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  1. A massive part of it was Phil Clarke's brother. He was agent to a good number of them, and was on record as saying he was actively seeking union clubs for his Rugby League players. Each transfer netted him a fat payment.
  2. My apologies. He sounds like a Pucktard.
  3. Eeeyyyy ooooop.... We're all doing stereotypes down at t'social club today! ... Bar was open you see, so us could all 'ave a last few pints of flat tasteless beer before the government tells us to go 'ome and 'ide from t'virus.
  4. Is your brother Scottish? Or just lives there?
  5. Smudger: "Once that figure reaches 20% I'm stopping work & battening down the hatches, except for shopping for essentials (and not in panic or bulk.)" This is exactly what i was talking about in my previous post. What you have described is what most of continental Europe has been doing for fully a week now. (Non-essential workers are normally working from home, or on split team basis admittedly, and not "stopping work" completely). Yet we have people in the UK talk about "shopping only for essentials" once the death rate gets to 20%. It is like the UK is a parallel world to everywhere else. (Except maybe Trump's America).
  6. I think a lot more British people need to have that conversation that you had with the Bulgarian guy (or someone similar). There was some halfwit on here yesterday genuinely believing the Boris Johnson guff about 'the science changing' etc etc, and trying to lecture about "every country being different". (They are.... But in Europe, only very slightly in terms of transmission conditions). Countries like Bulgaria are about 10 days ahead of the UK. The Brits and Swedes appear to be outliers in terms of "doing very little". (And a lot of Swedes live in comparative wilderness, in their defence). Already a week ago, flights into Bulgaria had been slashed, and severe controls were in place around movement of people. The stats in Europe are exponential. The infection (recorded) is basically doubling every 2 days in Benelux, Germany etc. That is recorded stats - ie tested people. In Luxembourg, if the current rate continues, then basically the entire population will have the virus in about 20 days time. The pictures I see on social networks of people in the UK drinking in bars or going to gyms etc, are hard to comprehend from a European perspective. Over here, the streets of major cities such as Brussels, are absolutely deserted, and have been for over a week. FFS - what is wrong with the Brits?? The only way any country can stop it's health service being overwhelmed is to delay/minimise the transmission. Yet we see people 'heading out for a few beers' on a Friday night. Or posting pictures of themselves in a gym, asking why it is so quiet!! Is your media actually explaining the gravity of the situation? Clearly it is doing so in countries like Bulgaria.
  7. You believe that? Every other country has gone down a different route, and the UK appears to be about-turning in the face of criticism.
  8. I just find it bizarre that they are still open in the UK, whereas every other country in Europe closed them down some days ago (along with cafes, pubs, restaurants.......)
  9. Your explanation, whether accurate for China or not, certainly explains why Europe has by far the biggest concentration of the virus - the simple fact that people move around far more than in other parts of the world. Phillippines (another example) has 100M people, but less cases of the virus than Luxembourg (pop. 0.5M) which is 200 times smaller. Another reason for China's relatively low numbers, is the amount of control the state can take of its citizens. If European governments had tried the lockdown tactics at the same early stage as China, South Korea etc, then they would have met huge resistance from their public. China was able to clear the streets of it's infected cities very quickly. In the UK by contrast, it would appear that people are still drinking in pubs or going to the gym! (Incredibly).
  10. of course! The last quarter of a century or so. In that time, all sports have advanced enormously in terms of professionalism, preparation etc. RL is no exception.
  11. Scottish expression. For Facts Sake. Or something like that
  12. Nonsense. The pros win because they are bigger, stronger, faster and better technically. They also have better tactical input (coaches) and better psychological support. Physical Technical Tactical Mental simple pillars of performance. These things cost money. S&C, Medical, Physio, Rehab, Coaching, Nutrition, Sports Science, Analysis. All these (and more) go into building a pro team. Amateur clubs, training 2 nights a week, cannot possibly hope to compete. Your post is utter gibberish.
  13. The vast majority of them would not. The sporting marketplace is ridiculously competitive. Non professional players are smaller, weaker, slower, and less skillfull. All of these aspects (physical, technical pillars) are inevitable consequences of professionalism. The competition from other sports (and also non-sporting activities) means there is absolutely no chance that 20,000 people would watch 2 teams of amateur blokes playing as wigan v St Helens. It is 2020 not 1946 FFS. Your post is quite honestly one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read.
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