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The irony is the Super League salary cap is about a third of the NRL.

A brief history of rugby league's World Club Challenge - and all the fun that's happened along the way

Steve Rogers had died 10 years before Cronulla lost to Wigan in the WCC. Did Flanno secretly carry a Ouija Board after putting the peptides away?

It’s OK for some Aussie sides to lose in the WCC. It’s not always a ref conspiracy or a “well we didn’t try anyway” loss. Shocks do happen in sport. Enjoy them. St Helens did one of those last year. They had no advantages at all over Penrith but played better and deserved it. Won’t happen for another 10 years if it actually does.

The NRL has a much bigger salary cap, much better homegrown players and pretty much everything else going for it. Don’t get triggered by the odd loss as the tide is only moving one way.

A brief history of rugby league's World Club Challenge - and all the fun that's happened along the way

Yep private ownership is not always a magic bullet. It’s far from guaranteed.

For every Russell Crowe there is a Nathan Tinkler.

Fears for Rebels' future as debt threatens their Super Rugby existence - but CEO says 'we will be fine'

The Melbourne Rebels were set up with a private owner in Harold Mitchell. He lost a lot of money owning the club and then handed it to the VRU. It then went back to private owner in Andrew Cox, who probably lost a lot of money before handing it over to the VRU instead of the ARU, to prevent it potentially being shut down instead of the Western Force.

The problem with potential private ownership in Super Rugby is that the TV deal is so low and the ARU is in debt. With the ARU removing 1.7 million in annual funding to clubs, it makes it almost impossible for them to make a profit. This then scares most private investors away. There are obviously wealthy backers like Andrew Forrest, who are prepared to lose money, but the situation makes it harder to find them.

The irony is that to get private money, you need the clubs to be well funded by the competition or governing body so they have a good chance of making a profit.

It’s almost impossible for a club in the NRL to lose money as their grant is the entire salary cap plus 4/5 million. Wests Group finally took over the Newcastle Knights after staying clear of them for decades once the generous funding grants came in. Making money attracts money.

Fears for Rebels' future as debt threatens their Super Rugby existence - but CEO says 'we will be fine'

It’s really not the same thing.

There is a difference between a long goodbye and a short goodbye.

Claws are out as Luai fails to front for Panthers training after changing his stripes to Tigers

Mitchell Moses. Now, where do I claim my prize? 😁

In seriousness, I don’t think the commitment issue is that prevalent.

The year early signing thing is only really for the better players in the NRL. Recently, most of them are players leaving for weaker clubs (offering more money) so they have a year to try and win a premiership.

I don’t like the system. I don’t think it’s the end of the world, but it’s far from ideal and the only sport where this happens. I’d personally like to see it moved to 1st May or June. I don’t think it will change for a very long time though so I’m going to have to lump it.

Claws are out as Luai fails to front for Panthers training after changing his stripes to Tigers

The one year advance signing is so unnecessary. I don’t question the commitment a lot of the time because more recently a lot of departing NRL players have one year to win something before leaving for more money to a club near the bottom of the ladder. It’s been like a “last dance” scenario for the last couple of seasons.
I wrote in another article about the 1st November window and the types of headline and reporting that comes from it. Its bad for clubs and singles out players moving in the off season. Its great for Isaac Moses though. The new 10 day cooling off rule brought in this year is more stupid on top.

Claws are out as Luai fails to front for Panthers training after changing his stripes to Tigers

The circus never leaves the road. After Luai dies down then Dearden will be next into the tent.

Latrell signing with Souths and Suaallii Roosters tit for tat. Isaiah Papalli moving to Tigers to play under Michael Maguire are obvious examples of the current system. However, This system is still far superior to the June 30 backflip one. No matter what happen the player managers will probably still ruin it for the fans.

Look its ok to disagree. I personally think Jack Wighton’s departure was a good template of how things should happen. I think football Bosman transfers have it perfect. Somewhere between the NRL and the US Sports that move you at a days notice. Just my opinion.

10 days of Christmas: The NRL’s new transfer rules will be pushed to the limit by Luai’s Tigers move

Everyone pretends its not happening is definitely the winner 👍

10 days of Christmas: The NRL’s new transfer rules will be pushed to the limit by Luai’s Tigers move

The idea that Penrith dont know what Wests Tigers have offered Luai isnt worth formalising a process. This 2 week rule just adds more unneccessary media innuendo. Its made even worse with it being in the off season. Theres no rugby league played so all the journalists are focussed on Luai.

The alternative is to move it forward 6 months to 1st May. It works well in football with bosman transfers. Fans also understand that if a player hasnt signed a contract by that stage then they are already on the way out, which takes alot of the drama out for the player.

The other positive is that players will see the season out, sort of like Wighton did with Canberra. There’s none of the, “He’s signed for 2025, how about a release for 2024?” That does fans heads in.

Clubs, players and managers will always do things well before the deadline. Thats inevitable and fine. Still, no other sport in the world has a deadline that far ahead.

