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Adam Bagnall

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Considering that the AFLW and NRLW are only a few seasons old, I think it’s a big call to say that women are the biggest revolution in the last decade, but I’m happy to go with it. Hopefully the NRLW grows because it’s hard to get excited about it at the moment with the competition hiding in the shadows of the NRL finals. I think the quality is good, but the season is way too short. Even if they don’t bring in new teams, at least play each other two or three times.

Women have been the biggest revolution in sport over the last decade

He wanted to go, and the Tigers let him go as it was obvious he no longer wanted to be there. Mutual consent. SBW broke his contract way back in 2008 but that’s about it. You’re looking for a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist

Is a transfer window the solution to the NRL’s player contract fiasco?

Interesting you complain about broken contracts but can’t give a single example. It isn’t happening. It’s by mutual consent that players leave early not broken contracts where a player simply walks out on a club. I like the idea of a mod season window where players who have played less than 10 games by the halfway mark of a season, and providing they are in the final year of their contract, can make an immediate switch.

Is a transfer window the solution to the NRL’s player contract fiasco?

It wasn’t negative at all they bowled to a plan and got rid of Smith and generally bowled well. That’s not negative that’s your shortcomings in analysis and thought shining through

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

This is where the No Fault Stand Down policy fails. De Belin couldn’t play because it would be harmful to the image of the game, yet if Reynolds played in round one it would surely have the same impact.

Josh Reynolds charged with domestic violence

AFL and NRL both played in Australia that’s the only fair comparison in terms of getting fans into big stadiums. The AFL have proven it can be done,they regularly get 80,000 plus to the season opener while the NRL insist on hosting the season opener at smaller grounds, I’m sure at Shark Park recently there was about 15k. Stop introducing other sports and countries it’s not helping your argument. What happens in rugby union in NZ has little relevance to what happens in the NRL in Australia. My point remains that centralising stadiums works when done properly. The NRL could easily play out of Bankwest, ANZ and the new SFS. By playing there all season,it’s not such a culture shock when teams are playing there come finals.

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

Most of your “premierships” were in the pre GF era so by modern interpretation they were minor premierships which no one cares about. Souths were very good in the amateur era of rugby league but have done very little since the game went professional in the NRL era. Enjoy your success. The Dragons have won 17 Grand Finals, South Sydney have, what, 3 or 4 Grand Final wins?

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

Need to permanently move to big grounds so it’s not a big ask come finals time. Make it a habit to go, and the game will grow. In regards to uk rugby it’s irrelevant because of many factors, different sport, different country, more people. It’s a stretch to compare that to NRL

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

NSW play 3 games a year with the best available players. The Dragons run will never be beaten in rugby league

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

I’m comparing with AFL because both sports play in a fairly small market, but one is thriving, while the other hasn’t really improved in 20 years. The AFL went national, addding in teams in WA, SA, QLD, NSW and moved on from it’s VIC central ways. The NRL stubbornly refuses to grow, even letting a team back into Sydney, which should never have happened for the good of the game. Comparisons with domestic union teams in the UK are irrelevant, different sport, different market. Centralise stadiums and it simplifies the game. Western Sydney fans know that the game is on at Bankwest, not liechardt, Campbelltown, Belmore, ANZ or wherever. The new Allianz could easily host the other teams if they got the scheduling right, starting with a shorter season. The AFL averages around 35000 a game, the NRL averages around 16000. Both sports played across Australia in the winter. Don’t try to convince me putting teams into bigger stadiums and moving on from suburban grounds won’t work.

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

Low crowds because they play locally then expect fans to travel further. I’m calling for a full-time shift to bigger stadiums. The game will never grow while it stubbornly clings to the old ways

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

Allowing them back in to an already overcrowded market has set the game back decades.

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

I really don’t think it’s been tried at all. Dragons, Tigers, Manly, Sharks still play out of their of their smaller grounds. Not sure how you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s been tried before and then used one game to back up your argument. Smaller grounds have limited capacity and lack the facilities to cater for a crowd close to the capacity which will put people off. If you are playing games at Bankwest, the new Allianz and ANZ stadiums they can cater for bigger crowds.

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

FTA numbers have been in freefall for years. This comment would have been relevant 5 years ago. I’ve signed up to Kayo and the difference on quality of presentation is amazing. The only FTA games I watch are those I’m forced to like Origin and and the GF

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

Hopefully with a truly national game. Teams in Perth and Adelaide and averaging 20k per game at least. There needs to be some tough decisions made, such as moving on from suburban grounds into big stadiums, but it’s achievable. The AFL has shown the way

Where will the NRL be in ten years?

You do realise that’s the idea of a game, any game? To win. Records come and go. I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

Right. You want Warner to get the world record just for the sake of having it, and to be memorable. And I’m being simplistic. Makes sense

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

Another old ex player whining about the game that gave him everything. Im glad they outlawed punching as it isn’t what I want to see. I want to see athletes not boofheads

Eels legend calls for NRL to scrap ‘no punch’ rule

He’s not necessarily saying that, but is implying that Warner should have been allowed to go for the record ahead of team performance which I don’t agree with at all. It goes against everything that cricket is about.

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

Steve Waughs’ last ball boundary stands out more than both Hayden and Lara in my opinion. That pretty much kills off the authors theory that only records are memorable. It’s a very simplistic view of cricket which doesn’t hold up to scrutiny

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

Because team first that’s why. They already had a good lead. You seem to have trouble comprehending the most basic fundamental of playing a team sport. No individual is bigger than the team. That clear things up?

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

But they did see an amazing innings. And Clarke declaring on 329 out of respect to both Bradman and Taylor is somehow selfish. That’ll do me. That’s selfish, but allowing Warner to bat on in order to chase individual glory is fine? Interesting

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

“However, it did cost the West Indies a chance for the win with England holding on in the second innings against a tiring attack that had enforced the follow on.” Lara as great as he was, was seeking individual glory over team performance. Warner shouldn’t have been allowed to chase the record and the declaration was the right call. I’m yet to be convinced otherwise in reading the comments here and on the previous article.

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

If you think that’s what Steve Waugh was about you know very little about him. Hayden may have the record but take it with a grain of salt it was Zimbabwe.

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 1

If they drop their wingers back and the fullback is half decent this won’t be a problem, same as the current 40/20 rule. Risk of kicking out on the full vs reward of a fresh set. I like it

NRL make raft of major rule changes for 2020 season