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Manly needs stability and either Des or Toovey ,icons for that club ,would help engender pride back in the district, instead of the current malaise that appears to exist with their fan base.
This year has been an unmitigated disaster for the club, and with the talent they have on board, that shouldn’t have been the case.

Hasler confirms interest in Manly return

Andrew, rather than seeking an ego trip by having a shot at the new CEO Barry Russell, just go and play your heart out for Tonga, which I know you will.
You will be applauded and acknowledged for doing so.

Angry Fifita turns sights on Sharks

The hypocrisy of the Rothfield’s and his employer at times knows no bounds.
He is(with his editor’s support) quite prepared to go low and overstep the mark just to sell papers.

There is a difference in reporting something major that happens off field in rugby league ,than something either overblown,or an incident that happens in private that is given front page attention.And this gent is head of the queue reporting these incidents.Then he tells the NRL what “punishment” the player or players should receive.
The same(“rl reporter” )guy and organisation who bags the administration monotonously, since Gallop was removed ,and people wonder why they get little respect from players and the public alike.

The Canterbury players’ stupidity of recent times was such an example, that same New’s outlet had photographers placed in strategic positions ,with long distance lenses ,to record the event.The old gotcha trick.

Yet an employee(journalist) of the same organisation, can get so drunk as to not remember damaging the bonnet of a motor vehicle, appear in court with not a camera or journalist around to record the details.And a former journalist from the same New’s stable charged with DUI not once but twice, and zero reporting of such events.
I guess it boils down to ,any organisation that can organise phone taps to sell a story regardless of who it hurts, have some senior people in the USA accused of sexual harassment ,is almost a law unto itself.
If I was Fifita, Rothfield would hardly be getting my applause.

Fifita not sorry for bashing Buzz Rothfield on podcast

Probably due to the fact both he( KWT )and yourself are more than likely, one and the same person.Same theme in your commentary.Joined October 18 hmmmm.

The RLIF needs to embrace its scrappy, start-up status

Don.
Another point at rl schoolboy matches and junior comps scouts from other codes are on hand at times.It’s hardly an open secret. Kurtley Beale is a classic example ,who ended up at Joeys, a ru school.
Nothing wrong with that, my point is all the football codes are professional, and source players from within and outside their domains.RL has lost juniors in NSW to AFL(Swans).And Australia has a far more competitive football landscape with 4 major codes, wanting a slice of the player base.Whereas in NZ,it’s ru and daylight second.
It comes under the employment banner, no one should be held back to pursue
a career no matter what side of the fence, loyalty unfortunately is a thing of the past.
The biggest problem for NZ IMO, is the big spending French and Japanese rugby clubs, who have no qualms in poaching NZ talent.

Kiwis pip Kangaroos 26-24 in Test thriller

No you’re in fact helping develop NZ rugby league players by their NRL inclusion, to make the National team that much stronger.
And I propose ,any rl fan with a keen interest in a strong and competitive International Comp,
would find this a natural progression .Hardly being mugs with that in mind.

Kiwis pip Kangaroos 26-24 in Test thriller

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of the likes of the Johnsons,and some of the earlier Warrior’s greats.
The addition of the Warriors has brought an air of free flowing rl to the NRL ,rather than at times the robotic style of a few other NRL clubs.
We are living in a world that is becoming smaller and smaller, due to technology and travel times, and that has aided the inclusion of teams from other countries to local comps.I see no problem with that, variety is the spice of life.

Have to disagree, the addition of the Warriors ,Catalans in the ESL,Toronto to English rl comps,PNG to Qld cup has created more interest, and helped more players gain experience at a higher level, which can only be beneficial for International rl.

Kiwis pip Kangaroos 26-24 in Test thriller

Doesn’t the Toronto Raptors a Canadian team play in the US NBA? Perhaps you should tell them to nick off.Does that make a mockery of basketball Internationals?
Well the almighty dollar plays a big part in all professional codes, and TV money has a major impact.
We have Oz/Sa/and NZ ru teams playing in a comp,
aside from tests .Maybe they should confine competition to country only and leave it to Tests only.
Have to disagree without the Warrior’s involvement we may never have seen the skills

Kiwis pip Kangaroos 26-24 in Test thriller

Changing of the guard at the Kangaroos.It happens in life as well as sport.Losing players of the calibre of Smith,Slater and Thurston ,a team loses not only experience but players with teh ability to get out of tight situations.Then again the Kiwis were missing the Dally M winner Roger TS.

