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  1. Sky in 2020 is quite a different beast to when the previous deal was sorted. Comcast hugely overpaid for the business, Sky subscriptions are only going one way, the US will be looking to cut costs and sadly RL is probably viewed as filler content. Amazon seems intent on going after RU, and BT seems all about soccer, so to be honest Elstone has a pretty weak hand in the negotiations. Best thing that could happen is the talked about investment in the game by the NRL. I for one would not have an issue with the Aussies running RL in the northern hemisphere.
  2. Of course brain trauma is a serious matter, and employers (and regulators) have a duty of care to their employees. I always remember reading an interview with Phil Larder who went to work for the RFU/ SCW saying that before he could do anything with the England RU squad defensively, he had to teach them all how to tackle correctly. This case is much more complex and nuanced than is being made out I think. Other factors which can cause early onset dementia/ cognitive dysfunction include excessive alcohol consumption over a period of time, anabolic steroid abuse and use of recreational drug
  3. Until the time comes when the NRL decides it wants rid of scrums, scrums have to stay as an integral feature of the sport in the Northern Hemisphere. The reality is that the NRL is the main player in RL worldwide, their administrators seem to do a decent job, and if the NRL says keep the scrum, think it should only have forwards in it, and you can choose to take it at different points across the field, then that is good enough for me. I understand they (scrums) are not to everyone's taste but how you can claim to be a global sport when you effectively have at least two if not three rule b
  4. Longy was interviewed in the Rugby Paper maybe a couple of weeks back on this. There was another really interesting interview in the same publication recently with Martin Gleeson, seems the coaching set up at Wasps is quite different to Harlequins and Gleeson is very happy in Coventry, and pretty much able to do what he wants.
  5. Was asked to take a 25% reduction in salary, and seems he was getting frustrated at not being able to do some of the things he wanted to hintroduce. I Half get the impression that he did not realise they are actually two very different sports, especially at elite level. Anyhow, apparently ended up at the Rhinos.
  6. Bradford is done. As in finished. History. Finito'd. If Elstone thinks Bulls 2021 is the answer then he needs to be fired PDQ. I seriously doubt the medium term demographic trends from Bradford suggest a huge untapped audience ready to beat a path to Odsal or wherever else the Bulls 2021 would play from. The best thing for RL is to get Toulouse into Super League. The infrastructure is there in Toulouse, the local authorities are very supportive and you have the prospect of regularly playing the Greatest Game in one of the greatest club rugby grounds in the Northern Hemisphere. In a region
  7. What would be interesting to see is Eddie Jones get a head coach role in RL when he wants to move back to Australia when he finishes with the RFU. He's not a million miles away from having a very good RL technical coaching staff to work with, given he has in the last two years recruited Clark from Warrington and Ryles from the Storm.
  8. According to the Rugby Paper, presumably as the club tries to remain solvent, Longy was being asked by Quins to accept a significant reduction in salary.
  9. Surely it was pretty bleedin' obvious that 6 again in certain areas of the field actually seriously penalises the attacking side, and it doesn't require a rocket scientist on the defensive coaching staff to figure this out and game it. "Free" meters from a penalty kick and restarting 30 metres up field is arguably of more benefit to an attacking side than having six again to try and make those 30 metres. There should be a choice for the attacking side, you can either have the 6 six again or you can have the kick to touch. And start again up the field.
  10. In that case there will be some cracking tunes on the stereo in the changing room.
  11. Given the NRL push to get back playing in the next few weeks this is all a bit of a nonsense really. Just how are people playing a rugby match going to social distance on the field? Is it going to be tag RL with 2 metre long tags in the shorts?
  12. I think Tony Collins would agree with a statement that the sport of Rugby League was born in Australia in 1907/1908. Up to that point what was played in England by clubs such as St Helens, Wigan, Huddersfield etc was Northern Union, the name Rugby League and other modifications to the game came from the Aussies. Hence the Aussies celebrating the centenary of Rugby League in 2008. So the commentator is factually correct.
  13. Interesting to read an interview with S Edwards the other day who said he was looking to settle in Perpignan as it felt just like being in Wigan (well not his words exactly but he referenced the number of Wiganers in the area and how he felt at home), and he had clearly been at a Dragons training session as he commented on the drills they were doing. Those steaks look decent.
  14. If they are genuinely tight against the cap with the squad they have at present, (minus Hurrell and Merrin who I presume are the two marquees), then they are worse run as a club than I thought. I know there is a shortage of UK born half backs, but if you think Richie Myler is the answer to your problems, then you are in trouble. As for Carnegie, their playing budget for 18/19 was more than the SL salary cap at around £2.3 million, yet the club only had guaranteed revenues of the £600k from the RFU. The rest was coming from some daft individual willing to chuck away a load of cash. Said da
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