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Rugby League

Postby ironsonthebrain on Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:11 pm

Any other KUMBers follow 13 a side?
Any thoughts on the coming season?
Follow any particular team?
Any thoughts about the possible return of franchising or the RFL's big push to get the USA and Canada involved in SuperLeague ( eventually)
Anyone just want to comiserate on following London Broncos as well as West Ham?

I saw the RLWC thread long after the Aussies won the cup - again!
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Re: Rugby League

Postby Ferret on Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:53 pm

I follow St. Helens, have been to a fair few games too, always a good atmosphere.

prefer it too the footie to be fair.....
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Re: Rugby League

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:30 pm

I like both codes, but really only at an international level. Thought the final against the shackle-draggers was a fantastic game.
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Re: Rugby League

Postby Crouchend_Hammer on Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:36 pm

watched a couple of the play off games back end of last season as was interested in the Castleford story. Was a cracking semi-final win but then they fall apart in the grand final

My wifes family are from Warrington and big fans of the Wire so I keep any eye on their results....seem to be the eternal bridesmaids over the last 10 years
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Re: Rugby League

Postby York Ham(mer) on Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:42 pm

I keep an eye on York City Knights.
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Re: Rugby League

Postby wolf359 on Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:36 pm

Ferret wrote:I follow St. Helens, have been to a fair few games too, always a good atmosphere.

prefer it too the footie to be fair.....

I work at St Helens College ( we get regular visits from the players and club in general ) and my ex- wifes family follow them, went to a fair few games when we were together, mainly at the old ground, Easter against Wigan is a thing to be hold. Saw Saints at Wembley a few times and done a number of grand finals. Good game, reminds me of football in days past(in a good way, without the dicks head in the main) . Also went to a few Leigh games in the very distance past, a good laugh as well.

Proper game, with good support. Too many one sided games, though but they are doing more than football to sort that out.
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Re: Rugby League

Postby pablo jaye on Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:13 pm

Yes, I follow both codes of rugby - a result of watching Grandstand in the 70/80s and then living round the corner from Headingley when I was at Uni. Needless to say, my team is Leeds - a good season last year after the shocker of two years ago.

I can remember going to games and changing ends with the oppo fans via a subway that went under the length of the pitch - never any trouble and can't imagine what carnage there would have been had that been used in football.

I also follow the NRL in Oz - some top quality players there and some exciting matches. I have been following Manly Sea Eagles (they play in claret!!) , and went to see them a couple of seasons ago - top atmos, sitting on a grassy bank in the sun, downing a few tinnies!!

As for this coming season, it'll be good to see if Castleford can carry on where they left off last season. Leeds will be there or thereabouts, as will St Helens and Wigan. I would tip Hull as an outsider. In the NRL it'll be interesting to see how Melbourne Storm cope without Cronk and Slater, but they are still a strong side. Also, hopefully Johnathan Thurston will come back to good form for the NQ Cowboys after being out most of last season. If Manly can cope with the salary cap restrictions they have, they could get to the finals - the Trebojovic brothers and Daly Cherry Evans have the nous and flair.
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Re: Rugby League

Postby mjustincredible on Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:37 pm

I followed the London Broncos for years from when the super League started back in the late 90s on sky.
I was at the Valley (Charlton ground) for one of the early fixtures against PSG if i remember correctly with my dad and brother. I grew up playing Rugby Union every sunday at my local club (Ilford Wanderers) and so was always more of a union fan yet as we had sky I used to really enjoy watching League, a lot of the time the game was more exciting and less breaks. I still remember some classic Broncos players like Steele Retchless and Tony Martin - the late 90s early 2000s they had a good team.

Over the years I went and saw the Broncos with my old man when they played at Harlequins (and was called Harlequins RL for a bit) and always enjoyed it. Shame that Rugby League has never taken off down south, it is a good game, yet London Broncos have struggled for crowds for years. I could never understand it, you have the whole of London and struggle to get more than 3,000 people at the game :?

