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  1. The reality is very different in almost every sector of society. The available statistics completely contradict your viewpoint.
  2. 20k crowd for the Challenge Cup final is not far away (assuming Covid-19 infection rates remain stable)
  3. Accurate and honest journalists are rarely popular. Though the opposite is often true.
  4. From what I recall significant amount of funding was given for capital investments, the remainder was given due to the ambitious targets relating to increased participation proposed by Lewis. When those targets were not met it affected funding, other sports were similarly affected. Of course the RFL could have decided to fund the develop officers by other means, but chose not to. Despite all the good work he did Lewis is as much to blame as anybody.
  5. London, North West, West Yorkshire alone is more than three times that. That is excluding South Yorkshire, West Midlands and the North East where there are semi-pro clubs with ambitions of making it to Super-League. Based off of that statistics from Sky Rugby League is often the second sport for football fans on sky sports. Comparison to the scottish cup final is not appropriate particularly when compared with viewing ratings across the UK.
  6. This is when economics takes precedence over the lives of people. Germany and Belgium are in the top 10 for infection rates. That is the same attitude that has contributed most significantly to the scale of the problem.
  7. Sorry to be pedantIc but that was GB. I am not sure how Tonga are tier 2, you can argue the same applies to PNG. Domestically France are much stronger than PNG and Tonga.
  8. It seems you can predict the future with such accuracy. The above was stated 15 years ago, not much has changed in terms of representation, it is not clear what has changed so dramatically for this to change. Wales and Ireland have locally born and trained players in their national squads. Scotland is the process of resurrecting the Scotland A team based around local players, they also have two national youth teams. All of them are more advanced than what is going on in Tonga.
  9. They certainly have better coaching. Technically they have been been better players than those representing England since they became an International team. In terms of structures, I would guess that the opportunities in Croatia at level 1 & 2 are better than in the EPL and Championship. This is something the English FA have only recently tried to address.
  10. The quantity over quality argument rarely stands up to scrutiny. India should have been dominating Cricket cricket for decades, rarely losing a testing match or world cup. In football it would be dominated by India, China, USA; overiously it is not. In terms of playing numbers only 2 countries in the top ten have even made it to a world cup semi-final, by contrast Croatia have competed in 5 World Cups making to the semi-final once and the last time they made it to the final, if playing numbers coming into they would not even qualify for the world cup. France has poor coaching and playing structures New Zealand has the opposite. That is the biggest contributing factor.
  11. If it was a red card he should receive a ban, If it was not a red, then the original decision should overturned and downgraded to a yellow card. Few sensible and/or objective people would disagree that Bodene deserved a red, it looked deliberate and he is very fortunate.
  12. It is not a quote from the bible. Judaic tradition does not have the concept of hell, it certainly did not have the concept of Atheism but rather false deities. The Christian traditions have a concept of hell but not of atheism. Homosexuality, the texts speak little about. Drunks, Noah was a drunk, the texts were more concerned about respecting the Sabbath and consuming pig meat. Adultery yes the texts are explicit about that but several central biblical characters chosen by their deity were adulterers. The same applies to liars and the authors of the texts were clearly habitual liars. This is not even poetic licence it is a corruption of the texts based in intolerance, hate and bigotry.
  13. No it was not, what resulted in the ban was something completely different. An analysis was performed of the effects of the shoulder charge, based on the resulting report it was recommended to ban the shoulder charge.
  14. It is difficult to deduce if this is ironic or to be taken literally. If it is the latter, then it is not true.
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