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Southerner80

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. While I agree I don't see France actually beating us anytime soon, I feel France merit some regard. If we gave them an annual game like OZ do with PNG, it would help alot. France is the biggest market for RL out there at international level that presently has a half decent side. With all due respect to Canada, despite the best efforts of TWP the national team would be lucky to be within a 100 points of OZ. France can sell 14k tickets for a home game. I know it's the PM13 that OZ send out, however it's a annual fixture in PNG against the world's best. We should give France that too. A anuual home game against a world class team. PNG sometimes get hammered sometimes are close, and as yet haven't won this game, however it is important for RL to expand the international game by playing these games. Union respects Italy despite them not winning a game in the 6N for the last 3 years and 15 attempts, it helps Union grow as they play these games regularly. If England played v France around every Bastille day and Les Dracs got the weerknd off SL it would be something for French RL. Its not inconceivable for a fired up French side at home vs a SL only English side to be competitive and make it a good game and keep it within 20 points and dare to dream that they can win. Look at Japan in Union, or PNG today for the inspiration.
  9. Yes of course. I know its been a very bad tour results wise, yet England /GB are capable of next year and the year beyond turning it around. NZ lost 4-2 to Fiji in 2017 And a year later, they beat OZ 26-24. So I'm hopeful for England to turn it around. Overall its a good time for international RL. PNG and Tongas wins make it alot more competitive and exciting. Now if only France could put in a really good performance and come within 12pts of England in a match. France seem to lack size and physicality though, if only they could draft in some residency Anglo Muscle for that pack. It would not be a bad thing for France to have the permission to pick up to 3 players on residence. The issue is though with only one SL team, and one that sees itself as Catalan first and French second, and has to avoid Relegation the Dragons alone can't do that much for the National team. Two Guaranteed 2 SL Spots for France, and 2 more French teams in the Championship would do alot more IMO as without threat of Relegation there is alot more incentive to play French players. I don't think it's a coincidence that this is the biggest PNG team I've seen physically. That extra size makes alot of difference as RL may be a skill game however muscle And speed is a massive part of it too. The PNG Hunters are proving a real success as they are getting players signed up to NRL and SL sides, even if not all are regular players. They have also added some good Heritage talent, which is making a difference to their overall quality. It seems the opportunity to play at a higher level over a period of time which the Hunters in the QLD has done, does produce more players. It just needs to be done over a period of time, as it takes a few years for players to come through.
  10. The last two games have been poor for Bennett. The selection of out of position players and the lack of passion in the players, he has to take responsibility for this, and yes He can't be seen as a viable candidate for coach going forward.
  11. If only France can kick on a bit we would have around 8-10 strong nations. Wales And France both deserve more support as they both are based around home born talent and as such expand the playing pool. Its a shame France did not play in PNG too. That PNG are not based around heritage players is amazing for game as it suggests there is potential for alot more talent to come from there and for this win to be one that will be repeated in coming years against Elite sides. Definitely PNG learnt alot from having the Knights tour there last year. Hopefully PNG get more home games in coming years.
  12. We just got hammered by a team who have a Half back who plays for Doncaster and who have Another Half back from the QLD Cup, so I feel personally Abdull who did a good job for London in a struggling team would have maybe done something at Half Back. The players picked at half back did not have great tours. As there's 24 in the Squad I would have seen him as challenging Trueman or Austin for a spot. Austin for me, is great against weak opposition but yet to show it when it really matters. Grace I would have seen as a must for the PNG game and Evalds is creative. McShane and Clarke would be my preferred Hookers as while I think Roby is arguably the second best hooker of the last few years behind Cameron Smith, Roby is old now and 2021 may be pushing it for him.
  13. With a coach I feel a SL based Coach is a must. There's alot of SL based players who could have been better selections, Grace, Evalds, McShane, Abdull just to throw out some names who may well have done a job.
  14. I would go for a Younger Player who is a sure thing for the 13. Bateman is the obvious candidate. I would pick Clarke at Hooker, Zak at full back barring someone having a huge year and next year, leave Hodgson, Graham, McGilivary, Hall, Hill, Austin and maybe even Widdop and Lomax out. With McGilivary I really like him as a player however I feel its 2 years on from 2017 and where he peaked and is now too slow for a International Winger at the Elite level. He lacks pace now.
