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Old bloke who played lots of sports in his younger days including Rugby, Aussie Rules, baseball & Squash .... Passionate Roosters supporter for over 50 years

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Gee you are a genius……the EPL & NBA are from countries that have populations quadruple that of ours for starters. There are more people in California than there are in the whole of this country.
As for the EPL well the current population of the United Kingdom (GB) is around 66 .5 million people.
The reason that the crowds are down in Sydney is because of the travel logistics because the NRL has insisting on this big venue strategy in the centre of Sydney that people cannot get to. Then Finally the penny has dropped in regard to having a Thursday game with no people there just to fill up space for the networks.
I reckon had V’Landys been in the Chair 2 years ago we would not be having this fiasco in Sydney over the ground redevelopments that there is now.
As for you comment that Qld crowds are decreasing well the figures show that is not the case Suncorp figures are not down and neither is those in Townsville the only other team in Qld is the Titans and they are on their last throw of the dice as it is.
They held a game late in the Season on the Stadium on the Sunshine coast at Birtinia and it was a chocker block sell out
Both Rugby and Rugby League are thriving on the Sunshine coast and if you look at around Ipswich you will find the same so tell me that would be a waste of money when in fact it would be a far more logical investment than worrying about places like Perth

The National Rugby League chairman thinks five hours on a plane is too much

Vunivalu played Rugby in Fiji before moving to NZ where he was a Schoolboys champion Rugby player up to the age of 17. Which I am so glad you actually stated in this article as it is a fact that other sporting media seem to have overlooked.
Being a Fijian, Suliasi grew up playing the countries national sport Rugby Union which has been their national sport since before WWII.
The Fijians first toured Australia back in 1952 & 1954 playing tests in both Sydney & Brisbane.
I saw the game at the Sydney Cricket ground on June 26 1954 where Fiji beat Australia 18 -16 and the remarkable thing was that half the Fijian team played in bare feet as they were so poor they could not afford boots.
Even their goal kicker played in bare feet . In 1956 the Australian Rugby Board organised some 50 pairs of footy boots donated for the development of the game in Fiji.

Confirmed: Storm star Vunivalu switching to rugby

well Steve, explain to us how well the Warriors have gone over the years ……
Queensland needs at least 2 more teams before even considering trying to spend squilions getting a foot hold in Perth for NRL .
It is not just a 5 hour plane trip it is the overall logistical cost to the game of operating one team on the other side of the country. It has little to do with media for when we hold a game at Optus Stadium in Perth the media fox & 9 cover it or had you forgotten both outfits already operate out of that city.
They have already measured the costs against what they already know about running the Warriors out of NZ .
I do not think that rebuilding the heartland of the game in Sydney & developing more Brisbane area teams is such a silly idea before we worry about AFL strongholds like Perth.

The National Rugby League chairman thinks five hours on a plane is too much

Adam, I am in total agreement with you,but there seems to be more to this than meets the eye.
Blokes like Politis do not invest 6 odd years in a young bloke then suddenly say , see you later. From what I understand the offer was still on the table until Trent Robinson went to Mitchell’s house to discuss the offer with him. The next day the offer was withdrawn.
Did Mitchell tell Robinson that he felt insulted by the offer, I do not know. However my mail is that he is actually now person non- grata with the Roosters management.

Code swap? Latrell Mitchell reaches out to Rugby Australia

Yawn………..
Gee possibly the penny has dropped out there in NRL land ……after 7 seasons with the club why did a very astute and highly respected Club chairman suddenly withdraw the contract extension offer & say see you later.
Notwithstanding, those of you who think that if Mitchell does not find a team for 2021 he will just go back & play out his remaining year in the Roosters NRL team, I can assure you that it will not happen.

Code swap? Latrell Mitchell reaches out to Rugby Australia

Pitty there is not a very angry button here ….What is ridiculous Mushi ??? people have accidentally tripped over and killed themselves it is a fact of life. My comment was that you can accidentally trip over and in one blow do as much damage as playing 6 seasons of rugby league.
Now I am quite happy to direct you to a very prominent neuro surgeon who can explain it even in terms that you may even be able to understand and then you can tell him that it is ridiculous..

