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16 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Jon Dutton on Sky Sports for the Leeds Vs. Wire game. Doesn’t sound like a man who’s about to pull the plug on the RLWC.

I think he’s coming across very well, calm, professional but I reckon there’s a bit of steel there

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5 hours ago, Mr Frisky said:

Not sure how you can be passionate about a team you have no connection to or even in the same country as you are from but each to their own... as long as you support your local team as well suppose no harm done.

Great to see as an Irish person you sing our National Anthem to our Queen with pride at Liverpool matches- well done lad.

Hope to see you at Newcastle singing it for Englands first WC game. 👍

Sure we were all signing it before team GB got smacked around the place by PNG on the last tour. 😉

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6 minutes ago, dkw said:

So what, just allow them to put out garbage statements with no basis in reality and not put their view over?

No. Absolutely challenge them.

But accept that it will not shift the dial one bit.

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2 minutes ago, Northern Eel said:

He has been and continues to be superb. Is this a man that could eventually lead the RFL?

Sally Bolton Syndrome strike again.

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2 minutes ago, Northern Eel said:

He has been and continues to be superb. Is this a man that could eventually lead the RFL?

Should be IMO 

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22 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Jon Dutton on Sky Sports for the Leeds Vs. Wire game. Doesn’t sound like a man who’s about to pull the plug on the RLWC.

Why do I get the feeling he'll be this year's Sally Bolton? Hopefully he will stay in RL.

Well whatever happens now, at least we shown a bit of balls and came out fighting. In previous years, we'd have just cowered to the demands of the NRL and cancel the tournament straight away. 

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Just now, Phil said:

Should be IMO 

Really, why?

He's just organised the first World Cup that the top two rugby league nations are refusing to attend.

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3 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Really, why?

He's just organised the first World Cup that the top two rugby league nations are refusing to attend.

His CV is far more impressive than you dare let yourself appreciate. Not sure what more he could have done with the World Cup, but I’m sure you will be along soon to put me back in my box, as seems to be a bit of a theme recently. 

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10 minutes ago, Keith989 said:

Sure we were all signing it before team GB got smacked around the place by PNG on the last tour. 😉

You mean, to give that team their correct name- The British Isles 13.

So yes, cheers for singing but your country was represented in that game as well dont forget kid.😉 - you can't pick and choose.

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7 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Really, why?

He's just organised the first World Cup that the top two rugby league nations are refusing to attend.

That wasn't his fault. Let's not pretend that the Aussies haven't been threatening this for years. Just this time, they haven't got their own way (yet). 

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Just now, Northern Eel said:

His CV is far more impressive than you dare let yourself appreciate. Not sure what more he could have done with the World Cup, but I’m sure you will be along soon to put me back in my box, as seems to be a bit of a theme recently. 

I have no idea what you mean by the last line.

His CV could very well be impressive. So far he can’t include “delivered successful Rugby League World Cup” and, even when he can, I’d rather we have the best person leading the complex beast of the RFL (which may be Dutton) rather than just give it to someone because they were the visible face of one project.

Because we had years of “Sally Bolton should do this” after the 2013 World Cup and it really did show up how small time our view often is.

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1 minute ago, londonrlfan said:

That wasn't his fault.

That’s my understanding too.

But given the past outright hostility the NRL has shown to internationale I’d be really interested in knowing what steps the RLWC took to prevent this happening. And how come we got this late before it was revealed that participation agreements hadn’t been signed.

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2 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

I have no idea what you mean by the last line.

His CV could very well be impressive. So far he can’t include “delivered successful Rugby League World Cup” and, even when he can, I’d rather we have the best person leading the complex beast of the RFL (which may be Dutton) rather than just give it to someone because they were the visible face of one project.

Because we had years of “Sally Bolton should do this” after the 2013 World Cup and it really did show up how small time our view often is.

Whenever I have spoken to him, or heard him speak, he sounds like someone who sees RL like many supporters do. That’s priceless. 
 

If advising UEFA, PGA European Tour, Tour de France and the RFL aren’t significant enough to make him a strong contender for a future role, I suspect we will be waiting a long time before we find someone at the helm with more to offer ‘on paper’. It’s hardly a preposterous suggestion; well not in my mind anyway. 

