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  1. I realise England is set to host by itself, but PNG was announced as a cohost at a later date, so I won't let it limit this structure. Super Groups: A England (primary host), C Australia (holders) Lesser Groups: B France, D Wales (secondary hosts) Pot 1: 4 highest ranked remaining teams Pot 2: 4 middle ranked remaining teams Pot 3: 4 lowest ranked remaining teams Pot 1 drawn into Groups A & C. Pot 3 Drawn into groups B & D. One of Pot 2 drawn into each group. Two qualify from the Super groups and one from the lesser groups. The two remaining QF spots are for the best remaining Super group and lesser group side. This should leave plenty to play for in the final round, prevent a Samoa/Ireland controversy and limit blowouts, while still keeping the excitement of the draw.
  2. This is the crucial point. I would like to see England and New Zealand compete in test matches against France, Wales and Ireland in the build up to their series. These would likely be used to test combinations between players who will definitely still be around by the next major tournament. First team forwards Walmsley and T.Burgess would be selected for example, but Graham and O'Loughlin would not. These matches should still be competitive in the same way that a FIFA world cup qualifier against Lithuania is, as opposed to a friendly. The fans therefore still have a reason to turn up, but the players and coaches have a different focus. The other nations might also see these as an opportunity to develop against the best before competing in a competition of their own. Why we are using a mixed approach of tours and comps, I'm unsure though. I'm a continental cup advocate, but without the top tier nations there is surely little at stake and it may devalue the WC qualifiers. Would separate tests give more scope to include Canada and Lebanon etc?
  3. Ken was an absolute pleasure to interview when putting the piece together. A man who loves Fev as a team and a town. That comes through in everything. He also reeled off another great story every other minute.
  4. An unbelievabley tight match which will have everyone following Fax vs KR closely tomorrow. Who was your man of the match though? Leave your 3 nominations below.
  5. Second week in a row I've seen you play and the line defence and second half drop off is definitely concerning. It all looked so positive after the Featherstone and Sheffield performances earlier in the season too. Here's my report from the match (Ther's a link to the highlights on there to clifford): http://quaysnews.net/index.php/2017/05/28/rochdale-win-oldham-summer-bash/ If anyone is interested, I've also got an interview with Naylor in the preview I put up yesterday. Good luck at Swinton!
  6. Second week in a row I've seen Oldham and given the way they fall apart I always fancied you to come back. Your outside backs must be the envy of most of the Championship. Here's my report from the match: http://quaysnews.net/index.php/2017/05/28/rochdale-win-oldham-summer-bash/
  7. I did an interview with Steve yesterday and he shared his thoughts on expansion, both on a global scale and along the M62. The full video is in the link to this piece on the World Club Series: http://quaysnews.net/index.php/2017/02/21/world-club-series-future-uncertain/ (The location was Harry's bar in Wigan for anyone trying to guess.)
  8. I spoke with Scott Naylor after last weeks match for Quays News (A media outlet run through Salford University in Media City.) You can See the full video here: http://quaysnews.net/index.php/2017/02/10/oldham-boss-pleased-by-performance-against-sheffield/
  9. Please leave your top 3 nominations below following the match.
  10. McGuire's return means Lilley has been left out of the squad. He would be a great boost, as even though it can be difficult to airdrop halfbacks into a team, both Craven and Milner are second receivers.
  11. Davies Briggs Taulapapa When Davies went off our chances of holding the league faded and with the departure of brings any chance we would have of regaining one also left. The short ball link up between the two brought us no end of joy.
  12. Over the past two weeks Will has put in a couple of fantastic claims and I have fond memories of Reni's long distance score at Bradford. Are these your picks though? Which other contenders have there been?
  13. Well after Jim Bowen popped up on my screen at 3pm to reveal Leigh enjoying the star prize I could think 101 reasons why the Super8s weren't so Super. Nonetheless this turned out to be a very enjoyable game. Here's the report:Match Report Rovers v Haven S8.doc
  14. The first half appeared more positive and the scrambled over the line in the second. Who was your man of the match?
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