NRL teams up with Harvard on concussion

the fact remains that if you play collision sport or sport where there is potential for head impact you run the risk of concussion. Having had a very serious concussion at around 17 years of age playing footy I know what it is like when your head hits the unyielding dirt with sudden and severe impact. I was seriously crook for some 6 weeks.
The question is how many times can you let it happen before it does irreparable brain damage?
The problem is that it is not an equal equation for each individual and cranium thickness nor the wearing of helmets actually prevents your brain bouncing around inside your cranium and the meninges tissues do little to lessen the impact.
The issue is no different in the martial arts and army hand to hand combat training so do we ban everything including the army because of it.
you can study it until the cows come home but you cannot prevent it from happening as you can accidentally trip over hit your head and in one split second impact do as much damage as playing 6 seasons of Rugby League.
The only thing we can do is look at ways of trying to lessen the obvious long term effects of continuous concussions.

NRL teams up with Harvard on concussion

Interesting perspective, going to be interesting this year considering what V’landy’s has already stated about referring.
Next season could be one of huge change for the game in many aspects for I know that V’landy’s hates the wrestle as well as various aspects of how the game is refereed at present.
Both Annesley & Greenberg would want to be paying as much attention as does Des because if they don’t they will be seeking alternate employment because the people I know back in NSW in the racing game tell me the bloke will seek plenty of council from those he trusts and then set very clear directions as to what he requires done and does not accept excuses.

The 2019 NRL report card: the top eight

yes Tim, usually but the burning question is who….I agree as it happens year after year but for some reason it would be difficult to suggest the Storm or the Chooks will flounder. The Raiders have finally found that “illusive self belief” so I would have to include them in that “staying group”…….Parra, Manly, Bunnies, Broncos, Sharks Panthers,Tigers ,cowboys ,Titans , Warriors St George, Bulldogs, Knights. The only other team I would be prepared to nominate right now would be Manly.
So if you had to answer the question give me a top 8 before round 1 kick off I could honestly only give you 4 with some conviction Roosters, Storm, Manly & Raiders, if push came to shove I would add Parra, Dogs Panthers and bracket( Knights & Dragons) and yes I put those two ahead of the Sharks ….The Cowboys may throw a spanner in the works

The 2019 NRL report card: the top eight

Barry who was that directed at ?

The 2019 NRL report card: the top eight

I think all three will do quite well. the half full/half empty is not just the Broncos but I think Souths will have issues as well.
As for the Tigers why they were worried about Mitchell when they could have been seducing Tetevano for far less money and strengthen their forward roster is beyond me

The 2019 NRL report card: the top eight

Cannot disagree with most of that except considering the injury toll I thought the Sharks were a C+ but the Broncos were a D- in both achievement and effort.
I would have given Manly a B+ for achievement .
AS for 2020 well I have question marks against both Souths & Broncos but the others I expect to be up there again

The 2019 NRL report card: the top eight

I think you will find that Barrett is a better coach than you think.
Sometime down the track you may well be surprised what Barrett achieves as a coach.

The 2019 NRL report card: the top eight

mate you only have to look at the situation of some clubs where old boys or family ties nepotism plays a role in the organisation and the coach seems to be the poor bloke that carries the can for the failures of others.
One example would be St George where there has been people on the payroll in positions that they were totally unsuitable for but were there because they were part of the old boys. I somehow suspect that McGregor did not have the input into the running of the situation he should have been given. We shall see if 2020 proves that correct .
I have no doubt that the success of a coach depends on the group he surrounds himself with It is a bit like an organisation within an organisation in a modern football club. He himself is a manager of a very large discipline that has many facets that need to interlock correctly to achieve the desired results

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

yes but when you have been in that position, it makes your understanding of the processes quite clear especially when those people in those positions have been accountable to you and your own knowledge of the operation is because you yourself have worked your way through those positions in that organisation.
Regardless, when you look at both the Roosters & the Storm, coaches aside, the senior management especially the Chairman are highly competent business people who comprehend that you are not a one man band and assembling the best you can in each area of the organisation is the only way to have success and success they have had.
Neither Chairman has played senior rugby league but both are well respected & highly successful business people.

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

Fancy taking the Raiders to England for a challenge cup against a pommy team, that would be like giving half the team a free holiday home and if it was based on Nationality then half of the Raiders would be playing for the opposition…. 😂 😂

Should eligibility for the World Club Championship be based on nationality?

Mushi, it is a business. Running a modern day footy club is a business and when you have run a multi – million dollar business operations you know what contributions each sector of the business are required to make or should be making.
The names of the operatives may be in a different lingo because it is a football club, but the job they do is actually no different to that required in a multi million business operation.

