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Snooping Unionite

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  1. Stade Francais aren’t one of the best Top 14 teams at the moment... They are just keeping their heads above water.
  2. Personally I don’t like people drinking in the stands especially for important games like Cup finals. Friendlies and something like Magic that it works at but otherwise no. It’s ridiculous how many times I’ve had beer spilt over me by day trippers at Murrayfield.
  3. Georgia probably wouldn’t be the best fit for League and there is still a fair bit of momentum behind the Union set up. Probably the majority of their pro players are props in the French Top 14 and all their teams have the speciality of a bulldozing scrum. Their backs by comparison are very much lacking (but they have produced a few gems in the last few U20 tournaments). Also things might be moving in the right direction for their national side as they have finally managed to secure a test match against Italy, to see how they match up and this might lead to 6N entry. Italy will be a tough team though for them as they have a more balanced squad selection and the two fully-pro Italian sides have finally got their acts together this year. I’d also like to point out as a Scot, that Scotland did beat Georgia by a fair margin last autumn. World Rugby are investing heavily in Georgia having recently hosted the U20 World Championships and a local multi-millionaire has invested heavily in new training facilities. The are not a country Unions authorities are forgetting about so it might be better for League to look at other opportunities.
  4. Sky Sports News barely cover anything they are not showing coverage of so don’t be too worried about it. That channel at times is more for promoting their own product than reporting on sports news.
  5. Had a look at an NRL forum and they are not impressed with how Cronulla and the Broncos turned up. A bit sour..
  6. You're half true here. Edinburgh's crowds were getting poorer and poorer as very few want people want to watch rugby in a dark, cold and cavernous Murrayfield and the last coach (thankfully he's gone) had the team playing some fairly dire rugby to watch. They can still get fairly big crowds for one of games though with attendances growing for the 1872 cup games against Glasgow. Edinburgh are trialling moving to a much more suitably sized stadium at Myreside so hopefully the match day experience can improve.Glasgow on the other hand have been the real success story of professional rugby up here. They now have a good passionate support and have sold out the majority of their home games for the last two years with the team really outgrowing Scotstoun. Even though the team is a little poor at the moment their successes really have helped rugby grow in Glasgow. And personally I'd say the club game (I.e. the local town and school clubs) has stabilised after years of decline but these sides always had it tough.
  7. Hahahaha Dean Richards is doing suspiciously well again at Newcastle so better keep an eye on him...
  8. That's understandable though as Mirco Bergamasco is more well known for representing Italy in rugby union and not many people would know he has joined up with the Italian league team.
  9. This got a two-page spread in today's Scotsman: http://www.scotsman.com/sport/more-in-sport/wigan-rl-star-tierney-i-ll-be-proud-to-pull-on-scots-jersey-1-4262461 The Scotsman has had fairly regular small articles on Scotland RL in their rugby sections in recent years with the teams successes but this is the most coverage I've seen. The opening quote might not be too popular here though
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAMAEFNLUec Kick-Off at 13:00 BST (15:00 MSK)
  11. That weekend there are football, rugby union and rugby league internationals all on in London as well. Friday Night, England play Scotland in the FIFA World Cup Qualifier; Saturday, England play South Africa in an Autumn International and on Sunday, England play Australia in the 4 Nations. All big games and they all have to be spread out for maximum attention in a cramped calendar.
  12. The GB Lions moniker was a temporary thing for one of the two Great Britain teams competing in the Grand Prix sevens this summer. Basically two composite British teams replaced the England and Wales teams on the European Sevens circuit to have all the players from Scotland, Wales and England play together and to act as a selection process for Rio. At the moment it isn't a permanent branding and the name will probably only rear its head again if they form British teams again ahead of future Olympics. But hey people may nickname the team the Lions even if that isn't official. And you certainly would not have liked what came up on my google search when I searched for "GB Lions Rugby".
  13. That's unbelievablely poor on the Dog's part on first impressions. They better have a good reason as a game involving youth sides should be something they should be able to play without much in the way of facilities. Just out of interest are your academies owned and fully operated by the clubs or do the RFL have a big involvement in the academies?
