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  1. Think I'd prefer if the VIP was someone more relevant to modern society. I dont mean a "celebrity", but there are plenty of good people out there who put a lot into society or have had bad experiences and deserve a good day out. It could be good PR for the game as well if handled properly.
  2. Major attended as a genuine sports fan, as opposed to simply "appealing to the common man" like other politicians who trundle along do. He went into the Wigan dressing room after the match if I recall correctly. No PM since Blair that I can recall.
  3. Chasing Kangaroos for me at the moment, it's purely about international RL. They are running an interview with Ricky Wilby in the next week or two, that should be interesting. One to avoid is Fergo and the Freak, unless you are a 14 year old adolescent going through puberty.
  4. Re the salary cap: O'Loughlin may well retire, or at least be on a reduced salary next year. Hastings is likely off as well.
  5. James Maloney has also confirmed he is staying put: https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/james-maloney-snubs-nrl-return/
  6. More detail here: https://www.rlwc2021.com/article/231/rlwc2021-&-irl-announce-historic-broadcast-partnership-to-put-fans-at-centre-of-the-world-cup-action If I'm reading it correctly RLWC2021 and IRL will work together to produce the coverage, which the BBC will buy and broadcast domestically across their platforms. The international broadcast rights will be sold separately by RLW2021 and IRL. Presumably IRL are bringing something to the party in relation to the international sales.
  7. https://ottawasun.com/sports/other-sports/ottawa-aces-announce-laurent-frayssinous-as-first-head-coach
  8. The BBC is to show every game in full from the men's, women's and wheelchair competitions: https://www.totalrl.com/bbc-to-show-every-minute-of-every-game-from-2021-world-cup/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bbc-to-show-every-minute-of-every-game-from-2021-world-cup Hopefully the WC organisers are pushing for this to include some BBC1/BBC2 coverage of the women's and wheelchair competitions as opposed to purely via the red button or online. No details yet of any international broadcasts or how they are going about selling the rights - needs to be shown in places like Greece and Jamaica.
  9. Wigan Athletic were never going to be a powerhouse of English soccer and are not significantly well supported (relatively speaking for the sport in England) so one has to wonder at the motives of the Hong Kong consortium by buying the club in the first place.
  10. Interesting points regarding the financial impact of Robin Park. The DW lost £1.5m in 2019 and that was before Warriors opened up right next door and directly hit stadium revenue. It also used to be a regular RFL match venue, but Bolton is the preferred local 25k option now and I can't see that changing anytime soon.
  11. The forty20 article does mention a current championship assistant coach as the new Ottowa assistant coach.
  12. £30m is just what Wigan Athletics accountants have valued it at though, in reality it is only worth what someone will pay for it as a sports ground, given the covenants on the land. Warriors apparently have a very good long term deal on the rental they pay so that restricts the rental income, which in turn will have a knock on effect with the value.
  13. Companies house has the stadium with a net book value of £29.7m at June 2019. Stadium losses were £1.5m for the year, a third of this being depreciation.
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