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Everything posted by Southerner80

  1. Imo Paris would work fine for Magic as its a place many English Fans would see as worth a visit. It would also attract Catalans fans as it's far easier to get to than the North of England is for them. As long as the stadium picked was a max of a 40k and ideally 25k it could be a good turnout and make a good spectacle for TV.
  2. I agree. I also have this image in my head of a Coach saying a Halve, a Halve a Kingdom for Half. If only Fiji could swap some wings for quality NRL half backs for their national team as that's the only position there's a clearly noticeable weakness in.
  3. I feel Les Dracs are the better example to compare to as before they were in SL the clubs who merged to create them did not get the attendances they do now. TO I think had a game or two with 6000 people there last season so given SL status an average gate of 5000 is not unrealistic as a minimum.
  4. I think the RFU allow 2 Marquee signings exempt from the cap.
  5. While I know the WC needs strong teams to be competitive and the Cooks clearly have some very good players, it Dosent help the World Cup to not have the States there. It would be good for the Americas to get 2 automatic spots imo.
  6. It appears so. At first St George were linked with Tony, then Trevisio, and Huddersfield. Given Sezer and Golding it's a unlikely move now to Huddersfield unless He's willing to play Centre and take a pay packet below what was rumoured to have been on the table in the South of France. I hope he finds a RL club soon as He is a very exciting and skillful player to watch!
  7. I remember reading they will intend to bring in players as the year goes on, so given they are an attractive set up they may pick up some SL fringe players and some young talent. Its a interesting championship with no clear favourite and there should be some very good games. Shame there isn't a weekly game on SKY.
  8. It is one of the downsides of summer rugby tbh. No games at this time of year in RL.
  9. Union regularly plays these Mis match games and is stronger for it. France are generally not so far off the pace that it's a totally one sided game that's a 60pt blow out. Regular games give them a incentive to improve.
  10. I don't feel it will, however I don't feel it will lower the standard particularly either. It would also give the overseas clubs more of a chance to raise TV money if their participation was guaranteed, which in turn, could increase income into the SL.
  11. Thanks, I feel 14 teams and guarantee TWP and Les Dracs and TO their places with 11 English teams. This may help increase the value of the rights ie that the Foreign networks get guaranteed involvement. The bottom English team can go down if the system wants P and R. As they can't place any higher than 11th anyway.
  12. Yes I agree. I remember watching the PNG game and feeling the players overall were not in the mood after half time and that they could have tried more. I rarely feel this about professional RL or RU players as given the physicality of the sport you cannot coast in a game. I can only reflect that the tactics and selections / mood within the camp had demoralised the players and once they saw some serious resistance from PNG they could not get up for it mentally enough to compete. I would love to hear an account of the tour in years to come from one of the players who was there. What happened to Coote for example? Full back in game one and a logical stand in at wing or centre once there were injuries yet he did not get a look in after the first game (he was fit as far as I know). It seemed certain players were going to get picked regardless of how they preformed. And this may have got to the others.
  13. Its a real dilemma. The top NRL talent plays up to 25-28 games or so a club season including SOO . The top SL talent would play up to 37 games assuming make the GF and the CCF. That's a big difference in games. It does take it out of the players as the game is tougher than ever. A SL of 27 regular rounds including Magic would be a good place to start. Ideally imo it would be 23 games but you know most clubs won't go for that as there's the general feeling that 13 home games is minimum they can work with. Nor would Sky be likely to be happy about less rounds.
  14. The lack of raw speed was very notable. Its vital to have at least 2 backs if not 3 who are rapid and one out and out flyer. If strength is a vital part of RL so is speed.
  15. I agree, as Good Wingers are plentiful in RL and OZ RU for one is becoming reliant on RL to develop wingers. If he was a half back of similar ability the need is higher in RL. That being said, what salary would get Semi? 500k? He would be awesome in SL and would really give the press someone to rave about. I would love to see him at Les Dracs...
  16. I have a feeling they will find some way to bring in more talent and still be within Cap or at least say they are . It just could get interesting a year down the line ala Saracens.
  17. Definitely. Offiah, Davies, Tuigamala spring to mind for 3 Legends who I grew up watching, playing RL after they came over from RU.
  18. Its possible yes that they may want to get some of the biggest earners off the books to save space on the Cap and reduce costs and in some cases, losses. Tbh I think it may happen that the next generation of top RU talent in the UK is earning a bit less than now, unless there is a big new TV deal which does not seem likely. Union sides require huge squads as you need 9 Front rows minimum. And probably 5 Locks. That's 14 Specialists already. You need 40 plus players. Very expensive to budget for. Wadges will have to drop a bit for some teams otherwise we will have more like Saracens or going Bankrupt.
  19. Basically like BMM at Wire / Tonga but even better! Tbh alot of the big strong Polynesian Centres like the 13 for France in Union would be great at RL. Just like the majority of Elite RL wingers would do well in Union. I hope he does switch. Would add some more excitement to the TWP and SL. Now if they can only get Cipriani too!
  20. I would think a big payday would be very much appreciated by Manu. Hes now about 28 so unlikely to make it to the next RU World Cup, so if TWP offer him 1m a year I don't see him turning it down. The Polynesian players have alot of pressure on them to earn as much as they can to help out often a very big extended family back home. Aside from the Money I can't really think of why Manu would switch as he didn't play RL as A Kid and TWP would still involve alot of travel, so not a huge saving there for him. Will be hard as he's on around 400k a year at Leicester I think plus 22k a England game. So I feel TWP will have to offer alot of money to get him to switch. 1m a year for 3 years sort of money.
  21. Sadly this is true, He has ongoing issues with fitness. Did have a good world cup though in terms of Hamstring holding up, so there's hope he can handle more games . Great player who I would love to see in SL. Issue is how many games of say 35 would be be available for? In regards to Noble, I feel there is a element of go for big names, whose game suits RL and who is available for code switch. Manu ticks both boxes imo.
  22. It's Great to see French RL get some coverage. I always cringe when nay sayers about RL say its only played in the North of England, OZ, PNG and Auckland. Its Far more popular in France than they realise. 800k a year is a decent budget tbh. There must be some Anzacs making a decent wadge and living a good life playing in Elite 1. Hopefully some talent comes through to SL as if France can ever get 30-50 Players at SL level as Starters they will have some National Team.
  23. Agree. TV deals will Want guaranteed French or Canadian / US involvement. Look at the Warriors in NZ they have some really bad years yet overall have done alot for NZRL as the depth of talent they develop is huge for NRL and SL.
  24. In fairness, it can work if done well. Look at Les Dracs. A huge success overall. Also, TWP if allowed to go into SL off the bat would probably have done fine in their second season. First one would have been tough though. While P and R is exciting, I don't feel it's a great way to grow the game. As long as a proposal is well financed and makes sense, I'm open to fast tracking.
  25. I can understand what you are saying however the last time England played away in France it was a Saturday night game and a pretty good crowd in Avignon. It wasn't a bad game either and was competitive early on. Also, while it may not be a great game, for the casual fan it's still England v France and still means something. I feel France won't have a reason to get their house in order if they don't have regular games to play against the best. Again, PNG were a bit of a mess a few years back with some of their best players not turning out for them and the situation at the 2010 4 Nations, however giving them WC games, the Hunters and a regular schedule has helped.
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