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Post by Luke on Fri 22 Apr 2016, 12:53 pm

First topic message reminder :

The dates and venues of the 4 nation's have been announced. They are -

Fri 28th Oct - Scotland v Australia - Craven park Hull.

Sun 30th Oct - England v New Zealand - John Smiths stadium Huddersfield.

Sat 5th Nov - England v Scotland & Australia v New Zealand - Ricoh Arena Coventry.

Fri 11th Nov - Scotland v New Zealand - Derwent Park Workington.

Sun 13th Nov - England v Australia - Olympic Park London.

Sun 20th Nov - final at Anfield Liverpool.
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Post by The Beast on Fri 16 Feb 2018, 8:39 pm

A boost for Catalan Dragons, Tony Gigot has been cleared to play. It is not easy to keep up with this story which involves an alleged incident with a drug testing officer. AFAIK Gigot was banned, cleared on appeal, banned again on another appeal and now cleared again. Answers on a post card.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Sun 18 Feb 2018, 12:52 am

The Beast wrote:A boost for Catalan Dragons, Tony Gigot has been cleared to play.  It is not easy to keep up with this story which involves an alleged incident with a drug testing officer.  AFAIK Gigot was banned, cleared on appeal, banned again on another appeal and now cleared again.  Answers on a post card.
The Catalans want all the help they can get at the moment.

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Post by The Beast on Wed 21 Feb 2018, 6:35 pm

Castleford;

Dismiss Zak Hardaker following a failed drug test last year prior to the SL Grand Final.

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Post by Luke on Thu 22 Feb 2018, 9:40 pm

It's been reported that one of the proposals being considered for the future is a 10 team SL, a 10 team sl 2. And league 1 going amateur.

I really can't tell you how much this idea disgusts me. And I hope that it doesn't happen.
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Post by The Beast on Fri 23 Feb 2018, 10:44 am

Luke wrote:It's been reported that one of the proposals being considered for the future is a 10 team SL, a 10 team sl 2. And league 1 going amateur.

I really can't tell you how much this idea disgusts me. And I hope that it doesn't happen.

I don't mind 10/10 with P/R and robust salary caps however throwing 4 current (presumably Championship) clubs under a bus and closing the door on everyone else stinks.

I have mentioned this elsewhere and whilst it likely won't be every week York attracted 4300 for a League 1 game last Sunday there has to be a pathway for clubs like this who since their financial disasters must have worked tirelessly.

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Post by Luke on Sat 24 Feb 2018, 1:53 pm

Though it's only a proposal.

If you try to work it out it just gets more confusing. If it's agreed (and though I can't see this, If it is certain sl chairmen should hang there heads in shame).
It would mean at the moment 2 or 4 clubs (depending on if Toronto and Toulouse are promoted), Dropping to the Championship, and 2/4 dropping to league 1.
But then given the other clubs who proposed to want clubs in SL Franchise if this happens (Newcastle, Manchester, Bristol, Coventry, Dublin, Boston, Hamilton New York etc). You are basically relegating all the teams in the championship. With a 1 up from league 1 down (unless of course it's one of the mentioned clubs, who would never be allowed to be relegated).

What this does in my opinion is one of 2 things if voted in. It either kills alot of clubs in the heartland who just couldn't afford or want to continue.
Or it will lead to a split, and 2 competitions.
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Post by The Beast on Sun 25 Feb 2018, 2:54 pm

Luke wrote:Though it's only a proposal.

If you try to work it out it just gets more confusing.  If it's agreed (and though I can't see this, If  it is certain sl chairmen should hang there heads in shame).
It would mean at the moment 2 or 4 clubs (depending on if Toronto and Toulouse are promoted), Dropping to the Championship, and 2/4 dropping to league 1.
But then given the other clubs who proposed to want clubs in SL Franchise  if this happens (Newcastle,  Manchester, Bristol, Coventry, Dublin, Boston, Hamilton New York etc). You are basically relegating all the teams in the championship. With a 1 up from league 1  down (unless of course it's one of the mentioned clubs, who would never be allowed to be relegated).  

What this does in my opinion is one of 2 things if voted in. It either kills alot of clubs in the heartland who just couldn't afford or want to continue.
Or it will lead to a split, and 2 competitions.

Agreed, I am on the same page.

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Post by The Beast on Mon 26 Feb 2018, 6:35 pm

Leigh

Following by their standards a poor start to 2018 (Played 4, lost 3) Neil Jukes resigns as head coach. Former Saints Head Keiron Purtill taking over as caretaker.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Thu 08 Mar 2018, 8:49 am

The Beast wrote:Leigh

Following by their standards a poor start to 2018 (Played 4, lost 3) Neil Jukes resigns as head coach.  Former Saints Head Keiron Purtill taking over as caretaker.
Lots of rumours about problems behind the scenes at Leigh.

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Post by The Beast on Wed 14 Mar 2018, 7:25 pm

Kevin Brown,

announces his retirement from International Rugby League with 10 caps. Good luck to him in his club career.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Thu 15 Mar 2018, 2:00 am

The Beast wrote:Kevin Brown,

announces his retirement from International Rugby League with 10 caps.  Good luck to him in his club career.
Always gave 100% when called upon.

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Post by The Beast on Sat 17 Mar 2018, 2:45 pm

Marwan Koukash has plans to start a new team in Cumbria

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/43430608

Not sure he can pull this off however I would agree that Cumbria is the area for a club to develop into a SL franchise.

