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  1. The issue with the National Under 20s has raged since the decision to scrap them in 2017. He is marmite I know but last week's "Six Tackles with Gus" Podcast had quite a bit on this very subject. The argument is the scrapping of the National Under 20s was a short sighted financial one, and to maintain and indeed improve player standards the NRL should be developing young players and not leaving it to the Queensland and NSW State competitions. This will be become even more of an issue when the new Brisbane team comes in shortly, followed inevitably by an 18th team shortly after.
  2. Changing the venue just changes the details of the last part of the journey for the VAST majority of supporters; if you're coming from Blackpool or Nottingham or Wakefield (this is home supporters I'm talking about not away), or even "locally" from Dorset, Hampshire or Kent, the location of the stadium is incidental. We're 40 years in and still no idea - if there was motivation to build grassroots as has been suggested above then a professional and open soul-searching exercise would be undertaken, and this would take probably a year to undertake and with no holds barred. The Broncos is a TEAM
  3. This question brings an interesting point - numbering of the pack used to have the loose forward at 8, second row at 9 and 10, props 11 and 13 and the hooker 12. Watching games from Australia from the 80s shows this numbering system still in place - not sure what the convention was here though
  4. And in 62 (I think) we played St George - the first time we had played a Premiership team rather than representative teams on tour. We beat them, and Alex Murphy played with a broken arm - he knew it was broken but didn't tell anyone because he didn't want to miss the game!
  5. Different perhaps but ask Melbournians about how their Government has dealt with this! The Storm and the AFL teams had to decamp to Queensland; but they have done it because they realise the importance of completing this season for the survival of the professional game. The Warriors players spent six months away from home with no option for even occasional visits in order to complete the season - now that's professionalism.
  6. And yet across the 18 rounds and 1 final there have been no positive tests in the NRL at all - just a few idiots (Wayne Bennett included) trying to get round the bubble regulations
  7. Napoleon was WAY before the codification of the football codes! There are many episodes in Tony Collins' excellent Rugby Reloaded podcast looking at how and why these games were codified in the 1860s and 1870s, the myths surrounding these origins and the games' spread (or otherwise) across the globe.
  8. Tommy Bishop Australian? His lad maybe but he's from St Helens.
  9. Central Park for me. Not so much for the ground itself, although I did enjoy both sitting and standing there, more for seeing Billy Boston holding court in the Griffin!
  10. There is indeed "more to it than that". Allegiances to football codes were "baked in" to most cities as they grew rapidly in the late 19th century - Rugby League perhaps more than any other football code is indelibly linked to the social history of the communities that play it . You will find many examples of this history in the excellent Rugby Reloaded podcast from Professor Tony Collins. No myths, no William Webb Ellis, no "England took football to the world", no "build it and they will come".
  11. Reality is it will probably be a disaster for the TV viewing figures - something that V'landys is actually interested in. A cold hard look after this extraordinary season will show that I'm sure.
  12. We've donated £416 to CALM today in the name of the John Sullivan Trophy despite the season being suspended. A magnificent effort from LBSA members and the wider Broncos family, supporting an excellent organisation addressing young men's suicide in the name of a fine man who graced our shirt for many years.
  13. I was hoping we'd raise £150 this year for CALM but we are already around £190 with a week to go! With your help we can double this and make a real statement about the values of the LBSA, Broncos supporters, and the wider Rugby League community.
  14. In what were once normal times the Broncos Championship fixture against York City Knights on Sunday 19th July would have seen the teams taking part in the fourth staging of the John Sullivan Trophy (https://www.lbsa.org.uk/john-sullivan-trophy-2020/). The “Sully” is a joint initiative between the Broncos and the Supporters Trust LBSA, and we’ve decided that suspension of the game will not stop us highlighting the issue of young male suicide and supporting the Sullivan family’s chosen charity CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably (https://www.thecalmzone.net). Sully was a member of
  15. Really sad day for the game today; may well be the last EVER captain of an Ashes winning team Down Under.
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