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  1. Oh dear, you have only gone and mentioned the *ug word in front of Scubby!
  2. What has Prince Harry ever done for Rugby League......? ...... apart from having a photoshoot at Headingley with school children being encouraged to play the game, inviting Kevin Sinfield to his wedding thus ensuring some publicity for our game on his wedding day tweeting his good wishes to England's international teams presenting the Challenge Cup meeting England wheelchair players highlighting Rob Burrow's condition spearheading an initiative on mental health in Rugby League getting the use of his grandmother's pad for the hosting of the draw arranging his personal circumstances to get maximum media attention for the World Cup draws getting a worldwide audience of hundreds of millions of people to take notice of the Rugby League World Cup. Set against this, a poster here thinks Harry will not offer any future value to the game, and so should be dumped! There are two things in this world that sell newspapers and drive social media engagement, celebrity and royalty. It does not matter if the Sussexes do not have a few initials in front of their name, the interest in the couple will continue to be overwhelming.
  3. Understandable excitement about the men's tournament but I am also really pleased about England's group for the women's tournament PNG is fantastic, England may only have played PNG three times but a genuine rivalry has developed. Hope they can meet again in 2020 as a prelude to one of the Ashes tests. Canada This may be the game that is selected for both Harry and Megan to attend. Though Archie may end up wearing the dreaded half and half scarf. Brazil the tournament newcomers and the most interesting story and hopefully the most photogenic fans.
  4. They are roughly the same, large sections of both are closed off to the general public.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Many players spent $10,000 on playing in the qualifiers There is positive news that the domestic situation may be beginning to turn.
  8. The positive was the jubilation given to many communities of South Pacific islanders.
  9. 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.
  10. Shipway finds a way back into the game for USA, Farimo converts USA 6 Cook Islands 12
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