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  1. I suspect australians do. But you do agree the st esteve and catalan xiii merger has worked out well?
  2. They merged to form UTC in the elite 1 competition. I think between us we are delving into semantics in terms of what we define a merger to be. I would say Wests Tigets are a merger, but West Magpies still exist.
  3. There were a lot of people in st estate and Catalan xiii that were opposed along with those that wanted UTC to go ahead. It certainly was, and still is a successful merger. Andvtheyvwre very successful as UTC in the elite 1 for a few season as that merged club let's not forget. Both the original clubs have long and colourful histories, given up for progress, and currently writing their new history in their new era.
  4. Wests. They are the perfect example of a merger that was as good as you could get - where fans were up in arms, left, and then came back to see them win a GF When you listen to Michael Carbone's route through this himself you can see it can work in spite of all the history. Catalans are a good example too - two clubs with huge history, albeit they merged with a common purpose to move out of their league and into another, bigger league Bad examples are Hull-Gateshead and Huddersfield-Sheffield. Maybe we just do them really badly in England. We shouldn't rush to merge if our standard is these.
  5. Are you even allowed to pay players an compete in level 5 community leagues?
  6. Think it's safe to say this wouldn't fund the clubs on it's own.
  7. I've not read most of the above posts, apologies. For me though, and I'm a member of Our League but not a subscriber, if Our Leagues ourput gave me a few random free games in the Wonenens Super League and the Championship, league 1 and academy, and a decent highlights package which included the french league, I'd happily part with 10 to 15 quid a month. If they wanted to put big games on as add on subscriptions on top of this, that would be fine with me.
  8. Yep. Saw that a while back and keeping quiet. Wanted to raise here but scared what people would say. What division are they in? No one seems to know. I posted a bit if a blind "are they starting a super league south" on another post but I'm sure that isnt what's going on. Not convinced there is a plan... Worried. So, now you've raised the semi pro post theyve put out there (with no indication of what league they'll be playing in for Jaguars hierarchy...) ...thoughts? Does anyone know their plan? What's happening with Bristol and All Golds (and Bath?) next season too?
  9. Assuming current positions that would give: Super League Premier League: Catalans Dragons; St Helens; Warrington Wolves; Wigan Warriors; Hull Kingston Rovers; Hull FC; Leeds Rhinos; Castleford Tigers; Huddersfield Giants, Toulouse Super League Championship: Salford; Wakefield; Leigh; Featherstone; Halifax; Bradford; Batley; London; Whitehaven; York. Teams left out of any funding: Sheffield - assume that would finish them; can't see them going into the NCL Widnes - would they really join the NCL? I'm thinking they'll try and get it in court Newcastle - 50/50 go under or join NCL Dewsbury, Oldham, Swinton, Barrow, Workington, Keighley, Rochdale, Hunslet - they'd all have to go amateur and into the NCL? I'd assume both the Welsh teams would fold instantly, and Cov and Skolars would have to move and reform as local clubs scaled back clubs. Zero chance of any semi-pro expansion any time for the next generation: the drawbridge will be fully pulled up for any French, Canadian, American, Serbian, Spanish etc teams. Probably kills off Super League expansion for good. Bit of a massive F^&*ing change to the British game isn't it! Is this really what is about to happen?
  10. So assuming all the gossip is right and it will be two funded divisions of 10 each and the rest cut lose; who do we think will be in the top 10? Who will miss out? Will sky really want a top10 where 2 of them are French? Surely all of Cov, London Skolars, and the 2 welsh clubs wont make the cut so they will need to go amateur again which might finish them. Will Newcastle, or even London, make the cut? Could they be trying to organise a Super League South like the women's game with a bit of extra negotiated cash? Lots of possibilities, but for expansionists I dont see any of them playing out at all well.
  11. Ah, sorry. They are calling themselves "Birmingham Moseley" for some reason now, so I thought you meant them
  12. Where will the Play Off Final be played? What happens if there are more travel restrictions and Toulouse can't fly in. Let's see what happens then.
  13. Gigot's a legend as well. I'm not sure he'll get on that well in SL, but great to watch,... another Toulouse try!
  14. I've not watched Toulouse in months. They look good! better than some Super League teams, perhaps.
  15. Anyone not watching this game, I'd suggest you tune in for the last 10 mins! quality and I have no idea if Tigers will claw it back. https://www.rugby-league.com/dashboard
  16. I thought Gloucester did as well, but I might have rememebred wrong. Lovibg the " Rugby league still uses this "correct" numbering system" comment
  17. Do we know if the 7s competition that Strathmore played in was planned before or after the date for the League grand final was set? I appreciate union 7s is importantly to them in Scotland but it's a bit bad that you get all the way to a final of a competition, then pull out as you rate a random union 7s weekend over a national League championship.
  18. I remember years ago remarking on a Union board about something and referring to their Stand Off. They piled into me and said that was a League term and how dare the use it in their presence. I said that it was also used in union, particularly at northern union clubs like Orrel, and they should know their sport a bit better if they insisted on coming on the internet and talking about it, disapointing with the education they'd paid for, clearly just a game for southern part time fans, etc. Such fun.
  19. Interesting as well that Partizan have less than a 1/10th of the Facebook following of Red Star but have been consistently kicking their @r5e this year :-).
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