League Express Mailbag – Monday thirteenth June – TotalRL.com | Rugby League Express

BRING THE CHALLENGE CUP FINAL BACK TO THE NORTH
Congratulations to each Wigan and Huddersfield for offering a stupendous commercial for our recreation within the Challenge Cup Final.
It was once an amazing recreation for neutrals, containing all of the drama that makes Rugby League probably the most compelling spectator game on this planet.
But a cautionary observe! The RFL insists that one of the most two maximum prestigious competitions within the recreation will have to be performed someplace within the capital. Over a long time I’ve listened to the drained previous arguments that, to be a actually nationwide recreation, Rugby League must be performed at membership stage and the world over in London.
Well, that went smartly, didn’t it? Rugby League is awash with children enjoying the sport on Hackney Marshes, and public schoolboys at Eton are all the time prepared to get all the way down to Castleford Lock Lane. Apparently, the butties are sensible and really reasonable.
We don’t have a countrywide stadium like Twickenham, nor the monetary assets to redesign Odsal into an area worthy of staging our maximum vital video games.
But there are completely appropriate venues within the North that don’t burn a hollow within the wallet of financially strapped Rugby League fanatics. One Mailbag correspondent, Dave Hardaker, rightly expressed his dismay on the inflated beer costs on the new White Hart Lane. This is discounting the time, the expense and inconvenience of travelling from Hull to the capital to soak up what’s a sign instance within the Rugby League calendar.
It’s The Cup, the chalice of reminiscences. Dave Hardaker went all the way down to make reminiscences. But as an alternative he was once ripped off on the bar by way of folks at the make.
Aren’t there sufficient soccer grounds within the North to house speccies who need to benefit from the Challenge Cup with out feeling they’ve been had?
Railway networks within the North are (even now) good enough to make certain that folks get to the bottom on time and get house the similar day, which is a vital attention for households travelling with babies. Food and drink may be less expensive up right here and ditto lodging for the ones wishing to make a weekend of it.
Most importantly, each penny spent at a Cup Final contributes to the economic system of the North. And talking in my opinion, I’d relatively put cash at the back of a bar in Wigan than someplace in Slough. And I indisputably don’t toughen Wigan.
Forgive me if I appear anti-southern. I’m a ways from that and applaud the onerous paintings that those that love Rugby League down there are doing.
I’m serious about the growth of The Greatest Game, from Cornwall, to Wales, to London, to Ireland and past. But I feel that it can be some time till we see The Skolars and The Pirates in a last, as heart-warming as that can be.
So why no longer invite those that aren’t from the heartlands to our territory for the finals of our competitions? They may to find themselves at such fabled stadia as Elland Road, Old Trafford and even Anfield (grrr!). They’d additionally be told so much in regards to the soul of Rugby League, the working-class communities of which the sport is the lifeblood and the way proud we’re to name it “our game”.
We don’t wish to move to London and be thankful for our day within the solar. Rugby League and Rugby League persons are higher than that.
So let the solar come to us for a metamorphosis. The beer is certain to be less expensive and the ones unused to Northern tradition may well be very pleasantly shocked. It kills me {that a} weekend in Perpignan to practice my place of birth membership continues to be less expensive than going to London for the Cup. Something may be very unsuitable and it wishes to switch.
Mickey Devlin, Warrington

 

UNLUCKY KEN
I think so sorry for Ken Davy, the Huddersfield Chairman, who has put any such lot into Rugby League.
His dream of successful the Challenge Cup was once shattered by way of James Child’s dealing with of the sport, no longer punishing Morgan Smithies for 2 top tackles that therefore noticed him suspended for 4 suits by way of the RFL Disciplinary Committee.
How unfortunate are you able to be?
Reg Jackson, Hull

 

LET’S HAVE A 14-TEAM SUPER LEAGUE
With two dominant groups within the Championship and Toulouse discovering their ft, might I counsel that Toulouse or another group aren’t relegated and that each Leigh and Featherstone are promoted.
This will supply a 14-team Super League, with 26 fixtures and one Magic fit, to get rid of loop fixtures.
Although the 3 groups might combat to start with, they’ll play every different and feature an excellent chance of successful some suits.
David Ramsden, Bournemouth

 

