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1 minute ago, lucky 7 said:

 

You had the AFL on the ropes with the TV ratings and streaming and the dwindling AFL crowd numbers, and now in one swoop the NRL/ARL has given the AFL the oxygen it desperately needed.

The AFL loving media will do all it can to damage the NRL product and that won't be hard now and will lead in the medium to long term less sponsorship money.

Perhaps a good term to use is this is Manna from heaven for the AFL

 

Yes I'd certainly agree. 

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RFL chairman Simon Johnson has called the Australian/New Zealand decision to pull out of the Rugby League World Cup “selfish, parochial and cowardly” live on BBC

 

Good for him, showing some balls 

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Come on, get on that nrl.com feedback page and give it to them?! 

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1 minute ago, lucky 7 said:

 

You had the AFL on the ropes with the TV ratings and streaming and the dwindling AFL crowd numbers, and now in one swoop the NRL/ARL has given the AFL the oxygen it desperately needed.

The AFL loving media will do all it can to damage the NRL product and that won't be hard now and will lead in the medium to long term less sponsorship money.

Perhaps a good term to use is this is Manna from heaven for the AFL

 

Nuts isn`t it, the one thing they haven`t got that we have, that they would absolutely kill for and we want to stuff it up, as Irish said " you couldn`t make that stuff up". Any way mate it`s not about us tonight, as much as I`m up to my neck in the code wars down here, this is about the kick in the teeth to English League tonight.

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No party political posturing in here, please.

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Save that stuff for the politics sub forum, if you must.

There's quite enough to cope with dealing with internal RL politics right now!!

Thank you.

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Just now, northamptoncougar said:

If it goes ahead i'll be buying more tickets to more games, this isn't about safety it's about how small minded the NRL and that's saying something considering our own governing body.

It's more frustrating when it comes from them. RL in this country is two bald men fighting over a comb, Australian's on the other hand have fantastic mullets and an abundance of combs... and I don't know where I'm going with this.

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We're the main/2nd news story on both Sky Sports News and BBC Sport Apps. On the main page of BBC News, and a leading story at Sky News.

The Aussies and Kiwis have given the competition a profile higher than everyone bar Prince Harry??

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9 minutes ago, Damien said:

 

 

Interesting to hear what he says because whilst his retweets seem to mainly be scathing about Aus/NZ pulling out, his actual tweets seem a lot more on the fence about the whole thing. One suggests players speaking up privately about their concerns as one of the reasons this has come now. 

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have to say i am feeling a bit more bullish than i was when this first broke. 

The comments on here and the bbc, the statements coming out of the RFL, IRL and RLWC are all fighting and I like that.. fight for the international game.. keep us in the news cycle calling out the aussies.. 

just had a bit of time in our factory with some of the guys i've been able to get interested in going to Bramall Lane and they've, pretty much to a man, just said "f8ck 'em, play it without them!"... 

theres still a tournament to be had here.. we need the RLWC and IRL to fight for it (need to make sure the islands and other minor nations are still up for this, Brazil statement is brilliant etc) but we can still do it, they may still come but lets get this going without them.. 

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Its hardly a surprise.  Aus and NZ were clearly hoping the WC would be cancelled and that they wouldn't have to make a call.  Here in Aus we're still in a complete elimination mindset, with cities and states locking down with few cases.  The whole mindset here is simply against opening up, and its getting a bit crazy, as no politicians are seriously talking about how we move beyond this stage to something a bit more normal.

Add to that the fact the NRL and clubs here just don't value the international game and we are where we are.  It won't surprise if other nations that would be full of NRL players also pull out as I doubt clubs will release players.

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2 minutes ago, Smudger06 said:

I think at this point the RFL needs to become the World governing body, doesn't even require a name change. 

Nobody from the ARL/NRL should be allowed anywhere near international Rugby League. Insular is an understatement

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2 minutes ago, DI Keith Fowler said:

It's more frustrating when it comes from them. RL in this country is two bald men fighting over a comb, Australian's on the other hand have fantastic mullets and an abundance of combs... and I don't know where I'm going with this.

And they dont even want to go to the barbers to allow us to make a toupe for our 2 bald men... 

does that work? really not sure... :kolobok_ph34r:

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2 minutes ago, northamptoncougar said:

If it goes ahead i'll be buying more tickets to more games, this isn't about safety it's about how small minded the NRL and that's saying something considering our own governing body.

The disgraceful thing is the ARLC are now spinning it to be about covid safety and the masses are lapping it up.

Those who know, know this not to be the true Reason at all. Australia are sending cricketers to Bangladesh, no one knows the real situation on the ground regarding covid in that country. They have sent large Olympic teams to Japan. 

It's betrayal this is, a proper stab in the back. 

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2 minutes ago, BrisbaneRhino said:

Its hardly a surprise.  Aus and NZ were clearly hoping the WC would be cancelled and that they wouldn't have to make a call.  Here in Aus we're still in a complete elimination mindset, with cities and states locking down with few cases.  The whole mindset here is simply against opening up, and its getting a bit crazy, as no politicians are seriously talking about how we move beyond this stage to something a bit more normal.

Add to that the fact the NRL and clubs here just don't value the international game and we are where we are.  It won't surprise if other nations that would be full of NRL players also pull out as I doubt clubs will release players.

Shame on Australia and New Zealand RL !  

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4 minutes ago, BrisbaneRhino said:

It won't surprise if other nations that would be full of NRL players also pull out as I doubt clubs will release players.

It's not the NRL/Clubs choice for recognised international fixtures. That said, I don't disagree with what you're saying with regards the likelihood of that happening. 

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1 minute ago, Smudger06 said:

The disgraceful thing is the ARLC are now spinning it to be about covid safety and the masses are lapping it up.

Those who know, know this not to be the true Reason at all. Australia are sending cricketers to Bangladesh, no one knows the real situation on the ground regarding covid in that country. They have sent large Olympic teams to Japan. 

It's betrayal this is, a proper stab in the back. 

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3 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

On Radio 4 now. Jason Robinson.

hes just brought up the new zealand cricket team that came over last year when we were in a worse situation arguably.. 

good point.. 

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At the same time The Australian Wallabies will be in the U.K. playing almost as many games as the Kangaroos would If they participated in the World Cup

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