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We here a lot when coaches move that they may take their best players with them to the new club.  But does it really happen that often?

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Doesn't read that he wants to actually go to the NRL just if he had the choice he would go to Gold Coast. 

He says he would like to play in the NRL, but if you asked any ambitious player if they would like to test themselves at a higher level they are bound to say yes. 

Story fabricated out of nothing IMHO. 

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Considering the relative salary caps you could re-frame the question as, "Would you like to get paid twice as much for doing the same job?" and of course they'll say yes.

Australia is a very nice place to live though so if I was a 20 - 25-year-old mechanic or a bank teller and someone offered me a 3-year contract in Oz, I'd definitely consider it.

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Id need a better reason that that to sign for the Titans 

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23 minutes ago, Farmduck said:

Considering the relative salary caps you could re-frame the question as, "Would you like to get paid twice as much for doing the same job?" and of course they'll say yes.

Australia is a very nice place to live though so if I was a 20 - 25-year-old mechanic or a bank teller and someone offered me a 3-year contract in Oz, I'd definitely consider it.

There wouldn’t be much considering surely?

Listening to the full eighty minutes podcast, whenever they have any player on you often hear them talk about the dream of playing NRL. It would surely show a lack of ambition not to want to go. Not just on the field but off the field, to get recognition from the media and the general public would be too appealing.

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We need to do all we can to keep our talent over here (or in France or Canada). Time passes and things change. Who knows, in a few years the NRL may find their next TV deal is lower, exchange rates could revert to historic levels, we could get a cash injection through a bumper TV deal...

Life is uncertain, but we have to do all we can to aim for parity, even if it is off the back, say, of 2 well backed NA teams and 2 French teams. 

It is a shame that it is now the perceived wisdom that any player worth their salts must want to play in the NRL. I know it’s true, but I don’t like it. 

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26 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Id need a better reason that that to sign for the Titans 

Can't think of a single reason !!

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6 minutes ago, DC77 said:

There wouldn’t be much considering surely?

Listening to the full eighty minutes podcast, whenever they have any player on you often hear them talk about the dream of playing NRL. It would surely show a lack of ambition not to want to go. Not just on the field but off the field, to get recognition from the media and the general public would be too appealing.

If I was trying to get into the England team, what better way than to play against Vunivalu and Maumalo and Addo-Carr etc, week in, week out and show the selectors what you can do? It's not just "playing in the NRL" it's auditioning against the very players you will have to face at Test Level.

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35 minutes ago, DC77 said:

There wouldn’t be much considering surely?

Listening to the full eighty minutes podcast, whenever they have any player on you often hear them talk about the dream of playing NRL. It would surely show a lack of ambition not to want to go. Not just on the field but off the field, to get recognition from the media and the general public would be too appealing.

And yet loads of capable players choose not to go. It isn't always that simple. 

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1 hour ago, Farmduck said:

If I was trying to get into the England team, what better way than to play against Vunivalu and Maumalo and Addo-Carr etc, week in, week out and show the selectors what you can do? It's not just "playing in the NRL" it's auditioning against the very players you will have to face at Test Level.

Luckily he's Welsh so doesn't need to try that hard to make the team.

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gold coast are bad enough already without grace adding to their woes


the grass may be greener on the other side of the fence but the crows are just as black

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2 hours ago, Davo5 said:

Can't think of a single reason !!

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He might prefer Blackpool.

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2 hours ago, Exiled Wiganer said:

We need to do all we can to keep our talent over here (or in France or Canada). Time passes and things change. Who knows, in a few years the NRL may find their next TV deal is lower, exchange rates could revert to historic levels, we could get a cash injection through a bumper TV deal...

Life is uncertain, but we have to do all we can to aim for parity, even if it is off the back, say, of 2 well backed NA teams and 2 French teams. 

It is a shame that it is now the perceived wisdom that any player worth their salts must want to play in the NRL. I know it’s true, but I don’t like it. 

The way to keep talent here is to raise the salary cap, it’s too low. 

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3 hours ago, Farmduck said:

 

Australia is a very nice place to live though so if I was a 20 - 25-year-old mechanic or a bank teller and someone offered me a 3-year contract in Oz, I'd definitely consider it.

And risk getting eaten by a crocodile? 

No thanks 

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9 minutes ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

And risk getting eaten by a crocodile? 

No thanks 

Or a great white shark ... or poisoned by a massive snake ... or bit by a big spider ... or attacked by a , err , kangaroo . I’ll stick to cumbria , a daddy long legs isn’t lethal 

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3 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Or a great white shark ... or poisoned by a massive snake ... or bit by a big spider ... or attacked by a , err , kangaroo . I’ll stick to cumbria , a daddy long legs isn’t lethal 

Too right marra

Hang on... Won't the cold kill you up there eventually though? 

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1 minute ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

Too right marra

Hang on... Won't the cold kill you up there eventually though? 

No never . Just like people born in scorching countries are used to it , it’s just the same in reverse . Cold is just a state of mind  . Folk wander round in shorts in mid winter , although it’s not compulsory 

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2 minutes ago, DavidM said:

No never . Just like people born in scorching countries are used to it , it’s just the same in reverse . Cold is just a state of mind  . Folk wander round in shorts in mid winter , although it’s not compulsory 

Ha ha.... Tough stock up there for sure! 

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19 hours ago, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

Ha ha.... Tough stock up there for sure! 

They're a pale blue colour, they have to sunbathe abroad for 3 days to turn white. 

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My brother lives on the Gold Coast and after a short while, it goes from wow to how shallow. Well, it did for me anyway.


My blog: https://rugbyl.blogspot.co.nz/

It takes wisdom to know when a discussion has run its course.

It takes reasonableness to end that discussion. 

 

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4 hours ago, DavidM said:

Or a great white shark ... or poisoned by a massive snake ... or bit by a big spider ... or attacked by a , err , kangaroo . I’ll stick to cumbria , a daddy long legs isn’t lethal 

A few months ago my eldest daughter (26) was sat on the floor of the living room of her home and handling her pet snake.  However from nowhere another snake came in through the patio door and slid by her and went under the Fridge.  The snake catcher came along and retrieved the six foot snake.  Asked if the snake was poisonous the snake catcher said ‘Only if it bites you’. 😄

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