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  1. Perceptive, TIWIT. For all the relentless moaning about RU v RL, if you want RL to succeed in North America, then teams need more demonstrated support from the motherland. SL's treatment of Wolfpack has so far been disgraceful. If it stumbles locally in the face of competition from the Arrows and its MLR support, then a chunk of the blame will lie with Super League itself. And then we''ll need earplugs to mute the union-blaming, instead of introspection. But I think that's a doomsday scenario. Canadian sports fans are capable of following both the Wolfpack and the Arrows. I don't agree that Wolfpack fans in general are primarily union fans - most are new to rugby of either code and begin as casual fans who learn the game from scratch. Both codes are still niche sports here, there's room for everyone. Some of us went to both teams' fixtures last season. Some of us bought both types of merch. No one lost an eye.
  2. Americans manage to cope with two variants of pro baseball - American League rules and National League rules. North Americans accept two variants of what the British call "American football" - as played in the American Football League and the Canadian Football League. Americans will eventually figure out that there are two different species of rugby, if they get interested enough. So use rugby union and rugby league as appropriate, but no need to bash them over the head with the billion year history of code wars, disgruntlement, and look-back-in-anger. They simply won't care. Better to give them a nice clean slate and help them to love the game.
  3. One of the saddest posts I've ever seen. Getting into a squabble about whose low crowds aren't lower than other low crowds.
  4. Canada has at present a very low incidence. You're more likely to be hit by an SUV driver than to get Coronavirus. Reported cases have mostly been associated with travel from Iran and Italy. But our biggest fear looking ahead is transmission from people entering Canada from the US. For now, there's no panic and people are going about their lives although perhaps fewer people are eating out. Governments, health ministries, hospitals, public health officials are all busy making contingency plans. Haven't heard of official shutdowns although some events may have independently cancelled. Our St. Patrick's Day parade is still scheduled. But the cancellation of the NBA season will likely have a knock-on effect and the NHL is now thinking deep thoughts.
  5. It's a conspiracy, I tells ya. Wolfpack have their first good game this season and the north of England electrons go off duty.
  6. I can view it on my phone but can't stream on my PC. And the RFL live score has it the wrong way round - grrr.
  7. Bit of both. Ottawa, technically, is in Ontario but it's right on the Quebec border. Many people who work in Ottawa, which is of course the capital of Canada, actually live in Quebec. Quebec law mandates French as the official business language and by law must be prominent in public signage and so on. All Canadian federal departments and organizations are bilingual (including banks and national airlines, for example). Even though Ottawa isn't in Quebec, it's a government town and it's typical to use a lot of French for all those reasons.
  8. 3500 fans in a 24000 capacity stadium - our crowd counting brethren are gonna have a MUCH harder time with the Aces than they do with the Wolfpack. Off to Specsavers, you know who you are!
  9. None at all, but I'm sure you'll come up with one.
  10. It will be a warm one between fans and will involve many road trips. Very much looking forward to this and great credit to Eric Perez for pulling this off.
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