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Just now, Henson Park Old Firm said:

can someone ring up South Africa and tell them they qualified for the world cup on default?

am on my way to the phone box now - whats the dialling code?

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

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they might have been viewing  the bbc website this week  and seeing carol kirkwood  saying  its too hot over here for them to play -  aussies are not renowned for their intelligence - quite dim really.

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

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31 minutes ago, wilsontown said:

Could we be looking at 1895 v 2.0? Maybe the northern hemisphere needs to go its own way.

Not something I would have advocated yesterday but here we are.

Unless we can find a way back from here, then yes, quite possible. Or it will be a bit like the darts, with rival governing bodies running their own world cups, including Australian and NZ teams under the 'northern' governing body. Everything's on the table now, the NRL will reap what it sows. 

 

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I noticed a couple of you talking about 1895 2.0. I absolutely get the sentiment. But what can we actually achieve from a Northern Hemisphere perspective?

We’ve thrown away North America (rightly or wrongly). Our own clubs in England are just as bad as those in the NRL at times. There’s no money in the development pot (due to no WC) to throw at France or someone else. 

Slightly stumped for (realistic) options… 

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2 minutes ago, Toby Chopra said:

Unless we can find a way back from here, then yes, quite possible. Or it will be a bit like the darts, with rival governing bodies running their own world cups, including Australian and NZ teams under the 'northern' governing body. Everything's on the table now, the NRL will reap what it sows. 

 

Could Imagine England (RFL owned) v England (NRL owned) & Australia (NRL owned) v Australia (RFL owned) a few years down the line, massive grudge matches in the making 😂

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1 minute ago, GeordieSaint said:

I noticed a couple of you talking about 1895 2.0. I absolutely get the sentiment. But what can we actually achieve from a Northern Hemisphere perspective?

We’ve thrown away North America (rightly or wrongly). Our own clubs in England are just as bad as those in the NRL at times. There’s no money in the development pot (due to no WC) to throw at France or someone else. 

Slightly stumped for (realistic) options… 

It's more a question of what we have to lose. 

We don't really get any direct benefit from the success of the NRL, other than it providing a destination for our very best players, and that will remain. We won't stop players going down under if they want to. 

But up til now, we've tried to remain in partnership with the NRL in order to keep the international program, which means a lot more to us than it does to them. 

If they're not going to bother turning up any more, we may as well try and set up our own version. 

There's sporting precedent: the ice hockey and basketball World championships are largely played without the best NHL and NBA players but still has US and Canadian teams. It is widely watched and means a lot to the rest of the world. 

Our only real problem here is that it's too short notice to really set this up to save this world cup, but by 2025 an independent sport including Australians and NZs would be quite possible. 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Smudger06 said:

Could Imagine England (RFL owned) v England (NRL owned) & Australia (NRL owned) v Australia (RFL owned) a few years down the line, massive grudge matches in the making 😂

Now I reckon that could sell! Could you imagine the booing when the NRL aussies came here? 

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I quit Twitter a few months ago for a number of reasons. I might just rejoin tomorrow and explain to Gould how Aus and NZ bottling, defaulting, is unfortunate as it's high profile international sporting competition that grabs the headlines, the sponsors and the money. They're going to lose out on all that by welching. 

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Time is the main factor here. The Aussies and Nz  have made their decision, now we need to  know  quickly how the  Tonga and  the rest of that group are going to react. If they go the same way as  the two mentioned then really I think it's all over.

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1 minute ago, frank said:

Time is the main factor here. The Aussies and Nz  have made their decision, now we need to  know  quickly how   Tonga and  the rest of that group are going to react. If they go the same way as  the two mentioned then really I think it's all over.

 

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7 minutes ago, newbe said:

Head of NZ rl on newsnite live, going to explain why they pulled out.

They don’t want the embarrassment of seeing more of their players switch allegiance to the Pacific Islands as they think the NZRL are a bunch of fools?

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2 minutes ago, hunsletgreenandgold said:

Nothing most of us didn't already know but it makes it none the less shocking when you see it actually written down by somebody of his standing down there. Forget any other conspiracy you might have heard over the past 18 months - this one has just come true. 

 

So it is a power play. NRL self-interest.

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23 minutes ago, GeordieSaint said:

They don’t want the embarrassment of seeing more of their players switch allegiance to the Pacific Islands as they think the NZRL are a bunch of fools?

I would love for the PI nations stay in the RLWC and for Australia and NZ be decimated going forward. 

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I hope all dual nationality players declare for other nations and keep the world cup on without the ozzies or kiwis.

Failing that as much as i despise union as a sport i would find it amusing if some of the top NRL talent jumped ship to Union for the chance to actually represent their country in a world cup.

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