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On 17/04/2021 at 09:31, cookey said:

The obsession of having a 'professional' scottish rl club for the sake of it. The game can neither afford it or need it. Far more important to develope some foundations ,in the junior and community game. Really,the game needs to reduce the number of 'semi professional' (paid for by a benefactor,who inevitably is criticised) and strengthen the community/junior game.

I disagree as all that would happen is creating a conveyor belt for union as the top players would look to earn a few quid and with no semi pro clubs would turn to union.

There needs to be a semi pro club at the top of the pyramid.

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6 hours ago, yipyee said:

I disagree as all that would happen is creating a conveyor belt for union 

Honestly if that was happening, it would mean we are doing something right in Scotland and would mean that we had established some good junior pathways.

The reality is, we are a long way from that being an issue and if it does become one, getting the investment to create an L1 team in Scotland would actually be significantly easier.

If we had to create some sort of team in Scotland, we'd be better off trying to get a side into the Academy system, luring across some talented athletes and then hoping that some get signed by RL teams and others decide to play in the local league.

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It's great to see the Edinburgh Eagles actively seeking additional games to play and for the North East Rugby League to help accommodate them.

Also great to see that newcomers, the Forth Valley Vikings, have already launched a juniors program for ages 13 - 18 as well.

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Forth Valley Vikings played our first league fixture yesterday losing 70-28 away to Strathmore Silverbacks. I wasn't there (unfortunately my season ended before it began with a broken wrist in training 😬) but apparently there were plenty of positives against good opposition. 5 tries scored shows we can cause problems with the ball. Defending in league is obviously very tough when you aren't used to getting back the 10 etc. It'll come though.

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15 minutes ago, 2blackrooks said:

24th October at Featherstone
Scotland v Jamaica 3pm 

 

The Frying Scotsman is going to be choking on his haggis at this announcement and venue...🤣🤣🤣🤣 - he hasn't spouted any RL negativity for over an hour so stand back and enjoy....

Rugby league fans however will just be pleased the games on.

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10 minutes ago, Mr Frisky said:

The Frying Scotsman is going to be choking on his haggis at this announcement and venue...🤣🤣🤣🤣 - he hasn't spouted any RL negativity for over an hour so stand back and enjoy....

Rugby league fans however will just be pleased the games on.

Weird that he mentioned Fev the other day when they’d never played there before, maybe he’s secretly the Chief Exec of Scottish RL. 

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10 minutes ago, Dave T said:

I'm not a fan of staging internationals in 3rd countries without a real reason to do so.

Would love to have seen Scotland playing in Scotland again. 

I agree with you in principle but all the players will be coming from Lancs and Yorks, so it makes sense to minimise their travel and accommodation costs, and get a decent crowd in. If it was played in Scotland they’d have to pay for hotels for a couple of nights at least, and the crowd would probably be smaller than at POR. 

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19 minutes ago, Eddie said:

I agree with you in principle but all the players will be coming from Lancs and Yorks, so it makes sense to minimise their travel and accommodation costs, and get a decent crowd in. If it was played in Scotland they’d have to pay for hotels for a couple of nights at least, and the crowd would probably be smaller than at POR. 

So, and I don't have an answer here as I'm more thinking aloud, who, or what, is this game for then?

It's not in Jamaica, it's not in Scotland. It's not being played anywhere else notably connected with Jamaica or Scotland and everyone involved will be from Yorkshire or Lancashire.

I'm pleased it's going ahead but the fatalism that says we can't do anything more than the absolute bare minimum makes it very hard to be excited by it.

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1 minute ago, gingerjon said:

So, and I don't have an answer here as I'm more thinking aloud, who, or what, is this game for then?

It's not in Jamaica, it's not in Scotland. It's not being played anywhere else notably connected with Jamaica or Scotland and everyone involved will be from Yorkshire or Lancashire.

I'm pleased it's going ahead but the fatalism that says we can't do anything more than the absolute bare minimum makes it very hard to be excited by it.

And with it being played in a little town like Featherstone, no one outside Yorkshire or Lancashire will pay it any attention either, assuming they even hear about it that is.

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22 minutes ago, Eddie said:

I agree with you in principle but all the players will be coming from Lancs and Yorks, so it makes sense to minimise their travel and accommodation costs, and get a decent crowd in. If it was played in Scotland they’d have to pay for hotels for a couple of nights at least, and the crowd would probably be smaller than at POR. 

But the problem with this is this will always be the case. We are either bothering with a Scotland team or we aren't. And that also goes for Jamaica. 

I don't like all these 'international teams' that are created in Australia that play in Sydney.

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5 minutes ago, Dave T said:

But the problem with this is this will always be the case. We are either bothering with a Scotland team or we aren't. And that also goes for Jamaica. 

I don't like all these 'international teams' that are created in Australia that play in Sydney.

Neither do I, and I’ve often said on this forum that the Scottish and Irish teams are pointless too (and get shot down for it). Jamaica are slightly different because they have a domestic quota and were going to have a minimum number of domestic players (4 iirc) in their WC squad, same with Greece. 

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7 minutes ago, dealwithit said:

Seems pointless and really misses a trick for Scotland. You’ve just fulfilled a domestic season. Why wouldn’t you host this? 

Because they haven’t got a pot to slash in and they’d have to pay accommodation and travel for 50 odd people, at least, and they’d get a small crowd to fund it. Unsatisfactory I know but if they get 3,000 at POR it will bring some revenue in at least and they probably won’t have to pay for hotels even. 

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