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  1. Cec Thompson played for GB in 1951. He twice played for Barrow in the 60s, but made his debut for Hunslet in 1948, playing for them and at Wembley for Workington. He is remarkable also for having been a native of the NE, and only taking up the game whilst working near Leeds. He hadn't played Union either! He retired to found his own business, get a degree in Economics, teach at a Grammar School and form the first student RL team at Leeds Uni. Not bad for a mixed race kid who grew up in orphanages!
  2. Been a long, long off season, but there is loads to look forward to. And some genuine uncertainty. How will Toronto go? Can Salford back up? A genuinely competitive Championship with at least 6 or 7 clubs with realistic hopes of going up. Ditto League One. Whats more we have 3, yes 3 full RU internationals playing in SL this season (Burrell, Folau and SBW). All 3 of them were genuine contenders for RU World Cup places with countries who thought they had a chance of winning it, this time last year. Been a long time since we even had one of them in the NH game. So, yes, I am excited! Be Thursday night already...
  3. Here is another issue. It is impossible to defend Folau on the "sincere Christian beliefs" front. He holds views which utterly disparage almost every other Christian, as well as almost everyone else. Basically his view is everyone bar my extended family is controlled by Satan and is going to Hell. He is a long way from holding anything like mainstream views. So culture wars only comes into it if you will tolerate anything at all as long as it winds up Libs and gays.
  4. Yes. That was my first thought. The other was, that is the first time Catalans will have a player your average French Union fan will have heard of. So I don't entirely buy the won't help their attendance argument. It may or. May not.
  5. Does he have that? SBW doesn't. How long since he played League? Again genuine question I don't know.
  6. Dunno. But Folau strengthens their hand in that. Most French rugby followers know exactly who he is...
  7. Apparently so. May divert some of the outrage about Toronto back onto the other foreigners though.
  8. Interesting question. Is their salary cap in Euros? Genuine question I don't know. Presumably they got him way below his true RL player value, given his total lack of options.
  9. One thing he would definitely be able to do is kick goals. Worth a few points every game. Look at Frano Botica. John Monie had him in his all time team of players he'd coached for that reason alone.
  10. There's American, Canadian, Gaelic, Australian, Rugby League, Rugby Union, and Association. All football...
  11. Never understood the Pats green kit. The all black kit I used to wear was awesome.
  12. And evidently much less elusive ?
  13. This is a vital area, one in which I have some experience in advice. If anyone feels the need, Step Change and Christians Against Poverty are 2 wonderful charities which offer free advice and can take over the negotiations for you to reduce monthly re-payments. They can also handle all correspondence, to eliminate the stress of dealing with demands via the post. They have qualified lawyers too, to handle disputes and summonses. All free.
  14. One player I am looking at is Dixon. He's 29 now, so approaching peak for a forward and has played in a GF.I've always been impressed by him in a non -flashy way. Was surprised when he went to Leigh and to Toronto. He'll have a big role if TWP are to do well.
  15. Indeed. I wonder what the odds are on SBW as Man of Steel?
  16. Coincidentally 1985 is also the end of an era when Leigh were very very good, and Wigan were ######... ?
  17. Yep. Me too. Very easy to just send thoughts and best wishes, but to take the time to put some effort into it and make it personal. Top man!
  18. Red Star are one of the biggest sporting clubs in Europe, basketball, football, etc. (Indeed, it could be argued, they'd instantly be the biggest Club playing RL in the world. NOT the biggest RL club). Supported by 50% of Serbs. So they might bring some away fans. Potentially half the Serbs in the UK. Even if only 1% of that number showed up, that would be a fair few (350 away fans if the above figures are correct) at League One level.
  19. https://www.rugby-league.com/article/56190/newcastle-thunder-to-kick-off-dacia-magic-weekend Ticket sales up 25% on Anfield apparently.
  20. Belgrade and Valencia are considerably different propositions to NY, Ottawa and Toronto though. They don't involve big time zone changes. Spain is on the same time. And Vladivostok do manage in the Russian second division which is non-regionalised. Which is not to say there aren't massive issues...merely to point out that they are not utterly insurmountable.
  21. Sevens then Locker Cup v Wire used to be traditional. A warm up 5 weeks out from the first game seems rather like stretching for the Olympic 1500m a week before the final.
  22. On a serious note. Does anyone know why these fixtures survived in Yorkshire, but died out elsewhere. 2 serious possible season wrecking fractures for Trinity doesn't suggest they are wise. The fact that plenty manage without suggests they aren't entirely necessary?
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