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  1. Their target of 40,000 players by the year 2027, how does it compare to their current playing numbers? I seem to remember between 20-30k being quoted recently, not sure if anyone has a more accurate figure?
  2. Interesting tweet here from Danny Kazandjian of the IRL: My reflections from Paris after the successful launch of RLWC2025 IRL can forge a strong, mutually beneficial relationship with a second G7 country. #France2025 will allow IRL to support multiple French policy ambitions. We must seize that chance, and we will. French govt. can play a strategic role in growing RL in its sphere of influence, especially through OL Francophonie. Our sport has never sought this type of international development partnership with the Francophone. The impact will be profound. IRL’s #1 strategic target is a strong France and #RLWC2025 serves to accelerate that effort: FFRXIII is targeting ~40k registered players by 2027 & ~450% increase in women’s teams. I would like to thank PM Jean Castex for his sincere support for our sport and the event. Source:
  3. Great work Salford! The article states there are 1800 active players in Ghana. Could that be true?? That's approx. 90 teams! More than Wales, Scotland and Ireland combined!
  4. Nothing says desperation, quite like someone who is always digging for the one in a million scenarios to prove his point.
  5. I don't think that really changes anything though, as grandparent rule us more or less in kine with eligibility requirements of most EU nations anyway. There domestic quotas are much stricter in lower levels of qualifying in Europe. Greece, for example, who had the longest route, began in Group C, where you are only allowed 4 heritage players in your matchday 17. Beat: Malta, Ukraine, Norway. Then for their last two matches against Serbia and Scotland, the reverted to their Group A rules, which only allows a maximum of 15 heritage players. At WC level, it is unlimited. It would be great if IRL adopted the ERL policies. Even 2 domestics in each matchday 17 is not unreasonable. This should be the rules for WC matches.
  6. Wow, triggered much? I was simply correcting some misinformation as happen to know quite a bit about Lebanon (domestically) amd other tier 2-3 nations in Europe. Should I put a disclaimer at the start each time I am stating a fact, something to the effect of: "I am not being negative, but..."? If that will help you sleep better at night, then I'd be glad to do my part. For the record, I have massive respect for Lebanon RL. The fact they had any activity during what has been a very rough time with a lot of civil unrest, is a great achievement! I hope things settle there, they get dome continuity and hopefully a domestic player or two can stake a serious claim for a spot in their WC25 team!
  7. I believe since covid began, the only comp that ran was the 4-team men's competition. Play each team once, then a GF. Also, Lebanon does NOT have a national team composed of domestic players, I do not know where you got that from. I think a few made the trip in 2017 but none saw a single minute of match time, not even in warm up matches. PS: I believe the nation with "no domestic competition" he is referring to is Italy, in which case, he is correct.
  8. Actually, they won *their first game in 2019... https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-league/49074058
  9. Wow, talk about nitpicking. Welsh Magpie clearly has an agenda here. Probably a personal beef with the owner of the club.
  10. Troy Martin? Isn't his name Troy Grant? That aside, this sounds like great news and a WC I definitely plan on attending, as many matches as possible!
  11. Quite a bit going on in Cameroon too. Trouble is the sheer size of Africa, will make logistics a massive problem and expense. But, where there's a will, there's a way!
  12. To be honest, it does make sense. Teams sign up knowing what the furthest possible match will be and what their budget is. If you start getting teams from further afield signing up, then there are some teams that may struggle to make the trip. The last thing you would want to see in a competition like this, is forfeits too. In 2019, Red Star Belgrade played. They did so knowing that they would need to play away. If extra funding or sponsorship can be found, then yes, by all means, start playing matches abroad. Otherwise, I would say, leave the rules as they are. As for raising the profile, I am not all that sure it would. Ireland vs Australia, a World Cup match, barely got 5000 in 2013. Not sure how much of a drawcard or a household name the Pilkington Recs would be in west Ireland.
  13. Galway are running a fundraiser to help subsidise their trip to Pilkington. They say the trip will cost them 10 grand! Surely that is an exaggeration, right? If it is a squad of 25, that means €400pp!!
  14. I have had dealings with Red Bull in the past. They were kind enough to send reps (the Red Bull car and girls) and give out free Red Bull at my local team on two occasions. I got talking to one of their main guys in charge and asked him why they are not sponsoring any RL teams and if it is something they would ever consider (not so much my team, I was talking more about pro teams) and their answer was simple. They want to be associated with extreme sports. RL is not considered "extreme" enough, therefore not something they really want to be involved with. Fair enough I suppose.
  15. 684... Cleveland RL is the next recipient, once they hit 700.
  16. I know nothing about the person in question. But sadly it seems quite a few chancers have appeared on the RL scene in recent years. People who it seems do not have the required experience to be undertaking such ventures and it seems do not have both feet on the ground. So many ideas often sound great in theory, but are a very different story in practice. I have no problem with ambition, I admire it, but it needs to be backed up by substance and realistic planning. I am always wary of new ventures that appear "abruptly" on the scene and start making more noise than action. Even with the backing of a sugar daddy (which is rarely the case), it is an incredibly tough task, setting something up from scratch. In any case, I am all for exposing these types of people and keeping the next ones that come along as far from possible away from our sport as they do more harm than good and often leave a trail of destruction behind, after the disappear like a thief in the night.
  17. any more details about this? any news story?
  18. I still am skeptical, for all thisenreasons you mentioned. But just a lot less than I was before.
  19. To be honest, I was the biggest skeptic last time. But now with a far more realistic and conservative approach, I now think this does have a hope of becoming a reality. Obviously I will await more details but if I have understood correctly: - 6 teams only - Established teams only, no fake entities? - Admitting they are amateur rather than semi-pro (surely they have burnt their bridges in any case, with Eddie Pettybourne and the like)? If all of the above is accurate, then it will but a far, far cheaper venture than the previous attempt, hence has an actual chance of happening.
  20. How long do you plan to persist with the Phoenix Venom logo as your profile pic by the way?
  21. Excellent. Starting in May also means they avoid clashing with the mighty Euro 13s!
  22. Wow. What an over-reaction. All I was saying, we were given 10 completely different questions, and only allowed to give one answer, just seemed bizarre, that's all. For the record, I completed the survey and gave very positive answers on most topics. Main reasons for this being; 1) I am generally a glass half-full type, 2) I genuinely believe the game is in pretty decent shape and not as dire as many say it is, and 3) to give balance, as I know those wanting to slate the RFL are more likely to participate in the survey.
  23. Agree with you. But as mentioned, question 51 was a total mess. Reminds me of that Simpsons episode where they attached an unpopular bill to the "free toys for orphans" bill in order for it to get passed in congress.
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