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  1. After reading the thread about Greece I think if they can get their domestic scene in order they can quickly rise to be one of the top NH teams. 7 clubs is a good base and if they get recognition and investment then I'm sure they can expand and increase the amount of clubs and players. Add to that the amount of heritage players they can call upon and they should be quite a strong team. Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon and Jamaica could provide quite a competitive NH tournament. England can continue to play the top SH teams outside of WCs with maybe a mid season international against the winners of the NH tournament. Regional qualification tournaments could be played mid season to qualify for the NH completion such as European A,B, C etc, North America, Middle East/North/Central Africa. This would provide plenty of competitive fixtures for all the nations on a regular basis
  2. Tough, skillful forwards has always been the trademark of the English pack. Whitehead and Bateman fit that mould but we need at least one of our props and our loose forward to play that game in my opinion
  3. I'm not usually one to criticise and have been happy with the national teams performances up until now but these performances have been poor. We seem to lack in so many areas. Our back line needs a complete overhaul as we don't seem to have any gamebreakers/danger men and creativity in the halves. In the pack I think we missed a Sam Burgess/Adrian Morley type player who rips into the opposition and feel that our front row were a bit too much just up and down without much skill
  4. I've never thought of this but it does actually make sense. Would personally like to see this
  5. Unfortunately I think France's weakness is their lack of heritage players. Other countries don't necessarily need a strong domestic scene as long as they have a good core of heritage players. For this reason I think Lebanon and Jamaica have the most potential in the short term but for long term strength if France can get their domestic scene in order they might be able to step up
  6. I don't think NH vs SH should be done but if we're sticking with GB every 4 years I think a Pacific Islands select could be used as opposition as well as Aus and NZ or maybe Anzacs (Aus/NZ combination) . This would be sandwiched either side by a 4 N tournament involving the tier 1 nations
  7. Watching the SH teams providing tough games for each other and beating GB and also PNG, Samoa and Fiji having the potential to strengthen further got me wishing some teams in the NH would provide some level of competition for England and be able to compete at WCs. Which teams (if any) have the most potential in the future. The home nations seem to be going backwards at the moment and France are as weak as I've seen them. Could these countries have a revival? There's also Lebanon, Jamaica, Italy and Nigeria who could have strong teams based on heritage players but need more numbers playing the game in their own countries. Then there's USA and Canada but that would be quite a few years down the line if ever. What are people's thoughts?
  8. The only leagues that produce most of the players for the professional game are based in the North West and Yorkshire. Hopefully the NE can become the next stronghold for the community game
  9. I think Cumbria vs London could work. Maybe trial it at Academy level or even scholarship level first. I'd include NE players in the Yorkshire set up for now until they can field a more competitive squad
  10. I always have a think who else could go and play in the NRL. Thompson is an obvious one. Who else would be able to go and do well?
  11. There's a lot of comments on other threads regarding the next TV deal with some saying the Championship and League 1 won't be part of it. Does this mean they are looking for their own TV deal and if so how much could they realistically look to get and how much would they need to be no worse off than now
  12. My best case scenario would be England winning some major tournaments with France, Wales and Pacific Islands getting to some finals and more teams being competitive at tier 2
  13. There's no guarantee on producing SL quality players so I'm with you there. Maybe the criteria could be based on funding with X amount of each team's central funding ringfenced for schools and community club development.
  14. I don't think it should just be for new clubs. It should be a minimum criteria for all clubs. I don't have a problem with shared academies for the elite players as I think they have their benefits.
  15. Sorry but I'm with Parky here. If it isn't official criteria it should be. Producing players and generating money should be the two most important criteria for the RFL
  16. I think the NE could be a real growth area for the game at junior and community level. They're not too far from the heartlands so any of the stronger clubs can play in a stronger competition if needed. Newcastle getting promoted could help accelerate that growth
  17. Maybe not a big city but a well known one that would be a great place for away fans to visit. I agree that it's too soon for them in the next couple of years but it's good to see them doing well. I think both the SL and Championship are going to provide a lot of entertainment this season
  18. I think they'd all add something but my preference in order would be Toulouse Toronto York Sheffield
  19. I did say current top 4. I think Toulouse and Toronto are guaranteed. A lot can change over the course of the season but I think at least 3 of those teams will make the playoffs with Halifax, Featherstone and Bradford being other possible contenders
  20. The current top 4 in the Championship are all big cities and aren't from the current strongholds of Greater Manchester, Cheshire/Merseyside, West Yorkshire or East Yorkshire. It's highly likely that the promoted club will come from one of these with a Toulouse vs Toronto GF being my prediction. Which team do you think will add the most to SL and have the best chance of becoming a team that challenges at the top?
  21. Out of interest Parky (and this isn't a dig at you), which current clubs outside of SL do you think would benefit from a rich investor? Bradford being the obvious one
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