for this link Copa. It's a big dream, but lets hope, and lets hope with big ambition and due diligence that will be a success!
  7. I understand the disappointment of 'home' fans, but hopefully it's a strategic decision by the NRL to take the game (as did the RFL 'originally' with magic weekend) to plant the seed for new teams in non RL territory. Sadly (from my point of view) Magic weekend has lost its purpose, in this respect.
  8. That's a good comment scotchy, I think (not an educated answer) the only way Wales RU survives truly is through the International element feeding back into the regional teams. Without that, they'd be in trouble.
  9. Observing the international scene of late, I really feel now is a pivotal moment. Pivotal moments have previously existed - such as with the Welsh team of the 90's, with all the Union converts....we missed it. And with Celtic Crusaders 'potential'impact also. The French in the 80's early 90's...gone and missed. How many times do we need to miss the moment to ride the crest of a wave? But, I mean for the whole organisation as a whole. Southern Hemisphere The Southern Hemisphere have the VERY BEST opportunity to build something very special and completely dominate the Northern hemisphere, I believe. With all the defections to Tonga and Samoa, via heritage, plus all the New Zealand talent, and also the sleeping giant potential of PNG....thats definitely 5 teams (including Oz) to play in the SAME Oceana Cup....please don't do 3 teams tier 1, 3 teams tier 2. Just play a flipping regular series - it will improve those chasing regularly, and increase the playing rostas of NRL clubs of senior players. The NRL needs to take a wider view of the International game. (Obvious comment). This will make them more dollars in the long run.....stay the same, you'll always get the same hey. The Southern Hemisphere is RIPE (Unlike us in the Northern Hemisphere) for a competitive comp right now that would be attractive, and attract massive crowds - courtesy of Tonga and Samoa and their huge passion. If it doesn't happen soon, the wave will die down, and normal service will be resumed! Im not talking 'developing' nations' here - these guys should all be tier 1 (in terms of playing ability) funds should be distributed fairly through the International RL Federation....Yes, I know it doesn't have the freehold to say what's what yet....that's why we need the IRLF to be the chief decision maker, and appointments made to it from both the NRL and SL (Initially) to be those people who broker the games International calendar. Currently, it seems to be making plans but without authority. Northern Hemisphere Here are my thoughts, feel free to shoot me down with my misgivings or any other opinions. We are currently light years behind the Southern Hemisphere, due to the NRL's heavy popular influence on the region, and the fact many players play in the NRL from a multitude of Pacific Island backgrounds....i applaud it. We often in England criticise the cross over of players to other national teams - if we make them all tier 1 nations, job done? No more switching? But, the NRL is developing players. What could Super League do? Well -we are all aware of Toronto, and a possible Ottawa, but lets leave that aside for now....but an aside thought should be, how about the more Canadian born, or heritage players (to begin with) they play in their first team = salary cap exemption. I'll leave that there. Same for Catalans (and a potential Toulouse) - the more homegrown French players in this instance = salary cap exemption - reward these outpost clubs developing with the ability to retain and develop their players! = potentially better International tests with England in the medium to long term? And here's an outlandish idea - Wales, Scotland and Ireland If you're born in England, but choose one of these countries through genuine heritage, you are NOT allowed to then play for England. For genuine home grown players from these nations, if a SL club signs them and develops them - then again, no salary cap measure for them. Its all risk, but helps raise up players from other nations. England Home grown talent from the town or boundaries - no salary cap at all considered....develop links with amateur teams. Yes I know this is getting better for some clubs - but reward with FULLNESS those who raise up players from the towns or cities clubs.... Salary Cap issues are the talk of the current day. I appreciate my thoughts could be flawed. I just want a blueprint for future exciting, thriving international game, and great club game.
  10. I really don't know the answer for The Broncos. Such a nomadic life. It had good traction when they were at Charlton, and averaging 2nd in SL for crowds etc. I guess Londoners don't identify with being a 'Londoner' - there needs to be a more settled regional identity. Also, to attract people to a new product - it has to look 'the business.' I know people are all saying its ideal as the crowds are low (Ealing) but, it's a bit of a catch 22. Entertainment in London sports or otherwise is mainly world class. Playing at what looks like a leading Amateur clubs ground isn't going to produce the Razzle Dazzle. Also, there likely needs to be a 1. short term, and 2. long term plan to engage with a new audience, and attract new fanbases. The rise of the Skolars, (and maybe others) would help in rivalry too..... Good to aspire to hey?!
  11. Does anybody know what the regular supporting attendance at home games there is for 'Swinton?' I do believe unless Swinton make a big switch to being 'Manchester' they will always be what they are now, wrongly or rightly. If they play it clever, they can maintain their heritage, but have a brand new dawn as Manchester. I agree somewhat, Manchester will always be a football mad city - but there is room for a decent club in RL and support base. Not sure on Rochdale, Oldham etc....they are by very definition Greater Manchester with their own definition of region. Swinton are part of Salford (correct me if im wrong) so strongly need their own identity to grow on.
  12. I hope so that this will be the case in the future. You guys at London need a serious change. I admire massively the long term commitment from your current owner. But, I don't believe it's ever going to help you get over the mark. And, what you're doing currently is brilliant. Why did Richard Branson withdraw his funding btw all the way back then?
  13. Such a genuine argument - they do only have 2 northern teams. But, it's their international game which gives them the popularity in England.....the RFU may never achieve more Northern teams in their prem, but, they will always muster support in RL heartlands due to their excellent international programme. I long for the day that RL has such a focus on internationals. Just being honest.
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