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43 minutes ago, Smudger06 said:

Thinking about the world cup qualifiers, Cook Islands didn't do the sport a favour by knocking out South Africa and the United States. 😂 can't blame them though. 

Maybe a case to have two american teams and one african team automatic for next world cup. 

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1 hour ago, Scubby said:

The RLWC press department wouldn't release this unless every nation have signed would they? 

The Rugby League World Cup will take place as scheduled in England this autumn after participation agreements were signed by competing nations.

The wording is odd though… you’d expect it to read as ‘signed by ALL competing nations’. Hmmmmm.

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26 minutes ago, Smudger06 said:

Could easily be 4 million, maybe more tuning in to the BBC to watch us beat Australia and be crowned champions of the world. If the Beeb do their job right on this one it could be pretty massive. 

If we get to the final it will be more than 4 million. 

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14 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

If we get to the final it will be more than 4 million. 

Over 30 million watched the Euros final.  We won’t get that but I bet we could get our biggest audience for many a year tho.

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Just now, ShropshireBull said:

Nigeria Ghana Cameroon and Morroco all took part in the 2019 tournament.  2020 being cancelled because of covid. 

Cheers.

Do you honestly think any of these countries could be competitive at a World Cup?

Morocco - I assume that is a completely French team? There's no Rugby League actually played in Morocco as far as I know, and they played 'home' games in France a few years ago, so perhaps they could be competitive in a pool? 

The others I am guessing are miles off the level needed to play at a World Cup unless we want to risk looking ridiculous.

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1 minute ago, Odsal Outlaw said:

Over 30 million watched the Euros final.  We won’t get that but I bet we could get our biggest audience for many a year tho.

Yep all the negative stuff  (no central fund for RFL champ ) I want dealt with before kick off in Newcastle and lets have a solid 4 months of positivity for the sport. 

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Just now, The Frying Scotsman said:

Cheers.

Do you honestly think any of these countries could be competitive at a World Cup?

Morocco - I assume that is a completely French team? There's no Rugby League actually played in Morocco as far as I know, and they played 'home' games in France a few years ago, so perhaps they could be competitive in a pool? 

The others I am guessing are miles off the level needed to play at a World Cup unless we want to risk looking ridiculous.

Yep they are miles off but again expansion has to mean a proper pathway.  You guarantee at least one of Nigeria Ghana or Cameroon get to be at a major tournament and it will be huge for the sport and their annual comp.

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7 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

You guarantee at least one of Nigeria Ghana or Cameroon get to be at a major tournament and it will be huge for the sport and their annual comp.

Will it??

Any evidence for that? In countries like South Africa, UAE and Greece, the sport isn't even recognised by the national governing body. Greece are actually in the World Cup!! In Sweden RL and gaelic football are both stuck under the umbrella of rugby union.

I know nothing of the sporting governance landscape of these African nations, but nothing tells me that the sport would become in any way "huge" in these places just because we threw one of them into our World Cup. 

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1 minute ago, The Frying Scotsman said:

Will it??

Any evidence for that? In countries like South Africa, UAE and Greece, the sport isn't even recognised by the national governing body. Greece are actually in the World Cup!! In Sweden RL and gaelic football are both stuck under the umbrella of rugby union.

I know nothing of the sporting governance landscape of these African nations, but nothing tells me that the sport would become in any way "huge" in these places just because we threw one of them into our World Cup. 

Didnt say they would become huge, said it would be huge for the sport and their comp.  You then mentioned three countries I didnt,  one of them a nightmarish dictatorship.

By guaranteeing a spot you give the game the potential for national exposure and profile in those countries should they qualify.  Especially if qualification is vía their tournament. 

Tired of the bad faith arguments and straw Men people build on here tbh.

A lot more honest and better to just say I disagree because...

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25 minutes ago, The Frying Scotsman said:

Cheers.

Do you honestly think any of these countries could be competitive at a World Cup?

Morocco - I assume that is a completely French team? There's no Rugby League actually played in Morocco as far as I know, and they played 'home' games in France a few years ago, so perhaps they could be competitive in a pool? 

The others I am guessing are miles off the level needed to play at a World Cup unless we want to risk looking ridiculous.

You're right - it might be attractive from a 'geographical spread' point of view, but it would likely reduce the overall playing standard of the competition.

A decision would have to be made on which is more desirable. 

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38 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

Tired of the bad faith arguments and straw Men people build on here tbh.

A lot more honest and better to just say I disagree because...

I just prefer to live in the real world, rather than some deluded fantasy land where we pretend that countries play rugby league (when they don't) and would somehow be good enough to play at the World Cup (when in reality they'd be a disastrous laughing stock). 

The sport is miles off having 2 automatic slots for African countries at the World Cup. The fact you think it isn't, is honestly quite tragic.

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All the player agents find out where grandparents and parents were born and offer their clients up to all applicable teams. If players are uncontracted or under a League contract no problem, only players under current Union contracts would have no chance in playing the RLWC. 

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1 minute ago, The Frying Scotsman said:

I just prefer to live in the real world, rather than some deluded fantasy land where we pretend that countries play rugby league (when they don't) and would somehow be good enough to play at the World Cup (when in reality they'd be a disastrous laughing stock). 

The sport is miles off having 2 automatic slots for African countries at the World Cup. The fact you think it isn't, is honestly quite tragic.

He never said 2 slots for Africa, he said one, South Africa would hold their own once qualified. 

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Back on topic of the RLWC going ahead … I am of course ECSTATIC about this but extremely disappointed I can't attend: like all other people Down Under, I am being held in prison here in Australia till at least mid-2022, and our vaccine rollout is an utter shambles.

Wonder when the Australian TV rights holder will be announced ??

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6 hours ago, The Frying Scotsman said:

Cheers.

Do you honestly think any of these countries could be competitive at a World Cup?

Morocco - I assume that is a completely French team? There's no Rugby League actually played in Morocco as far as I know, and they played 'home' games in France a few years ago, so perhaps they could be competitive in a pool? 

The others I am guessing are miles off the level needed to play at a World Cup unless we want to risk looking ridiculous.

Rugby league is definitely played in Morocco. They even launched some women’s activity over the weekend.

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