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  1. I can't agree with this. It seems that the answer to participation is always to essentially play a different sport in the hope that it attracts new participants. In essence, we are trying to shy away from what makes our game popular. In my opinion, the issue with europeans playing the game are more about culture than about fear of big Polynesian kids. The lack of a public profile for our game in NZ is a big problem, even eligible NRL players talk about supporting the all blacks. The further the local bodies stray from actually promoting our product for what it is, the worse the future of our sport is. the idea that we need to be a non contact sport is contrary to what makes our game attractive, and in the same vein, both boxing and the UFC have never been more popular. We have to accept that our sport is combatitive. Not everyone is suited to playing, but many are drawn to our sport as supporters for the exact same reason. If we continue to try and make our game based on non contact, then we move into competition with soccer, basketball and cricket, all of which are well established and growing. For me, the focus should be on quality, this gives a great end 'product' but also helps the player who want to progress to do exactly that. There is plenty enough talent in NZ, and willing players; we just continue to do a disservice to them by trying to sell to an audience that isn't interested in the same values.
  2. This is a bit of nonsense. The reality is that its not Union being the problem in NZ, its the atrocious administration within NZRL. Auckland thinks it is bigger than the club, whilst simultaneously trying to kill a number of its own clubs off to form a NSW cup type competition, without any sustainable business case. The money they had accrued up to the 1970s was squandered by following mis management, whilst NZRL are traditionally both financially and idea poor. The perception of our game here is that everyone knows 'league' but its seen as a game for the dregs of society. The union guys here are actually good people on the whole compared to the UK, but its partly because league has failed to make any real progress since an early flourish from 1908 to the 1930s.
  3. Its based on how they would stand from the scrum base mate. Forwards --------------------------- half back (Scrum half) 5/8th back (stand off half) 3/4 3/4 {-------------centre three quarters----------} wing wing full back (fully back)
  4. Did this guy play for Chorley Lynx, or am I making that up?
  5. Im not a huge fan of the Aces logo, the overly classic style hurts my eyes (OK I was bored at work), so I mocked these up.
  6. Just wondering if the championship has an allowance for marquee players? It might be a rule fiddle, but could Toronto make two marquee signings for Rochdale and play them in super league on loan?
  7. For what its worth, I have no idea why they didn't just add a few details to the logo as is. Please excuse the rough mock up work
  8. I love the ridiculous st George cross personally. No one else has done it in such a way and for so long. The problem is when they mess around with it. The "Classic' cotton jersey with the three lions within the cross and an 'irregular' outline was the best by far. I also liked the playing of Land of Hope and Glory as the anthem during the Jon Kear era (I think) My issue is they treat England like a club brand, with no continuity. Thats what makes it cheap when compared to the Kangaroos. I would also like to see a version of the royal coat of arms added as the on jersey logo, in a similar way the Australia has a secondary Kangaroos logo, but the coat off arms as the main jersey badge. Finally, the instance on making up a nickname is daft. Start with England and promote that brand. Thats my 'peneth worth anyway
  9. Communication is the number one priority for a 7 mate. I remember when I got brought into the senior mens training at 14/15 as I kid with talent, but probably not the confidence to boss grown men around. My coach told me, every time I stop talking, whether I have the ball or not, one of our props (These were pro players by the way) would run over me. Safe to say it took 3 times of that happening to keep me talking. Old school, but honestly, your job is to talk the team around at 7. The big guys get tired, you are there to do their thinking for them.
  10. Ok, so ive got 2 options. Hopefully we can have this sorted in the next week. Jerseys are ordered in late feb, so thanks for being proactive on this guys.
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