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  1. Yeah seen reports on that. Although disappointed to see him go, wish him the best. However on the flip side Morgan Smith from London if true he is coming in is a direct replacement. From Halifax side of things not sure if they are keeping Tom Gilmore or not but if they are Connor will have some competition for a starting place where he probably hasn't had for a while
  2. That would be decent, I would play them in reverse order so you have England "A" vs Say Greece, England Knights vs Say PNG and England vs Australia all at one stadium one afternoon.
  3. Agreed there John. Not to be too high and mighty but a Championship comp without some of the better Championship teams doesn't make it look good. Hopefully the situation allows for a November pre-season training with fans friendlies in January
  4. A good referee is one that is in the middle preparation with fitness and has the ability to call out players when they get it wrong and forward pass etc. Everyone can "know the rules" no problem. Some can "know the rules" without passing a test just by going to games each week. You can do a free test online of the rugby league rules and see how well you do, however during a game you can't get subbed off for 10 mins, there is alot of running required. Players make mistakes all the time they may get an ironic cheer from the opposition fans if they do but they don't get harrassed. When you learn to take off your rose tinted glasses you find that referees arent biased, they make very few "mistakes" a viewing position of bang in front doesn't always help when looking at offside, forward pass, interference and grounding all things to look at door a try, without the help of a video referee. To sum up have a go and see yourself what makes a good referee, personally I think it's communication. From local to international but would love to see some fans pick up the whistle and be thrown in, a sort of if you think you can do better off you go then.
  5. Looking at the International game would that be part of the 5 year plan? The RLIF recommended that US and Canada host the 2025 World Cup should that happen or should it be a Europe wide held tournament (France, Spain and Italy?) and should the Ashes series or 4 nations happen again before then?
  6. Yeah he did seems a long time ago! Same bloke in any case
  7. Being linked with a move from Wakefield ex Warrington!! Would be an unbelievable move that one!
  8. Presumably relegating/not giving Wakefield a licence as they don't have a 10K stadium then?
  9. Yeah it was around 2012ish from memory could have been later but they toured a couple of stadiums played in Gillingham too. It was before their move to Barnet.
  10. One of my mates is a Northerner working in the city and I used to go down on occasion also saw them play at Leyton Orient's ground as well which was a good size in the wrong area. I enjoyed it at Barnet too however not the easiest to get through. Fulham/London now need to be at Ealing permanently so they can establish themselves in the area.
  11. Honestly can't wait to get going! Nice range of drinks too which is never a bad thing.
  12. They did come out with a statement distancing themselves from it and Rhodes Knights are in the Greek league system so be will be interesting
  13. This isn't a negative but if I entered this comp in a RFL sanctioned area which "Birmingham Jaguars" definitely are would you need to fill our the tour forms and get permission from the RFL? In Europe, club RL is sanctioned by the individual nations. But as a chairman of a club if I was like OK guys we are off to Madrid to play a pre-season friendly i know it would need sanctioning by the RFL but other than that there isn't the "UEFA" club structure of Rugby League that I can find.
  14. On a side note from full contact they also participate in a NRL Touch competition under the NZ Warriors which gets coverage on both Fox sports and Sky sports NZ and at several age grades and genders they compete in the "Trans-Tazman Test series " between Australia vs New Zealand in a 3 match test series.
  15. Currently Toulouse commitment to any RFL tournament other than the league is zero. If the conversations aren't had it has no chance of happening anyway
  16. Definitely might convince Toulouse to enter if they are guaranteed a "home tie" at Valencia
  17. Final has been scheduled for 13th March 2020 that weekend in 2020 was a Challenge Cup round (1st entry for Championship sides) it may shift next year however we are well into the domestic season in the Super League and RFL structure. If it was a challenge cup round and you could convince one of the teams to play their game in Valencia as a double header with the finals of the Euro 13s it might attract a decent crowd.
  18. Hi Steve, First of all good luck on your adventure. How easy did you find the application process for the tournament? And you mentioned more sponsors which is great out of interest without naming them have are you managing to get into markets where you previously haven't?
  19. Make sense in terms of "magic weekend style" location wise Turkey are the main visa cost problem, unless as UK nationals you would have to pay a Visa to enter the EU after Brexit it should be fine, however with 3 teams from the UK already announced at present unless they start getting soccer creative and including Azerbaijan as a European country it would be only Turkey where a visa would be needed
  20. The quality range of Xile is great if you are prepared to wait although I appreciate they are shipping from ROI and have alot of teams under their banner too.
  21. Reading between the lines not to be too negative but Dean Buchan thought the RFL would open Valencia up with open arms as an "expansion hot-spot" he soon realised this wasn't to be the case and this is how this idea came about. Realistically if Valencia were accepted into League 1 in 2021 he wouldn't have cared less about the other players and nations across Europe.
  22. Adding another capital city in Copenhagen being confirmed today. Get a cheap airline sponsor on board!
  23. The problem is that in a way we need more competions/league structures. The NRL is a franchise and may take 1 possibly 2 more teams before it would have to reshape to add others. To get to Super League, the Championship already has 14 the only way to increase this would be to scrap the playoffs and it could go to 16. Same with Super League. But with Ottawa joining next year and New York the year (in League 1) after them League 1 are already up to 13 teams at that point. Rhondda Outlaws & Dublin Blues could have been League 1 contenders with Valencia a potential other. Under the teams mentioned above it would leave a 16 team (no playoffs) Super League & Championship and a 12 team League 1. Leaving 4 spaces available for League 1 entry. For arguments sake we take Birmingham, Rotterdam, North Brussels and Budapest and put them in League 1 with Rhondda, Dublin and Valencia to make the 16 teams in each of the 3 Leagues. There would be still a further 7 teams in the Euro 13s plus teams that haven't been considered from Greece & Serbia amongst other places. Although the Euro 13s in principle is a good idea, we have to be realistic, we don't know the standard of the teams involved however I would argue that the NCL can deliver better rugby league than League 1 on its day so it will have its challenges to begin with. I am not saying either that I agree to increasing all 3 leagues (Super League, Championship and League 1) to 16 teams as would weaken the comps if anything but realistically, there is probably 1 more spot in League 1 after New Yorks entry presuming that all teams survive after COVID-19. That would leave 12-14-14 and with the feedback Red Star Belgrade were getting I wouldn't be surprised if it was them for that final spot. That would leave a 1 in 1 out licencing rule for future. So if you want into the RFL get buying a licence like they did at Hemel.
  24. Although I like the idea, I wonder if the organisers have taken behind the scenes advise. The teams seem to be at a community level with a couple of decent players. I know they go a bit further but the England Community Lions and BARLA tours of down under would be good experience to chat to, to establish cost and equipment etc. Its the medical standards for me, club doctors, Concussion protecol and physios etc that need to be up to standard is it independents from the home club or do both have them.
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