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  1. Plus, although it is a good side and there might be a chance they beat the top teams, I don't think they'll steamroll them as they've also got quality forwards
  2. So will these players be eligible to represent France as French nationals?
  3. Might open up a whole new market and as you say provide another option for French players. French Polynesia could also be another good place for recruitment
  4. If this is going to go ahead regardless of RLEF then I think a compromise should be found to work together and incorporate into RLEF structures. Giving clubs a higher and more prestigious level of competition could be a big marketing tool to help with the development of RL in Europe. This EuroXIIIs structure is the start and will probably need tweaking and adjusting to find the most suitable structure for this level of competition. The biggest focus of the RLEF should be to strengthen and expand the domestic leagues and increase participation in individual nations. Any additional income and raising of the profile of RL should be used to help achieve this
  5. Thanks. I hope he plays. I'm interested to see how he goes
  6. When is Luke Thompson due to make his debut? Could it be this weekend?
  7. I hope this venture succeeds and expands and applaud anyone who puts time, effort and money into helping RL grow. I'm just wondering where a successful EuroXIIIs will fit in to existing structures. Obviously it is starting as a development competition but if it becomes a more permanent structured competition what level will it be? Will it sit above the existing domestic leagues of the participants with qualification like the Champion's League in football and will there be a more tiered structure with regional leagues inbetween domestic leagues and EuroXIII such as the Balkan's Super League? At what level would qualification be open to clubs in England and France who already have a stronger set up? Would it be no higher than Southern Conference level and the regional leagues below Elite 2 in France? Will it be tiered in a different way with a top division, second division etc with p and r between them? Instead of qualifying for EuroXIII will it just be application based like this year with any club able to apply regardless of their place in their own domestic set up? If it is application based will these be from regional clubs drawing players from their domestic clubs a bit like a rep team or existing/new clubs who fancy a different challenge? If it is existing or new clubs will they still be expected to enter a team in their own domestic competition? Will there be a requirement for clubs to focus on junior development and also have their own junior pathways? Lots of questions but i'm looking forward to seeing how it develops
  8. I definitely think a Challenge Cup Semi-final should be played there as a double header as well as internationals
  9. I think they're missing a danger man in the outside backs and a dynamic forward
  10. Isn't there also teams in the Hull and District which could be counted?
  11. Does this include the Southern conference? Also, isn't there a Welsh league?
  12. I'm just trying to figure out if he's actually picked up the accent or he just uses it for TV so he can be understood a bit easier
  13. Just been watching the NRL and listening to Sam Burgess at half time. He seems to have picked up a bit of an Aussie accent. Doesn't seem right coming out of a Yorkshireman
  14. It might succeed and grow or only run for a season or two. If it raised awareness in some of the town's and cities or encouraged 1 or 2 more domestic clubs to set up in some of the countries then it will have had a positive effect on the game
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