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  1. Yep. Loses nothing and gains identity and clarity by just being Britain
  2. Yeah, it is unbelievable. Both the article and the RFL's response are awful. If we apply basic BLUF then the take away from the RFL response is that they are sad! Is that really the main point? Poorly written and equally poorly structured. Trying to be positive though, at least the RFL are consistently bad.
  3. Yes and no. He is absolutely not to blame for what happened but he did some strange things. For the first sin bin he refused to look at or acknowledge one touch judge when in conversation and completely ignored them when they pointed a finger at Mamo. It was bizarre behavior and not one a quality ref should follow. I remember thinking how petty and it looked and then the rest subsequently happened.
  4. Yeah, it would be a pretty good idea.
  5. We have only 2 -- Wigan and Leeds. The entire Super League brand should be based on promoting these two pillars across the Pennines. Making them fully national brands (let alone global brands) would drag every other team upwards and forwards. Having many priorities means you have none. Pick your prettiest and promote them - petty personal team preferences shouldnt come into this. As much as I hated them, Wigan's decade of dominance made League's profile far higher than it is now and it is easier to develop household names for 2 or so teams than for half the league. Clubs like Saints, Wire, FC etc are incredibly important to the game but not the vehicles to hitch our wagons to in order to build national profile for the sport.
  6. Why shouldnt tax payers subsidise local sports teams in the short term?
  7. I enjoyed that. A human interest piece that showed women's league lookin good and didnt try to make League look bad.
  8. I was listening to the Super League Pod discuss this issue and I had a thought on the subject that hadn’t previously occurred to me. I played Academy League at a club with an A (reserve) team. I was also heavily involved with cricket at the same time. The existence of an A team definitely played a role in me ultimately attempting to pursue cricket rather than League. It was an extra step to the first XIII and a roadblock that made the first team appear distant. There is definitely an advantage to reserve grade league for those who are 100% committed to the sport and it provides competitive games but it disincentives staying in the game for those who potentially have other options. I wasn’t willing at 18/19 years old to commit to a pathway that had reserves as a hurdle to go through when I had other, potentially more promising options. If the system was Academy to first team then it makes it far more attractive to stay in the sport. I know people will say that if you are good enough then you don’t have to play reserves, and that is true, but it is the perception for the athlete that is important and reserve grade makes League less attractive for those that are not just League players. I would like us to try to find ways to make a career in League attractive for those who also play football, cricket, Union etc rather than adding what appears to be an extra hurdle. The vast majority of guys I played with were League through and through but we need to cast our net wider and attract those who play multiple sports at a good level and have them pick League. Adding an extra layer makes that choice less attractive. Hope that makes sense even if people don’t agree.
  9. Fair enough but people from Yorkshire still do. Make it a one off game in Yorkshire every year at a decent stadium with good transport links that would help with development. No doubt it would be a cheap knock off or the Origin series but so what? I love the idea of the annual Roses game at Keepmoat, Doncaster
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