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MattSantos

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  1. What are your favourites? Where would you love to visit?

     

    In the UK

    1. Post Office Road

    2. Tottenham ground is lovely. Always enjoy a trip to London

    3. Lords. As above

    4. Enjoy St James Park for boozing reasons

    5. Cardiff. As per 4.

    6. Celtic Park. Atmosphere.

    7. Pitches in Cumbria / Oldham etc because of how lovely / bleak they can be

    Overseas

    1. MCG. Big.

    2. Leichard. Lovely.

    3. Any other old school Aus ground. Also lovely.

    4. Oly stadiums in Seoul and Tokyo. Baseball madness.

     

    Would love to visit old school NFL stadiums in thr US in for a snow game; Lambeau, Heinz, Soldier etc. Would also like to see the new ones in Vegas and LA. 

     

  2. 8 minutes ago, Hela Wigmen said:

    You mustn’t get to watch much rugby then if you’re more bothered about the towns and cities games are played in than the product on the pitch. I’ll look forward to watching Australia, PNG, Tonga and Fiji while you look at libraries and bus stations. 

    Im talking about potential games at the end of this year, but aye, ill watch big games in good venues. Time is precious and i cant justify it and certainly cant sell a weekend away to Bolton to a neutral. 

     

  3. 1 minute ago, Hela Wigmen said:

    Hopefully there’s not too much hassle with the rearranging of the tournament in terms of dates, venues and the like. 

    As for what happens internationally in the northern hemisphere, there should be games. There should be every year, mind, so that’s not a big statement to make. I do fear though that the apathy towards the game and the crowds we’ve seen since the return of fans combined could mean we see relatively poor crowds if there are games. 

    Hull, Leigh and Bolton are really exciting venues in thriving cities that i cant wait to go to on a last minute whim. 

     

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  4. 15 hours ago, Wakefield Ram said:

    Fewer academies might actually help the game overall. The wastage rate of players is huge.

    Junior teams lose their best players, which makes it harder to field junior teams. Some of the players are chosen to make up the numbers and have no real prospect of making it. And then age 18/19, most of them get released.

    An alternative might be to have say 4 Academies (25 players each = 100), which is probably more than get signed pro each season anyway.

    This would reduce the impact on junior teams losing players and the "wastage rate" of players joining academies only to be released atv18/19.

    Yes, fewer players is the answer!

    Jesus wept

  5. Just now, gingerjon said:

    Which bit is wrong?

    Last paragraph is so dramatic. I love RL so much that i now want the best bit to fail.. 

    Theyve pulled out and with all the context, its an understandable decision. I dont agree or like it, but i can understand it.

    The whole sport is a huge mess, the one successful element is trying to maintain that in a complex landscape and even more complex pandemic. 

     

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  6. 4 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

    16 Clubs have just told 16 Countries they can't have a World Cup.

    When they told 2 big countries they thought that would be enough. But the other nations still persisted.

    So now they've intimidated their employees into not representing these nations.

    This has critically impacted international RL. It now cannot confidently plan anything, or secure sponsors, or secure funding. No government is going to be able to take them seriously.

    This is genuinely worse than anything Rugby Union has done to League over the past 25 years. Its not far off burn the NRL shirts time, they are worse than the dark side in my eyes now. I can't wait for them inevitably to be overran by Soccer and wondering where it all went wrong.

    Wow. I know its a forum, but calm down

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  7. 3 minutes ago, Devon Ram said:

    Nope but we wont get the coverage from the BBC in 2022 due to the Football plus Commonwealth Game, i understand people are saying that it doesn't clash 100% with the World Cup but the press media & BBC will be all over it leading up to the start of the Football has said on this post its something the Aussies don't get.

    Commonwealths are in summer and the WC is end of November.

    Play in October and were golden, get Harry Kane et al wishing us luck etc, a winter of sport could be good! 

  8. 4 minutes ago, Smudger06 said:

    Gonna be a big disheartening, motivational effect on the organisation, players and fans, aside from the deductions and monetary aspects. I'd say it now isn't nailed on for those two to be in the Promotion Final. 

    It should be, apart from a 10k fine, no real punishment. It should galvanise the team, it will the fans!! 

  9. 1 minute ago, Les Tonks Sidestep said:

    Wk 1: 3v6, 4v5

    Wk 2: 1v , 2v winners of wk 1 games (with presumably 1v lowest ranking team from wk1, although I've not seen this confirmed one way or the other?)

    Wk 3: winners of wk 2 games

    I suspect the final venue won't be announced until it is known what travel restrictions will (or are likely to) be in force at the time of the game.

    Lovely, ta. So realistically, its Fev v Toulouse in a venue yet to be confirmed. 

  10. 1 hour ago, Tommygilf said:

    Well exactly, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out this has gone as well as it could for Fev given the circumstances.

    On bringing the sport into disrepute, such is the small scale of the sport, the team, the league and the town, I doubt many people know enough to damage an infintessimally small reputation or bring it into disrepute. Sadly within the RFL community however, this reinforces the view of Fev as the village types not suited to the limelight.

    Village types not suited to the limelight.. this is incredibly insulting. 

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