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Two codes a world apart

I’ve never been part of an AFL grand final week but I’ve been told it’s a thing to behold. The whole city of Melbourne hits fever pitch and becomes absorbed with the culmination of Australia’s most popular winter sport.

Last year more than 2 million people watched more than 15 minutes of Super League on Sky.
And more than 7 million watched RL on BBC. (source: The Guardian 2018)
More than Club Rugby Union.
I seriously don’t think ratings is the main issue, it’s governance and strategy.

How many rugby league clubs can fill a stadium with just their own fans?

What’s a music Festival?
I don’t think we have them in NSW?

How many rugby league clubs can fill a stadium with just their own fans?

Great Article Mary,
I think that the key to International development at this stage Is that all roads should lead to the World Cup. The next World Cup has a huge injection of funding from the Northern Powerhouse budget which should make it a great event, for both the men’s and Women’s games.
The NRL needs to work alongside the RLIF not in spite of it, and produce a meaningful International draw that strengthens local leagues and produces world wide talent to grow the game globally.

What should the ARLC be focusing on right now?

I’m just telling you how it perceived up here.
In my opinion The Giants got a free ride In the Sydney Media that year.
Where as teams like Parramatta got hammered for similar on field results.

Is the North American sports model the right one for the NRL to pursue?

I suppose it’s all perceptions. But passing out flyers in shopping centres claiming that League isn’t real footy.
Signing League players at massive overs and pursuing other on contract players.
And dismissing test legends are all moves that some League fans found hostile. Certainly not as bad as comments made about the ALeague but not ideal I believe.
They seem to have gone away from this to a much more community friendly model, and I particularly admire this clubs stance on the women’s game, so I’m not bashing them for the sake of it.

Is the North American sports model the right one for the NRL to pursue?

Yeah I agree, that seems like a viable option. Aldo gives other countries leagues something to aim for.
Women’s league is growing (at an amateur level especially) rapidly but is nowhere near the skill level of the NRL generally. I think it would be good to replicate this fixture for the women’s game even though it would be extremely one sided at first in my opinion, but it could show Super League women how far they have to come.

NRL interest in Super League showdown a world-class challenge

I think with time constraints a three game series would never work but I agree a double header with the women would work great.

NRL interest in Super League showdown a world-class challenge

Thanks for the feedback Nat.

NRL interest in Super League showdown a world-class challenge

Maybe the crowd in China need to learn the concept of having a drink at your seat while you watch the game.
The Giants made some pretty hostile moves towards the NRL and it’s fans early on, I much prefer their approach these days of community engagement.
I’m not sure Football and League fans in the west will forget so easily.

Is the North American sports model the right one for the NRL to pursue?

Yeah sorry Peter Piper, got mixed up between North Western and Wallgate, I actually got out at Wigan North Western.

NRL interest in Super League showdown a world-class challenge

As far as I know the only Super League clubs are Wigan , Hull (who get healthy crowds) Huddersfield and possibly London? ( not entirely sure) share their grounds with Football Clubs.
Unless you count Widnes sharing their ground with Liverpool Women’s but that was still a purpose built league stadium.
I wouldn’t say that’s most.
In regards to the WCC their are really only 6 clubs that are in contention and they all have a reasonably passionate following.

NRL interest in Super League showdown a world-class challenge

Thanks for your feedback mate, it would probably make more sense to do it at seasons end but unfortunately I think with Internationals this part of the season is already too crowded.

NRL interest in Super League showdown a world-class challenge

I’m not sure I buy that line about the China game being a success with only 10, 000 tickets sold I’m sure it’s a lovely outing but I feel you’re just reading me the AFLs PR line but I don’t know the intricacies so I may be wrong.
I’m not sure the NRL will want to work together with the AFL after the beating it took during the Giants year of inception.

Is the North American sports model the right one for the NRL to pursue?

I think the Australian Football would like to have the same sort of inroads as RL is having in the Pacific although it doesn’t seem to be a huge priority for The governing body.
The AFL appears to be trying to emulate the NFL’s annual game abroad (usually in London) concept with its China fixture with Port Adelaide.
Not sure it’s as successful though.

Is the North American sports model the right one for the NRL to pursue?

Yeah I appreciate your standpoint.
I completely understand the lack of enthusiasm for this fixture but I personally think it’s misplaced, that’s what this article is about.

NRL interest in Super League showdown a world-class challenge

Yeah I agree, but a point I’m trying to make is that the NRL clubs need to show this fixture more recognition if only for those few fans who do make the journey.
I believe with the right marketing and approach this can be a great fixture.

NRL interest in Super League showdown a world-class challenge

Games are now alternating with Australia which should help.
When Aussies see the way that the fixture is supported by fans and players alike hopefully they will grab hold of it.

NRL interest in Super League showdown a world-class challenge

Interesting indeed, I just hope that Rugby League, continues with Tongan fixtures over there, whether it’s against New Zealand or Australia the match has enormous appeal.

Two codes a world apart

I’m not sure the AFL would like to play at Eden Park with a small crowd.
That was one of main drivers behind building Skoda/Spotless Stadium in the Giants infancy.

Two codes a world apart

I’m sure the AFL will get big crowds in Auckland, they seem to achieve that with every thing they put their resources into.

Two codes a world apart

Yeah just like Cronulla walked over them hey?

Latrell Mitchell makes the easy decision by choosing the All Stars

Munro Mike
You are right, other codes are growing in the Rugby Union heartland of Auckland, including League, in fact the Warriors had over a 50% increase in members.
AFL May be growing there but the Wellington attendance numbers don’t lie.

Two codes a world apart

Yeah I agree this is a worrying decline and for once I think the games admin does also.
Pushing money into women’s development (which like the AFL is the fastest growing part of the game) and also starting new low or non contact leagues.

Two codes a world apart

Sorry Maximus I only just saw this (a lot of comments and very much a rookie at this platform) while I agree the RFL has problems it still has a significant prominence in the North of England, the South if France and Catalonia is a very small pocket but it is adored there and are you forgetting PNG?
And I am a huge fan of Origin but I was trying to drill down on the very fast and hopefully sustainable rise of the Tongan men’s team.
I have watched sport all around the world and I very much know RLs limitations and problems, I sincerely do not believe I was over reaching. While International development may not be a major goal for the AFL I do believe it is in their objectives, well they have at least stated that much about AFLX, even if it means competing with their wonderful women’s competition.

Two codes a world apart

Munro Mike
Did you watch the Australia Vs Tonga game ?
It had all those things you talk about as well as a passionate capacity crowd which included the King of Tonga, add on top of that the, Samoan, Fiji and PNG (a land which Rugby League is like religion) growing fan bases, participants and Australian Government funding and Rugby League is heading in the right way in the Pacific. And it is a great thing.

Two codes a world apart