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I was talking to Jason Robinson a few weeks ago, he’s keen to see if a West Indies competition can be developed and then compete internationally 

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6 hours ago, lucky 7 said:

There are some very good young athletes in the Afro-Caribbean community that would make very good Rugby Leagues players, something we have never really tapped into.

Dwain Chambers has Jamaican Heritage. I thought he would be a great success at Castleford. 

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5 hours ago, Phil said:

I was talking to Jason Robinson a few weeks ago, he’s keen to see if a West Indies competition can be developed and then compete internationally 

He might want to talk to the Jamaican RL about that. They've been pretty clear that they are working to develop the game in their own country and, whilst it would be great to see other Caribbean nations playing the game, they're not interested in a West Indies team.

I've been getting the feeling that the Jamaican team has become much more influenced from northern England since the RLWC Qualifiers. No doubt that's partially due to the pandemic preventing the domestic players travelling to play games for two years, but it also coincides with Jason Robinson and Alex Simmons becoming involved. Need to be careful about that, we saw with Ireland a couple of years back that the English-based players got a little too controlling of the national team.

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1 hour ago, nadera78 said:

He might want to talk to the Jamaican RL about that. They've been pretty clear that they are working to develop the game in their own country and, whilst it would be great to see other Caribbean nations playing the game, they're not interested in a West Indies team.

I've been getting the feeling that the Jamaican team has become much more influenced from northern England since the RLWC Qualifiers. No doubt that's partially due to the pandemic preventing the domestic players travelling to play games for two years, but it also coincides with Jason Robinson and Alex Simmons becoming involved. Need to be careful about that, we saw with Ireland a couple of years back that the English-based players got a little too controlling of the national team.

Indeed. The future for any developing Rugby League country is to develop it's own players over a period of time and not rely on heritage players

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17 hours ago, Phil said:

I was talking to Jason Robinson a few weeks ago, he’s keen to see if a West Indies competition can be developed and then compete internationally 

We have had opportunity's to tap into the Afro-Caribbean community, but apart from paying lip service to it we haven't grasped the nettle on the matter. Going back to before even Billy Boston,and  followed by Clive Sullivan, Henderson Gill and Des Drummonds feats on super stars and then Ellery Hanley, Martin Offiah and Jason Himself and others, BUT there could have been a lot lot more. A huge opportunity missed in my opinion

 

 

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