  15. Yes, He has to go now for sure. He did well at the WC and last year was a good home series until the last test. His time has gone now, someone else needs to come in with fresh ideas. I would like to see Powell or Wane get the Job. Also focus on players under 28. RL is so physical that it is not going to be wise to hold onto too many older players as the 2021 WC is still a long way off on this brutal game. You can maybe have 3 older players but not 5 or 6 if you want to match the energy of other teams.
  16. About 40% of Us voted for a PNG win, so the upset was on the cards? Juet shocked at how much PNG have dominated here. Immense passion, physicality, great support running and some clever kicking game. GB look slow. The lack of pace on the backs cost at least 2 tries here. Above all the players in the second half have not looked all there. The try before half time changed the whole game and showed PNG this game was for the taking. England next year will have to try different approaches and build a new side as they don't look dangerous enough at scoring tries against teams who can match them physically.
  17. Its quite worrying that Bennett picks him on the Wing as it suggests so little confidence in the SL English Backs. Hopefully PNG win this to help boost the international game and We get a new approach next year with a new coach.
  18. Toulouse as French RL needs more opportunities for players to play SL. Newcastle and York as I feel they offer alot as Big places, well run teams and Newcastle a Fans favourite for nights out. Bradford as potentially good crowds there and a Historically big team. One of only 4 GF winners in SL era Now there's a 16 Team SL. If only there was enough TV money for 2.5m a team a season and we would have some competition!
  19. He may have negotiated for it, in his contract. He managed to have 6 or 7 fights while under contract to the NRL or the NZRU so there's a record of employers giving him flexibility on this additional sporting goal of his. Its a possibility as TWP really wanted to sign him and may well have an agreement for one fight a year in the off season?
  20. Cipriani could well do very well at League. He's very creative with his passes and kicks and is a good runner with the ball. The biggest payday for him would be In France or Japan in Union. In the UK I would feel as he's not likely to be part of an England set up he is not going to on more than 450k a year maximum and probably in the range of 350k In more likelyhood. Still a huge salary of course, however not impossible for certain RL teams probably Leeds or Wire or Wigan or Saints or Hull or Les Dracs or TWP to come close to.
  21. Now that you say it, this makes sense. He's a fascinating character and HW boxing is very lucrative. Being in North America and the UK opens up alot of possibilities for him with Boxing. He would certainly be able to draw a decent crowd. The whole situation is fascinating for sure!
  22. I think the main reason is the NRL / OZ federation wanted to reduce the amount of games played by OZ. The 4N was 4 games for OZ as they always made the final. Now apart from in WC years they are playing less matches. I think 2 tests in both 18 and 19. I don't know this for sure but the above makes sense. Both that they wanted less wear and tear on the players and they have issues with wadges for the OZ matches as the players are on 20k aud a game and the TV rights are not likely to be that lucrative as the International game is Likely to be 3rd behind Origin and the NRL for General RL Fans down under. The 4N was a very good competition and it would be a good thing to bring it back.
  23. I agree. GB can have a place as a once every 4 years down under tour and maybe even a home series if there's enough demand. With the caveat that they must pick at least some players from Wales and Scotland and Ireland. I'm not against a heritage OZ player either, basically the side has to be different to the England team to seem relevant in my view. With this tour That Grace and Knowles did not get picked is a real shame and undermines the concept of a GB team if no Welsh players particually as both mentioned are quality players who would not be out of place on that Stage. GB team offers Welsh and Scottish players and Irish players the chance to play in a side with the talent to compete and beat OZ.
  24. As a London based fan, I think putting the 3rd game here is smart as even if it is 2-0 to OZ, the Southern Fans and casual fans are more likely to turn out for a chance to see top level International RL and visit the most advanced stadium in the UK. I would feel this one could be close to sell out given a year to push sales.
  25. How would 3 Marquee and a cap of 2.5m sound? Would that promote more star power while still ensuring the not so wealthy clubs are not blown away by spending?
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