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  1. With the gap growing between the traditional nations and then the best of the rest. To give players a chance of international honours at a world cupcould we have more nations competing. In theory it might limit the likes of Scotland as someone as Scottish as Danny Brough maybe selected for England Knights but in turn that might convince them to be more creative in their plan. Just a thought . E.g. England and England Knights Australia (Kangaroos) and Australia Aboriginal New Zealand (Kiwis) and New Zealand Maori There maybe a crossover where you have a player of indigenous heritage that qualifies for the first team which you could have the player choosing who to play for. When you look at the current groups for 2021 World Cup you think England vs Samoa should be a comfortable win for England but if it was England Knights it could be an interesting story.
  2. They are going to be relatively close to Copperheads (Lee County) and Tampa Mayhem It will be great if they can be sustainable in this area and Florida could be a hotbed of Rugby League as you have Lakeland Renegades too. Then you have Central Florida Warriors covering Orlando area and Jacksonville Axemen, further North.
  3. To be fair on top of this the community club communication has been spot on. When Harrogate was in Tier 1 back in September/October they gave us all the information needed to play safely and what they were comfortable in us doing right up to the most recent lockdown. We stopped activity as we were increased to Tier 2 for Christmas but they were great with several clubs zoom calls to discuss any issues that you might have.
  4. That Rugby am coverage was good. It was almost like you were immersed within in the club for a Saturday Afternoon interviewing practically everyone in the club. There were some great games on there too the NCL is at a decent level for an amateur competition and should be admired. Unfortunately we won't get any coverage from the BBC this year but hopefully a club streams one of their games later in the year on YouTube or Facebook or similar would happily watch that.
  5. Thanks i will check it out, when the BBC have put so much effort into splashing across their live TV with the FA Cup I fancied some live proper sport so was digging to find some
  6. I watched it again yesterday, watched it first time round live but interesting listening back to all the positives and excitement there was back then for Toronto and the amount of UK residents actively tweeting the idea that they will be following them.
  7. It's a decent game, have watched it a couple of times in the nearly 4 years it's been on there but like the Watersplash final that they had on there earlier this year. I am sure they could dig out some other cracking games. St Helens vs Halifax semi-Final from 2019 would be the 1st one I would have on there. They could have a vote online and put a new game on Iplayer every 2-4 weeks during the off season or something similar, there has been some cracking games on the BBC, 4 nation games too.
  8. For some reason Siddal Vs Toronto from the Challenge Cup is still on there from Feb 2017. With the. BBC having the coverage rights it might be good if they could upload more Challenge Cup or international games in the off season which could easily be used to drive more interest.
  9. I have found from playing both X-league is more like full contact as you tend to tackle the ball in a sense when wrapping up your opponent and is a little more physical due to the tag positions on the side of the shorts but you do raise a valid point on the referee at the moment alot of it is a "gentleman/captains" agreement, rather than playing for competition you would admit if ball was touched and not seen by the referee.
  10. Thanks for checking us out, we use that pitch as a training pitch. It's designed for 5 aside soccer but allows us to train better as players haven't got the space of 50-60 metres like you would on a grass pitch setup. Also it's cheaper, floodlit and all weather. Generally it's 7 a side for 13 minutes so we have been doing attack vs defence drills etc. I was on the AGM call today of X-League and there long term aim is for a X-league UK circuit going to different venues etc amongst other tournaments and bringing X-league into the RFL coaches framework as part of using X-league to develop skill sets. We can offer X-league for 1 hour (4 x 13 minute games) for £2-3 per player turn up and play. That's without any kit sponsors or anything like that. X-League see it as a stepping stone up or down through to contact RL or you could play X-league in its own right. Since those videos have been taken we have had regular 5 a side games on that pitch which we might have to scale up to a bigger pitch at some point.
  11. Totally agree with this point. Our club considered TTRL (Oztag) but even if we decided to run it ourselves from the club the tags are £45 for 2 sets and then each player would have to pay £17 each for a pair of approved shorts before you get going . We settled on X-League due to it being run by the RFL. Touch Rugby run by the England Touch association is a sport that is dominated by Union teams on O2 touch festivals seem to try and take that variant. When Covid allows we are having our own social X-league even every Friday 7-8pm then option to go to the bar after and the clubs social secretary is at the heart of this arranging after games meet ups for food etc every so often. We will be involved with the X-League world cup this year too. I played tag and it is something that we may consider socially if the interest gains and have a minimum contact evening with both options available.
  12. Totally agreed I tried to watch a Union game that was on amazon prime recently but turned it off due to how slow the game play was. I appreciate they may have different skill sets with patience being their main one. When you watch the NRLs best tries/best long tries you realise how quick they really are when you watch it week in and out you get used to it but the Union build up play and rolling over each other is definitely something that's not for me. League, Footy, RL what ever you want to call it is definitely a different game.
  13. With the above has anyone ever nominated someone for an award? I am sure there are plenty of coaches that have been volunteering tirelessly for years that create positive impacts at community levels that if nominated by individuals they would receive BEM or possibly even a MBE if you think of some of the big amateur clubs without like Stanningley or Siddal to name 2 without the volunteers the gap left in society where 150+ kids wouldn't have a sports team. It wouldn't be surprising if the RFU don't have a committee just filling out forms for honours. If you looked in the honours list this year Exeter head Coach Rob Baxter awarded with OBE for winning the league and European Cup. Their captain Joe Simmonds awarded an MBE too. Their chairman awarded OBE in 2012 for services to sport for basically running Exeter Chiefs as a business....
  14. There is already a X-League "World Cup" scheduled for 17-24th November in Sheffield. England is split between at Least Yorkshire and Lancashire as 2 separate teams with Japan apparently playing in that Tournament.
  15. The main problem with 9s is unless it's a separate circuit like the 7s in Union its going to be challenging. You firstly need an organiser, as a club we could easily organise it. However the teams involved are another problem as if they are 13s are they going to risk 1st players potentially getting injured or could it be that you have a separate 9s side that were your Reserves team that take part in 4/5 tournaments across the year but those players could play in the first team too for 13s. So rather than having a Super League reserves you have Super League 9s therefore cutting down on the numbers of players needed to 15 extra rather than 17-20?
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