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  1. Saw this on Facebook, and just checked the game back and it was there with about 29:50 left in the first half. Sat amongst the cardboard cutout crowd was someone who was presumably checking his eyesight again.....
  2. The thing with Gus is he never played or coached at International level. He did coach NSW. He also works for the network for whom Origin provides 3 of their biggest rating shows of the year. By this time every year, when a potential NSW player pulls off an important tackle in a some run of the mill NRL game, Gus will say "That's an Origin tackle". It's in Channel 9's interests to promote State of Origin, and as an employee of Channel 9, Gus certainly does that. There are plenty of Aussies who would put the international game over Origin, but most of them don't have podcasts made by one of Australias main TV networks. Having said that, there's plenty of people in this country that will happily watch club games home and away, but seemingly have no interest in England's matches. It's been one of the biggest disappointments since moving from Crewe to Warrington to discover that there are many Warrington fans whose interest in RL goes no further than Super League. I'll never forget a conversation with someone saying that they couldn't wait for the new season to begin. Unfortunately this conversation took place a few days after the opening match of the 2013 RLWC. It's rare you find football fans who don't follow England in the big tournaments, but in RL it seems quite commonplace.
  3. The stories about Sky wanting teams to adopt the new nicknames at the start of SL are nothing more than that - stories. As for Hull FC, every mention I've seen of them prior to their brief Hull Sharks period, they were referred to as just Hull. I always thought it was the "merger" with Gateshead Thunder which led to the club being officially renamed as Hull FC.
  4. Halifax adopted the Blue Sox name from the beginning of Super League. Fairly certain that Warrington didn't officially become the Wolves til 97 - the shirt they wore in 1996 had the old Warrington RLFC logo on.
  5. I remember having to watch that Wales v WS game on the night on S4C. Nice to see it at last with an English commentary!!!!
  6. Thanks for the link. That'll give me something to wade through for the next few weeks. I've still got Mike Colmans book from 1996, and as the guys say in the first episode, there's been little written about it all since. I did read that Steve Mascord is working on a book as a kind of follow up to Mike Colmans book, but it's certainly a subject that warrants looking at with objectivity that time gives.
  7. The GB Tour documentary was, to give it it's full title, "League Of Their Own 2: Warriors Down Under". The show airing this weekend on Sky is about Wigan's trip to play the Roosters in Sydney.
  8. An interview with Mark Aston remembering the match https://www.skysports.com/rugby-league/news/12196/11963074/super-league-at-25-sheffields-mark-aston-recalls-unforgettable-paris-saint-germain-match Seem to remember reading somewhere that the original fixture list had PSG playing Oldham, but they changed it to Sheffield presumably so it was two big cities playing against each other. I wasn't in Paris on the opening night, but I was at Boundary Park the following day to see Oldham play Wigan. There was Stevo attempting to introduce the players onto the pitch (but failing badly) and the worlds worst Tina Turner impersonator.
  9. Sky Sports Arena are having a full day of RL programmes this Sunday, including the previously broadcast documentaries about Eddie Hemmings, Stevo and Jamie Peacock as well as Warriors Down Under and We Play League. The highlight is 'Super league Rewind' on Sunday night at 7pm, which is showing the first game of Super League from March 1996 between Paris St Germain and Sheffield Eagles. It's a 2 and a half hour show, so I'm assuming its a re-broadcast of Sky's full coverage as was shown on the night. Hopefully Sky can dig out a few more classic games while there's no live action on. The full day of programmes is on Sky Sports Arena from 6am Sunday morning, and from 10.30am everything is also showing on SS Mix. However, the Warriors Down Under and We Play League re runs after 10.30pm are only on SS Arena. The PSG v Sheffield match is also being shown on SS Main Event.
  10. New York are staging a press conference in Liverpool (no idea why it's there) to announce their entry into the 2021 Challenge Cup, with various exhibition matches being staged as well, with a view to entering L1 in 2022.
  11. I went to watch the old Manchester Storm a couple of times when they played at the Manchester Arena. It was very well presented and made for a good night out. They were getting big crowds at the time - something like 10000 or so. I must admit, I found it difficult to follow with the speed of the game and what seemed to be the near constant interchange of players.
  12. https://www.barb.co.uk/viewing-data/four-screen-dashboard/ For the week commencing Feb 17th, the most watched show was the Elite Ice Hockey which got 32,900 viewers. The Bull Riding was the 2nd most watched show with 17,800 viewers. The 15th most watched show (Boxing) only got 6,800 viewers, but that week Rugby AM wasn't anywhere on the list. For the first 3 weeks, Rugby AM did make the top 15, ranging between 9,900 in week one and 15,600 in week 3.
  13. Steve Mascords article in League Weekly this week mentions it. It's him and the ex player Jimmy Smith who are behind it.
  14. Catalans play Toronto in Perpignan on Easter Saturday, so its unlikely they'd want to play a game in St Helens 2 days later.
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