The club always moving about never helped and eventually they fell out of Super League. I always thought they should settle down in East London which would have suited me. They are now based in Ealing, which is a trek to get to so I have only been once since the move. They got close in the new format to actually getting promoted to the Super League so good to see that they have improved and most of the team is Home Grown / London players so that's a positive.
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Re: Rugby League

Postby Patito on Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:21 am

Was brought up playing union but living in Leeds I have started to get into league a bit (just watching mind). I keep an eye out for Rhinos' results as they are the local team and the Mrs used to cheerlead there

I also have a pair of NZ Warriors shorts at home bought for me by relatives. I followed some of their results last season - beyond shocking! And we think we have it tough as Hammers.
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Re: Rugby League

Postby psychoscoredthelot on Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:59 pm

Patito wrote:Was brought up playing union but living in Leeds I have started to get into league a bit (just watching mind). I keep an eye out for Rhinos' results as they are the local team and the Mrs used to cheerlead there

I also have a pair of NZ Warriors shorts at home bought for me by relatives. I followed some of their results last season - beyond shocking! And we think we have it tough as Hammers.


photos ?
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Re: Rugby League

Postby psychoscoredthelot on Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:00 pm

used to live in Sydney and supported St George when there - used to get free tickets to see the Roosters though

Its the best Sydney had to offer on the sporting front
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Re: Rugby League

Postby ironstu on Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:43 pm

mjustincredible wrote:I followed the London Broncos for years from when the super League started back in the late 90s on sky.
I was at the Valley (Charlton ground) for one of the early fixtures against PSG if i remember correctly with my dad and brother. I grew up playing Rugby Union every sunday at my local club (Ilford Wanderers) and so was always more of a union fan yet as we had sky I used to really enjoy watching League, a lot of the time the game was more exciting and less breaks. I still remember some classic Broncos players like Steele Retchless and Tony Martin - the late 90s early 2000s they had a good team.

Over the years I went and saw the Broncos with my old man when they played at Harlequins (and was called Harlequins RL for a bit) and always enjoyed it. Shame that Rugby League has never taken off down south, it is a good game, yet London Broncos have struggled for crowds for years. I could never understand it, you have the whole of London and struggle to get more than 3,000 people at the game :?

The club always moving about never helped and eventually they fell out of Super League. I always thought they should settle down in East London which would have suited me. They are now based in Ealing, which is a trek to get to so I have only been once since the move. They got close in the new format to actually getting promoted to the Super League so good to see that they have improved and most of the team is Home Grown / London players so that's a positive.


I always thought they should settle in East London as well. They moved slap bang into the middle of the Rugby Union heartlands of West London never going to work. League attracts a slightly different crowd and has more in common with football when you look at the demographics of spectators.

Saw this morning that Sky have got the rights for NRL again, that will do the sport here some good. Brilliant competition plus State of Origin is one of the best sporting events world.

I spent a year in Sydney (playing Union mind), and living on the Northern Beaches I got along to a few Manly Sea Eagles games. Loved it, brilliant sport and I appreciate it a lot despite being the most avid Union fan!
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Re: Rugby League

Postby DasNutNock on Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:04 pm

SoO seems to have been cleaned up a bit, which I think is a shame.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFl-BkwjnwM
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Re: Rugby League

Postby ironstu on Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:42 am

DasNutNock wrote:SoO seems to have been cleaned up a bit, which I think is a shame.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFl-BkwjnwM" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Undoubtedly it has, just like any sport these days. Still played with huge intensity and a desire to win like not many other events, just less fisticuffs (which I agree is a shame!).
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Re: Rugby League

Postby Patito on Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:42 am

psychoscoredthelot wrote:
photos ?



When she was 16...
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Re: Rugby League

Postby Johnny Byrne's Boots on Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:59 pm

Rugby player Scott Moore jailed after high-speed chase and assaults on police

A professional rugby player, Tasered six times after driving at 150mph in a police chase, has been jailed.

Scott Moore crashed into a house in Leigh and fought officers, threatening one with a Taser he stole from them.

The ex-England rugby league star, 30, used "his size and experience on the rugby field" to evade arrest, Greater Manchester Police said.

He was jailed for 23 months at Bolton Crown Court after admitting dangerous driving and assault.

Moore, of Ranworth Drive, Lowton, Wigan, was disqualified from driving for two years.

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