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Sports Prophet

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  1. I must admit, I haven’t been keeping a close eye on this thread, but see it started almost two years ago. In that case, the project must be close to complete by now. How is the new stadium looking and will it be ready for the 2023 season?
  2. This might be the time you present the team of the year for everyone to discuss whether they feel the same
  3. That’s some amazing coverage. Can I dare to dream when it says a match is on BBC1 or BBC2, that means it is going to be shown live and across all nations/counties?
  4. I don’t think I can get on board with this line of thinking. There is ample evidence of the impact of losing just one key playmaker can have on a side. To all teams. They only marginally missed the top 4, the first time since I can’t remember. All with ongoing issues with key players, but none more notable than the loss of Papenhouzen who I regard as the most devastating attacking force in the NRL. There was no chance of retaining Hynes who, considering the lineup available, would have entered this season, fighting for a spot on the bench, let alone a starting position and immediate team leader with a pay rise like he gets at the Sharks. I wouldn’t call that a brain fart. It wasn’t their most successful season and maybe only considered a failure by a squeak, his first for a very long time.
  5. I don't expect the other team to pay it. NRL/SL. Dare I say it... IRL.
  6. Jimmy Barnes is Aussie Rock loyalty, formally of Cold Chisel. Every Aussie knows him. If you can’t get into Cold Chisel, there is little hope for you (Johnny) Diesel is a great Aussie soloist from a similar era. Most Aussies over 30 will know of him. As to the rest of them…
  7. They may be the only other nation with predominantly northern hemisphere born players to make it out of the group stage. Lebanon will take some beating.
  8. Yes, Auckland 9s. For sure that's an issue. If there was a $1.5m cheque for the winners, would that be enough for them to take it seriously?
  9. Money talks. I wonder how much it would take. If I recall, the winner of the Auckland 7s netted as much prize money as the NRL Champion of the same year. Even that was not enough for the teams expected to mount an NRL Premiership challenge later in the year to take it seriously. Considering for a moment that any match in Aus would not sellout, is it possible that a WCC could sellout a 50k seater stadium a week after the GF in England? If not, is it fair to say that demand isn't there from the fans either?
  10. I was really impressed with Saints win yesterday and expect if they were playing the NRL champions next weekend it would be an absolute cracker of a game. Alas, the respective seasons are not aligned and there seems to be little desire for the WCC from down under, let alone a proper one held immediately after the respective Grand Finals.
  11. Not a very insightful piece from the ABC. I feel slightly dumber for watching it.
  12. Yep, you beat me to it. No point confirming until after the WC. Perhaps a four nations with Eng and France is in order.
  13. It’s not just him. I would like to see a change from Saints, Leeds and Wigan too.
  14. You don’t fancy the Western Bulldogs idea???
  15. Manly is the only club in the northern peninsula of Sydney. The NRL would be mad to relocate them. Wests Tigers just need to permanently move to Campbeltown as one of the quickest growing population centres in Sydney. They may be a basket case, but they are an example of why mergers don’t work. Certainly same city mergers. Like Manly, the NRL would be mad to move them which would in turn risk ceding that entire territory to RU or AFL. Dragons again don’t need to relocate, just permanently move to one of their existing homes. Western Bulldogs... I will let @The Rocket or @unapologetic pedant respond to that one Then you say the Sharks should have been moved in the 90s. So what would you have done for the 100k fans the club would be leaving behind in the Shire? The only Sydney club to own their own facility I might add and fast becoming one of Sydney’s blue chip residential markets and fast growing affluence? That would all be lost. No relocations necessary outside Wests and Dragons making a permanent base in one of their existing homes.
  16. I figured him a certainty to return to NRL. Kudos to Wigan.
  17. Which clubs are you referring to? The latter part would suggest just Manly and Cronulla. The only basket case I can think of really is Wests. They just need to accept that Campbeltown needs to be their permanent home. I don't think they need relocating.
  18. Nothing screams Rugby League more than that oversized chip you appear to be carrying. Not every comment is a personal attack on you. I hope we both enjoy the game on the weekend
  19. I don’t dispute there are plenty of stories to tell and I’m not slagging the game off. I’m just giving my point of view as a neutral, as requested by the OP, that I am far less excited about the prospect of staying up very late, to watch these two perennial Champions battle it out against each other live, instead of the chance to see a new team win. That’s when you threw in a ridiculous comparison. I will watch the game, more likely on delay, which I hope to enjoy for the game itself.
  20. But a proposition to what exactly? Why do any of the Sydney clubs need to be relocated?
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