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5 minutes ago, Northern Eel said:

Whenever I have spoken to him, or heard him speak, he sounds like someone who sees RL like many supporters do. That’s priceless. 
 

If advising UEFA, PGA European Tour, Tour de France and the RFL aren’t significant enough to make him a strong contender for a future role, I suspect we will be waiting a long time before we find someone at the helm with more to offer ‘on paper’. It’s hardly a preposterous suggestion; well not in my mind anyway. 

It rather depends what he advised them on. But I do take your point about the breadth of his experience outside rugby league.

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18 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

That’s my understanding too.

But given the past outright hostility the NRL has shown to internationale I’d be really interested in knowing what steps the RLWC took to prevent this happening. And how come we got this late before it was revealed that participation agreements hadn’t been signed.

He answered these questions in his interview. 

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4 minutes ago, Exiled Wiganer said:

He answered these questions in his interview. 

Apologies - didn’t see it. Like I say, I’m interested in a “nice to know” way but, ultimately, being right and pointing out hypocrisy will make not a blind bit of difference to whether NRL players come to the World Cup.

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8 hours ago, DC77 said:

Not sure it can be done.

It’s not so much just the names that Big Picture is alluding to (towns that RL clubs are based in) it’s the perception that the sport of RL is parochial, ie. entrenched in their own communities which leaves it detached from outsiders. Even London Broncos for instance, they are in London, have London in its name, so you would think “global”, buts it’s RL, viewed as a parochial game. Also London is just seen as an outpost.

Unless people outside the RL heartland suddenly took up the game (and they haven’t in 125 years) the club game will remain parochial within England. I think the opportunity is outside England as fans in Toronto don’t have this same perception of the game in England. Perhaps a London Broncos would resonate more with foreigners. 

As an Irishman when I see an English RL team on tv I think that’s a culture that belongs to a specific geographic group in the north of England. When I see an English football club (certainly one of the bigger clubs) I think a combination of the city they are based in as well as its English and international identity. When I’m at Anfield I’m surrounded by other non scousers in the stands. I then see a team made up of an Egyptian top goalscorer, a Dutch leader in defence, Brazilian in nets, led by a German manager, and flags representing a range of player nationalities being waved around the stadium. And before the game starts an anthem that is probably the most famous on the planet is played (and sung). Anyone in the world can identity with this. 

Britpop was very parochial which is why it didn’t have the same international resonance that a Coldplay had for example. RL in England is the sports equivalent of Britpop just in a more confined space within England.

 

 

 

What a load of tosh, maybe you should step away from Anfield & try traveling around Rugby League grounds, lets take the other week i traveled up from Devon for the Cup Final on the train up where other Westcountry based Rugby League fans. In the evening due to problems with our train we had to go up to Reading on the Swansea train loads of Rugby League fans going back to South Wales plus once we got our return Westcountry train a large group of us travelled back after a few beers in Paddington. A bit more info for you about 5 amature sides reside in the Westcountry IE Devon & Cornwall.

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1 hour ago, Mr Frisky said:

You mean, to give that team their correct name- The British Isles 13.

So yes, cheers for singing but your country was represented in that game as well dont forget kid.😉 - you can't pick and choose.

"Great Britain's first tour for 23 years ended in defeat on Saturday as the team suffered a shock 28-10 loss against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby."

"As debate rages on whether the Great Britain Rugby League Lions - as is, apparently, the official title.

https://www.skysports.com/rugby-league/news/12040/11864192/lions-tour-2019-phil-clarke-and-brian-carney-review-great-britains-winter-tour

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13 minutes ago, Keith989 said:

"Great Britain's first tour for 23 years ended in defeat on Saturday as the team suffered a shock 28-10 loss against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby."

"As debate rages on whether the Great Britain Rugby League Lions - as is, apparently, the official title.

https://www.skysports.com/rugby-league/news/12040/11864192/lions-tour-2019-phil-clarke-and-brian-carney-review-great-britains-winter-tour

As I said, officially know as the British Isles 13 (even on the shirt badge) so don't worry your included lad.

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14 minutes ago, Mr Frisky said:

As I said, officially know as the British Isles 13 (even on the shirt badge) so don't worry your included lad.

 

Can you show me where on the jersey it is?

NEWS: GB Rugby League Lions reveal 2019/20 jersey | Rugby Shirt Watch

 

 

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