It shows exactly, having Kiwis in the NRL boosts their competitiveness as a result of experience and coaching with high performance assistance.

Quite frankly I’d much prefer uncertainty in any rugby league test, than certainties.

Eventually, one hopes this translates to other countries now involved playing rugby league ,becoming more adept at higher levels of competition,as they are currently playing for qualification for the RLWC2021, both in Europe and the Americas.

Are the all-conquering Kangaroos on the decline?

I’d suggest for the same reason Catalans is in the ESL,and the Toronto Wolfpack is currently in the lower English rl division.PNG Hunters in the Qld Cup.Fiji applying to get in to the NSW Cup.
Creates increased interest,publicity ,viewers, sponsors and competitiveness for the additional countries invited.
Oh and NZ is closer to Sydney, than a couple of Oz mainland cities I could name.
You do not appear to give much credit to the Kiwi’s performance.Nor consider the fact the Kangaroos play without the likes of Smith,Thurston and Slater,
a changing of the guard in effect.
It was a great game of rugby league,despite a poor crowd, others probably people thinking the Kiwis were going to get lapped.

Kiwis pip Kangaroos 26-24 in Test thriller

A great crowd and a decent Sky Tv viewing audience for the SL final, also an exciting game to watch.Crowds in many sports can go up and down, even in grand finals.
Tv viewership is important for many sports, where the Tv revenue makes up the bulk of the revenue.It’s nonsensical to suggest otherwise.
Anycase this has zero to do with the subject matter about the RLIF performance ,typically changing the debate to push your con tinsel overt anti rl agenda.

The RLIF needs to embrace its scrappy, start-up status

Eligibilty rules to help ensure a competitive World Cup ,need to have the flexibility at this stage for the inclusion of heritage players.Cynics will have their passing shot, but RLWCs and the long term plan to grow the game, are not set up to please the cynics.Simply to play with the cards the y are dealt with.
In stating that viewpoint ,it is worth noting the RLIF despite the lack of financial clout and indeed staff, have for example European countries playing qualifying games to secure entry to the 2021 RLWC.
I cite the following recent examples:-
16th September in European Championship C,Norway defeated Germany 40 to 22 in Porsgrunn
7th October European Championship B ,Spain defeated Russia 32-24 in Valencia.
13th October European Championship B,Russia v Serbia at Fily Stadium Moscow.

I also point out the overwhelming majority of players involved in these European Qualifiers , are local born and bred.Yes heritage players will be included in the 2021 RLWC ,some countries more so than others.

Of course we want the RLIF to do better, but limited resources and bear in mind both the ESL and
the NRL have committed funds locally, make this a huge task .The ESL with little surplus and the NRL trying to build a surplus after years of waste,SL war and TV deals that seemed undervalued.

The RLIF needs to embrace its scrappy, start-up status

Result surprised me.Goes to show the production line of up and comers never ends and that applies to the Kiwis.
People can argue Smith and Slater out has weakened the Roos, one can also argue consistently RTS being out and Taumololo defecting to the Tongans didn’t help the Kiwis.
The Kiwis backed up and looked more fluid in attack than the Roos.The Roos look stuffed after a herculean defensive effort.
I’m more than happy with a fully competitive International rugby league test, than foregone conclusions, and so may it continue.

Kiwis pip Kangaroos 26-24 in Test thriller

Yes Moth, that’s probably the case, but it goes against journalism reporting “without fear or favour”.More like a little fear for a favour.
Notice Hoops has been missing in action of late.

Does the 'no dickhead' policy only apply to players?

