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  1. Is there a list anywhere of who is and isn't in this reserve league? It's getting a bit confusing.
  2. I know. Not been a roaring success for the regional leagues, has it?
  3. Would surely be Farrell or Ford...both kids of RL internationals who have at least played the game.
  4. Wouldn't be a bad shout. It has always been my view that the NCL ought to be an elite comp for the best teams in decent facilities. 49 has simply weakened the regional leagues. A proper pyramid is needed. A single NCL, below that a West and East Leagues and below that the regional leagues. With proper P+R for those with the requisite facilities. Similar to football.
  5. Yep. None are Jackson Hastings, but they all have shown themselves to be able to play SL. Time for a Broncos flash in the pan thread?
  6. Some thoughts. 3 on the road games makes sense. Each team travels to Canada once. Is sensible and obvious and fair. Probably a non starter then. Wouldnt a smaller team be better first up? It will probably sell out any ways. Hudd, Salford or Wakey.
  7. Played in a schools Union tournament at Preston 35ish years ago. Ourselves and the Dutch National team lost in the Plate semis (losers consolation prize). They looked a decent side then. Not sure why it ( rugby in general that is ), never progressed there?
  8. Burnley is the very essence of the M62 attitude. Except that he don't never want to go to Keighley. What would he make of Toronto?
  9. Yep. Although I would argue that is not in the Nobel Laureate s top 100 works.
  10. Would add to the above. Impressive seasons at Fev and Leigh. Both clubs can be rightly proud of their efforts on and off the field, from a precarious beginning, to be more than competitive. Swinton finishing mid-table. Quality social media. Newcastle development work. Quietly building attendances and the Community game. Magic back at St James'. A sensible decision shock. Toronto accepted into SL. Would have been crazy not to, but this is RL after all! Edit. Futtocks got a couple of them in first. Oh. And 4000 at a Turkish domestic game. Flew a bit under the radar as we saw nearly 10k in Canada. But, if one takes a step back, and thinks back only 5 years, both of them are bloody remarkable. Whitehaven too. A surprise winner of L1. Suddenly Cumbria's elite side...
  11. Nah. It is hugely confusing. There is a salary cap on how much you can pay in salaries. With a Byzantine series of exemptions and reductions and clauses. Then there is a quota of number of "overseas" players you can have. With a huge number of exemptions. Only those in the business, and the uber geeky fully understand it.
  12. Frankly, it has re kindled my interest in the game somewhat. Of course, having lived in Canada makes me biased, but I was losing patience with the same old, same old SL fare. Being able to watch L1 and Championship regularly helped me re-connect with the game at a lower level, which would never have happened otherwise. Clubs were on live TV, sometimes for the first time in decades. Their rise has encouraged me to get up and support Newcastle Thunder, which I had never done in 12 years of living up here.
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