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Forbes put up this article:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikemeehallwood/2021/07/21/this-is-why-the-rugby-league-world-cup-had-to-happen-in-2021/?sh=995c4537623e

 

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There has just been the European football championships and the copa America and the whole world was gripped. I'm not a football person ,but I take an interest. Cant the Australians see our sport needs to show itself as a world sport in a well presented tournament. Otherwise???

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2 minutes ago, fieldofclothofgold said:

There has just been the European football championships and the copa America and the whole world was gripped. I'm not a football person ,but I take an interest. Cant the Australians see our sport needs to show itself as a world sport in a well presented tournament. Otherwise???

No, because it would mean they’re not top dogs anymore 

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14 minutes ago, Phil said:

No, because it would mean they’re not top dogs anymore 

they have already gone from top dogs to scaredy cats and dirty rats within 12 hours 

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did the bloke who invented the phrase "one hit wonder" invent anything else?

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I’m glad the reaction has been strong and all the stakeholders here are standing firm on this . The reaction from players and Madge McGuire tells a story to . I’m not sure the NRL expecting this , probably thinking they’re so powerful the organisers would fold . Hopefully talks go on behind the scenes and a u-turn comes about . I wouldn’t be surprised . I’m convinced lots of players and the two coaches are up for it - they’ve been disrespected to 

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1 hour ago, Griff said:

Yeah - but what are the infection rates ?

Probably lower than ours (I don't much care) but mainly because they cannot get out and infect people.. ours would be lower if we were in lockdown but with good vaccination rates that would be pointless..

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5 minutes ago, RP London said:

Probably lower than ours (I don't much care) but mainly because they cannot get out and infect people.. ours would be lower if we were in lockdown but with good vaccination rates that would be pointless..

Infections down below 40k again today. That the third day in a row of falling? Still way to high but interesting if it keeps dropping…

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1 minute ago, GeordieSaint said:

Infections down below 40k again today. That the third day in a row of falling? Still way to high but interesting if it keeps dropping…

It's following the modelling from my understanding which makes this sort of decision, based on what they say, so puzzling and therefore why it's so obviously horse manure

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I don't think Pearson realises that if the world cup does not take place this year, it's unlikely to take place next year either. Aus just does not want it. 

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47 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Assuming the ARL and NZRL don't U-turn, I like the idea and the RL community would back them to the hilt for defying the likes of Peter V'Landys.

I love the fact that the indigenous communities are now properly recognised but they are not countries.

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In other sports they have a universal ruling body ,but Australians make up their own rules up with no consultation and usually we follow suit . 

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30 minutes ago, GeordieSaint said:

Infections down below 40k again today. That the third day in a row of falling? Still way to high but interesting if it keeps dropping…

Hmm... I don't watch the BBC News, I only wish I had the bottle to not pay the fee, but I noticed it was on and you would never had guessed rates was dripping.  They Just want to pour in all the misery they can.

All I can say is it's a good job they were never around for Dunkirk.

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10 hours ago, Copa said:

 

10 hours ago, Lapsed Leeds Fan said:

And the story underneath is about rugby league aiming for the 2032 Olympics as a priority. The game won't be around in 2032 with decisions like this.

 

10 hours ago, davet said:

"The majority of NRL players are currently living away from home under difficult biosecurity protocols. They would then be required to remain under protocols and away from home for the duration of the tournament before again quarantining on return to Australia. This is too much to ask our players and officials to do.

 

Have they actually asked the players what THEY want to do??

 

10 hours ago, jacobus said:

Joke.

Must be.

 

10 hours ago, DoubleD said:

Disappointing but not surprising. Given everyone is in bubbles in Australia it‚Äôs a lot of ask of players from a mental health point of view to continue that and then quarantine. Yes some will happily do it but I‚Äôm actually of the view it might be better now to wait a year when we could hopefully get a good run at it, to allow more international supporters to attend, hopefully sponsors will stay on board and we‚Äôll pick up a few more and hopefully all other partners stick with us ūü§ě.¬†

That’s my glass half full view. 

On the flip side, there’s no guarantee things are going to be any better next year 

 

10 hours ago, frank said:

Australia will still have the same attitude if the cup is delayed until next year.

Lets be honest and agree the V'landys and his minions on the ARL should fall on their swords along with the whole board of the NZRL and the kiwis should be sued for compensation

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2 hours ago, Tex Evans Thigh said:

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? 

I third world message from 2 countries who not so many years ago were 3rd world countries themselves and still have that 3rd world mentality.

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1 hour ago, fieldofclothofgold said:

 Cant the Australians see our sport needs to show itself as a world sport in a well presented tournament. Otherwise???

Of course they can, but unfortunately they don't seem to care. 

Sponsors have signed up, and will undoubtedly want to renegotiate (or worse) if the tournament is delayed for a year.

 

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didnt some of the kangaroos bottle it when one of the gulf wars was on? they really are a laughing stock 

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If this is a headline-boosting fake-out by the NRL, before a pre-planned u-turn, well played to them.

But let's be honest, it isn't. This is exactly the kind of thing the NRL clubs do. If the Australian players stand up to this, I might even applaud them in the RWC (if nobody was watching).

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Let the 75% of rep players happy to play in the World Cup play for Invitational sides. Job done and dusted, crack on with the World Cup as planned.
 

The ARLC and NZRL are coming under increasing pressure after it emerged that over 75% of players said they had no concerns about playing in the World Cup.

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/rugby-league-world-cup-players-21119348 

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Just now, graveyard johnny said:

didnt some of the kangaroos bottle it when one of the gulf wars was on? they really are a laughing stock 

Indeed.... Robbie O'Davis going on about terrorist targets in the UK like "Buckingham Palace or the Eiffel Tower".

That's the demographic we are dealing with, unfortunately.

It does look like (from reports) this time though, that the vast majority of players wanted to attend.

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2 minutes ago, graveyard johnny said:

didnt some of the kangaroos bottle it when one of the gulf wars was on? they really are a laughing stock 

Yes, it was after 9/11 and they thought that touring the UK might be dangerous if somebody bombed the Eiffel Tower. We need Chairman Mo to go and badger them into committing again.

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Just now, The Frying Scotsman said:

Indeed.... Robbie O'Davis going on about terrorist targets in the UK like "Buckingham Palace or the Eiffel Tower".

I thought it was Shane Webcke, but I might be wrong.

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