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1 minute ago, Hela Wigmen said:

Think it could be very European Super League if enough people of note come out against it. I’m hoping something comes from the England camp today to get the ball rolling and more stuff tomorrow from Australia. 

The NRL based English lads should be making a lot of noise about this.

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3 hours ago, RayCee said:

I'm picking it will be called off now but it shouldn’t. Sport is going on all around the world. When the NZRL came out saying they wanted assurances of player safety when obviously the organisers had already given them that, I had my suspicions that this was a precursor to a jointly organised decision to pull out. The will to make the effort wasn’t there from either NZ or Australia. 
There can still be an entertaining tournament for people to enjoy. If it can be held without negative financial implications then bring it on.

When the NRL clubs say the NZRL jump, the NZRL say how high

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Just seen this now ..... think I am in shock. Just starting to read through some of the posts here, and the depth of feeling that has gone into them shows what this comp means to so many of us.

 

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The narrative is changing on twitter, you've now got everyone and his dog from independence crazy Scottish nationalists to covid fans who clearly want to get pinged for a week off, none of whom know anything about the power politics of NRL Clubland using this for their own ends.....oh dear.....

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Must admit I always had Australian sportspeople down as down to earth fighters.

If they’re not careful the NRL are going to become a shadowy reflection of the traits they’ve probably always hated about parts of the old country.

Elitist, pompous, greedy etc

Hopefully the players and our allies over there will try to avoid that.

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1 hour ago, JohnM said:

If Australia really want the World Cup to go ahead next year, they could prove their "integrity" by placing a $10 million bond with the organisers today. 

In all honesty Australian Rugby League is not interested in international competition and for them the SOO is the be all and end all

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1 hour ago, Sports Prophet said:

If you read the statement, player welfare was the main point of the entire release.

If player welfare is the issue, and concerns about players missing their families, how can they propose a southern hemisphere tournament this winter instead of the World Cup? That is utter hypocrisy.

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16 minutes ago, Dave T said:

I really think we go all out and deliver a huge festival of RL without these a-holes. 

I couldn't care about asterisks, or standards, I'll buy more tickets if it goes ahead with smaller teams stepping in. 

That's the spirit I agree with you 100%

 

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The more I think about the more wonderful it would be for the competition to go ahead without them, for us to really get behind it like never before and make a success of it (prefereably, for me, with invitational Oz/NZ teams) and show how daft it was to pull out.

It could still be a wonderful festival of RL and I would be really sad if it got cancelled.  Hopefully the organisers can tap the Government up for some more support.

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Visited the Sydney Morning Herald website to get a feel for what the Aussie press think. No mention on the homepage. Fourth story on the sports page — lower than a player being investigated for a breach of a bubble. Speaks volumes. 

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Just now, The Rocket said:

Well done mate, plenty of contact points there. I`m going to give them give both barrels.

I already have. I may use the wife's e mail address to give them a second blast as well. I hope all contributors to this thread do the same.

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Just now, giasf said:

Visited the Sydney Morning Herald website to get a feel for what the Aussie press think. No mention on the homepage. Fourth story on the sports page — lower than a player being investigated for a breach of a bubble. Speaks volumes. 

Given how big League is in Aus that's appalling. It's like the Euros being cancelled and The Times having it on page 12.

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20 minutes ago, Dave T said:

I really think we go all out and deliver a huge festival of RL without these a-holes. 

I couldn't care about asterisks, or standards, I'll buy more tickets if it goes ahead with smaller teams stepping in. 

I'll wait for the Groupon deals and then join you.

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Just now, Spotty Herbert said:

I already have. I may use the wife's e mail address to give them a second blast as well. I hope all contributors to this thread do the same.

Love it, think I`ll make it a family affair myself.

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4 hours ago, Copa said:

 

4 hours ago, The Rocket said:

Just came inside and my son told me, shattered, embarrassed, angry, I`m sure they could of arranged something if they really wanted to. My sincerest apologies from one Australian who really wanted it to happen. The rest of the comp this year is going to leave a sour taste in my mouth.

The AFL loving media are going to love this and really put the boot into the game down under now. Australian Rugby League has now become the laughing stock of Australian sport and the AFL loving media will keep pushing that narrative.

Trust me long term this will hit Australian Rugby League hard

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4 hours ago, Mark S said:

Postpone it until Spring/Summer next year. No point going up against the Union World Cup. 
 

im sure that the club game can take a break for 6 weeks.

The real reason is the NRL not wanting to impact their own pre season let alone take a 6 week mid season break

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9 minutes ago, Mumby Magic said:

Think this the perfect time national and internationally to get everyone to unify. We are on about an independent panel nationally the same should be done international wise. How can the sport be taken seriously if one country plays to different rules than the others? 

Not wrong. 

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