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44 minutes ago, Dunbar said:

Just a quick line from me that calling out the players for this is both wrong and self defeating.

All the quotes I have seen from NRL players about the World Cup is that they are looking forward to it.  Similarly a survey quoted on here said that 75% of players were happy and ready to come. Some wouldn't but that is their choice.

But that choice has been taken away by the ARL and NZRL under pressure from the clubs.  The issue was the competition and the quarantine and how that would impact NRL 2022... the player welfare messaging is an attempt to deflect.  Give them the choice, don't take a potential once in a lifetime experience away from them without consultation. 

The players are as much a victim of this selfish decision as the fans.

 

The players could defy their clubs and come to play anyway, infact the first all golds tour did this and created the game in the SH.

Lets see if the players have the stones as ultimatley they will be on holiday and can do as they please as long as they report back for duty before the season starts.

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14 minutes ago, Davo5 said:

Pretty easy saying that,sat behind a keyboard 10,000 away and as been reported the players were not consulted on the decision.

The players could still play, the union clubs told the players not to go on the original tours.

Maybe the olympians and the union players just have more self respect

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Just now, Man of Kent said:

Adam Pearson pipes up with Super League clubs' very own 'selfish and parochial' view https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/adam-pearson-hull-fc-super-5686936

Could he not just shut up for a day?

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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.

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2 minutes ago, Big Picture said:

Not quite the one thing, one of two things.  They never embraced the Origin concept in interstate matches, their version of State of Origin was more halfhearted, maybe because the Vics were worried about losing their dominance over SA and WA?  As they haven't interstate matches since 1999 SOO is another thing which RL has over them.

I can't imagine just how they expect anyone to buy that load of ###### when the Australian national RU team will be playing in Britain this November.

As the Aussie RU team and the All Black's basically chase money and will play anywhere for money why don't we just invite them to play in the WC? - they are over in the UK anyway so why not.

As they may get a hammering in some games we could even let them play with 15 men to help level up the paying field.

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4 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Adam Pearson pipes up with Super League clubs' very own 'selfish and parochial' view https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/adam-pearson-hull-fc-super-5686936

Selfish & Parochial, Superleague? Nah, wouldn't stand up in court, too drunk. Apart from relocating Catalans to Liverpool, it's not an M62 sport, at all.

NRL Players probably do more miles per season than SL Clubs do

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would like to hear something come from the mouths of some of the "stars" themselves - or have they been zipped by their overlords?

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51 minutes ago, RP London said:

Tokyo is in an a state of Emergency and Japan is pretty much locked down... 

Yeah - but what are the infection rates ?

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45 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

Today's announcement has probably revealed the existence of the RWC to many who wouldn't have known about it. 

You know what if this gets pulled back from the brink and they do come over, this whole fiasco will probably have been a boost to the tournament. 

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18 hours ago, Eddie said:

Must admit I didn’t put Canberra v Paramatta on this morning, whereas I’d usually have had it on in the background while I was working. 

you missed a great game, though. 

Respect.

 

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2 hours ago, gavin7094 said:

Covid effectively out of control.

Hospital admissions threatening NHS again. 

Deaths rising. 

Increasing numbers of Super League games postponed or cancelled due to increasing cases. 

6 hour queues at Heathrow.

Euro 2020 spoiled by crowds storming the venue.

Then 2 weeks staring at 4 walls in a hotel room when you get home. 

Who wouldn't want to come here? 

Postpone it or play it in Australia. 

So nothing to do with planned Autumn tour mentioned in first statement pull the other one.

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15 minutes ago, Big Picture said:

can't imagine just how they expect anyone to buy that load of ###### when the Australian national RU team will be playing in Britain this November.

This is just the worst thing. The Brits will head indoors out of the rain on a Saturday afternoon and flick through the channels to find RU as the only significant international sporting programme on the TV. Suddenly our opportunity to be the sporting event to represent the return to normality will be brushed under the carpet to accommodate the RU. Thanks for doing your bit to finally finish off RL in the Northern Hemisphere guys.

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Has anyone seen any reaction from the Australian / New Zealand women or wheelchair players? Was V'landys just talking about the men or all competitors? Wouldn't it look funny to the population of one of the (allegedly) most macho nations on earth if the women and disabled players arrived in the UK to play but the big, butch Aussie men weren't brave enough to?

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Doubt I'll add much to what has been said already but...

- Worst thing is the method of communication by the Aus/NZ GBs. 4 mins notice is disgusting and not consulting the players is unforgivable. Heads should roll.

- If we can go ahead without them, just do it, or replace with players already in Europe in 'select' teams. 

- This is obviously a NRL/clubs play so cant see any other nations players being released.

- Their priority is Origin. Since international RL picked up in quality, they have actively sought to undermine it to retain Origin's credibility and status. Anyone denying that is deluded. 

- Gus Gould is a myopic, arrogant doylem. Wants to play a 5 game origin series and is apparently a genius because he came up with the wonderful idea of having junior pathways. Pure genius.

- The BBC can do one. In 2017 I wrote a complaint to them as the RLWC final was even mentioned on the front page of their sports section, or maybe it was down near the bottom. Aus/NZ pull out and its the headline. Why do we bother? 

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Let's face it, RLWC is the only thing, ever, that the Aussies and NZ could hold the world to ransom on - 2 small countries on the back side of the world that no one talks about - they will be loving this as they think it makes them important 🤣🤣

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On the one hand I  am so disapointed that I do not want to post, on the other hand my hatred towards the NRL is now so big that I have to make one post 

 

First, this is absolutely not about corona as Australian tennis, cricket and rugby union (!) players are coming

Second, this is absolutely not about player welfare as the NRL is proving since month, is not willing to postpone or cancel some friendlies and of course everybody knows what they would do to save one SOO game....

 

Unfortunaltey they bribed New Zealand with an Ocenania Cup there in November so the other Pacific nations will cancel, too

 

Hopfeullt the RLWC will be held with invitational teams....

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28 minutes ago, Devon Ram said:

But what other sports are they up against a Man Utd or a Leeds United, Arsenal its a false argument even certain Non-League football teams in the UK get decent gates all their is down under is Rugby League, Union & Cricket. 

I have not got a clue what you are talking about or what that is to do with the replies.

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4 minutes ago, Spotty Herbert said:

Has anyone seen any reaction from the Australian / New Zealand women or wheelchair players? Was V'landys just talking about the men or all competitors? Wouldn't it look funny to the population of one of the (allegedly) most macho nations on earth if the women and disabled players arrived in the UK to play but the big, butch Aussie men weren't brave enough to?

I hadn’t thought of that, would be superb if it happened. 

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