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1 minute ago, Johnoco said:

On one hand you're correct. But on the other, seriously, who thought Jamaica v Scotland should be in Fev? 

I would say it's better than nothing but I aren't so sure. 

But we have no idea as to why, immediately people are jumping all over it without knowing if its even true, or if it is why its happening.  Most stadiums will have been desperately trying to fill their calendar as soon as they were allowed to have sport played there, there's a very good chance of limited availability for games organised at such short notice.

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1 minute ago, dkw said:

Or there is very little money available for an international programme and the team 8s doing the best they can with incredibly limited funds and time. Maybe you can fo volunteer your money qnd time to show them how they should do it?

I find these kind of replies pathetic to be honest and you are a better poster than that.

The RFL is a professional organisation with full time staff. It is certainly not a fans job to do their job for them for free. Fans are customers who need to be persuaded to buy into an event, maybe you and the RFL should remember that.

There is no excuse for a Jamaica v Scotland match being at Fev. None at all. It's a village with a population of 15k. Jamaica got over 7k v England Knights at Headingley. Leeds Beckett have used Headingley for goodness sake, it's not that expensive but infinitely more prestigious and based in a major city.

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3 minutes ago, Damien said:

 

There is no excuse for a Jamaica v Scotland match being at Fev.  

You literally have no idea of this, of course there can be an excuse/reason for it, there is no information on it as of yet (we don't even know if it's true). 

I do apologise on the last post though, was unnecessary.  But it gets my back up when people immediately pile in without having any facts around something. 

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I would have made every effort to hold some games exactly as they would have been for the RLWC. Cut-price tickets for those with a RLWC ticket already. If Jamaica were due to play Ireland at Headingley on a Friday/Saturday night (I think they were), and 10k tickets had been sold, build on that interest.

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Week 1: Warm Ups

Wales V England
France V Jamaica
Ireland V Scotland

Weeks 2-3/4: Mini-Series

England V France x 3
Scotland V Ireland x 2
Wales V Jamaica x 2

Would be reasonable. If all we get is the 3 games mentioned in the OP it is probably major warning signs.

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5 hours ago, dkw said:

Or there is very little money available for an international programme and the team 8s doing the best they can with incredibly limited funds and time. Maybe you can fo volunteer your money qnd time to show them how they should do it?

If they can't resource it properly then they shouldn't do it IMO. It just massively devalues the international game when things are done half-arsed. And that's the last thing they should be doing with a World Cup next year.

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5 hours ago, jim_57 said:

Week 1: Warm Ups

Wales V England
France V Jamaica
Ireland V Scotland

Weeks 2-3/4: Mini-Series

England V France x 3
Scotland V Ireland x 2
Wales V Jamaica x 2

Would be reasonable. If all we get is the 3 games mentioned in the OP it is probably major warning signs.

No it wouldnt.  It would be worse because there is still zero incentive for anyone not playing england to bother. 

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Just watching the final of The Hundred and thoroughly enjoying it. I know there's a whole other thread on The Hundred and lessons that RL can learn, but it's obvious from this that a significant proportion of the crowd are there for the 'event' as opposed to being die hard fans of either team.

If RL's powers-that-be are seriously considering playing Jamaica vs Scotland at Fev, then it perfectly encapsulates why the game is currently in the dire straits that it's in.

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2 minutes ago, RugbyLeagueGeek said:

Just watching the final of The Hundred and thoroughly enjoying it. I know there's a whole other thread on The Hundred and lessons that RL can learn, but it's obvious from this that a significant proportion of the crowd are there for the 'event' as opposed to being die hard fans of either team.

If RL's powers-that-be are seriously considering playing Jamaica vs Scotland at Fev, then it perfectly encapsulates why the game is currently in the dire straits that it's in.

Where are Equador playing Italy at cricket this year ?

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2 minutes ago, RugbyLeagueGeek said:

I don't care. What I care about is what we can do in this country to promote and expand the game of RL.

The cricket finished a bit ' damp ' in the end 

Just for the record , where do you suggest they play it ?

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2 minutes ago, GUBRATS said:

The cricket finished a bit ' damp ' in the end 

Just for the record , where do you suggest they play it ?

I'm not sure they should play it. If the powers-that-be are going to treat it as an afterthought and provide insufficient resources to create a meaningful event that will be attractive to both spectators and players, then they shouldn't bother. 

It isn't a case of picking a ground and saying "it would be good there - they've got a train station nearby and should get at least 5k through the gates". They need to do some market research, put a meaningful long term calendar together and put games out to tender to see which towns and cities want to host. Not throw something together at the last minute based off the back of a fag packet.

What is the point of these games? Is it to just tick a box to say they've played some? If they're played in uninspiring stadiums with minimal effort going in to the promotion and the wider 'event' side of things, then I fail to see how they're going to prompt the players to make themselves eligible to play, or to make the event attractive to spectators. What good is that going to do ahead of next year's World Cup?

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26 minutes ago, RugbyLeagueGeek said:

What I care about is what we can do in this country to promote and expand the game of RL.

But you are happy to say negative comments about Featherstone and the local region, who have supporters that could be Scottish or Jamaican. Not forgetting that a current player is a Scottish international.  

2008 RFL Wakefield & District Young Volunteer of the Year

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Just now, Chris Taylor said:

But you are happy to say negative comments about Featherstone and the local region, who have supporters that could be Scottish or Jamaican. Not forgetting that a current player is a Scottish international.  

Featherstone is a great little ground. But the reality is that Fev is a tiny village with a population of 15k, and the ground holds <7k. My comments are not intended to be negative, but just highlighting the reality of the situation.

As another poster has pointed out, Jamaica's game against England Knights got more that 7k with minimal promotion, so why on earth would you choose to play in a smaller ground? Plus, plenty of clubs can boast Scottish or Jamaican internationals, so I fail to see why this is relevant.

Do you genuinely believe that Fev is the best place play to this sort of fixture? And if the rumour is true, do you think that the RFL (or whoever has organised it) genuinely believes it's the best place to play, or is this decision just being made on the basis of convenience?

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