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  1. Egodo has just signed for Moseley in RU National 1
  2. I'd actually disagree with this - unless you're really sure that there are enough people out there crying out to watch rugby league, you need a winning team. It was a much easier sell to get people to come and watch the team that they kept reading about winning on the back page of the Oxford Mail (in the first season).
  3. It was Southern Hemisphere RU that led the charge on going honest, but the threat wasn’t league ‘stealing’ players just more that even the RFU could no longer ignore the large quantities of cash going to the leading players via various routes.
  4. I think you’ve got half a point. It gone too far with it. If you never have, get over to YouTube and watch The Game That Got Away. firstly when that was recorded it gives the number of Union converts in the league as 25%. secondly, it’s got the directors of Wigan (I think) actually saying their strategy is to go for the working class lads and the Welsh because the cash will turn their heads. They state that if someone is middle class, or has got university ahead of them then they won’t approach them because they haven’t got the money to compete with their future earnings. anyway, posh southern boys did go north - Keith Fielding comes immediately to mind - but with them it tended to be because they wanted to, rather than because the RL clubs had come knocking for them. my answer would therefore be that it was six of one and half a dozen of the other - RU might have been content to lose the players it lost, and would have worried more about losing ‘white upper/middle class English players in meaningful numbers’ but both the League and the Union knew that was never going to happen, and the League wasn’t actually trying.
  5. Yes but it’s a bit like suddenly contesting a scrum in that it’s a surprise once. Boxing Day encounters between the two are usually more balanced and that makes for a better match. If one side puts out nearly a first XIII and the other the usual development/triallist mix then longer term the appeal will wane if they keep doing it.
  6. Not in Cornwall it doesn’t. Cornwall still gets it from the brewery in Rock (as does Devon) - everyone else gets Doom Bar from Burton on Trent…
  7. Slightly surreal here as my two sides cross over for the first time (I think) in my life. Having wondered all season where Moseley’s John Davetanivalu has got to, slightly stunned to see the answer is Trin. He’s 27 and an army RU player, but National 1 RU (level 3) to Super League seems a bit of a stretch. Still, he’s a good guy so hopefully it works out for him, and I still get to support him!
  8. given the nationwide shortage of hospitality workers, which even before this new not-a-lockdown was leading to many places on reduced opening hours and smaller menus, I'm not sure your second sentence is true.
  9. I think that's a question of first come first served in ever shrinking forces though. Basically, if you're in the RN/RM, then you will get released for competitive sport if you're an Olympian, pro standard RU, winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, bobsleigh), or boxing - when I say released I mean as in allowed to train professionally. Those, bluntly, are the sports the RN cares about. Otherwise, it comes down to putting together teams from whoever's free in the UK rather than deployed, which means that over time I've seen (and I'm only 40) the standard of services sport drop as the pool of people either good enough, or able to be released to do it, has got smaller. The army's a bit better, in that I think they will release pro-standard footballers too. Anyway, the issue is that for people to play sport at a decent standard, that takes training, and training takes you away from your day job. This leads (genuinely, I've seen it) to resentment within your unit because they never see you and don't get anyone else to do your job, which means the tasks are covered by people on top of their own jobs. The days when the services were each running large numbers of essentially pro sports teams, who trained together basically as their day job, are (mostly) gone. One of the big reasons the RN was secretly pleased about the decision to ditch the Royal Tournament back at the end of the 1990s was the sheer scale of the manpower tied up for over four months of the year to do Field Gun, once you included triallists and all the other hangers on. The situation is worse for female sport in one way and better in another. The number of women in the services is so small, comparatively, that it can be difficult to commit to regular sporting fixtures. On the other hand, and no laughing at the back here because this is true as well as funny but it could easily have been RL instead of RU, when I was serving 15 years or so ago a female colleague of mine got her first RNRU full cap within a month of picking up a rugby ball for the first time at the age of 23. If you want to play sport, are female, and in the forces the opportunities are massive, if only because you're a minority of a minority. My point (sorry, this has got rambly), is that it's probably not a regular thing yet because there's either not the appetite or not the ability to make it so, unfortunately. Hopefully, as time goes on and profile increases, that will change, but there's a queue for that of other sports, including hockey, which used to be a massive inter-services scene and somehow isn't to the same extent - but those involved are keen to put it back - I'd have said they were first in line.
  10. I absolutely get why they're doing the north and the east first (because they need to and the east is where the space is for all the stuff that needs to front the main road) - but it is a real pity they're not doing the north and the west first, because the west is the biggest mess and the east looks quite tidy still. Pausing to get their breath back with the east and south as is, and north and west sorted out, would leave a good looking ground in the meantime. Anyway, as I say I do know and appreciate why the east's got to happen first.
  11. On your last sentence (and don’t worry this isn’t an appeal to have John Inverdale presenting) JD is a double edged sword. On the negative side it can look a bit patronising to the already in the bag that there’s a cross code angle. On the positive, in the real world, a large number of people (my wife and some friends included) only give RL a try on TV originally *because* he’s a familiar face/voice they recognise from 6 Nations coverage - sort of ‘if you like that you might like this’ Now it’s completely coherent to want to argue for RL to break free of that and strike out for its own place, but I do think that in the England that many of us actually live in a credible dual code presenter isn’t a bad thing per se.
  12. in fairness, that would have been the first test, where they suddenly had the rights with IIRC about 48hrs notice on a 'take the Indian feed or don't broadcast it basis'. it was because of Covid that they had it in the first place. The subsequent matches where they had more presenters and back office lined up were very different.
  13. If I was picking a terrestrial UK channel to put RL on, it would be C4.
  14. all depends on the production company really - Sunset+Vine revolutionised cricket on C4 but that was really smashing up probably over 30 years of the same way of doing things, and arguably you've got more scope with cricket - given the breaks in play, length of matches, etc. Not sure what can be done (but then again I don't work in this field so why would I?) to change an 80 minute match. That's not knocking it by the way, I think it's great news.
  15. I don’t care but I vote we get Vauxhall as sponsors, we could call it ‘Conference Vauxhall’ or something
  16. There's a fun game you can play (genuinely, it's quite shocking how accurate you can get it) where you can date 1960 to about 1980 photos of Britain by looking at what people are wearing, thinking about when that would be fashionable in London, then adding a couple of years for every 100 miles or so north. I've never lived in London. It goes a bit wrong from the early 80s, when you look at the strike pickets, etc, but until about 1982 in say Seaham or Hartlepool it was about 1976. The internet, fast fashion and all the rest of it has made everything much more uniform than it used to be.
  17. Er, all those people (or their families) absolutely can sue their employers for negligence. The only slight exception (and even there it’s just more difficult) is the status of service personnel as Crown servants rather than employees for the purposes of certain legislation. Sports players definitely don’t need to worry about that!
  18. you've also got the issue, and I know at 18 they're legally responsible for their own decisions, that what you think is a good idea and you're happy to do at 18-24 you might be regretting by 30 - job, smoking, drugs, choice of girlfriend, whatever. You might regret choosing to be a chartered accountant, but you can get out of that at any time and it doesn't pop up 4 decades down the line and give you dementia. An approach to do nothing is basically turning to the players in later life and saying 'well, you played silly games, so here's your silly prize' which I'm not sure cuts it any more.
  19. I'm on record on here multiple times for saying it's the best atmosphere in SL when it's full and rocking, but I think you've just won the internet for today with that understatement!
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