Author Topic: Rugby League  (Read 3630 times)

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Re: Rugby League
« Reply #50 on: 18 July, 2021, 01:58:36 pm »
Even more reason for me to be less negative towards them.
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Re: Rugby League
« Reply #51 on: 22 July, 2021, 11:14:32 am »
NZ and Oz out of the world cup next year
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/57925720

On one hand, makes sense for them not to risk it, on the other hand other Nz/Oz teams have been travelling internationally/to the UK, on the other hand the domestic league in the UK has had disruptions, how can we be sure the WC won't.

As strange as it seems, I think it makes sense to go on without them, the alternative would be waiting another 2-3 years.
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Re: Rugby League
« Reply #52 on: 22 July, 2021, 05:35:53 pm »
Well that'll put a massive * next to England's win

Re: Rugby League
« Reply #53 on: 22 July, 2021, 10:15:56 pm »
I think the Chief Exec. (or whatever he's called)'s description of the OZ/NZ decision as cowardly was, frankly, despicable, and will appear on news quizzes and so on for years to come.  You really can't have someone with such poor communication skills and so many toys and such a small pram at the top of even such an insignificant outfit as a national sporting association.

Re: Rugby League
« Reply #54 on: 22 July, 2021, 10:23:57 pm »
I think the Chief Exec. (or whatever he's called)'s description of the OZ/NZ decision as cowardly was, frankly, despicable, and will appear on news quizzes and so on for years to come.  You really can't have someone with such poor communication skills and so many toys and such a small pram at the top of even such an insignificant outfit as a national sporting association.


As above.

Re: Rugby League
« Reply #55 on: 22 July, 2021, 10:29:30 pm »
 ;)

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Re: Rugby League
« Reply #56 on: 22 July, 2021, 11:33:26 pm »
You need to understand the context here though.
It's not true that sports players from NZ and Oz can't come to the UK, the Kiwi cricketers came over, the OZ RU players came over, they're all off to Tokyo.  So it's simply not true that they are avoiding this due to COVID.  (They also, like utter dickheads, waited about a week after the UK decided that they would go ahead with the tournament, and then pulled out.  So they showed a massive lack of class themselves).
It's (possibly/probably) not about COVID, it's about NRL clubs not wanting to have their players go to the world cup, and using COVID as an excuse.  Which is frankly despicable.
It's not just NZ and Oz that will be affected, this will hit all the PI, PNG, Cook Island teams.

If the UK want to go ahead with it, they will need to have a representative Kiwi and Australian side, made up of their import players.
Strange things are afoot at the circle K.

Re: Rugby League
« Reply #57 on: 23 July, 2021, 12:28:51 am »
Your points may be valid - but the "cowardly" response was made to the OZ/NZ assertion that it was their players' well-being that had prompted the decision, whether or not you think that is the case.  The word despicable was introduced by me to refer to the head lad's response.  I still think it's fair.  He should have said what he meant, if you think it was actually about something else.  Apart from anything else, he is risking the health of his own players in future confrontations: suggesting Antipodeans are cowardly is unwise, I suspect!  I'd be very surprised if he's still head lad by the time the next after-match banquet comes round, anyway.  He looked as if he was going to burst a blood vessel on screen.

It's a colossal disappointment for the towns involved - but I suspect it'll all prove to be irrelevant because we're all going to be in serious lock-down again by then.

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Re: Rugby League
« Reply #58 on: 23 July, 2021, 12:57:11 am »
BRITAIN ent safe” they cried, less than a week after an Aussie won Wmbldn.
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Re: Rugby League
« Reply #59 on: 23 July, 2021, 02:16:39 am »
I expect they were looking at the figures and graphs and reckoning it's not going to be safe come World Cup time.

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Re: Rugby League
« Reply #60 on: 23 July, 2021, 11:41:34 am »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/57939301
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The Rugby League Players' Association (RLPA) says a number of its members wanted to travel to England for the tournament this autumn.
Australia and New Zealand withdrew on Thursday because of "player welfare and safety concerns" related to Covid-19.
RLPA chief executive Clint Newton said their decision was "disappointing".
"We have had feedback from a number of players eligible for these nations stating their intentions to compete in the tournament, pending more information becoming available in the coming weeks," he said in a statement.
"Clearly, the views of those players have not been enough to prevent this decision and we believe it has been made prematurely."

"For players representing remaining participating nations, our priority will be to help ensure appropriate health and safety measures are in place, and also provide them with the relevant information to make an informed decision about participation," he added.
"We had anticipated that players from Australia and New Zealand would have that same opportunity, which has unfortunately been taken away from them with last night's decision."
Seems the real reason is
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There are also concerns about players and staff having to quarantine for 14 days on their return to Australia, with the country's borders currently closed because of the pandemic.
Those regulations would mean players would only return to their NRL clubs two weeks before trial games for the 2022 season begin.
Strange things are afoot at the circle K.