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8 hours ago, Hull Kingston Bronco said:

You’re ignoring the impact of the NRLs version of dual reg. I’ll say it again, I think Redcliffe Dolphins would beat Wakefield Trinity 9 times out of 10, just by way of one random match-up.
 

The participation pool in Australia is multiple times larger than ours, it follows naturally that their fringe players will be better than our average. There’s just not enough room for them all in the NRL, how much they get paid in a comp with lower revenues isn’t a measure of their relative value or ability as players to ours. 

Redcliffe Dolphins have only won 1 game this season and are two off the bottom of Q Cup table. If you are right then God help Wakefield Trinity.

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2 hours ago, The Future is League said:

He has no plans to bring his uncle onboard.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/61176005

so rohan smith has no plans to involve tony smith or brian smith? - shame- the 3 smiths could have got morrissey involved and then sang   "headingley knows im miserable now "

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

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5 hours ago, The Future is League said:

He might if things don't go to plan

His uncle was one of the finest Rugby League brains the game has ever produced. For many years he was the guest expert on ABC radio`s Saturday (10hrs) and Sunday (6hrs) every week of the season - which I  rarely ever missed, a man of profound insight and knowledge of the game and I`ll guarantee still a keen student of Rugby League.

If the young Leeds coach does not have long conversations, even if only by phone, about current trends and tactics in the game, I`d be very surprised.

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11 hours ago, The Rocket said:

His uncle was one of the finest Rugby League brains the game has ever produced. For many years he was the guest expert on ABC radio`s Saturday (10hrs) and Sunday (6hrs) every week of the season - which I  rarely ever missed, a man of profound insight and knowledge of the game and I`ll guarantee still a keen student of Rugby League.

If the young Leeds coach does not have long conversations, even if only by phone, about current trends and tactics in the game, I`d be very surprised.

Do you mean his dad (Brian) not his uncle (Tony) ?

He will also have learned a great deal from Brian's former St George/Parramatta assistant, 'Rocket' Rod Reddy. You'll know him. 🙂

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18 minutes ago, Szymala said:

Do you mean his dad (Brian) not his uncle (Tony) ?

He will also have learned a great deal from Brian's former St George/Parramatta assistant, 'Rocket' Rod Reddy. You'll know him. 🙂

Thanks mate, you know I thought I`d read Brian was his Dad, but I read a post by someone talking about him bringing in his uncle, so I assumed Brian must have been his uncle. Even better for him though I suppose.

I got so caught up in St. George`s march to the finals under Smith in the early 90`s, it had been a while, that I went to one of their open training sessions during GF week, Smithy saw me standing on my own watching from the boundary and sent an assistant over and asked me if I was a spy from the Broncos, I said you`re kidding mate, I must have sounded sincere, because he said no worries mate and let me stay.

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What's his brother Keegan doing at the moment?  He has a great reputation in strength and conditioning.

"I'm a traditionalist and I don"t think you'd ever see me coaching an Australian national side!"  Lee Radford, RLW March 2016

Proud to be a member of the TRL woke claque

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45 minutes ago, latchford albion said:

What's his brother Keegan doing at the moment?  He has a great reputation in strength and conditioning.

He seems to do a lot of private work now travelling the world and living the dream. I see a lot of his stuff on social media and its interesting to see his philosophy on life.

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1 hour ago, latchford albion said:

What's his brother Keegan doing at the moment?  

green cross code adverts?

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20 hours ago, The Rocket said:

Thanks mate, you know I thought I`d read Brian was his Dad, but I read a post by someone talking about him bringing in his uncle, so I assumed Brian must have been his uncle. Even better for him though I suppose.

I got so caught up in St. George`s march to the finals under Smith in the early 90`s, it had been a while, that I went to one of their open training sessions during GF week, Smithy saw me standing on my own watching from the boundary and sent an assistant over and asked me if I was a spy from the Broncos, I said you`re kidding mate, I must have sounded sincere, because he said no worries mate and let me stay.

Sounds just like Brian, a very intense man but a brilliant coaching mind. I always liked him.

Pilloried for no grand final win but it was no disgrace to lose twice to THAT Brisbane team. And with Parra' he was simply undone by a genial performance from Andrew Johns after the Eels had been far and away the best team in 2001 - shades of Cas' in 2017.

Coaching over 600 ARL/NRL games (plus many more with Hull, Bulls and Wakefield) is no mean feat. 

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On 20/04/2022 at 14:50, Tommygilf said:

Don't worry, you can get the home shirt for £30 using the code "Welcome"! 

It could work excellently. Just needs to get us scoring tries as a priority.

I’m very pleased with the appointment, particularly given some of the other names linked such as Maguire. Smith is very highly thought of, has done a good apprentice under a number of head coaches and has a successful track record as a head coach. Crucially his vision and approach aligns so it should be a good culture fit. 

I hope Sean Long heads for the exit. Our attack has been toothless for a while, so I have no idea what purpose he is serving

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On 21/04/2022 at 19:57, Hull Kingston Bronco said:

You’re ignoring the impact of the NRLs version of dual reg. I’ll say it again, I think Redcliffe Dolphins would beat Wakefield Trinity 9 times out of 10, just by way of one random match-up.
 

The participation pool in Australia is multiple times larger than ours, it follows naturally that their fringe players will be better than our average. There’s just not enough room for them all in the NRL, how much they get paid in a comp with lower revenues isn’t a measure of their relative value or ability as players to ours. 

Dophins flogged again this weekend, next to bottom, my money would be on Wakefield.

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1 hour ago, Wigan Riversider said:

Is Longy to be retained by the new Leeds Head coach?

Officially yes the support staff are all remaining in place. I'm sure Smith will be able to make changes in the close season if he wants though.

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The Eagle has landed.

Famously amongst the first things Howard Wilkinson did when landing at Elland Road in 1988 was to take down all the old photographs of the 1960s/70s Leeds United team as he thought the club was obsessively living in the past in a way which wasn't healthy.

At Headingley and at Kirkstall they've build the past literally into the walls of the place -  the players can't turn a corner without seeing some ghostly figure brandishing a trophy or a list of great past players.

I wonder if Smith might just want to turn the players' focus away from all that sort of stuff.

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45 minutes ago, The Future is League said:

Has Longy ever had any sort of success as an attack coach as I'm struggling to think where he has?

He has a huge CV in terms of coaching roles however we are on the same page regarding success.

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2 hours ago, M j M said:

The Eagle has landed.

 

At Headingley and at Kirkstall they've build the past literally into the walls of the place -  the players can't turn a corner without seeing some ghostly figure brandishing a trophy or a list of great past players.

I wonder if Smith might just want to turn the players' focus away from all that sort of stuff.

Like winning things ? 

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10 hours ago, Szymala said:

Like winning things ? 

The legacy can weigh heavy like an albatross if not done right. The current team needs to forge its new legacy.

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8 hours ago, Tommygilf said:

The legacy can weigh heavy like an albatross if not done right. The current team needs to forge its new legacy.

If the players aren't mentally strong enough to overcome that, then they won't be mentally strong enough to win a trophy anyway. It's all a mindset thing, those images should be inspirational, not a burden. That group requires leadership more than anything

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