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  1. I hope everyone is doing ok, it has been pretty bad here in Spain and several places have had to go back into lockdown. Will keep it brief, I was in favour of a 14 SL before covid so my opinion hasn't changed. So I would either be in favour of the teams that want to compete have a knockout for 2 promotion places as a result but as that isn't going to happen , I would like to see SL and RFL announce that next season there will also be no relegation. This way, clubs are given chance to adjust to the new climate but the Championship will have two promotion places to take the SL up to 14.
  2. As a relatively young person I am delighted to find some content that isnt the "banter" that infects so much sports coverage. A great listen from start to finish.
  3. No one is pulling up trees in that second pack and I dont expect the likes of Widnes, Fax or Bulls to take points off the top three either. Its not slipping up vs the lower ranked teams and games vs eachother that will decide that 5th spot.
  4. Less than 10 mins into this and it's equally horrifying and engrossing. The quality of interview and the rawness of this is incredible. Fair play to Brian opening up this much, wouldn't think less of him for keeping this to himself. Deserves a massive audience.
  5. Would like Newcastle to win and get a home tie against a well supported SL team as a great advert pre Magic weekend.
  6. Still find it silly that all Super League clubs dont enter here and get out from the paywall.
  7. Welcome onboard. And yes they probably should but they should be incentivised by minimum quotas for home grown players. This is the exact kind of thing a club who have to find talent would do.
  8. They were weeks away from dying a few years ago and now they pull in 1000 plus. I also worry about out of town stadiums. But if public transport is good or there are a few pubs between the new ground and the city they should be ok. They have added another positive outpost for our game and as Newcastle improve their academy, being the closest club to them, they could offer a part time route for some of those lads. In a nice little centre of the triangle of Leeds, Hull and Newcastle. Will be good to see what crowds a York vs Newcastle can pull next season.
  9. Will look in detail post work. Hope Newcastle go up this year as would hate a club who have a thriving academy miss out to Ottowa. Regarding the genrations to develop players, I do think p and r limits incentive to produce home grown for non uk clubs so the NBA comparisons are not helpful. Just sling them in Super League with exemption from relegation for minimum player caps and let them grow without distorting the leagues below.
  10. As mentioned, tough run of fixtures and have fev next. Narrow loss to Broncos who look shakey. But have 3 very winnable games after cup match with hornets. If they can be on 6 points after 8 games they are in the playoff hunt. If they lose to Dewsbury they will be safe but probably too far behind.
  11. York have you, Oldham, Whitehaven then game vs Dewsbury. Need to win three of those to be in the playoff race. Only game they should have won from their first 4 on paper was fax. If they beat a tough Hornets team in the cup it gives the chance for a decent draw in the cup with a few wins to see them eventually move into the new stadium. Still a bright future for them.
  12. After Fev York have a run of winnable and now must win games.
  13. Over 1,000 in the third tier. Could double that next season if they go up. Excellent stuff.
  14. Excellent, would be great to see them climb the pyramid.York vs Newcastle in their new stadium next season, Leeds vs Newcastle in Super League down the line. Some great work. Anyone got an idea of the crowd today?
  15. Had this down as a banana skin and only 10 nil at ht. Couldnt get the stream but looking forward to watching that Wednesday. We have a break for the cup but looking at next 4 games up till Easter fixtures. York have fev, oldham, whitehaven and then what will be a massive game away at a Dewsbury team who could be this seasons York. Bradford have two winnable games before fax and easter Monday vs Widnes, who have to play toulouse and Leigh. Some great games coming up and 4 teams, 3 uk averaging around 3000 today showing why scrapping p and r for uk teams would be folly. Good season of rugby league at every level.
  16. Results this week showing a clear top three, London doing just enough against York and Bradford to think they might be vulnerable and if the Bulls hold on, we have a hat of teams chasing 5th. York have a run of very winnable but now must win games to get into the playoff race.
  17. Anyone know how to take the video quality down from hd in the ourleague app so I can stop the buffering? You can only do it on twitch it seems. Thanks.
  18. I always struggle to get a stream on our league website. Would be good to have an ability to go bk few mins to let it buffer. Watching on twitch now, seems steady.
  19. So when I said that, in a hypothetical discussion about relegation and promotion, that exemptions to relegation should be given to non uk teams for minimum quotas you either were too dense to realize what that meant. Then you said you wouldnt watch (despite games against 4 non uk teams a season being a fraction of your season and ignoring that, shockingly, expansion doesnt mean ottowa vs Toronto or catalans vs toulouse with native players is designed to appeal to saints fans). After which your objection was the cost, which the owner clearly has and would be necessary to end up with the expansion of a player pool to finally... "what are you doing then Huh?" As if that is a gotcha in a hypothetical discussion. If that is genuine engagement then I would hate to see what tedious bore looks like. To save us both time, all future responses will read "please see previous message"
  20. Nothing. But what I am not doing either is trying to derail a discussion by making pedantic statements which turn out to be wrong (minimum doesnt mean every player) and then making disengenuous comparions between one human with no money and an owner of a transatlantic franchise who has the resources to develop players. But thanks for your illuminating input.
  21. Not sure about Leeds yet. 3 of their wins vs teams predicted to be in a relegation fight and one against a Warrington side who have that awful away record. This month they have Catalan, St. Helens, and Cas away. We will know how genuine they are come end of this month.
  22. If Catalan keep this up and remain a genuine playoff contender someone will pay them.
  23. I don't live in Shropshire , I live in Santander.
  24. Because expansion if serious has to mean expansion of the player pool. If clubs are able to pump the money into signing SBW then they do have the cash to run a schools program and start producing players . The first 4 NA in each Canadian team might not be great and be played in the less key positions on a rugby league field. Over time though, as the clubs have no choice but to produce homegrown players if they want consistent success this will change. As someone not from one of the few regions of the UK where the game is played, I have to believe we can expand the game and put in a balanced structure (minimum player caps with exclusion from relegation to provide consistent income streams) to do that.
  25. I believe that with the financial resources available to Toronto and Ottowa combined with the player pool in France 16 could be found .
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