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  1. 15 hours ago, Jill Halfpenny fan said:

    Can't see Widnes taking many on Sunday. They've sucked all the enthusiasm out of us. I'd be looking at around £40 to £45 for ticket and petrol and tbh I'd probably get more pleasure flushing the money down the loo.

    Yep. This is the one away game of the year that we avoid in any case, but this really will just be the absolute diehards only. Less than 200 from Widnes I would think.

  2. They have a write-up in the March issue of Rugby League World. Formed by Guillaume Luciano, the former Cavaillon, Entraigues & Avignon player who moved to Normandy. There is also mention of starting a wheelchair team to play against Les Homards du Cotentin, up by Cherbourg.

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  3. 27 minutes ago, audois said:

    Jon who where they?. Joe Egan, Bob Harper, Vince Karalius, Doug Laughton...

    I'm not sure, as I don't remember the exact quote. Obviously Vince Karalius, Doug Laughton and Frank Myler all had more than one spell in charge. 

    Whoever takes the job will be the sixth person in less than four years. One of those years, the season was abandoned after half a dozen games. 

  4. Went over to watch York Acorn Vs Hunslet Club Parkside, two well matched sides, with the visitors pulling away in the final quarter to win 26-12. £3 admission including a programme. Around 200 there, boosted by about 50 people watching Acorn's A team take on Wyke.

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  5. 1 hour ago, Harry Stottle said:

    No disrespect AB, and I sincerely hope the attendances do improve quickly, but the talk pre going into the new stadium was how it was going to lift the interest and attendance of the good people of York to support their professional Rugby League team, this doesn't seem to be happening why is that, do you have an opinion?

    As someone who has recently moved to York, I've been pleasantly surprised at the profile the Knights have in the city. Plenty of scope to do more, of course.

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  6. 35 minutes ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    Brad Takairangi was given a suspended jail sentence for crashing into a police car as he drove the wrong way on a dual carriageway while drunk. That’s far worse than what Maloney has done, he was lucky not to kill or badly hurt someone, yet Takairangi is free to continue playing. I’m not saying what Maloney has done isn’t wrong, but a 1 or 2 year ban is completely disproportionate imo.

    Neither of those decisions is really in the hands of the RFL. The courts will decide on appropriate punishment for drink driving. UKAD and WADA decide what the appropriate punishment is for in-season use of an illegal performance enhancing drug is and the RFL follows their guidelines. If we don't, the RFL may lose government funding, not to mention the adverse publicity. The CPS decide whether or not to bring an additional charges for possession of class A drugs - again nothing to do with the RFL.

    Anybody who thinks using cocaine is a victimless crime seriously needs their head examining. Cocaine users are directly responsible for the civil wars in Colombia, Mexico, Peru and elsewhere, involving many tens of thousands of deaths, millions of lives damaged. That's before you start on the people trafficking, slavery, exploitation of children, gang deaths etc.

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  7. 3 minutes ago, BJW said:

    Would have thought a more worrying comparison would have been with speedway. Apparently second largest spectator sport in the 1970s (their figures so may be suspect but certainly well attended) and now on life support, even with TV money.

    Yep, speedway is the cautionary tale for British RL - a similar setup to how our sport used to be, in many respects. Hardly any participation, aging fanbase, teams moving around from town to town. And it's slowly disappeared out of the papers, off the telly, numbers of clubs diminishing, loss of stadia and facilities. Nothing catastrophic, just relentless decline.

  8. 1 hour ago, paulwalker71 said:

    What hasn't been mentioned in this discussion yet it is the very clear class / social issue here when it comes to how money is distributed.

    The problem is obvious. UK Sport pours money into sports populated by rich people, whilst a sport like Basketball - which does great work amongst ethnic minority and socially disadvantaged young people has actually had its funding cut entirely. 

    That specific funding is around getting Olympic medals. No amount of money would get us a basketball medal, or make us even competitive within Europe. Relatively small sums get us medals in rowing and so on.

    You could argue it the other way round - basketball gets absolutely enormous public help and has done for about 50 years now,  in spite of having almost zero profile, public interest and tiny levels of adult participation. Local councils build courts everywhere, every school in the country teaches kids to play.

  9. 1 minute ago, langpark said:

    I thought there was a small but hardcore following for Welsh RL, scattered across some of those towns. Hence why I think they need to choose one of the major cities as a hub where they can all converge. 

    Fair point. I think in practice anywhere close to the M4 is probably quicker to reach for most of those people than Cardiff city centre though.

    The issue isn't really the location though. S. Wales moved multiple times before becoming WWR. Things are stacked against them for all the reasons already listed, but that means the club needs to be run really well and to have the full support of the Welsh RL community. That doesn't appear to be the case.

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  10. 11 hours ago, langpark said:

    I was aware of that. Why not keep their community club there (Llanelli Knights?) and run their first team out of Cardiff? Hiw much money is that bar making and what % of that comes from League One matchdays anyway?

    Cardiff is probably the worst place in Britain to try to start a pro RL club. It's not a particularly big city, but has a well supported football club, a rugby union team which averages approaching 7000 people, an ice hockey team averaging nearly 3000, county cricket etc. But then you have the Welsh national team in most sports to contend with too - competing with football or rugby internationals 20+ times per year.

    Need to be either the only team in a small town, or the second team in a large town. 

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  11. 1 hour ago, sgorpioncaerdyddrob said:

    No it's not (3h 9 mins Widnes- Newcastle v 3h 48 at a push, and only Cornwall will travel more miles than West Wales in League 1 this year. 

    Somebody else who doesn't know their Geography South of Sheffield. 

    Widnes to Llanelli is 159 miles, Widnes to Newcastle is 169.  (And Wood green is 197 miles, Penryn 336).  I used to regularly travel from South Wales to watch Widnes (Dw i'n siarad Cymraeg, hefyd).

    Seems to me that Cornwall have shown the importance of a credible coach. SL clubs providing young loan players want them to be training and playing in the right environment, and that seems more of an issue than the distance.

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