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18 minutes ago, doc said:

What a bag of spanners the Aussies are. But, it's done now. I'll get my money back and find something else to do this October.

Arnt the Aussie RU team playing in the UK around that time? - maybe go and watch them??🤔🤔🤔

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2 minutes ago, Damien said:

The thing I find funny is that the NRL could have probably got some of the PI countries on board in the first place to withdraw too if they wanted. Their arrogance is such though that they thought they were too unimportant to consult and they just thought it would all be a done deal if just Australia and NZ withdrew. It wasn't and I'm glad the IRL and organisers at least but up a fight and ultimately its only the subsequent threats to other nations players that scuppered things.

Absolutely. There will be a time soon in Australia where someone writes a book about people who look like Phil Gould, Peter V'landys and Mr Cleary telling people who look like Villame Kikau, Jason Taumololo and Josh Addo-Carr to shut up and do what they are told. 

It'll be a footnote example of an even wider problem of what people in power do when people they think they know better than disobey them.

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Just now, Mr Frisky said:

Hope England announce some matches for the end of the season - Maybe France away and Scotland or Wales- or both in the UK.

This needs to happen asap. It wont.

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30 minutes ago, moorside roughyed said:

It's a shame but if the two powerhouses of the game aren't taking part it wouldn't be much of a competition would it?

3 of the last World Cups semi finalists were willing to take part.

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18 minutes ago, DavidM said:

There was a push from a number of high profile players for an Indigenous and Maori team to enter the tournament instead, however according to News Corp, NRL CEO Andrew Abdo held a phone hook-up with several players explaining why all NRL clubs are against sending their players to the UK during a global pandemic.
 

That was nice of him … ‘ Explaining ‘ is one word for it

It is easier to persuade with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word - NRL,  2021

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1 hour ago, Mr Frisky said:

We new this was coming but now its official im gutted.

NRL win again, and it makes it worse they were never in any doubt they would win.

Nothing to stop them pulling out again next year so their clubs can play some friendlys- if I was France I wouldn't touch the 2025 tournament with a barge pole - why spend years organising, getting sponsors and backing for the NRL to cancel it within 4 or 5 minutes..

 

The NRL said Jump & our lot said HOW HIGH.

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Feeling very despondent about the state of the sport now. We have been the victim of an act of sabotage by the NRL. They have shown a willingness to cause potentially irreparable damage so they can play a couple of pre season friendlies.

I don't see where we go from here when there is such inequity of arms. I might change my view once the raw emotion dies down but at present I do not see myself watching the NRL in any capacity or attending a game involving the Australian or New Zealand national teams in the future.

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We now know where we stand. The Aussies are not playing the same sport, and will go out of their way to destroy us. 
We are back where we were in 1895, but the strength of our game has got us through in the past and will do so again. I have watched a lot of sport recently but was absorbed and thrilled by the Wire Leeds game in a way I had not been by pretty much anything (aside from Cav’s resurrection at the Tour). We are facing an existential threat, and need to do everything we can to keep our own flags flying. 

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7 minutes ago, Chris22 said:

Feeling very despondent about the state of the sport now. We have been the victim of an act of sabotage by the NRL. They have shown a willingness to cause potentially irreparable damage so they can play a couple of pre season friendlies.

I don't see where we go from here when there is such inequity of arms. I might change my view once the raw emotion dies down but at present I do not see myself watching the NRL in any capacity or attending a game involving the Australian or New Zealand national teams in the future.

I will be treating the nrl worse than union. 

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It's all well and good everyone wanting to cut ties with the NRL but they are the only real credible professional competition in the world. The NH game is managed incredibly poorly, it's just had a massive hit on TV revenue and seems intent on infighting. This forum is a great example with the 'traditionalists' v 'expansionists' (whatever those terms are supposed to mean) arguments that reflect the way the game is. UK RL cant agree what the best approach is and every 'plan' seems to be focused on promoting one thing to the detriment of another. 

If they can pull off a successful WC next year it might provide the boost the game needs, but failure will be a hammer blow. I dont think the UK game has the personnel or finances to turn it around and the game will continue to decline. NRL buy out at rock bottom price is almost inevitable to me at this point and might be the only option to retain fully professional RL.

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2 minutes ago, theswanmcr said:

I feel sorry for whoever has to write the prepared RLWC2021 press statement for tomorrow.

How do you put together a professional response when all you want to do Is call the NRL a bunch of bullying ******?

You call them a bunch of bullying ****** , and suggest they have to legally underwrite the 2022 WC to the tune of £ 100 million , in case they forfeit 

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58 minutes ago, Mr Frisky said:

Arnt the Aussie RU team playing in the UK around that time? - maybe go and watch them??🤔🤔🤔

I presume that was tongue in cheek Mr Frisky, the Aussies have been pathetic but the rugger b******s have been far worse, as you’d know if you knew your RL/ru history. I just hope that the person at RLHQ who decided back in the 80’s not to renew the patent on the title “Rugby World Cup” was sacked with immediate effect.

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