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

was not inspiring when he played in the halves either …but Robo gave him a shot at it.
Baz , dunno about you but if you look closely at all this drama over Mitchell there is a point that many are missing here, but it should be quite clear if you look hard enough.
The Roosters have spoilt the kid rotten trying to get the best out of him and it has come back to bite them on the bum. For someone like Politis to go the coach & say enough is enough it has to tell you something.
Robo will be very diplomatic about it but the reality is that the focus on Mitchell and trying to get him to sort his head out has been a strain and a distraction and Trent has a squad of players to look after and cannot spend so much time babysitting Mitchell.
You most certainly hit the nail right on the head when you stated:>>>>>>>>”And if I’m laying out a million bucks I want someone who’s got all those things not someone I’m sorta hoping might get there in some of these areas”
So why do you reckon that Nick & Trent have said bugger it, not worth the effort when we have a terrific world class full back and a bloke called Billy Smith busting his gut to play first grade centre. Is he is as talented as Mitchell, dunno, but what they do know about Billy is that like Marnu & TKO & Teddy he will turn up every week

Watch out Tigers and Cowboys - the Ferrari might stall again

what was wrong with it ,….did pretty well with it

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

well you can speak for yourself in that respect but I comprehend what goes on behind the scenes in a modern footy club.
The professional aspects from the front office right throughout the process of scouting, recruiting, and the many aspects of player management is not lost on me, the nutritionist, the conditioning coach the physio people both clubs are exceptionally well run and professional and that is why they are so successful.
But it goes further than that because it goes to the professional aspects and football knowledge of those on the Board who select the right people to run the club. So my abject ignorance as you put it tells me that it ain’t no fluke that these two clubs are so highly successful

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

that is true but ask yourself, how many ex Storm players and Rooster players are around in other teams and playing very good footy ? Lots, and at present I think if you look closely a few more ex Roosters, However, that is not my point which is that both coaches do a great job in developing players but it is not just the coach, it is the whole club structure that plays a role in that. Both clubs are super professional in how they go about things and Cooper Cronk has stated that publically

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

if you look at the last decade both Robinson and Bellamy are neck & neck. Whatsmore,Robinson is actually still a rookie coach as he has been only active for the last decade anyway.
Robinson has only coached 185 NRL games but his win percentage is already 65% . Bellamy has coached 449 games with a win % of 68.6 % which puts him just ahead of the great Norm Provan.
Robinson’s win rate of 65% is even better than that of Wayne Bennett at 62%
In the past decade Bellamy has had the storm in more finals appearances than any other team. However in the past decade both the Roosters & the Storm both have 4 GJ Giltnan shields as minor premiers. The Storm under Bellamy have achieve 2 premiership wins but the Roosters under Robinson have 3 premierships. Notwithstanding the stand out is the fact that despite having the opportunity to do so with successive grand final; appearances on 3 occasions the Storm could not pull off the elusive back to back premiership win.
So in the past decade Trent Robinson by a short half head in my book.

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

Not if you look at the actual statistics On win % its #1 Bellamy 449 games at 68.6 % …………….#2 Robinson 185 games at 65%…..#3 Hasler 387 games at 58% win ratio. Now if you have won 65% from only 185 games what do you expect by the time he gets around 300 games?
Bearing in mind that Robinson has only been coaching this decade and over this last decade both Bellamy and Robinson are pretty much neck & neck.

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

Oh dear , however unless they got to put the structures into place that they know work (and both clubs are pretty much on a par in that department) then it will be a waste of timer.
What ails the dragons is far more than just poor old Mary. To sum up Phil Gould’s report that could not include the coach ….This joint is like an old boys retirement village…..Johnson will not be the only departure within the next 12 months. When you keep shuffling people around because they are not much good at anything but you do not sack them because they are “An old boy ” then you have little chance of success and neither does your coach if the right structures are not in place.

The NRL's coach of the decade: Bellamy vs Robinson

The problem with golden point is that suddenly, mysteriously, the rules change and whatsmore that prat in the middle who has been annoying you for 80 minutes, the referee suddenly becomes the invisible man.
Not only that we stop playing rugby league and pretend we are playing Aussie rules trying to get a kick between the big sticks as they say.
Do you get the impression I dislike golden point, sure do happy with the draw and a point for each team.

Golden-point bonus points are unfair