10 days of Christmas: The NRL’s new transfer rules will be pushed to the limit by Luai’s Tigers move

It’s a silly rule. The problem is still that clubs can sign a player 16 months before they can play a game. This is one of those awful committee decisions and a legacy of the difficult RLPA and NRL talks.

10 days of Christmas: The NRL’s new transfer rules will be pushed to the limit by Luai’s Tigers move

The now former Chairman Lee Hagipantelis has delusions that are bigger than that god awful Brydens logo.

That he attempted to argue the loss of Pascoe as an “experienced CEO” when we’ve got Shane Richardson, shows everything he knows about running a successful Rugby League team.

I don’t think he’s a terrible person, but he was a terrible chair of Wests Tigers. He proved that when in the role and he will prove that now he’s been sacked.

'Disgraceful', 'knee jerk', 'ill-conceived publicity stunt': Hagipantelis fires back after Tigers day of drama

Pe(Turkey) Doust?

'It's about time', 'best news in a decade', 'thank god': Legends' glee at Tigertown carnage as Wests sack board

All my birthdays have come at once! Fair play to the directors at Holman Barnes Group that have stood down after the review. They have been out of their depth, but turkeys very rarely vote for Christmas. They have done the right thing.

It’s great that Shane Richardson has come in as CEO. We really needed to get someone in that role who actually understands the game both on and off the pitch.

If I have one slight downer, it’s that Danny Stapleton is still there and they seem to be keeping a Balmain and Magpies representative. It’s still looking backwards after moving so far forward.

I’d prefer if Balmain just became a fully meeged part of Holman Barnes. That group nominate 2 representatives. Invite Wests Campbelltown to have a person on the board. Just unite. All that wealth and junior areas. We can look forward to never being a laughing stock again.

However, I’m being too greedy. Today is a great day!!

'It's about time', 'best news in a decade', 'thank god': Legends' glee at Tigertown carnage as Wests sack board

If the key players stay fit, I think they will be the team to beat next year.

There’s a lot of development still in most of the 30 and they should be as hungry as hell after that Grand Final.

Looking forward to seeing more of Blake Mozer

Pressure Points: Reece and Reynolds were near-perfect last year – but backing it up might be the hardest part

I’m also offering the entire sport of football (soccer).

'Good relationship': RA boss plays down Jones' betrayal, welcomes Tests against Brave Blossoms

Minus the crowds, squad depth and quality home grown players.

Japan is the Saudi Arabia of rugby. There’s one big reason why the majority of international players and coaches go to Japan.

A year is a long time in rugby ... Rennie restarts club career in Japan among familiar faces

Is Justin Giteau the brother of Matt and the son of Ron?

I genuinely think Canberra could end up anywhere from 5th to 16th. They are going to need some of the youngsters though to have breakout seasons in some of the spine positions to get close to the 8.

I think Morgan Smithies will hit the ground running in the NRL. Also a big fan of Ata Moriota.

Pressure Points: If Ricky picked up his first wooden spoon, would his position at the Raiders be at risk?

I don’t think he will play NRL. I think he’s there for the newly established NSWRL Roosters side.

I’m not sure the NRL will ever clear him to play first grade. I think Tim Simona came back at reserve grade level and that was his ceiling of eligibility before moving to France.

2024 NRL Transfer Centre: Origin star locks in long-term deal

Really enjoyed that article.

I think the thing about Nick Politis that is so impressive is how quietly effective he is at the Roosters. He is the complete opposite to McLennan.

He pretty much gets everything he wants, but he is no Veruca Salt. He just finds his target and gets them on his side. No grandiose statements. No media tactics. No “should would coulda”. He just gets it done.

Imagine if City Ford had sponsored the Bears back in the 70s….

After SBW and Cronk deals, latest 'pea and thimble trick' shows Politis is still two steps ahead of the opposition

Noiwoicoinoitoise is how I am predicting Ennis goes

After SBW and Cronk deals, latest 'pea and thimble trick' shows Politis is still two steps ahead of the opposition

I’ve heard Joseph is getting paid even more than 4.8mil over three years. Something like 1.6 in 2025, 1.8 in 2026 and 1.95 in 2027!

Done deal: Wallabies star signs with NRL powerhouse in brutal reality check for RA at start of 'golden decade'

Don’t write him off until he gets some professional coaching

Done deal: Wallabies star signs with NRL powerhouse in brutal reality check for RA at start of 'golden decade'

I will still only believe it when I see a press conference. I thought it was just Nick Politis getting RA to give him more money than planned. Happy to be wrong. I often am 😂

Good luck to him

Done deal: Wallabies star signs with NRL powerhouse in brutal reality check for RA at start of 'golden decade'

BTW how long has Wayne Pearce been on the Commission now? He must be close to 12 years or more!! Russell Balding must be really jealous.

If Kiwis and Poms are allowed to play, Origin might be about to stumble into eligibility rules that work

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