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6 hours ago, Exiled Wiganer said:

Completely off topic, but do you have any jet lag tips? I tend to go over for about a week a year on business (I stay longer when taking a holiday there), and still feel I haven’t cracked it... 

Like you, I agree that clearly the NRL is overall a higher standard, but there are plenty of excellent England players in SL. We have a very large pool of full time professional players. When we combine that with having access to some NRL players, being at home, and having our crowds behind us we can be very competitive. Fwiw, if for some reason there was a combined SL/NRL league I think SL clubs would take up 12 of the bottom 15 places for a couple of years, but would then adapt. 

Go to a a Titans game…….it will help you sleep and they play like they are in a different time zone than the opposition😊

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9 minutes ago, DoubleD said:

Still young then

Young Dom Young. 

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4 hours ago, Mr Frisky said:

For jet lag, I usually just stay up when I get there and spend a few days just getting used to the time difference- usually about 3 days in all is good.

Aways head to a Roosters game but its not been the same at the SCG - roll on the new stadium.

Thanks - there’s just no magic pie to dodge jetlag. I try to stay in Paddington, so I can stroll over to any meetings at NRL HQ, and see anything at the SFS. I love all the grounds there, though I found the Olympic stadium too big. I would love to go to Campbeltown one of these days. It will be interesting to see whether the new stadium is as good as Suncorp. We’ll know soon enough. 

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29 minutes ago, Exiled Wiganer said:

I would love to go to Campbeltown one of these days. It will be interesting to see whether the new stadium is as good as Suncorp. We’ll know soon enough. 

I`ll tell you what, if you go to Campbelltown looking for a new stadium you`re in for a rude shock. Might be better off going to Parramatta.

p.s.  that`s if you can squeeze it in between any meetings at NRL HQ. 😉

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23 hours ago, The Rocket said:

I`ll tell you what, if you go to Campbelltown looking for a new stadium you`re in for a rude shock. Might be better off going to Parramatta.

p.s.  that`s if you can squeeze it in between any meetings at NRL HQ. 😉

I meant Campbelltown for atmosphere, and SFS mark 2 for newness. Any jet lag tips? 

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4 minutes ago, Davo5 said:

Canberra have released Harry Rushton to allow him to return home.https://bit.ly/3Qmc4cO

Didn't see that coming.

He was doing very well in NSW Cup and with a few departures for the Raiders next year I was expecting him to get a few NRL games.

Be interesting to see where he lands in the UK as I think he will be a good pick up.  You would expect him to have a deal already lined up.

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29 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

Didn't see that coming.

He was doing very well in NSW Cup and with a few departures for the Raiders next year I was expecting him to get a few NRL games.

Be interesting to see where he lands in the UK as I think he will be a good pick up.  You would expect him to have a deal already lined up.

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49 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

Didn't see that coming.

He was doing very well in NSW Cup and with a few departures for the Raiders next year I was expecting him to get a few NRL games.

Be interesting to see where he lands in the UK as I think he will be a good pick up.  You would expect him to have a deal already lined up.

Yeah i'm also quite surprised. I'm not suggesting the Raiders showed him the door but it does feel like their recruitment/retention is a bit all over the place at the moment, when you consider some of the other moves happening in the off season. Hoping Harry can come back to SL and kick on, he has all the attributes to become a great player. 

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So with Rushton coming back and Pearce-Paul and Pryce not going till 2024 it doesn't look like that talent drain to the NRL is materialising too quickly.

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19 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Some lovely ball playing and a strong game from the great Victor Radley today 

If he's picked for the England squad he is great cover or interchange for Knowles.

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Just now, Scubby said:

Yep he's the test incumbent having played er.... 1 test.

Incumbent is not a very relevant term in international Rugby League.

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29 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

Incumbent is not a very relevant term in international Rugby League.

Exactly my point. I was being ironic.

Knowles is 25 and has played one test against France. I'm not sure where everyone is getting this world class assertion from? He hasn't really played against any of the World's top teams or countries.

He looks a brilliant prospect but is untested like his rivals.

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2 minutes ago, Scubby said:

Exactly my point. I was being ironic.

Knowles is 25 and has played one test against France. I'm not sure where everyone is getting this world class assertion from? He hasn't really played against any of the World's top teams or countries.

He looks a brilliant prospect but is untested like his rivals.

I recognised you were being ironic. I was supporting your point.

As we discussed on another thread.  Isiah Yeo is the incumbent for Australia yet never played for them.

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17 minutes ago, Scubby said:

Exactly my point. I was being ironic.

Knowles is 25 and has played one test against France. I'm not sure where everyone is getting this world class assertion from? He hasn't really played against any of the World's top teams or countries.

He looks a brilliant prospect but is untested like his rivals.

Absolutely accurate.

There's an old guy on here always talking about Tommy 'Makemson' (I know) being "world class".  The guy has played 5 games for England, all against France or New Zealand. He has only played twice against NRL teams in his life: lost them both, and one was a 40 point hiding off Souths.

The rest of his career has been spent running rings round the likes of Hull KR and Huddersfield - players who wouldn't even be professionals in Australia. Yet despite somehow you get people who think this is enough to make the guy "world class". 😆

 

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51 minutes ago, Scubby said:

Yep he's the test incumbent having played er.... 1 test.

To be fair haven't England played about 3 times in 4 years - and they were just against a SL all stars and then France.

Just going off who our best players are - probably our world class players at the moment would be Knowles, Makinson & Walmsley- Roby if he plays and then just behind Tomkins and Bateman. 

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