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Post by The Beast on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 11:02 am

Huddersfield;

sack Rick Stone as Head Coach after winning 2 from their first 7 games in 2018. Assistant Coach Chris Thorman takes temporary charge.

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Wed 28 Mar 2018, 3:19 am

The Beast wrote:Huddersfield;

sack Rick Stone as Head Coach after winning 2 from their first 7 games in 2018. Assistant Coach Chris Thorman takes temporary charge.
http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-league/43555065

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Post by The Beast on Mon 21 May 2018, 7:37 pm

Shaun Wane has announced he is leaving Wigan at the end of the season. Sounds like he will (or has) another job in the pipe line, Catalan Dragons or Canberra Raiders (John Bateman is apparently on his way there next year) appear to be leading rumours.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/44195467

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Post by George Hotel1895 on Tue 29 May 2018, 10:40 am

The Beast wrote:Shaun Wane has announced he is leaving Wigan at the end of the season.  Sounds like he will (or has) another job  in the pipe line, Catalan Dragons or Canberra Raiders (John Bateman is apparently on his way there next year) appear to be leading rumours.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/44195467
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Post by gazzyD on Thu 31 May 2018, 1:25 pm

Denis Betts sacked, obviously the declining crowd numbers have taken effect, little do the board realise that he was only a quarter of the problem and the much bigger one is still there in James Rule

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Post by Luke on Fri 01 Jun 2018, 1:11 pm

gazzyD wrote:Denis Betts sacked, obviously the declining crowd numbers have taken effect, little do the board realise that he was only a quarter of the problem and the much bigger one is still there in James Rule

Sort of feel for Betts. I don't rate him, but you seem to have had a lot of injuries this year coupled with a lack of investment over the years. I'm not sure what he was expected to be able to do, or how the club was going to be anywhere else but in the middle 8's. Given the sides who are going to be in the middle 8's from the championship this seems strange timing as well. Either get rid of him at the end of last year, or the end of this.
Though agree, the fact that Rule's still there negotiates Betts going. Some Hull fans I know hate the way he ran there club and his complete lack of ambition. He seems worse at Widnes.
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Post by gazzyD on Fri 01 Jun 2018, 1:53 pm

Personally for me it's six of one and half a dozen the other

Betts probably should have been let go sooner as I think when we finished 7th the other year was probably arguably an over-achievement and was never going to be bettered. His insistence on playing some players (ah van over ince, keeping Danny Walker out of the 17, Gilmour at scrum half when he blatantly wasn't the answer) and persisting with 5 drives up the middle and kick (for the most part) I think it was hard for me to feel too sorry for him. Widnes showed how ood they can be when they passed the ball about for that try on half time against Saints at Magic weekend

Injuries I can't comment on from the as a fan, I don't know how involved Betts was in the contract extensions given out, but again I can't feel sorry to him too much if he green lit them. This is the third season straight we've had injuries and for the most part its always the same players, yet said players get new contracts

James Rule, quite simply put is a cancer. I don't know what position he held at Hull but I know about his ban for having knowledge of the drug cover up. As far as I'm concerned Having him as an owner as well as a CEO is a disaster as of course he'll care more about himself than the club, and whilst I understand that especially given our history in the early 90's and more recently what we've seen happen to Bradford, we don't want to try and live beyond our means, but he came out bragging last season about this supposed war chest we got for Kev Brown and that it was being 'protected' but now he blames fans for staying away as to the reason why we can't recruit.  The man needs to do one. Cummins, or whoever may come in on a permanent position will probably struggle too with him pulling the strings, we might just play a bit better on the pitch on a more consistent basis. The inconsistency of taking Leeds and Wigan to the wire only to crumble against Huddersfield and Wakefield are ultimately why Betts had to move on

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Post by The Beast on Tue 12 Jun 2018, 7:56 pm

Fully accepting that I am not the sharpest knife in the draw..infact something of a bungalow i.e. nothing upstairs however I am confused.

The new SL Chief Exec Robert Elstone has announced that they will scrap the middle 8's from 2019 and move to a one up, one down model albeit with no details of how exactly this might work.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/44455976

Who the hell is running the sport? Where are the RFL is this process? Sorry I am bewildered?

In the BBC article Leeds Chair Gary Hetherington is clearly unhappy, Batley Bulldogs rip it to shreds in some good old plain language I will add.

http://www.batleybulldogs.co.uk/2018/06/12/club-statement/

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Post by Luke on Wed 13 Jun 2018, 4:56 pm

That's the problem with the whole sport.
2 many cooks trying to get there own piece of whatever pie out there. Not enough thought into the game as a whole.
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Post by Luke on Sun 17 Jun 2018, 6:36 pm

Luke wrote:
Luke wrote:It is believed that Gloucestershire and Oxford are about to merge (with a possible move to Bristol), as both are struggling financially and in getting players. A shame if it does happen, but not really a surprise.

Does make you wonder, if we do return to franchising  (which I really am against ). With Catalan, Tolouse, Toronto, Bristol and where the other rumoured franchises could be starting up (Dublin,  Montreal etc). Just how big is SL actually going to be? How many teams are going to be in it? And which of the traditional clubs are going to be missing out?

This has now happened. Both sides have withdrawn from the league, and Bristol will start in 2019.

This might actually not happening now.
As Bristol are struggling to attract the finances for the club.

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