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And you think RL is struggling . . . ?

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https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/ ... -breakdown

Below the millionaire owned Premiership clubs, it seems RU is in steep decline.
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You’ll never beat unions international game
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Barney841 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:07 pm You’ll never beat unions international game
Sadly, we have kicked our very best International games, such as Kangaroo/Lions tours into the long grass.
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Barney841 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:07 pm You’ll never beat unions international game
That’s the goose that lays the golden eggs for sure..I wonder if both codes grassroots game is suffering because it’s a contact sport?
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Barney841 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:07 pm You’ll never beat unions international game
Completely agree.

I wonder how many support national game but don’t follow domestically versus those that do.

It will be staggering.

When the 6 nations are on, all of the pubs in london are jam packed more than when football is on
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I’ll put my hand up and say I’m not that interested in our international game unless we’re playing a decent team.
I know that doesn’t sound like a great attitude but I hate one sided games, there’s not enough competitive games in our international game.
That shows with the lack of interest
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Barney841 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:07 pm You’ll never beat unions international game
Would take a few years to take off but could we not revive the Lancashire -Yorkshire games back with a third team from other nationalities .
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jaws1 wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:00 am
Barney841 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:07 pm You’ll never beat unions international game
Would take a few years to take off but could we not revive the Lancashire -Yorkshire games back with a third team from other nationalities .
unfortunately Lancs v Yorks has never worked in this country. If it was state of origin like, then i am sure all fans would be up for it, but it is always treated like an afterthought

in regards to the international game IMO we need to get back to a proper GB team (yes i accept it is primarily English players), but support the development of the lesser nations. A RL 5 / 6 nations to include England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France (unsure if any of the other Euro nations are developed enough to enter it yet) would be a good starter to make international RL relevant over here. We then have GB to play the Ozzies, Kiwis, Tonga etc. It needs a medium to long term plan with buy in from all nations, and then stick to it, even if there are some crappy games / crowds. The last World cup over here showed that games played in the right places will attract good crowds, so we need to use that to help develop the international game
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the pieman wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 2:26 pm
jaws1 wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:00 am
Barney841 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:07 pm You’ll never beat unions international game
Would take a few years to take off but could we not revive the Lancashire -Yorkshire games back with a third team from other nationalities .
unfortunately Lancs v Yorks has never worked in this country. If it was state of origin like, then i am sure all fans would be up for it, but it is always treated like an afterthought

in regards to the international game IMO we need to get back to a proper GB team (yes i accept it is primarily English players), but support the development of the lesser nations. A RL 5 / 6 nations to include England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France (unsure if any of the other Euro nations are developed enough to enter it yet) would be a good starter to make international RL relevant over here. We then have GB to play the Ozzies, Kiwis, Tonga etc. It needs a medium to long term plan with buy in from all nations, and then stick to it, even if there are some crappy games / crowds. The last World cup over here showed that games played in the right places will attract good crowds, so we need to use that to help develop the international game
7 European teams have qualified for this year so a potential RL European Cup if the other nations can develop enough
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Post by Blackpool_Pie »

The article says a lot and nothing. Absolutely no substance or facts in there. The grassroots game is strong. Many clubs in the lower leagues are actually making a profit. My local club I played for as a youngster has at least 4 teams playing every Saturday and has a thriving youth set up from u6s right up to u15s then junior and senior academy sides playing on Sundays. Every single player, youth or senior, pays a membership fee. This has been going for as long as I can remember and is going just as strong now as when I joined as a youth in the early 90s. And along with that, a lot of lower league clubs in the same area are exactly the same.

The top teams in the premiership however are struggling, especially since covid. But that's sport as a whole.
RU, despite how many on here will wish, is still flourishing. The premiership is one of, if not, the best league in the world currently. Grassroots clubs have been back for a while and are as strong as ever. Meanwhile the International game will always be a major draw in the UK.

I believe whoever wrote the article is very anti RU.
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