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  1. Well it seems the show is no more now, due to the current situation, and probably highly unlikely to return given the financial strife SL will undoubtedly be in within the next few months. I never actually saw an entire episode, not having SKY any more, but it was a platform to build on, rubbishing it for not being what you hoped it would be is a bit unfair IMO. As a sport in the UK we're not blessed with players who translate well on TV. I was under the impression the whole premise of the show is to tell the story of the players. Get to know them better, which is pprbably why theres so much chat.
  2. Seem to be able to recall more Aussie brothers than Brits for some reason. Simon and Ben Gillies Jason and Darren Smith Graeme, Mark and Peter Hughes All Canterbury. Noel and Les Cleal. Bit closer to home Simon and Scott Grix.
  3. Roy and Graham (i think) Southernwood at Cas? Robbie and Henry Paul at Bradford. Kevin and Tony Iro at Wigan.
  4. Tomkins brothers, another obvious one. Walters brothers (Brisbane/Canberra) Sims brothers (Fiji - not sure if they played together at club level) A bit more obscure, but im sure there were twins who played at Leeds around the mid-late 90's. Can't think of their names though. Have memories of seeing them play when Leeds had a quartered shirt design. Around the time that Francis Cummins was coming through.
  5. I can remember Rugby League being on the back page of the papers throughout this period, London editions too. Obvs Murdochs influence, but can never recall a time when we're so prominent in the sporting spotlight.
  6. That feels like a lifetime ago. Quite sad when you think of the expectations of being a 'global' sport and all that money coming into the game, and looking at where we are now in terms of progression.
  7. F1 following the esports approach. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.formula-1-launches-virtual-grand-prix-series-to-replace-postponed-races.1znLAbPzBbCQPj1IDMeiOi.html
  8. Only watched one game in its entirety, which was Broncos v Cowboys, which was really enjoyable. All round one games are available in full on NRL.com now. And i think were within a couple of days of being played.
  9. Am working from home now (indefinately) and have been listening to the latest episode of the Forty20 podcast. First time i've ever really had a proper listen, and naturally the Covid-19 outbreak and the effects on the game are discussed. As well as where the game goes from here. Quite enjoying the honesty of the opinions. No party lines being towed. Well worth a listen. https://forty20rl.podbean.com/
  10. Yep. The last version of RL live was launch in 2017, and a new version due this year.. whats the problem with a game thats a few years old? https://influencermarketinghub.com/growth-of-esports-stats/
  11. This. I've been a big fan of the potential Esports for some time. RL should have already started looking at an Esports league IMO. Having players representing their clubs fulfilling the SL/Champs/L1 fixtures (in the short term) and broadcast live on platforms such as Twitch could be an easy earner. Probably not going to get huge sums of money from it but charging people a £1 to watch wouldn't be too much of a stretch would it? Plenty could be done with this. Fans vs Players. Teams of players etc.. current vs former players. Internationals.. link it to the social media channels and RFL/SL websites ..
  12. SKY is probably our only hope of earning some cash without people going through the turnstiles. You'd hope SL and SKY have been discussing this. SKY have cameras at all grounds so it's possible SL games not being shown on SKY (and maybe even ones that are) could be screened online free of charge to season ticket holders and as a PPV for non-season ticket holders. Wouldn't be too difficult to set-up. Doesnt help lower league clubs of course, unless SKY used the lower leagues to also fill some gaps in their scheduling.
  13. Needs must. You could always play-off between 1st and 2nd as an alternative. But do you think Old Trafford would be available later in the season? If RL reconvenes at a later date Football is likely to as well. Might have to be a neutral RL ground. Hull or Wigan maybe.
  14. Cancelling the SL play-offs could also be an option, with whoever finishes top being crowned champions.
  15. Tough one. Maybe a postponed season could be restarted later in the year. And then finishing later, but not to late to effect 2021. Kind of like how we went from the winter season straight into the summer one in 95/96 (i think). Not by any means ideal, but an option? Such a move would almost certainly remove any chance of an Ashes tour (assuming the NRL don't do something similar) and potentially a GF at Old Trafford.
  16. I think they need to look for a tried and tested coach. If they're looking at the NRL an assistant coach is all they can hope for. I'm not suggesting as assistant iNRL coach s tried and tested. Clearer now? Neil Henry and Geoff Toovey are two coaches with plenty of top line NRL experience who could be good options. Particularly Henry.
  17. I guess Leeds have forced the hand of the RFL/SL, but common sense suggests there should no sanction.
  18. From the RFL https://www.rugby-league.com/article/56527/statement--leeds-rhinos?fbclid=IwAR3rkleURgviNb8o7i2ytJGrSpTyGrKG3juRqBwyY5_KP01igQlHs1K75Qg Leeds to forfeit the points?
  19. I feel Hull need tried and tested, or risk another Radford situation. Looking to the NRL an assistant coach is the only realistic option, but the likes of Neil Henry could be an option. Maybe Geoff Toovey also? Both with plenty of 1st grade NRL coaching experience. Closer to home Shaun Wane might be an option, and combining the England role. No doubt the coaches with growing reputations at other clubs will also get linked. Watson, Ward, Chester.. Maybe even Tim Sheens? I'm not particularly a fan of the 'ex-player makes a more attractive option' route.
  20. I'd hope that clubs seeing the way the landscape is changing quite rapidly would maybe engage with SKY to see if they could film any non-SKY games themselves (or via the RFL) and offer to their fans on a PPV basis as a way to offset a lack of ticket sales.
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