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30 minutes ago, steve oates said:

Good post, and of course everyone should want the club to do well.

I have noted suggestions that overseas players may be brought in in numbers to get a competitive team going.

But I seem to recall that only "Elite" level overseas players can get Visas to come play semi pro sports inc. soccer and Cricket clubs, who have to use British players. I wonder if Mr. Perez actually realised that???

Of course he did. 

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Cornwall arent playing in the Challenge Cup which L1 clubs join in late January, they also have a bye on the first week of League 1 and their first game is at Crusaders on 2nd April so that gives them 2 months longer than everyone else to prepare for competitive action.

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14 minutes ago, Whippet13 said:

Cornwall arent playing in the Challenge Cup which L1 clubs join in late January, they also have a bye on the first week of League 1 and their first game is at Crusaders on 2nd April so that gives them 2 months longer than everyone else to prepare for competitive action.

That’s good news, though 4 months still isn’t a great deal of time to assemble a semi pro RL team from scratch, especially in a non heartland area. 

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The thought that lads can just turn up for trials and then play against seasoned professionals in League 1 is laughable. They might find a few players, not a whole squad. 
 

Even locals who have  played to a good standard in rugby Union will struggle. This is all coming across very naive and rushed. 

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2 hours ago, Moscow01 said:

The thought that lads can just turn up for trials and then play against seasoned professionals in League 1 is laughable. They might find a few players, not a whole squad. 
 

Even locals who have  played to a good standard in rugby Union will struggle. This is all coming across very naive and rushed. 

Yes the old chestnut.. We can play League cos we have played Union..👍

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3 hours ago, sltipping said:

Player trials are due to take place in December so will be interesting to see what comes out of that. Hopefully there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes regarding recruitment and announcements imminent as lots of players are getting tied up

We don’t trial anymore. You scout.

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A few negative comments of late, so worth addressing to the best of my (limited) ability.

First, detractors should not labour under the illusion that those behind Cornwall RLFC are doing anything other than working every available hour to make the club a success. That loud pronouncements have yet to be made - here or via any other means - should not be taken as evidence of inactivity. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Second, basing a team in Cornwall brings unique challenges but also unique benefits. This, of course, extends to player recruitment. Notwithstanding the experience offered by the Cornish Rebels over recent years, it goes without saying that few local players have played Rugby League at the level which will be demanded of them. However, that lack of exposure is offset by the wealth of South West talent available for Cornwall RLFC to draw upon. There is no doubt that each new player will develop and improve with every game.

I think many here will be pleasantly surprised come the start of the 2022 season.

 

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11 hours ago, ChristianB said:

A few negative comments of late, so worth addressing to the best of my (limited) ability.

First, detractors should not labour under the illusion that those behind Cornwall RLFC are doing anything other than working every available hour to make the club a success. That loud pronouncements have yet to be made - here or via any other means - should not be taken as evidence of inactivity. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Second, basing a team in Cornwall brings unique challenges but also unique benefits. This, of course, extends to player recruitment. Notwithstanding the experience offered by the Cornish Rebels over recent years, it goes without saying that few local players have played Rugby League at the level which will be demanded of them. However, that lack of exposure is offset by the wealth of South West talent available for Cornwall RLFC to draw upon. There is no doubt that each new player will develop and improve with every game.

I think many here will be pleasantly surprised come the start of the 2022 season.

 

Can I ask what your relationship is with the club to have some kind of inside track on knowledge.

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22 hours ago, Moscow01 said:

The thought that lads can just turn up for trials and then play against seasoned professionals in League 1 is laughable. They might find a few players, not a whole squad. 
 

Even locals who have  played to a good standard in rugby Union will struggle. This is all coming across very naive and rushed. 

They are aiming to recruit 10-12 player from Cornwall, not the entire Squad, they will bring in some good players from established League teams, and maybe (Covid permitting) some Pacific Islanders.

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2 hours ago, CornwallRL said:

They are aiming to recruit 10-12 player from Cornwall, not the entire Squad, they will bring in some good players from established League teams, and maybe (Covid permitting) some Pacific Islanders.

‘Aiming’ and ‘will’ suggests none of this has happened yet? Cutting it fine…

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8 hours ago, northamptoncougar said:

Can I ask what your relationship is with the club to have some kind of inside track on knowledge.

You may!

I have worked with some of those behind the club on another Rugby League-related project in Cornwall. I can attest to their determination to make this succeed, and confirm that it is in very safe hands.

Whatever little snippets of up-to-date information I have is not for me to report. There is, as I understand it, a lot of dotting i's and crossing t's going on, and it is only right that those doing the dotting and crossing spread the news when ready.

My personal involvement has nothing to do with the administration of Cornwall RLFC (it is 'passionate and peripheral', for want of better terms!)

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32 minutes ago, ChristianB said:

You may!

I have worked with some of those behind the club on another Rugby League-related project in Cornwall. I can attest to their determination to make this succeed, and confirm that it is in very safe hands.

Whatever little snippets of up-to-date information I have is not for me to report. There is, as I understand it, a lot of dotting i's and crossing t's going on, and it is only right that those doing the dotting and crossing spread the news when ready.

My personal involvement has nothing to do with the administration of Cornwall RLFC (it is 'passionate and peripheral', for want of better terms!)

What is your occupation? Marketing?  Call center? What work did you perform behind the scenes?

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4 minutes ago, Josef K said:

I hope Cornwall is a huge success, but wouldn’t 2023 have been a better year to start so they could get everything sorted instead of having to rush around now ?. 

To play requires players.Simple. Who is signed up? The clock is ticking.

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1 hour ago, Tabby said:

What is your occupation? Marketing?  Call center? What work did you perform behind the scenes?

It would not much matter if I were a dental technician, plumbing apprentice, or CEO of a FTSE100 company. And I am none of those.

But I do know that by March 2022 there will be a Cornwall RLFC team taking to the field for their first match against North Wales.

That same team will get better and better as the season progresses. 

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1 hour ago, ChristianB said:

It would not much matter if I were a dental technician, plumbing apprentice, or CEO of a FTSE100 company. And I am none of those.

But I do know that by March 2022 there will be a Cornwall RLFC team taking to the field for their first match against North Wales.

That same team will get better and better as the season progresses. 

Well said CB and if you maybe get a match on Premier Sport next season give my wife a call happy to help with some sponsorship.

 

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1 hour ago, ChristianB said:

But I do know that by March 2022 there will be a Cornwall RLFC team taking to the field for their first match against North Wales.

And I, for one, will be there to watch and give my vocal support to them.

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12 hours ago, Josef K said:

I hope Cornwall is a huge success, but wouldn’t 2023 have been a better year to start so they could get everything sorted instead of having to rush around now ?. 

Gotta start somewhere, why not as early as possible and build into it. RL fans seem to always aim for the now, these clubs should be getting as much encouragement as possible from everyone with a long term view and some patience. Seeing people whining about them not having everything in place minutes after they came into existence is pathetic, but unfortunately entirely expected.

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1 hour ago, dkw said:

Gotta start somewhere, why not as early as possible and build into it. RL fans seem to always aim for the now, these clubs should be getting as much encouragement as possible from everyone with a long term view and some patience. Seeing people whining about them not having everything in place minutes after they came into existence is pathetic, but unfortunately entirely expected.

Your post is a bit contradictory really.

You are criticising RL fans for 'aiming for the now' - yet you are responding to  a post asking for more patience and a better longer term plan.

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1 hour ago, dkw said:

Seeing people whining about them not having everything in place minutes after they came into existence is pathetic, but unfortunately entirely expected.

I think, TBH, the whining is more about them seemingly not having anything in place.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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