Saturday, 23 February 2008
Lets not beat about the bush...as long as the WCC is held in February the aussies will always have an excuse,rightly too....we (the english) are 3 or 4 games into our season,the aussies are still 3 weeks away from the start of theirs..and there lays the problem, to the aussies,maybe not the players but defo the fans the WCC is a PRE SEASON COMP.....so no matter how much the english side wins by it does'nt matter because the aussies will brush it under the carpet...unless of course the aussies win it like the melbourne storm & roosters did a few years ago....but thats another matter..
Right, so what do we do??? what do we do to make the world club challenge (championship) the pinnacle of the club game?? it really should be above both the NRL & ESL grand finals..heres my plan
we sync the ESL & NRL seasons so one finishes 1 week before the other, as a result the final 3 weeks of the club season would look like this..
WEEK ONE - THE ESL GF - WINNERS TRAVEL TO AUS
WEEK TWO - NRL GF
WEEK THREE - WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP @ SFS/SUNCORP/TELSTRA DOME
theres absolutely no reason why both the leagues can't finish like this, IIRC both the ESL & NRL inish on the same weekend this season so why can't they be arranged so they finish like i've mentioned above????
Monday, 4 February 2008
"Ireland have stepped up their bid for World Cup glory by urging all players with Irish ancestry to get in touch.
Ireland must include at least six players from their domestic league in their squad for Australia, but coach Andy Kelly is keen to widen his net.
"With an 'open door' policy, players who have missed out through no fault of their own can come forward," he said.
Ireland open their World Cup campaign against Tonga on 27 October before meeting Samoa on 5 November"
say it ain't so......
now,i don't begrudge ireland adding 2 or 3 quality "irish - aussies" to their world cup squad but anymore than that will undo all the hard work & development the RLi have done in recent years.
also what message does it send out to the players who got ireland to the world cup in the first place?
if theres one thing that international rugby league lacks it's loyalty, most of the current ireland squad have been there for the long run,are these new players going to commit to ireland after the world cup? if not don't bother..infact i'd ask them that question
the RLi need to ask themselves "what do they want to get out of the world cup?" ,they are'nt going to win it,they've been put in the group of death too and unlikely to make it out of there anyway no matter what shape the irish team takes..
if i was on the RLi board i'd limit andy kelly to 2 or 3 quality "imports" in addition to the squad that got them there..they have to look at the bigger picture.