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  1. Hull KR should merge with Hull FC. New club can be called Hull KFC.
  2. The 1995 SOO is well worth watching.
  3. What about the rival Italian RL Body, the one that runs the government-recognised national team? Do they have a domestic competition?
  4. I grew up in New Zealand calling Rugby Union and "Rugby" and Rugby League "League:" I can't really think of a better name than just sticking with Rugby League and tolerating any confusions it may cause. Has any other sport renamed itself? I guess in some parts of the world Football is trying to ditch the name Soccer with some success.
  5. There would be absolutely no interest in this concept from fans in Australia and NZ. Who the heck is going to get up in the middle of the night to watch Salford v Cronulla?
  6. The NRL already has a few too many bottom-feeders, why add 12 more from another hemisphere?
  7. If you cull teams you have to be willing to accept that you are culling supporters also. I am a Sydney Roosters fan, if they are culled I stop supporting a team, I am not going to suddenly support the Central Coast Roosters or the Southeastern Rooster-Rabbits. Yes there are probably too many Sydney teams for a modern-day competition, but sometimes you work with the hand history has dealt you. If a team falls over financially on its own you could argue for not saving it but to actively cull a Sydney team is madness and just brings the game back to the dark days of the late 90s.
  8. The NRL is not stupid enough to actively cull a team, it drives people away from the game. If however one falls over on its own they may be hesitant to step in and save it. Manly are the most financially vulnerable but RL can't afford to not have a team between the harbour bridge and Newcastle. St. George have essentially lost their local support as almost everyone in the area is Asian, but they have the Illawarra region to themselves. Roosters have a smaller support base but are very wealthy and an historic club. There is no obvious choice for a culling.
  9. I don't actually think the PSG experiment was doomed to failure. Would probably have more chance of succeeding today if the football club's Qatari owners happened to be interested in having a team in a trans-Atlantic rugby competition.
  10. 20/20, took me a couple of minutes to remember alternate names.
  11. What will grow the game long term with fans and future players is having a competition with high quality players and high standards in addition to grass-roots efforts. Reducing an entire league into mediocrity for the sake of a national team which plays three games per year is pointless. The young local talent will flow through the game regardless of the number of Australian stars in SL so we may as well have something decent to watch.
  12. Is the role of Super League to develop English talent? Seeing a bunch of reserve-graders running around the pitch in the name of player development does nothing to sell the sport. The international calibre players will always rise to the top regardless of how many overseas guys are playing. There simply aren't enough professional RL players in the world to completely flood SL and block English talent. The French Elite One is almost entirely French players and that has done nothing to improve their national team, they are just playing in mediocre isolation.
  13. Ryan Hall is well past his prime. He looks like a journeyman winger. If he was a goalkicker perhaps he would find regular work as a reliable first-teamer.
  14. Crowds are low because the team doesn't have many fans.
  15. White people have to apologize forever it seems. Even though every culture has practiced slavery, war, and fought over land.
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