  14. PSA: It is risky to use Hola as it uses your computer as part of a botnet. http://lifehacker.com/hola-better-internet-sells-your-bandwidth-turning-its-1707496872 If you want to use BBC Iplayer from outside the UK or watch American shows online it is always safer to use a payed proxy service.
  15. The Top 14 show is going to have to pause at some point. For all the talk of all the money in French Union there are honestly some real problems and the product there is becoming a bit stale (and don't bother making snarky comments about this, I won't reply). http://www.rugbyworld.com/countries/france-countries/france-rugby-the-most-popular-team-sport-58934 The game there is becoming overly reliant on sugar daddy's and I've got to say the NRL has done a terrific bit of business with their latest TV deal. By comparison the Top 14 has negotiated a rather modest increase in TV money as Canal+ is shedding subscribers. And the big money in France really goes to established big Union names that have retired internationally. Only the biggest names get substantially more than in the NRL and the Top 14 is a gruelling league to play in as this years season has gone on from August last year and we are just reaching the final. Any League player looking to switch would want to move at a young-ish age and qualify to play for France, England or possibly Ireland and aim for the big top up payments for international caps. Until the French sort things out or the English and Celtic clubs properly catch up on finances, there won't be a big flood of top NRL talent.
  16. Actually I don't think you are any worse off than Union in this regard and you might actually get more second tier games on TV too, especially with the middle 8s and Summer Bash. For the RFU championship I guess they showed at most 10 games this year and I can only remember seeing maybe 7 games listed with 4 of them being from the play-offs. You do have an advantage as you don't have to go up against lower league football for air time during a large part of your season. Not sure if your referencing this but Bristol were stuck in the RFU championship for 7 seasons despite finishing top of the regular season table in 5 of those seasons (they finally made it this year though). It really was a ridiculous play-off system they had but it seems they might have finally got rid of it.
  17. If he made no bones about playing for another NRL club he probably would get paid more in Oz than in French Union is my guess. He is not going to get paid anywhere near what Dan Carter gets in France as a Winger/Centre if we're realistic as he's not played any form of rugby recently (could be paid a fair wack just not quite in with Unions superstars). A Super Rugby contract might actually be better for him as he would be seen as a coup for the ARU and they might be more likely to wait until he is back up to full speed. Also I wouldn't say he was that big a name in Union circles outside of Australia before he went to the 49ers so Boudjellal (a.k.a. our Koukash) might not sign him just yet for the shirt sales. I do think it's unlikely he'll come to us just yet but a small stint with an ARU side or short season in the Japanese top league before the NRL season starts in 2017 would be possible.
  18. Ok I feel the new PRO rugby (Union) tournament in North America is being rather unfairly criticised here with there being fairly little substance to this. Certain posters are just dismissing this because you are hoping people will just get bored of it since it's Union. There were certainly a lot of people dismissing this league ahead of launch in Union circles but I've got to say most people seem positive about it now on our forums and social media after seeing the product. They are starting small but crowds of between 2,500 and 3,500 are very good starting points especially since this has been rushed to launch within the last year. The main backer of the whole thing certainly seems upbeat as he wants to double the number of teams for next year with BC and Ontario teams certainly being in the frame. It's certainly not perfect and there will be problems along the way but it is a serious venture the likes of Mils Muliaina and Pedrie Wannenberg are signing to. I understand many want what's best for this Toronto side but denigrating another venture by Rugby Union isn't helping that.
  19. For a nation that doesn't need Union they certainly take a lot of school players in Oz and NZ each year. It's pretty much the reason why Union went fully professional remember.
  20. I'm not going to get into this argument otherwise but who the hell are North Berwick Rock RL? I live just outside NB and I've been involved in the union club (where I assume any RL team would be based) in the past and I've never heard of them. Neither has my brother who still plays for the union team. There are two guys from the club that have went off and played league (including one who was involved in the Scotland squad for this years European Championship) but as far as I am aware there is no where near the the makings of a full team. Also the East Lothian Hawks seem like another defunct team.
  21. BT Sport have exclusive rights to the premiership but the European Champions Cup is split between the two (with BT in the first year atleast getting the majority of games involving English sides). Sky though have the rights to most other Union competitions though with the rights for the Pro 12, RFU championship, Top14, Sevens World Series, all SANZAR competitions and home internationals and the international tests for England, Ireland, France and Italy.
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