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  1. Other oddities Greece are now supposedly better than the likes of Ireland, Wales and Italy. The rankings adjudicators must have seen something special in Serbia's two 80+ hammerings to merit them moving up four places. And topping the lot Poland would be favourites to beat Jamaica.
  2. Harry and Dave T are absolutely right, however the people who need to hear this are the RFL. Any time you receive an email from the RFL or spot a social media post promoting the sale of tickets send a respectful and non abusive reply that you will not purchase tickets until a new England coach is appointed. Add a hash tag #TillBennettGoesIWontGo Hopefully they will soon get the message.
  3. Many players spent $10,000 on playing in the qualifiers There is positive news that the domestic situation may be beginning to turn.
  4. The positive was the jubilation given to many communities of South Pacific islanders.
  5. It was an amazing display by the Orchids today, who incredibly only played their first match two years ago! England women have now played the Orchids three times in the last two years and all games have been competitive World Cup 2017 England 36 PNG 8, 1st Test 2019 PNG 10 England 24 2nd Test PNG 20 England 16 This is the basis of a genuine international rivalry, it would be brilliant if we could develop it further. My preference would be to play a double header before one of the Ashes tests, perhaps the one at Elland Road for say the Daihatsu Shield. I choose Daihatsu (but it could be others) because there is a natural fit between the toughness of the vehicles and how hard the Orchids hit, with the sponsor covering the cost of bringing PNG over. This game would also have the advantage of convincing fans that it would be worthwhile to buy tickets for the Women's World Cup, which otherwise is going to be a tough sell. Even better, have a warm up double header at York, the week before featuring England, PNG, France and Canada which can act as a test event for the 2021 World Cup.
  6. Shipway finds a way back into the game for USA, Farimo converts USA 6 Cook Islands 12
  7. Wind having a big influence, goal line dropouts going 30m maximum
  8. If you are a GB fan watch the game on the BBC Iplayer, we all need a bit of cheering up and seeing the reactions of the PNG Orchids at the final whistle is heartwarming. Amazing display by the Orchids who incredibly only played their first match two years ago! England women have now played the Orchids three times in the last two years and all games have been competitive World Cup 2017 England 36 PNG 8, 1st Test 2019 PNG 10 England 24 2nd Test PNG 20 England 16 This is the basis of a genuine international rivalry, it would be brilliant if we could develop it further. My preference would be to play a double header before one of the Ashes tests, perhaps the one at Elland Road for say the Daihatsu Shield. I choose Daihatsu (but it could be others) because there is a natural fit between the toughness of the vehicles and how hard the Orchids hit, with the sponsor covering the cost of bringing PNG over. This game would also have the advantage of convincing fans that it would be worthwhile to buy tickets for the Women's World Cup, which otherwise is going to be a tough sell.
  9. This tour has completely exposed that England/GB has no kicking game to speak of. Previously the two Kevins (Brown and Sinfield) would get us around the pitch and into potential scoring positions. However Widdop's only skill with the boot seemed to be to consistently find the defending player with acres of space to run into. During the four GB matches I am struggling to remember any occasion when after a chip the wingers were allowed to contest a ball near the line or a grubber that resulted in a goal line drop out. For next year, we need a half who can control the ball; Williams would be the best option, but if we cannot get anywhere near the line then his short kicking game would be wasted. Abdull or Sneyd despite their limitations elsewhere, would at least get England playing in the right areas of the pitch. With regard to Director of Rugby, Sinfield is on paper clearly the best candidate for the job, his playing and academic achievements speak for themselves, plus no modern player had probably played in more pressure games than Sinfield. Add to that, being an integral part of McNamara's set up, you would want to utilise that experience. Let's not forget that he is not just in charge of overseeing GB, his remit is to give all England teams (Men, Women and Wheelchair) the best possible chance of being successful at the 2021 World Cup. on this wider remit I think he is doing a good job. He has been instrumental in coming up with the idea that for the best preparation, players need to be confronted with challenging opponents and conditions. As a result in the last year, England Knights and Women have toured Papua New Guinea and the Wheelchair side have just played an Ashes series in Australia. Last year, Bennett's limitations as a national coach were not so apparent. He had a good record results wise with a World Cup Final and a series win against the Kiwis to his credit. Bennett's coaching career resembles that of Jose Mourinho, you know precisely what you are going to get when you appoint either of them. Someone who will concentrate on tightening up defensive structures, who will send out dour teams onto the pitch, and who thinks they are infallible. Ultimately their demise will come about as they fail to get the most out of the talent available, the way they alienate key players and fans and their disdain for the media. The hope in appointing them is that they get a chance to repeat past glories before the results inevitably turn against them. It is inconceivable, that if England want to host a successful World Cup in 2021, that Bennett can remain in charge of the national team. If the RFL want full stadiums in 2021 and an impact on the national consciousness, then it is vital for the future health of the sport that they act now and not renew Bennett's contract.
  10. Fantastic article, what an inspired idea from the police starting a rugby league team to keep the young criminals occupied
  11. England, Ireland, Wales and Kenya Would only stand a chance of being selected for any of these if Wayne Bennett is in charge. As he is not interested in which positions players might previously have played, I would not have to disclose that I have no playing experience.
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