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  1. RL is more popular than soccer in NZ -http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/7680-new-zealand-rugby-tv-viewers-june-2018-201808030712
  2. That's shocking can you tell us more about NZ RL and it's relationship with gangs? Who allowed this to happen?
  3. But you get my point the NRL not being well know here is because RL isn't big in Britain. it's big in the heartlands yes but not britain as a whole. Also there's plenty of RL fans who don't follow the NRL and just follow their super league team.
  4. RL isn't the domainat code in britain. Just compare to two codes world cups(2013 & 2015) in terms of coverage and spectators. Also RU had a more diverse hosting cities. Its just how it is. It's the other way around in Australia how many people know about england RU? Not many but they know british RL. RL just isn't as entrenched culturally and institutionally in britain as much as ru is.
  5. That's the case for all RL teams really. We don't have a spectator culture like soccer does in the uk where people will go to watch 0-0 mid table game in the pouring rain. Broncos are in a RL loving city though the best athletes in nz dont play RL which is the issue the warriors have. A small player pool and they have to fight with union for elite players. I think the warriors have actually pushed above their weight if you look at the RL participation numbers in NZ. Compare that to the storm i swear they've had like what 3 victorian players the warriors is full of kiwis so there's some positives. So in terms of pathway for local players the warriors are more successful but in terms of winning the storm is more successful than the warriors. Winning is the only missing piece for the warriors but seeing how strong RL is in Australia its a tough ask for them. Its like catalan trying to win SL.
  6. This should be a cause for concern that the game in the second biggest place in NZ is struggling. What chance do other areas of NZ stand if wellington is struggling.
  7. RL is oppressed in NZ so it really is kept alive by the back of passionate volunteers and an NRL club which plays in an australian competition. Its the only professional team the country has. They tried to make a semi pro comp but it folded. As for grassroots RL is oppressed in schools so not a lot play it and of the schools that do the standard isn't high and it's very recreational(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_in_New_Zealand#Participation). Its heartlands lie in west coast, some parts of auckland, huntly in waikato and I believe among tongans its now the most popular game. It's behind sports like RU, cricket, netball and soccer in popularity. So its the 5th most popular sport in New Zealand. But number 1 or 2 among Maori and pacific Islanders in New zealand. The game still has a lot of work to do to grow among pakeha kiwis and migrant groups coming from asia, europe and africa.
  8. Isn't the usarl travel already bad can't imagine players going to alaska
  9. Their page has been up for a while hope they can get of the ground. I never knew USARL was going pro
  10. So they are the Russian version of Club Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin and Racing Club de Narbonne Méditerannée. Sad to see like vichy all over again
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