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  1. Who is the guy he claiming is the “best prop in the world”?
  2. How many points do you get for a win here?
  3. I think this isn’t pie in the sky stuff - I can’t see this one not going ahead. And with Belle Vue getting a revamp too, we may actually have a SL where all clubs play in modern stadiums. IMO, I’m glad Cas and Wakey are going down the renovation route rather than the new ground route - it maintains the history while providing modern facilities.
  4. I won’t say it will never happen, but no top level sport in Australia has ever done P&R and the NRL is unlikely to pioneer it. my guess is within the next 10-15 years, the national football league (the A-League) will be the first sport to implement P&R. If it succeeds, other sports may follow.
  5. I noted in the news former Salford players Luke Menzies (also of Hull KR, Batley and a few other clubs) and Daniel Vidot (also of Titans, Dragons and Raiders NRL fame) have both debuted as WWE pro wrestlers in recent months. i hope this perhaps gives some more exposure to Rugby League to a new audience in the US.
  6. Oh well. The 3-team monopoly drags on yet again. Very disappointing for the League.
  7. I think the biggest counter to this argument is the Scottish Premiership. Only 2 teams can win it and it’s a hopeless joke. Even those 2 clubs want to join English football. Who wants to watch the same clubs win every single year?
  8. We that follow the league know it is more competitive, but the reality is, only 3 current clubs have ever won it, and 4 clubs in total. FFS, I think we all agree a new name on the trophy is desperately needed
  9. Leeds, St Helen’s, Wigan. We all know they are the only Super League clubs that have ever been the champions. It fuels the idea that it is a 3-team league. We’ve been close with Castleford, Warrington, Hull FC and Salford, but none have broken through and actually lifted the trophy. For the sake of the game, the cycle needs to break at OT next week. We, as a game need Catalans to win.
  10. Between Tetevano and Lui, I wouldn’t want to be a woman in Leeds at the moment. Both disgraces who shouldn’t be playing our sport
  11. That was a good read, I totally get the commercial considerations from an organising committee perspective. My only thing is if the tournament goes ahead, it will likely do do featuring a watered down Australian team made up of volunteer players, while teams from NZ and the pacific nations will be so watered-down they will be near uncompetitive. I think the one positive out of this is England will be unbackable favourites to win the tournament. But assuming they win, their win will hold limited credibility due to no other real contenders. It will be a 'clayton's world cup'. It may still draw a good crowd and be financially succesful, but it won't really be a World Cup - more of a glorified European championships.
  12. I just don't see the point in bringing over these average imports. Surely there are better players playing in England that clubs could recruit - then they don't have to deal with bringing them over, visas, accommodation - plus the risk of them getting homesick and bunking off home. This is not a Wigan-only issue by the way, it seems to be trending across the league.
  13. Shows how far Super League has fallen when the competitions biggest club is signing reserve grade rubbish from Australia. Indeed the only time SL clubs sign an NRL player of note is when they are either about 35 years old or have run into legal / disciplinary problems.
  14. How many halves do Leeds need? They already have Gale, Sutcliffe, Myler, Lui, McLelland and Leeming. I would presume they must be cutting a fair few of them
  15. I don't mean to play devils advocate here, but you have to understand what the Covid situation is like over here. Players have spent large amount of times in bubbles to ensure the game goes ahead here. NZ Warriors players will have spent almost two years away from their homes due to COVID. And with no end in sight to the quarantine restrictions and an appallingly slow vaccination rollout by our Government, I can completely understand why 500 players and officials from here would not want to travel to the UK for 2 months at the end of the season. It would put huge pressure on our incoming hotel quarantine facilities at the end of the tournament - and that's if players are granted an inwards travel exemption to return in the first place - otherwise they risk been stranded in the UK for months and months. Someone also raised the Olympic example. The Government gave an exemption for Olympic athletes representing Australia. I think the public can accept that because they are representing Australia on the biggest stage. However a majority of the players going to the RLWC will be representing nations other than Australia, so the Government will find it more difficult to justify. It is quite political issue presently with disagreements between various levels of Government on how many travellers should come to Australia - given all our cases of COVID have come from returning travellers. I love the RLWC - I've attended the last 3 of them. But given the current COVID situation, and the fact that more than half the players at the WC live in Australia, I really think 2021 is has come too soon during the pandemic. Postponing 12 months is the best solution in my view.
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