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Rugby league is far better than union this coming from a welsh union fan the players that switched codes from union to league back to union came back harder men example gibbs, Bateman, the list goes on yesterdays final was fab the stadium should have been a sell out I would rather watch league than union and I wish I was a northener I would have loved playing its a more tactical game like chess !
Peter it is exploding all over the world! Three and a half countries in 123 years..Big Col I live on the Gold Coast Australia. I have lived in London and Leeds. You should try and get out of the m62 sometime. It might brighten you up
There is no club Rugby League this weekend, so that the professional and amateur clubs and their followers can go to Wembley. Hence nothing else RL to report on except yesterday's game. So maybe it is the north of England not supporting the game in such great numbers and not the South. I don't think 186 represents the overall demographic of the league community with such bigoted views.
Re 203 asb: surely the weather is too unreliable over the Christmas/New Year period with matches being postponed so early in the season and then need rearranging. It’s bad enough when we do start in February.I doubt the hot weather on Saturday had any effect at all on the Wembley attendance, 99% of people would have pre purchased their tickets, and it wasn’t so hot they had to have water breaks.
Re 191 Kevin: what’s exactly a “flat cap area” ?Not considered the Brexit effect I must admit. I wonder how, as you explain, the likes of French/German soccer sides will go on when they play here, against, say, Liverpool or Spurs) or the British ru teams (such as Sale, Leicester, Glasgow, Wasps, etc) when the Euro comp is on, with teams having to travel in both directions ?
Both games (1895 Cup and CCF) showed just how great the game of RL is. It is not sensible to play these games in 90 degree heat. Supporters have voted with their feet. Ralph Dimmer is it your fault? Start the season earlier to take in competitive Christmas and New Year fixtures and have both the CCF and Magic Weekend in May.
"M62 corridor" - population around 9 million. Forget London Broncos, Catalans, Toronto, Toulouse, Cumbria, amateur teams the length and breadth of the country. Accept RL is insignificant because it's apparently an M62 corridor phenomenon.Can someone now explain the relative significance if New Zealand (population under 5 million) and the All Blacks?
195 - Have you decided where you live Vicky?? London, Leeds or Sydney?? 🤪🤪🤪 What about the colour of the boat house of the Soccer academy you attended??🤣🤣 Let us know please son...Hope you enjoyed the cricket today- along with the CCF a great weekend of sport.
ref 199 being very kind to ref and saints
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Vichy - you're out of date with you references to the M62; sure it's the heartland, but the game is now spreading at a rapid rate around the world, and there are fans from all round. Once people have the chance to see the game in an open environment, they inevitably love it. Anyway, thanks for your comment encouraging people from other areas to contribute - that's welcome enough.
ref193 mr robert hicks a honoured product of the rfl refereeing system in which we should trust and never ever question him or his state of mind going into a final with the all the events that have happened in the past !!
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C'mon fellas! We need more than the same 5 or 6 m62 guys making repetitive comments on all the social media platforms. Let's share it around a bit and make it look like there is a variety of people that watch the game
@190Agree, and next year you might have to add a holiday in Toronto to that list. :-)
Ref 192 WELL NOT BEING BITTER BUT THAT REF...………………………...
well least we found our great britain half back pairing patton and currie!! rumour has it saints were hypnotized by derron brown into thinking the ball was a bomb oh well home semi for grand final loss to look forward to again think that makes it 17 losses in semi and finals in last 12 years coys !!!!
Ref 190 what about expanding our sport within the flat cap area before going to France ?Anyway after 31 Oct they will have to pay large tariffs to play in English League
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