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If the supporters, clubs and players are asking for two leagues of 10 teams, (SL1 and 2), then can I ask your followers who they would select to be in their top tier of 10? Would this be based on performances on the field? Financial viability, the club's supporter base or their facilities at the stadium? Would London still be protected from the lower division? and would the Sky money go directly to the top 10 in order to increase the gap between the two tiers further.? What are your thoughts?
Posted 12:33 30th April 2013
Phil, you say that this year gives us the chance to attract new followers when the World cups takes place in England and Wales. Time and time again i have mentioned this but once again where is the advertisement for the Rugby League World Cup? surely to get new followers to the game we need to advertise what an amazing game we have played by amazing athletes. No one outside the game knows there is a world cup about to be staged.
Posted 13:09 18th April 2013
Everything that Rugby League is half hearted framing the future is a joke. Super League played in great stadiums like wakefield castleford hull kr, london no home no fans even the champions play in a 1950s stadium with one decent stand. Friday night rugby fantastic if you live within 5 miles of your club otherwise why would you venture onto the traffic jams of the m6 m62 m61 0r the a1m. Promotion of clubs or players non_exisitant. If England have a bad world cup then the rah rahs win theirs then rugby League as a top level professional sport will be finished. Will carling de-cried the old farts of Twickenham but i wish they where running rugby league then we would stand a chance they are selling a vastly inferior game and filling stadiums all over the country, can we get them to Red Hall URGENT
Posted 11:35 18th April 2013
Hi Phil, as I have already stated the best way to save superleague is to have a competition with the top 6 in the play-off's with a point system the same as rugby union. This would gurantee entertainment all round! The play off system as it stands is ridiculous, the points system unforgiving. This would solve both.
Posted 21:48 17th April 2013
Hi Phil, What are your thoughts on the following? Two tier Super League of ten teams each, with P&R. Winner of league goes straight to Play off Final, three others compete for other place. Retain the license system for the two tiers. A new cup comp introduced similar to the FA Vase for lower league teams with the final to be played immediately before the challenge cup final. Reintroduce the reserves but with stipulations such as only 3 over 23 year olds can play per game. Home grown players - only 50% of wage counts towards cap. One "star" player doesn┐t count towards cap. GB Tour every 4 years. Raise profile of floodlit 9's comp (sky coverage, party atmosphere, different locations etc) 3 best SL V 3 best NRL play at a single venue (Man city?) on one day for right to declare best league?
Posted 11:55 17th April 2013
The Coach Education structure in Rugby League (grass roots) is one of the strongest of all the sports in the UK. The fundamental programme of skilled-based provision developing balance, coordination & agility at the level one stage is unsurpassed. This will bring through multi-talented youngsters with very strong fundamental movements to handle what the modern game demands. However, the issue is with the professional game. There isn't enough quality players around to sustain so many SL teams. I suggest 20 franchise teams (10 in Prem & 10 in Div1) who have a 3-5 year license for teams outside the 20 to get their longterm house in order and apply. From this 2 league format there should be a 6 team play-off in both Divs and 2up/2down for relegation/promotion. This will increase interest in the top division, but not totally cutting someone off if you're relegated. The Challenge Cup should be moved back to May & therefore allowing families time to save/afford supporting both Wembley and Old Trafford. The reduced clubs allows for a 3-match series between England V Exiles sometime in the mid-season. Serious thought also needs to be given to a 4v4 World Club Challenge at the end of the year! Internationally?... It should work on a 4-year rota - (1) World Cup, (2) GB tour of Australia/NZ, (3) Tri-nations, (4) Australia Tour of Europe (Play: France, SL Champs & 3 Tests against England). On the 2nd 4-year rotation New Zealand will be the touring team to Europe. This a very simple vision/plan. Why aren't the RFL thinking along these lines? And if they are... Why haven't we heard about it?
Posted 11:47 17th April 2013
One reason why the licence system hasn't worked is that there is simply too little talent for 14 teams to function at the top level. It should be cut back to 12 at most (preferably 10). Teams play each other home and away with no additional fixtures in the regular season. That way, our top players have intense, exciting competition every week, which should help prepare them for international RL. Maybe we might then be able to compete with the Aussies
Posted 23:12 16th April 2013
Phil, the salary cap not working can be explained by looking at the fundamental assumption it makes, that a player will always play for the club that offers him the most money. This is clearly not the case. I can't see any top player moving from Leeds for example to Salford for just a bit more money. It would need to be a huge chunk more than the players market value for them to move.
Posted 17:53 16th April 2013