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Everything posted by JonM

  1. Jon Wells & Brian Carney, both of whom have Law degrees? Both of whom also have masters degrees? As you say, nothing to do with the state education system.
  2. I see the Agmark Gurias won the Minor Premiership. Their ground in Rabaul/Kokop always looks pretty spectacular with the huge volcano in the background.
  3. I think people are being a little harsh on Hull here. Wigan were the better team by some distance, but they had a couple of iffy tries to start with and Hull were playing catch-up from then on, leading to things like the length of the field try for Wigan at the end of the first half when the pass was pushed. The best defence in the world would not have stopped that beautiful try from Hardaker's kick.
  4. Fantastic game, can't see Warrington losing too often playing like this.
  5. Yep - I assume the ruling was that this was accidental. Although if it accidentally hits your hands and goes forward, that's still usually a knock-on, so I could argue the other way too.
  6. Laws of the game say under knock-on and forward pass: "Heading the ball 4. It is illegal to head the ball in a forward direction." (Just in case any coaches are thinking of using this as a tactic.)
  7. Pains me to say it as a Widnes fan, but Steve Price has got Warrington playing some really nice stuff. Coote saved a couple of tries for Saints early on, but Daryl Clark and the Warrington outside backs are ripping Saints to pieces.
  8. Games are already a good bit longer than they used to be - you could expect a 3:00 KO to be done by 4:35 when I started watching - it's more like 5:00 these days. Making the game shorter or having more breaks tilts the balance more towards size and away from 80 minute endurance, just like more interchanges does.
  9. Fairly sure the placename would be from Brittonic rather than Gaelic (meaning little church, or something like that), so that makes sense. I suppose Pen-Y-Ghent in Yorkshire is similar. Dunkirk should be in Scotland, not France.
  10. I would've thought London Irish were able to offer significantly more money in rent to Brenford FC than the Broncos could manage.
  11. I've really enjoyed it - best thing on terrestrial tv so far this year.
  12. There's some history/context around colours here - it was a real point of conflict with RU and by 1963 they had copyrighted the colours and badge to prevent RL trying to copy it. Not sure it explains why they played these games in a black kit though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springbok_colours
  13. This thread have gone way, way off-topic, but one thing that strikes me is that Irish seems to be a slowly dying language in spite of the best efforts of politicians since Eamonn de Valera etc. - in the sense that the Gaeltacht is shrinking and many Irish people have a negative view of the language. Other things (e.g. the role of Comhaltas promoting Irish music not just in Ireland but among the wider Irish diaspora) seem to have gone far better in comparison. If I contrast that with Welsh, where (on the whole) Welsh people have a positive view of the language, often feel bad that they don't speak it well, particularly if they can't help their children with Welsh homework, and the numbers of speakers are increasing. Maybe my view is not accurate? I wonder how much the academic way that Irish is taught is a factor? I don't think Irish people are any less patriotic or aware of their history compared with Welsh people.
  14. How many of them will be living in Ottawa, do you think?
  15. I expect they're being offered more money by Ottawa. Probably the fact that a bunch of mates who they've played with for years are going to the same place helps persuade others to join. The Chapelhow twins will presumably be able to combine operating their personal trainer businesses in the local area with flying to Ottawa for games. Sounds like a pretty attractive proposition to me. Widnes have used 20+ first team players from their own academy in each of the past two seasons and clearly that means there's going to be plenty of ex-Widnes players at other clubs. Same reason there's lots of ex-Wigan players at other clubs - they're a producer of players.
  16. Seven out of the eleven in the list Scubby linked to are ex-Widnes players. Matty Fozard is from Widnes, but went through Saints Academy system. Ellis Robson, a Warrington player who had some games on loan for Widnes, is also in the squad.
  17. Which the RFL did actually do some years ago. Can't find it on google, but it pretty clearly said that a substantial majority of people who watch club RL first went either because they were taken by a family member or because they played themselves. The audience for internationals is different, of course.
  18. Absolutely agree with this. The Richard Lewis era RFL published data from fan surveys showing that 90% of people who watch live club RL either played as a child, or they were taken to their first game by a family member. I would be quite surprised if that wasn't true for rugby union and cricket too. Of course, there are other models. NFL games get huge crowds at Wembley of whom only a tiny proportion have ever played. Plenty of people who haven't driven an F1 car are happy watching them go round and round in circles for hours on tv. Soccer in Australia & N. America have achieved wide participation without corresponding levels of spectator interest. (Although frankly, the A-league appears to be bigger in terms of attendance and tv contract than British RL is and MLS is orders of magnitude bigger). The line "For goodness sake, lets get our ars...s in gear and focus on increasing participation numbers year on year." is the single most important thing Ralph Rimmer needs to do, IMO, but I almost never hear the post-Lewis RFL talk about such things.
  19. More complicated than that. They put season tickets on sale last week, and asked fans to indicate who they were in a social bubble with. If you're a family of 4, you can all sit together. If you go the game all by yourself with a flask of weak lemon drink, that reduces the capacity because they have to leave empty seats around you. They worked out the capacity of the stands based on that information.
  20. I wonder if it's specifically a kiwi thing - even back in the mid-eighties it seemed to be normal for NZ teams to be referred to by sponsor + nickname.
  21. Of those places, the Calder Valley never really became a rugby league area - Hebden Bridge, Todmorden etc. probably didn't have the population to support professional sport. Other than that, you have Leeds, Bradford (Harry Garnett), Wakefield, Halifax, Huddersfield represented. M Newsome (of Dewsbury?) was the representative who proposed broken time payment to the RFU in 1893, so certainly not all of the committee were in agreement with the Rev Marshall. Can't see the "elephant in the room" though.
  22. I live in a place where people write graffiti in Latin
  23. Club motto "Anno nostrae semper" ?
  24. Widnes is a Norse place name though, which probably gives it a slightly better claim than the Minnesota Vikings or the Canberra Vikings. While I generally agree with you on nicknames, it is worth pointing out that county cricket and professional rugby union have followed suit, as have many/most soccer clubs
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