Jump to content

Rugby League World Cup 2021 (Merged Threads)


Recommended Posts

3 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

I suspect that it will have very little effect but here is the submission I made to NRL.com feedback page today.

............................................................

I write to you today as a lifelong supporter of the great game of Rugby League.

While I may be based on the other side of the world in the UK, I have always felt a massive connection to the game in Australia, ever since I first saw the great Kangaroo team of 1986 progress unbeaten through England and France and I had the absolute pleasure of watching the likes of Sterling, Miles, Meninga and Kenny ply their wonderful skills in our club competition.  Fast forward 35 years and now I am subscriber of WatchNRL who very very rarely misses a single game of NRL.

I can honestly say that my passion for the sport of Rugby League in Australia is only surpassed by my love of international Rugby League; that unfortunately all too rare occasion when we get the chance see the best players from competitions from all over the world come together to test themselves.  Of course, the elite competition in which the international teams play is the World Cup.  The 2021 edition was set to be the biggest, most ambitious and potentially most impactful tournament our sport has ever seen.  A tournament that would have allowed Rugby League to reach audiences in both volume and reach that it has never seen before.

And then we hear the news today that the ARL and the NZRL have decided to forfeit attendance at the upcoming World Cup.  A decision that has been foreshadowed by noises coming out of the NRL about the impact that the competition will have on players and their preparation for the 2022 season.

I see that the reasons that have been given for this stand down is player welfare and player safety.  But what has become of player choice?  The choice that a player has to play in a competition that only comes around two or maybe three times in their lifetime if they are lucky.  Let us use Boyd Cordner as our example here.  He has had to step down from the game tragically early due to the ongoing effects of concussion.  Many years from now, when he reflects on his career, I am sure one of the highlights he will remember most fondly will be playing and scoring in a World Cup final and subsequently lifting the trophy.  A potential memory that the authorities have unilaterally taken away from a generation of players by deciding to withdraw them from the competition.

As I started with.  I have been a player and fan of our sport for 35 years and in that time I have seen Rugby League throw away many opportunities to showcase our great game.  But none like today.  While other sports move heaven and earth to allow elite players to play in elite competitions, our sport decides that it is all too hard.  Come the autumn of this year when I see the Premier League soccer grounds full of passionate fans or the Australian Rugby Union team playing in front of 80,000 fans at Twickenham, I will remember today as the day that our sport threw away yet another chance to show the world it is indeed the greatest game of all. 

It is the greatest sport and it deserves better than what it received today.  I am not even angry, I am beyond that, I am just deeply deeply saddened that the game has once again self destructed.

And to finish where I started.  I used to love the Australian Rugby League and I was a subscriber to WatchNRL.  No more.  I have watched my last game of NRL.

Most excellent, dispatch it to more authorities and influencers forthwith....

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites


3 minutes ago, Damien said:

Fair enough. However the players are grown adults it is their choice, not the NRL clubs.

Not quite true, the NRL clubs are their employers so they must have a say. I would be interested to know how many of them wanted to come though. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 minutes ago, The Rocket said:

Just don`t get that at all, sounds like there was absolutely no consultation, just drop a bombshell at 7.00 in the morning, this is either the ultimate in pure arrogance or some sort of power struggle going on behind the scenes. But there`s something seriously amiss here.

I do suspect there's something going on here, you don't do things like this if you've made a reasoned, difficult decision to withdraw. It smells like brinkmanship. Would it be too far to say it looks like a move out of the V'landys playbook?

I was born to run a club like this. Number 1, I do not spook easily, and those who think I do, are wasting their time, with their surprise attacks.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, gavin7094 said:

This would remove any credibility that the competition, or the sport, might have and should not be contemplated under any circumstances. 

They were runners up in the Final qualifier......

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just now, Dunbar said:

And to finish where I started.  I used to love the Australian Rugby League and I was a subscriber to WatchNRL.  No more.  I have watched my last game of NRL.

And you know what,  it`s f..ing typical Dunbar, they turned on everything that you would love in a game of League tonight. Damn bloody shame it has to be this way. Have a look at the highlights anyway mate, I wouldn`t hold it against you.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Futtocks said:

I think Radio 4 are going to go into more detail later in the programme, so stay tuned.

Jason Robinson and Phil Veivers were interviewed, at around the 1:40pm mark.

