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  1. Im sure the thieves will return the product when they've seen the quality.
  2. Castore are a bit of a funny one. They do some good product, like you say. Quality is top notch. But as an organisation they are a bit all over the place currently. They are growing VERY quickly. A bit too quick I think. But thats not a reason to not want to partner with them. They want to be the best, and do have a certain determination to achieve that. The store down here in London is purely a marketing exercise, as are most flagship stores in capital cities, and not a sign of any real successes. It's about exposure and being able to say 'heres our London flagship store!'. Physical stores in London are a money pit, even for the big boys like Nike, Adi and Puma.
  3. Not always. Initially Genesis were a separate company who had the Puma license in the UK for non-professional football/sports kits. Puma then took a controlling share in the company as they prospered, they then bought them 100% and renamed them Puma Teamwear, and they now handle all Eeuropean (i think) football clubs that don't have a direct contractual association with Puma. Puma only actually work directly with a handful of football clubs, the rest are supplied via the likes of Teamwear (Genesis). Puma acquired Genesis 100% when Leicester looked like winning the league, as at the time Leicester didn't have a direct deal with Puma, just Teamwear (Genesis), and Puma wanted that kudos of having the league winners on board. Puma actually own a number of companies who provide a particular apparel or accessories service. I've often thought a deal for all teams with Puma Teamwear would be a good link up for SL. I think the benefits for such a link up are quite obvious. If Puma link up with any NRL teams in the coming seasons, off the back of their successes with NSW and QLD, it might become more of a possibility. And as i mentioned, there is a historic and current RL connection with senior management there.
  4. Just as a point of reference, Genesis were /are 100% owned by Puma, and now operate as Puma Teamwear. So everything they did was done to the same high standards as teamwear produced out of Puma HQ in Germany. Incidentally one of the senior members of Puma teamwear is ex-st.Helen’s GM Russ Thomas. There’s possibilities for RL in the Uk with Puma, but we have to be much more profitable and attractive before that partnership would be possible. They’re doing pretty good in Aus with NSW, QLD and a number of NRL players. Castore could also be an option. Probably just a matter of time before they dip their toe in the RL pool in the UK.
  5. I had pretty much the same team, though opted for McMeekan and Mcilorum starting ahead of Batchelor and Ackers. You'd imagine the 17 would be from the named WC squad, and not any of the additional players.
  6. Just for a comparison on the sponsorship thing. I've worked with some sports teams in the past where sponsors have changed or added very very late, and on more than one occasion have had to re-design and reproduce an entire teamwear and replica apparel collection due to new sponsors paying for their additional colours to be incorporated. So these things do happen in other sports quite often, and some times in extreme ways. At the end of the day money talks.
  7. There are going to be some wonderful players on show at this World Cup. NZ seemed to have slipped under the radar a bit with all the talk being Tonga, Samoa and Australia, but I do think the kiwis are a strong chance of winning the whole thing. maybe they do lack a bit of genuine x-factor in the outside backs, but regardless, still look pretty strong.
  8. Too good. From scoring the first try Penrith have never looked like being anything other than comfortable winners.
  9. Few times I've seen Spencer Leniu play he's always looked useful.
  10. Jesus christ. Two good ones from the bunker.
  11. Despite the best efforts of the commentary to talk up the possibility of 2nd half Parra come back, this one feels done and dusted. Obvs things can change very quickly with a sin bin or HIA, but Penrith just look too good.
  12. Great first 20mins, but Panthers starting to really take a grip on this. Parra can't handle the speed at the moment.
  13. For me these type pf pre match and half time events are as much about projecting a perception of status as they are about entertaining the fans. Aussies do love Jimmy Barnes though.
  14. Does Meninga alone pick the squad? Or do they still have selectors? I can’t honestly recall.
  15. I can understand the reasoning of picking certain players who have experience, even though they have seen their best days, but when there are young players who are quite potentially the future for England available, and young players who offer just as much, if not more, experience excepted.. it just makes you scratch your head a bit. But it is what it is. Happy to see KPP in there. Sadly this squad exposes our obvious weaknesses in certain positions even more. From that squad I think Wane will go with: 1 Tomkins 2 Makinson 3 Watkins 4 Farnworth 5 Young 6 Williams 7 Sneyd 8 Burgess 9 Mcilorum 10 Thompson 11 Whitehead 12 Bateman 13 Radley 14 Knowles 15 Oledski 16 Lees 17 McMeeken Maybe with Welsby replacing one of the above bench. Lets hope we don't get any injuries.
  16. I’ve always felt we were heading for a 1982 moment at this World Cup, and with the withdrawals due to injury I’m now convinced. Some of the names getting thrown around as our best options is genuinely worrying.
  17. Someone mentioned earlier in the thread about other sports heading towards a watershed moment with some big decisions to be made. Big decisions have needed to be made in RL for as long as i've been following the game, which is over 30 years. Change does need to happen, and controlled correctly. Sadly the future for RL might mean some people get left further behind. Hopefully not. Hopefully we can all enjoy the benefits of a successful sport. I think we can draw some comparisons from how Formula 1 have adapted and flourished in an ever changing sporting landscape. F1 is currently more popular than ever, and shows no sign of slowing down in its pursuit of popularity. This is entirely down to Liberty Media and their approach to opening new markets and appealing to a broader new fan base and not solely focusing on the existing niche customer. The value of F1 has apparently grown by 250% since 2016 when liberty media took ownership. This approach is something i feel we need to try and emulate in RL, and possibly will through IMG.
  18. I don’t think there are enough letters in the Alphabet to reflect the grading the Broncos would get currently. I assumed the reference to London was in terms of targeting an increase in the fan base here, and not about having a competitive team present in SL, which as we know would cost many millions over many many years to achieve. Maybe Magic weekend could head to London as part of that strategy? personally im not keen on a complete name change. I think the challenge is to take what we have and make it the most recognisable. Though I’d be happy with a return to “Rugby Super League”.
  19. I’ve only read up to page 9 of the thread, then skipped ahead. Been in meetings all afternoon, so missed the whole thing! I quite like the sound of what’s been proposed and is actually quite similar to something I suggested some time ago in one of the many many threads on PR Vs Licensing. Not that I’m claiming anything . I’ve always liked the idea of having licensing, but a system that allows anyone to be promoted at any stage, provided they show ambition and tick the right boxes. I guess it depends on the criteria but there is also a possibility that some SL clubs might only attain a C grade.. which would make things interesting. I do also like the idea around centralisation of a number of things, incl merchandise and marketing. I’d also hazard a guess and say the cap on overseas teams featuring would only be a short term thing. I’m sure opinion will be split, but personally I’m ok with what I’ve heard so far.
  20. Didnt Jordan Mclean represent NZ previously? I could have sworn he was a kiwi. Edit: just checked. Obvs not.
  21. TBH, I'd be amazed if he was. I honestly think every other NRL winger would be considered before French.
  22. Just reading between the lines from the comments i've seen on the socials. plenty of which say Addo-Carr is out of favour. Thats obvs just opinion. Think Val Holmes has been great as a Centre the last couple of seasons. I'd have him in the centres over Wighton. Though the centre/wing selection decision is likely linked.
  23. Opinion seems to be that Addo Carr is out of favour. Who would be your pick for the wing spots? I think if part of your game plan revolves around kicking to your wingers within the opposition 20, Coates would fit the bill better than most.
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