The Roar
The Roar

Daniel John

Roar Pro

Joined July 2017

35.2k

Views

25

Published

143

Comments

An avid supporter of the National Rugby League (NRL) and advocate for all things Rugby League, taking an expansionist view of the game - particularly the growth of the International game, English Super League, Oztag and reserve grade - in the effort to #growrugbyleague

Published

Comments

I read an article on “serious about rugby league” saying that the NRL is potentially going to buy a stake or takeover the ESL. I think if the game was cross promoted and advertised better worldwide WITH a set international calendar then having the NRL partner with the only other pro league in the world would benefit the game as a whole. Obviously there are pros and cons but am curious to hear what others think.

Here's how to save rugby league in England

“ NRL clubs need to release their players when called up.”

Hear hear! Such a disgrace there are no repercussions for players that pull out of rep footy with weak excuses – needs to be changed.

Nevertheless, In a COVID-free future, the way forward is definitely test football. Prior to the pandemic, the IRL body finally set a calendar for the international game which meant meaningful tests for Aus/NZ/Tonga/Samoa/Fiji/PNG/Cook Islands in the Oceania Cup, the return of Aus tour to England, Euro Cup involving Eng/Scotland/Ireland/Wales/Italy/France as well as lower ranked nations AS WELL AS America’s and African comps and other meaningful tests. It is such a shame this opportunity couldn’t come to fruition due to a virus.

“We aren’t asking for the world, just a chance to show you what the world can do”

When the building blocks are reset post-pandemic, the game needs to persist with test footy. There is so much potential and a long term strategy must be adhered to.

Rugby league internationalists need to accept that Origin is the best

Yeah that makes no sense. When Luke Thompson got done 4 weeks, they said England games would have counted if they were on – I always thought trial games counted as well but I’m not sure.

Predicted lineups and analysis for State of Origin 2020

Actually forgot to mention, I think Boyd Cordner should consider himself lucky he is the captain because I feel his spot in the side could easily be replaced. Not in the best form of his career in 2020.

Predicted lineups and analysis for State of Origin 2020

The spine is solid. Brimson is a weapon and I really rate Grant very highly – he is the game’s next superstar.

The Maroons forward pack definitely makes up for their backline, it’ll be interesting to see who Bennett selects from 2-5 particularly with Val Holmes out for game 1.. but in the past QLD have had their spine and forward pack stronger than the backs and still won a series so very difficult to think this will be a walkover for NSW!

Predicted lineups and analysis for State of Origin 2020

Hi Dexter,
I went with the 3x backrower 1x prop bench for NSW due to Fittler’s tendency to steer away from the “number 14 utility” jersey. Any injury in the halves would see Wighton shift there – conversely, if Wighton left the field I’m sure Murray or Angus could cover for a game.

In saying that, I would love to see Papenhuyzen as the super sub. Many disagree with my Stephen Crichton selection and want to see Gutho there which is also a good option. For mine, I’d rather see a specialist centre in Crichton or Lomax.

I copped plenty of flak from Roosters fans by leaving Tupou out – he is very good but I think they’ll select the incumbent wingers.

Predicted lineups and analysis for State of Origin 2020

In all honesty Will, having Bennett there is gonna help a whole lot. Plus the spine is very strong as well as the forward pack and bench rotation littered with experience and youth – wouldn’t surprise me if there was an upset

Predicted lineups and analysis for State of Origin 2020

I actually forgot about Val Holmes being suspended – makes their backline much weaker without him!
.
I think you may be right with Gutho – he played very well towards the back end of the season and may have played himself into a Blues jumper – ditto with Paps, he is an absolute freak and his performance in the GF was outstanding (not to mention his positive attitude and humility – that’s a player youd want in your team)

Predicted lineups and analysis for State of Origin 2020

For full detail read the article posted, but in short: Tinker too much with eligibility criterion and it will turn into an all-stars game. No connection. Furthermore, if you satisfy the current criteria and pledge allegiance to Australia as your tier 1 nation then no dramas, you qualify. But Something many of us forget is not every gun player is from NSW or QLD. What works with origin is the rivalry translates to passion for both player and fan and the beauty of this conjured up concept works for the masses. It does not need another team. But this is just my opinion.

Now is the perfect time to expand State of Origin

The best rugby league players don’t have to play State of Origin

Wrote the above article in September: the best players dont have to play origin.

Leave SOO as is otherwise you’ll kill the concept and rivalry – the best players playing the game is for internationals: what should be viewed as the pinnacle of the game.

Now is the perfect time to expand State of Origin

Yes. A panel of judges, whether 5/10/15, getting paid to judge every game every round would achieve a FAIRER result.

Overhauling the Dally M voting process is best and fairest

Are you a fan of the current system or could you see improvements to it?

I thought Cleary was going to get it too and the closeness in the contest shouldn’t have been a surprise, so I’m not knocking Wighton for winning, but Personally, tweaking it to multiple judges Or the PVL 1-10 system rather than one Judge would solve the stigma issue.

