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  1. Apologies, not gone through the entire thread. Huge positives: Great presentation by sky. Crowd noise works well. AMAZING comeback by Leeds. Good skilled game, and passionate. Difficult to tell what the game changes contributed via the highlights I watched. Minor negatives: A few questionable forward passes by Leeds, and not sure the grounding by one of the leeds tries, looks very questionable. However, shame for Shudds to let go of such a well earned lead. For Leeds - great character of a comeback. Well done both sides. What a game (from highlights perspective)
  2. Honestly. If RFL fail again in expansion teams, and vision (i appreciate its a hard time right now) I am done with RL regularly
  3. This is horrendous news. Rugby League (The RFL / Super League) CONTINUOUSLY fail in new ventures with big futures. Crusaders Gateshead - but pleased Newcastle are doing a great job in the aftermath. Even London Crusaders/Broncos Paris St Germain and now ... Toronto, with so so much promise. Yes, it's very strange times. But the 'value' to Toronto WP from our game is non existent. How does this speak to future investors?? Unbelievable. Im almost ready to give up on RL. The vision of the game is dire. I love Warrington. But, do I want to watch Wire V M62 corridor club 3-5 times a year, with no meaningful internationals. No. The games vision is killing my appetite for RL.
  4. You develop them first through the academy system
  5. Ive suggested something similar before, with added incentive - what if they were salary cap exempt to give clubs the motivation? But they must play a minimum amount of top flight games at the club, whether from the bench or from the offf.
  6. Cricket just doesn't take my interest. Fair play to them though.
  7. Top professional County games should 'never' be a thing again. Ever. If you want RL to look even more parochial than go ahead and bring it back! It does not nor never will compare to Origin in Oz. Im from Warrington, which apparently is as Lancashire town, but my postal address says Cheshire. I have no affinity with Lancashire, or want to support a team called Lancashire. RL should concentrate on a European Championship with at least Wales and France, and give it flippin time to grow, and a real place in the calendar each year. I don't even mind for the first years for the Welsh (even Ireland, Scotland or whoever else involved) use heritage players, as long as the long term goal is to grow home grown players. I also don't know why the Exiles concept was abandoned. Union has the Barbarians. Exiles worked well in light of no northern hemisphere competition for England.
  8. I enjoyed these challenges and the Middlesex 7's invitationals to Wigan and Bradford back then. Older now, I do suspect whether this was all part of a 'very clever' plan by The RFU to showcase Rugby League talent and cast vision for the future of the RFU full time full pro era. They have so many of League's greatest from back then in coaching. Not to mention some of the players who made it crossing codes. It's more the coaches for me. Union attack looks more league like than it ever did back then. Plus defence coaches who have strengthened this aka Shaun Edwards. Don't get me wrong - Im a League man through and through. But I do wonder if such a challenge took place again, then we wouldn't see a run away score in League v Union match, and actually, League would not fare well at all in a Union v League game as Wigan did due to the League coaching in Union and better fitness levels in the sport now. I'd be very nervous about the outcomes now as compared to back then.
  9. To truly refresh the game, and set it on a new course, we NEED a new administrator like Lewis (He did a phenomenal job) after this period. With all due respect to Ralph Rimmer...the only language I ever hear from interviews is about 'due diligence' its right to do that, but its the only rhetorical speak I hear from our games leader(s) at the RFL. We need a truly gifted outside of our sport leader to push us into the next season. Not a dyed in the wool rugby league person. Just my opinion.
  10. Take your pick of these by Jonathan Davies, going back to 1993....and doesn't include his incredible try v Australia at Wembley. The video also starts appropriate to Rugby League Club video promotionals with the worst type of soundtrack!
  11. For the love of Rugby League! Just cut the super league loop fixtures and start to build an international program!
  12. The RFL (or Super League) need a serious strategy for development of players in general. In the short to medium term - any expansion clubs... London (yes, still count them) Catalans Toulouse Toronto Ottawa West Wales North Wales Crusaders Newcastle Thunder Should all have salary cap exemption for 'home grown' players in their 1st team squads - i.e. they play 1st team whether in SL or below. English Super League Clubs - Salary cap percentage exemption at maybe 50% for arguments sake for home grown 'from the town' players (instead of marquee cap exemption) then surely they can do both! I'd also give the incentive to SL clubs to recruit Welsh, Irish, Scottish, French players on a reduced salary cap benefit to bolster the international game.
  13. and the general overseeing of French rugby league
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