PROMOTION WOES
Two articles in final week’s League Express stuck my eye, in particular in view of the longer term involvement of IMG in shaping the way forward for the sport.
Garry Schofield’s often-quoted perspectives on Toulouse’s incapability to draw new Super League usual avid gamers, which simply echoes the issues of all different promoted groups equivalent to Leigh and London.
Following that, the all the time attention-grabbing interviews by way of Richard de l. a. Riviere, in particular that with Neil Turley. I’m in particular relating to Neil’s respond to the query, “Why did Leigh fail to make an impression on Super League in 2005?”
In answer, Neil quoted, among different issues, the very restricted timescale between being positive they’re being promoted and the beginning of the following season. Given that they’re competing towards golf equipment that experience in some instances spent a few years increase their squads. All first rate avid gamers, in each hemispheres, are gotten smaller and no longer to be had to be transferred.
As Leigh therefore discovered two times, being promoted is a poisoned chalice. Maybe Featherstone and Leigh may well be in with an opportunity of surviving as they appear to be construction robust Super League usual squads, however I wouldn’t wager on it.
If Garry has a crafty plan to recover from this drawback, I’m certain Toulouse could be very interested by listening to it. I’ve by no means been bought on the concept that ‘Promotion and Relegation’ is the ‘be all and end all’ of Rugby League’s issues. It sounds nice in concept, however isn’t in follow.
The different Super League golf equipment love the speculation, after all, particularly the weaker ones. As they see it, they’ve 4 issues within the bag, and the promoted group will proceed to be their whipping boy. The RFL and IMG nonetheless have this basic drawback to get to the bottom of, because it hasn’t advanced for the reason that days of the franchise gadget.
Mike Bardill, Warrington

 

KEEP IT SIMPLE
In final week’s Mailbag some feedback and concepts had been introduced re the longer term construction of Rugby League, none of which made all that a lot sense. Simplicity is one of the best ways to head. For instance, make Super League a 14-team league, the Championship a 14-team league, and advertise some novice groups to make up a 14 group League One.
All the groups in all 3 leagues, must play each different group of their league, house and away (26 suits), with the Challenge Cup video games being the one extras.
At the top of the season, the group on the best of every league could be Champions of that league. The backside two in every league must be relegated and the highest two within the Championship and League One promoted.
It is long gone time we had some balance and consistency within the recreation as an alternative of the chaos of the previous couple of years, with Sky TV converting fixtures to fit themselves and no concept given to the fanatics.
Take observe What is inconspicuous and simple is highest. Take observe, IMG!
Graham Dawson, Castleford

 

ORIGIN DELIGHT
I used to be more than happy to peer Queensland win the hole State of Origin recreation in entrance of a complete area at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.
I used to be in particular happy for Queensland’s new trainer Billy Slater, who was once most certainly my favorite participant when he performed the sport.
Apart from the sport itself, which was once magnificent, I believed the presentation of the fit, with a excellent gentle display, was once remarkable. It made it appear to be an excessively giant tournament certainly.
I’m certain that the World Cup directors may have been staring at and I am hoping they had been taking notes on provide a large recreation.
Ian Smith, Darlington

 

DODGY TIPPING
As a lot as I stay up for studying Garry Schofield’s column each week, he will have to be the sector’s worst tipster.
Last week, he were given one out of six proper and that was once best towards backside, which was once infrequently a wonder, even if that was once handiest by way of part the margin he predicted.
I handiest hope he doesn’t wager on his guidelines.
Graham Wordsworth, Leeds

 

MAURICE AND WIGAN
How come not one of the media has discussed that once Wigan had been flirting with relegation in 2006, Maurice Lindsay cheated and bust the wage cap with mid-season signings from Bradford, which later they had been fined for?
Dave Whelan gave up his possession of the membership and Maurice resigned.
Michael Leather, Warrington

 

RHINOS AND TIGERS – DOES PHIL KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?
Yet once more we have now heard some outstanding feedback made by way of Phil Clarke in regards to the Rhinos.
He said all the way through their recreation towards Warrington that the opposite Super League groups would now be cautious of enjoying the Rhinos.
But let’s be truthful, they destroyed Warrington, however with all due admire I may discover a group from my native membership to overcome them, given how they’re acting at this time.
The different groups Leeds have overwhelmed have all been within the backside six, which is solely the similar as my group Castleford.
In distinction, final week on Sky Sports Phil stated we had been lucky to be the place we’re, making an allowance for the groups we have now performed and overwhelmed.
So how come Leeds are actually changing into a group to be cautious of and my group is solely lucky? No bias there in any respect, is there?
Mark Holmes, Castleford

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