My head’s reeling from playing at the SCG to somewhere back O Bourke or thereabouts.
1) Local derbies are what they are and should be preserved as such, LOCAL.They get the maximum crowds ,regardless of the NRL offering cheapie tickets to play elsewhere.Sharks v Dragons on a Sunday afternoon 20,000 at packed Shark Park,lucky to grab 10-15,000 at an empty SCG.An oval ground which is terrible viewing for rectangular sports.
2)Utilise WSS as much as practical, that will draw the crowds.
3)ANZ still has to be used until it too gets refurbished ,thus Dogs,Souths,and Tigers play some big games there.
4)Leichhardt despite the facilities draws the crowds for some Tiger’s games, continue to do so.
5) Each club required to take 1 game to the regionals or interstate.
6) Magic weekend .IMO a waste of space and does little to maximise crowds.
7) Outer Sydney suburban clubs to continue to play the bulk of their games therein.
8)Friday 6pm games to be concentrated to the Warriors,Newcastle or Canberra.Sydney is almost a no go zone for fans at this time slot.
9)Try to organise more games at family friendly hours.

And as far as Liverpool is concerned, there is only one Liverpool, for me it’s the place the Beatles were spawned.

2019 NRL draw: How it should be scheduled

He does JK.A specialist coach, mentoring young Storm backs.
MF.Thus he hasn’t removed himself completely from the Storm environment.

Slater takes part-time AFL role

Good for him, no mention of course he is now employed as a specialist coach for the Storm.

JK Looks like we have found have another alias for our mate, same childish comments.Two in a couple of days.Embarrassing.

Slater takes part-time AFL role

Little to do with the subject matter Africa United.Or is this just another Adam Elliot alias.
It’s about the Broncos trying to reestablish themselves,
where they have struggled often in the past.
All you’re doing is plagiarising Clipper a known rugby league hater and thread disrupter..

Broncos seeking to buck a troubled history

Didn’t watch it live, was pushing for a Wolfpack win TBH.
Agree flair lacking, a dour struggle.Grit doesn’t attract crowds, something the Broncos need in spades.

Broncos seeking to buck a troubled history

Fortunately JK this type of pitied obsession is limited in scope and in numbers.Ignore any positives ,just desperately concentrate on any negatives that can be dug up by googling.
Await another thread on a rugby league happenings overseas, and he’ll be back with bells on.Putting us in our place.

Broncos seeking to buck a troubled history

Inglis deserves punishment for being plain stupid and putting lives at risk, and one can argue about the severity of the penalty within the code.He of course will receive another penalty via the police/courts.
My argument goes along the lines ,the media operating from their ivory tower of purity, working on the do as I say ,not as I do motto.
A sport’s journalist from one of the dailies recently attended court ,after an incident involving alcohol and damage to a car bonnet.This incident was pointed out in the SMH.No mention of said incident nor the court’s decision toward said journalist, was made by his employer.
The question I pose.Does the no dickhead policy apply to the media or are they protected species?

Does the 'no dickhead' policy only apply to players?

At least the code in London now has a professional team , in the Super League Clipster,
something your code could only wish upon a falling star for.
You are pretending people in this country, who follow rugby league in the UK, have no idea of the size of soccer in that country.
Seriously mate, your pathetic ,obvious agenda driven negativity has little effect on people here who follow the code outside Australia or indeed the rl people in London.Thanks for your predictable lecture to the informed.

Broncos seeking to buck a troubled history

Completed another one of your “surveys” on rugby league followers Adam!
For someone who has zero interest in rugby league ,you spend a lot of time bagging it, with such “indepth” knowledge and utilising various aliases to do so..
When Australia play Tonga shortly, I dare say more than .01% of rugby league fans will be watching it .In fact I suggest it will rate very well on TV.
The Telegraph places any thing to do with rugby league in their papers regardless of how crazily insignificant, because ,wait for it.It sells papers.

NRL retiree Luke Lewis involved in UFC debacle

The football department spending to be gradually introduced by the NRL is a sensible approach.
The richer clubs have the added been if of securing more specialist people in that area, whereas the lesser lights have to battle with what they can muster up in finances.
I do know quite a few NRL clubs football dept personnel attend NFL clubs, to glean up to date info on coaching and specialist treatment of players.
By getting the cap down to a sensible level for all NRL clubs, this will help create a more even “playing” field.

Is rugby league going the way of the NFL?

That is incorrect Tom.The local rugby leagues in the vast majority of those countries mentioned ,are locals not expats playing in local competitions.Check the recent European results and country results .Eg Vanuatu recently.
It’s pretty obvious little research,( which is available )has been effected.

Is rugby league going the way of the NFL?