Overhauling the Dally M voting process is best and fairest

I agree with your comment Dexter, I am of the opinion that off-field suspensions should not hinder your Dally M tally.

Overhauling the Dally M voting process is best and fairest

Hi TB,

It isn’t necessarily the winner that the public are up in arms about – it’s usually the process in how it is done and the public perception that an ex NRL player judging the game doesn’t vote correctly. Best way to mitigate that stigma is to have multiple judges vote for one game whether it be rating each player 1-10 or 3-2-1.

Another issue I highlighted is how they determine the best players in their position – the process is as clear as mud.

The awards still seem to be media driven rather than NRL driven – despite the prestige of the award.

ALTHOUGH the process for the RLPA award is completely player driven and determined by their votes, which has seemingly gained a lot of traction as the more sought after individual player award (as it is determined by 400 of their peers)

Overhauling the Dally M voting process is best and fairest

Hi Paul,

I actually am a fan of the 1-10 rating system as that example you provided is probably the best way to demonstrate a rating from player performance rather than forcing 3-2-1 voting for the “three best on the field”. Issue with that again would probably be the judging system – but it would no doubt be fairer than the current system.

And the same 15 judges each game is a big ask – maybe 10 or 5 with different experiences in the game would be more plausible. Plus asking them to do this wouldnt be for free. Dream job would be to get paid to watch the footy hahaha.

Overhauling the Dally M voting process is best and fairest

Hear, hear

What it takes to have the heart of a Warrior

In my opinion it shouldn’t because Lebanon is still a tier two nation and Josh is still aligned with NSW – he effectively fits the criteria I believe should be set out which is:
1. Must have grown up and played all or majority of junior footy in said state;
2. Align with Australia as your tier one nation, regardless if you qualify for a tier 2 nation

The best rugby league players don’t have to play State of Origin

Hi Greg,
My opinion for not letting NZ or England players participate in State of Origin is the fact they’re tier one nations.
.
There is an argument that if you grew up in one of the states but have tier one heritage (e.g. hypothetically if Kalyn Ponga chose NZ) that you should be able to play – but ultimately with this concept still utilised as a Kangaroos trial then players that cannot play for Australia (tier one reps aligning with nz or eng) effectively take up a spot.
.
I am a strong supporter of the international game, so this isnt the matter of strengthening Australia, because if tier two nations satisfy the stated criteria then I dont mind if they play SOO, I just feel that NZ should play England in their own three-game series during origin for more rep exposure.

The best rugby league players don’t have to play State of Origin

I agree with tier two reps that grew up in NSW/QLD turning out for their respective side as long as they also align with Aus as their tier 1 nation. Any player aligned to NZ or England shouldn’t be able to play.
.
I still believe SOO is used as the main focal point for the makeup of the Kangaroos squad. Besides Keary, Meninga has chosen squads filled with SOO reps.

The best rugby league players don’t have to play State of Origin

The passion for country and state may be similar for some, especially for those that have choices. That isn’t the issue. I just feel Kiwi and Englishmen shouldn’t be able to play considering their stance in the game as tier one nations. There is an argument that if a Kiwi or Pom grows up in NSW or QLD then why shouldnt they be picked, but I am still not a fan.
.
On Tonga/Samoa/PNG/Fiji/Lebanon/Italy etc. these tier two nations have not got the same professional setup as the tier one nations do, therefore if a tier two rep can satisfy criteria that their juniors and upbringing falls in NSW/QLD then why not let them play? So’s long as they also choose Australia as their tier one nation. This means someone like Josh Mansour could be passionate for where he grew up (NSW) and his heritage (Lebanon).

The best rugby league players don’t have to play State of Origin

The Tigers should play out of the new Liverpool stadium when/if it is built – despite the fact their centre of excellence is currently being built in Concord. I also agree that Central Coast needs more use from a RL club – most fitting would be Manly but not if they get a new Brookie Oval. Highly doubt the CC Bears will be gaining a licence any time soon..

Can government funding for NSW stadia still be justified?

NOIP, you factor in some very relevant points. Sydney peak hour is a nightmare and public transport to Nth Beaches is practically non-existent. All the ‘Connex’ tunnels and CBD tramlines, as well as the transformation of Liverpool as Sydney’s third CBD could benefit our sporting codes in the future. Unfortunately, our Government of previous did not like to plan further than 10 years ahead – hence all the mentioned headaches you listed being a problem of today.

Can government funding for NSW stadia still be justified?

I agree Barry, they should look ahead. Therefore building new or significantly renovating suburbia stadia and transforming them into English Premier League-style venues would be absolutely ideal – ultimately that’ll classify them as world class and return tribalism to our rectangular codes.

Can government funding for NSW stadia still be justified?

Hi Paul, you make an excellent point for shovel-ready projects boosting employment opportunities in such dire times, I am all for it.

Can government funding for NSW stadia still be justified?

Hi Mark, I wish ANZ was knocked down first although I am still glad Allianz is getting a new stadium at least, despite the fact they probably could have spent less on it for a “facelift” Reno instead

Can government funding for NSW stadia still be justified?