  • Like 1

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Presumably then as its not safe to travel to the UK no current Australian or Kiwi NRL players will be signing for SL clubs for next year ?? I mean if its not safe to come over for 4 weeks then its certainly not safe to come over hear and live is it !!!

Time for the RFL to show some balls and say if the national teams dont come to the WC then they wont be accepting any registrations from Australian or NZ players  who want to play in the UK.

  • Like 2

St.Helens - The Home of Rugby Champions

Saints Men's team - Triple Champions & Double Winners ; Saints Women's team - Treble Winners ; Thatto Heath - National Conference Champions

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 minutes ago, gavin7094 said:

This would remove any credibility that the competition, or the sport, might have and should not be contemplated under any circumstances. 

They're next in line so credibility would be intact

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, gavin7094 said:

This would remove any credibility that the competition, or the sport, might have and should not be contemplated under any circumstances. 

So do we just continue to pander to Australia for ever more! You have a big list of very acceptable reasons earlier why they shouldn’t come… and that would be fine but it’s all just an excuse.

I suspect that as ever they will get their way but it stinks, is dishonest, does not take into account players views and is selfish in the extreme.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just now, The Rocket said:

And you know what,  it`s f..ing typical Dunbar, they turned on everything that you would love in a game of League tonight. Damn bloody shame it has to be this way. Have a look at the highlights anyway mate, I wouldn`t hold it against you.

Just think how many of the players in that great match would have been looking forward to representing their countries this year.

  • Like 1

"We are easily breakable, by illness or falling, or a million other ways of leaving this earthly life. We are just so much mashed potato."  Don Estelle

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, The Rocket said:

Just don`t get that at all, sounds like there was absolutely no consultation, just drop a bombshell at 7.00 in the morning, this is either the ultimate in pure arrogance or some sort of power struggle going on behind the scenes. But there`s something seriously amiss here.

I think this is an emotional decision.

I suspect it's made by Vlandys and it's a response to the organisers decision to announce that it was going ahead.

I believe he will have interpreted the announcement as a challenge to his authority and Australia's status in the world game.

He will have seen it as an ultimatum....'' we're going ahead anyway, so make your mind up''.

My guess is he will have been crimson with rage.

This is a typical aggressive reaction from a bloated, yet fragile ego, embarrassed by the very public challenge to his self image.

His willingness to wreak havoc in the world game, to powder his blushes is a real indication of the true nature of the beast. 

Edited by fighting irish
  • Like 8
Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 minutes ago, Eddie said:

Not quite true, the NRL clubs are their employers so they must have a say. I would be interested to know how many of them wanted to come though. 

They have to be released for internationals. We also don't know what player contracts stipulate. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Australian RL think they are sitting pretty in their sporting backwater under no threat from any other sport and dont need to promote the sport internationally, but the most popular sport in the world does because that's how it became the world most populous sport by promoting itself and it will be moving into NRL territory and it will win. Dont be so smug and insular NRL 

  • Like 3

 Soon we will be dancing the fandango
FROM 2004,TO DO WHAT THIS CLUB HAS DONE,IF THATS NOT GREATNESSTHEN i DONT KNOW WHAT IS.

JAMIE PEACOCK

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just now, gavin7094 said:

By applying that reasoning if all 16 teams dropped out and it went ahead and the USA won then that would be a credible outcome?

So teams 17-32 would be competing - fine by me

Look up Denmark football's history in the Euros....

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 minutes ago, Saint Toppy said:

Presumably then as its not safe to travel to the UK no current Australian or Kiwi NRL players will be signing for SL clubs for next year ?? I mean if its not safe to come over for 4 weeks then its certainly not safe to come over hear and live is it !!!

Time for the RFL to show some balls and say if the national teams dont come to the WC then they wont be accepting any registrations from Australian or NZ players  who want to play in the UK.

Very different circumstances and cannot be compared. 

  • Haha 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 minutes ago, gavin7094 said:

This would remove any credibility that the competition, or the sport, might have and should not be contemplated under any circumstances. 

I hope the other 7093 Gavins were better than you.

  • Like 5
  • Thanks 1
  • Haha 18
Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's clear the modern Australian has not pride in playing for their country.

Lets never forget that the highest honour in team sport is to play for your country, unless your Australian when you would sooner play for a city suberb

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • John Drake changed the title to Rugby League World Cup 2021 (Merged Threads)
  • John Drake locked this topic
  • John Drake unlocked this topic
  • John Drake locked and unlocked this topic

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.



×
×
  • Create New...