Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

19 Good

Member Profile

  • Gender
  • Interests
    Rugby à XIII, cricket, foot, foot australien, traduction, les langues étrangères

Recent Profile Visitors

1,943 profile views
  1. I tend to agree with Rugby League Geek. Look at the Melbourne Storm - as foreign a territory as you can get for a rugby league team here in Australia but it has only succeeded because of the massive backing from News Ltd accompanied with lots of on-field success and three of the all-time greats. It took the Sydney Swans a long time before they were a viable club in the VFL/AFL and they had salary cap concessions. Gold Coast and GWS have massive subsidies from the AFL that the RFL could never even contemplate.
  2. In football, all of the broadcasters such as 7 and Fox lick the AFL to high heaven but in rugby league, the broadcasters and media take every opportunity to pan it. I was explaining this to my housemate here in Melbourne. I remember the BBC hatchet job about clubs' debts a few years ago on the eve of the season. Nine putting the boot in now is pathetic. Unpopular though it is to say down here, I think Peter V'landys is doing a great job and is the most effective leader in the sport for a very long time. I suspect, however, there will be a fly in the ointment unfortunately.
  3. The first thing rugby league needs to do is have everyone pulling in the same direction and shedding the cloak of negativity and pessimism. As a sport, it must try to involve its big names as much as possible. It is a travesty that the likes of Andy Farrell and Shaun Edwards have been lost to union. Where is Ellery Hanley these days? It's good to see Sam Burgess involved with South Sydney under Wayne Bennett. Hopefully he will remain in the rugby league fold.
  4. It has to be this for me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cH92KJExl8 Second Ashes test at Old Trafford 1990. Starts at 5:05. Unbelievable team try.
  5. Although dead against the new system (though not a league of 12), I would hope that rugby league fans on the mainland do not use it as a stick to beat the sport with and a ready-made excuse to boycott games. I would love a team in Belfast and/or the money to go to live games. We miss that culture here and neither union nor ice hockey grab my interest. Vive le treize!
  6. Given how much is made of the importance of the salary cap in rugby league, it seems strange to me that we'll have a competition where half of the teams are on one salary cap and half are on a much lower cap unless there's some mid-season transfer window where the top four from the Championship are allowed to bolster their squads. The best restructuring we could do would be to get John Quayle in charge. There is a man who knows what he's doing. Not a hope in hell of it happening of course with his history.
  7. Football is often cited as an example of promotion and relegation. Notwithstanding the considerable structural differences in the two sports, is there currently provision in rugby league for teams, who are relegated, to receive parachute payments as a way of cushioning the fall?
  8. We can't say it wasn't coming but putting my own views to one side, I hope the announcement is accompanied by transparency and detailed rationale from the RFL and the clubs in the days to come.
  9. As far as I can see, Brian Barwick is not there to run the game nor to restructure the competition. He is there as a well-known administrator with a foot in the door at the big TV networks etc and to get the game noticed where it would otherwise be ignored. I'm not saying that this Rome should be built in a day but do we know what, if any, progress he has made on that score?
  10. I think it was established four teams were broadly in favour of it with Huddersfield evidently the keenest proponent. What I'd like to know is when this was first put forward in relation to the other ideas, why X clubs agreed with it, why the others were against, whether those who were against it were never going to agree to it no matter how much their arms were twisted and at what point was it decided not to pursue it further. Surely a job for a good investigative journalist à la Caroline Wilson in AFL. If this info is already in the public domain, I apologise in advance for my ignorance!
  11. I think what the above posts show is that those who have the power to decide the restructuring have been far too quick to dismiss Ken Davy's proposal out of hand.
  12. As far as I can see, we're going round in circles here trying to make the existing pot of money stretch as far as possible. Without growing that pot of money, notions of 20 full time sides are fanciful.
  13. If we're to believe those in the know, Toulouse were sold a place in the top tier without any mention of widespread restucturing.
  14. Terry O'Connor spoke very well on licensing and I found myself nodding in agreement with a lot of what he had to say. Good to see the show mixing it up by not having Stevo on every week.
  15. Whatever your views on licensing, if it has been abandoned in part because the clubs had absolutely no confidence in the ability of the RFL to run it (and perhaps the RFL also felt they were incapable of administering the system as it should have been so to cover their own incompetence were pushing the 3x8 system) then that's a damning indictment on how the sport is run. Most people on the board would agree that the administration of the game in general is not befitting of the on-field product. Whatever the number of teams or the structure or the salary cap, rugby league must avoid the Olly Croft syndrome of putting narrow self-interest and the amateur/semi-pro game before professional sport, which can grow the game as a whole.
  • Create New...