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Toby Chopra

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Toby Chopra last won the day on October 2 2019

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  1. Yes. Although the govt is urging people to come back to work, it's all still supposed to be with some sort of social distancing in place (2m, 1m+, masks in common area etc) None of that is possible in rugby, thus players are still off, unless testing can be carried out. Given the expected timeline of this, I think Championship and L1 potentially have a problem for next year as social distancing guidelines are unlikely to have been removed before the start of 2021. So either Championship/L1 have to hope that the cost of testing has fallen massively by then (possible), they ask players to take risk of full contact (lawsuit waiting to happen), or they don't play. (financial disaster for clubs). The crunch is coming quite soon.
  2. New Brentford stadium could be excellent venue for a mid-sized event like that. I hope we're making contacts there.
  3. No other sport is doing this. This rugby league exceptionalism needs to stop. The game needs to just get a grip, be thankful it's survived a global economic catastrophe well enough to have a season in 2021, and move on.
  4. Did you miss the lethal global pandemic which unleashed the biggest health and economic shock since the Second World War? Honestly, the lengths some people in rugby league go to have a moan is just mindboggling
  5. Superleague clubs are still full members of the RFL, you're making a distinction that doesn't work. SL has operational independence for its competition, that's all.
  6. Spot on. I understand the concerns about the future structure but people really need to detach the two - this is the biggest disruption to organised sport since the wartime leagues of the 1940s, and it's been clear from day 1 that normal service couldn't be resumed. Time to move on, and if that includes the lion's share of the extra funds going to Beaumont and Hughes, that's fine too. I argued for this early on as the RFL has everyone's business plan and know what's been comitted. Let's just enjoy seeing English rugby league back on the field this autumn, and then let's make 2021 the best season ever, capped off with a world cup. I'm hopeful!
  7. Do the RFL know who the investors are, surely that's all that matters? They knew about David Argyle before his name was made public.
  8. Agree on your overall point - the new owners wouldn't have the same debt burden so the stadium could easily be profitable. But unsure why you say Wigan RL lose money on the stadium at the moment. If they're paying 10% of ticket revenues to hire the stadium they make a huge profit on match days, even without the non ticket revenues - the question is is there a model where they can make even more than currently by owning/controlling their own stadium.
  9. Is it a disaster scenario though in the current circumstances? If half the league goes into administration due to an extraordinary society wide event, then it doesn't matter quite as much as league rules will be adjusted, councils will protect assets from redevelopment (like at Wigan) and teams will reform. The current owners may lose money, but many of the losses will be socialised and the sporting penalties will be waived, or will be so widespread that their relative affect will be much weaker. Sport will go on if there is demand for it, which there is. There's safety in numbers going into administration right now, and the same will apply to rugby league. Maybe not *every* rugby league or football club will be playing in exactly the same competition they are now after it has all shaken out, but the vast majority will be, even if they go into administration.
  10. To be fair Rowley would be a good hire too. He's the only head coach other than BMac who knows what it takes to manage a transatlantic rugby team. Whatever his other limitations, you can't buy that sort of experience.
  11. With everything that is going on I find it astonishing that the Ottawa bid is still going forward. As things stand professional sport and international travel is still banned in Ontario. But it seems it is indeed going ahead, and this would be a great hire for all the reasons mentioned.
  12. I'd be surprised if it held up in court. A rule cooked up by businesses in an industry that restricts an out-of-contract individual's freedom to sign a new contract is just asking to be struck down.
  13. He's only going to get a pay upgrade in the NRL, but unless they're going to receive some sort of compensation, I shocked Canberra would release him to a rival club. I wonder if its more than just money, and we'll see him back in England next year for family reasons.
  14. There's not remotely a financial basis for Ch and L1 to come back this year. I expect the RFL are doing due diligence on the costs of resuming and waiting for their committees to report. Then they have a paper trail for a fair and reasoned decision if someone tries to sue them when the plug on the season is pulled.
  15. It's not neutral venues though, in a fair competition sense. It's single, COVID-secure venues in a practical, health sense. Sporting neutrality doesn't come into it.
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