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  1. IMG have already indicated where they see future growth coming from. They want more internationals and want to keep both French clubs in the SL. Saying the quiet part out loud for the purists there. Overhaul the YouTube channel so they actually show scores. A dedicated TV rights deal for France. A weekly round on Channel 4 and the GF needs to be free to air as well. As for internationals, a Five Nations tournment held mid cycle and regular international tours would be a good start.
  2. I mean for the one round they want to hold in Kent which seems to be a new thing.
  3. Gillingham would be better but Broncos need to build their support first before considering that.
  4. There are amatuer competitions in both Canada and the US but Wolfpack were a professional club so I don't know where that would fit in. Maybe join the US league.
  5. Plough Lane would be a great ground if they had the fans to follow. A London team needs to play most of their games in London with one or two taken on the road.
  6. Survival is the priority this year but they need to return to being a full time team if Hughes want to meet his goals. Ditch the Wimbledon colours as well. London Irish didn't adopt Brentford's colours.
  7. There's only so much you can do without Aus. An annual two-test series with France but England are too good for the other European countries. The ERL want a European competition with an English team in it. Now I think it could be a decent competition if European countries can get access to NRL heritage players but this requires the backing of Aus. In 2023, it would just be good to see England touring Aus and an Oceania Cup with the other Pacific nations.
  8. London Broncos back in the SL would be best option. Maybe when the current owner leaves or at least hands over control to someone who knows what they are doing.
  9. The difference is that union has a strong domestic set up and a lot of interest. Ireland/Scotland are not like the Pacific nations. There is genuine interest in those countries and among the diaspora in Aus/NZ.
  10. Europe is difficult since England doesn't have any competition. Maybe France eventually. I think we should commit to an annual 2 test series every year and then play the Knights in a bi-annual European competition. A dedicated international window could allow countries access to NRL/SL players. These tests need to be played in their home countries, not in Aus. I'm not interested in people who say you'll only get a few people there. You have to start somewhere. Malta used to get decent crowds when they actually played in Malta.
  11. It wouldn't be amazing because it leaves out PNG who have the most potential given that league is their national sport. Assuming Aus don't play that leaves you with PNG, NZ, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and Cook Islands. They could all play in a cup competition. ERL want a European competition every 2 years so Oceania could be run the same. Run North-South tests in the off year. Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Niue can all play in another cup. That gives them at least 2 tests every year and something for young players in those countries to aspire to.
  12. League is a niche sport because it's mostly played in M62 corridor and has very few internationals on free to air TV. That's what keeps union in the spotlight. League could do a lot to expand its profile.
  13. Bizarre conversation going on here. Pacific Islanders left their islands out of necessity and never left behind their culture and national identity. There's a big cultural gap which is why more are choosing to play for the country of their heritage. 90% of the Niuen population live in NZ and having their team play tests would be massive for the island even if they only have 1,500 people there. White Australians seem to have no issue with players lining out for Italy or Malta. These teams have led to the development of the sport on the islands. Tonga need their own version of the Fijian Silktails and long term it would be good to see Vanuatu/Solomon Islands aiming to take part in PNG comps. The mid year tests should be kept and increased to 2 rounds. Play them home and away instead of in a Sydney surburb. Port Moresby would have been packed for the Fiji test. Bring back regional comps in the end of year window. Still an issue for England because they need regular tests against strong opposition so maybe they need to negotiate inclusion in the Oceanic Cup in some years.
  14. NRL now support an international window after the season has ended. Be interesting to see what the set up will be. I still think there's room for mid-year tests and a dedicated window will allow players to play Origin and for their country every year. The mid year tests can still be played without Origin players.
  15. I know why the money is being spent. Happens in the UK as well. Your comparison to Tunisia and Libya doesn't work because those countries don't border the UK and influenced by UK media.
  16. RFL needs to sit down and develop a long term strategy for London. The sport needs it because I don't how much more you can get out of the Northern heartlands. I think the Broncos are done if they get relegated. The brand is already tarnished. People will have to be patient though. You are looking at a decade or two before results will be seen. There is an opening for rugby league. Union can't shake its elitist background. Football has reached its apex and I think FIFA/UEFA and the big clubs themselves know this.
  17. Rugby League is a national sport in PNG and has had big growth in Tonga and Fiji. They obviously have a different view considering that they convinced the Aus gov to spend millions on rugby league programmes in the Pacific. Giving up on NZ? Good thing you are not in charge of the NRL.
  18. Please continue because you are just making a fool of yourself. The language is disgraceful stuff. London is expensive but so is every other big city.
  19. Hopefully they'll put in a decent performance at the World Cup. It will be tough but the sport needs France.
  20. 8-0 to Haven. Be interested to see attendance for this. Moving to a Super League quality stadium and attracting new fans always needed a competitve squad which was in the running for promotion. I know funding was cut but the other owners who are targeting promotion are still putting the money in.
  21. 6-0 to Haven. At least London will have a derby game next year for the 300 fans who will turn up.
  22. I'm not going to bother with this ###### anymore.
  23. Clubs below include Bradford and Newcastle. London may get their act together one day. Why should the Cumbria clubs be locked out? Barrow has a bigger population than Castleford.
  24. You don't know anything. Most of the clubs in the SL are cities or big towns which have football clubs familiar to Londoners. Hull, Wigan, Leeds, Huddersfield have all been in the Premier League. Salford has the two Manchester clubs next door. St. Helens is in Merseyside which is home to Liverpool and Everton. What you also fail to realise is that 40% of Londoners are immigrants so they won't have in depth knowledge about the North nor can they be expected to.
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