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  1. I always try to remain positive about RL. If everyone has a positive approach then the game would flourish. I agree that it will be well supported and hopefully having if in autumn will still give the RFL and IRL enough time to build some good momentum
  2. My understanding that the reason for having this WC cycle is so it doesn't clash with other major events. Unfortunately all sporting events have had to be postponed (and rightly so) which means next year will have an Olympics and Euros. Will this have a negative impact on the publicity for our WC as all the media attention will be focused on them. Could it have a positive effect by riding on the coat tails of these tournaments and creating some interest in ours which follows a few months later
  3. I applaud all the hard work that has gone in from the London clubs including Hemel, especially in regards to the community game. I'd like to see pro/semi pro clubs in development areas having a more unified approach to development. Could the Skolars and Broncos and possibly even Hemel follow the Newcastle approach and collectively build a London North junior and open age league. If they worked together I'm sure they could help build up a strong community game in that area.
  4. Which 2 games are being broadcast? I know about Cas vs Saints. Who is the other?
  5. Just the way it's going at International level at the moment with the Island nations getting stronger. Players seem to be choosing them. If they're not eligible though it's irrelevant
  6. Is there a chance Haas and Fifita could play for any of the Pacific Islands or are they only eligible for Australia?
  7. I totally agree. Pick players on form regardless of age or where they play. Maybe Watkins has had his best years but if he does find form there's not many better centres
  8. Hopefully we can add Watkins to this list if he hits form
  9. I completely agree that Widnes and Bradford would get decent attendances and may be competitive with the right finances. I also think they'd have a good youth system although these players would probably come through regardless but at Leeds, Huddersfield, Warrington etc instead of Bradford and Widnes. Any club with money to sign players has the best chance to get promoted so this is obviously a big factor but they need to be underpinned with a strong youth system and local community clubs to sustain them long term. London's problem was, although they produced some players, they struggled to attract big names from the North to help them challenge at the top of SL. Toronto seem to have the same problem so that's why I think having access to localish players is a big factor for success. Teams such as Widnes, Bradford, York etc have this advantage but also this can be counter productive as the bigger clubs will just swoop in and sign the better players. Once a team gains promotion how do they become and remain competitive?
  10. What are the rules then Harry?If you look at my original post I don't mention parachuting anybody in to SL. I just ask who would offer the most if they got there
  11. I agree. So, who do you think would add most if and when they got promoted
  12. My top 3 would be Newcastle, London and Toulouse in no particular order
  13. Just for the record I'd like to see Newcastle climb through the leagues and get to SL. They seem to be building something and within the next few years if the NE community game can keep growing they might be able to have a strong set up with decent crowds and one of the better youth systems
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