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- As featured in The Independent.
"I don't think that they'll come close to us to be honest."
- Steve Smith before the Ashes
I can never see a hybrid code really eventuating though - not as a replacement for the two codes it's combining, anyway - purely because of the number of different parties across the world that would have to agree to it for it to truly happen. It'd break down somewhere. For example - why on earth would the SARB agree to change the rules of their game (and not just a couple - there'd be some wholesale changes) just to make their rivals stronger?
Then it's just League with lineouts and contested scrums though. Would that be enough for the majority of Union fans?
On a side note, that site is awesome
Just play League, do away with the stripping rule (Ball can be pinched anytime - as in Union) add proper Scrums (minus the flankers) and lineouts and i'd be happy.
There was a "cross code challenge" up here way back in 1996 when Wigan & Bath (the respective English champions at the time) played two games in both codes. Wigan won 82-6 in the league game; Bath 44-19 in the union game. Here future world cup winner Mike Catt hilariously attempts a drop goal with Wigan 40-0 ahead. Wigan meanwhile adapted rather better, as these two length of pitch efforts finished by Craig Murdock show.
What's most noticeable is that half the Wigan team subsequently went onto have careers in the senior code (admittedly Offiah, Quinnell and Tuigamala were from union originally) but none of the 15-man code went the other way.
&, yeah, RL1908's magic, isn't it? Love the history of league.
1) Ross is Boss.
2) See point 1.
Leading the charge against nuances being used in posts.
Overrated XI M Bracewell, Burns, Rahane, Don Voges, Bairstow, Alecz Day, Donovan Grobelaar, Luke Ronchi, Faulkner, Dan Christian, Permaul
Having only played wing, I hope you at least have respect for the work the forwards, of both codes, do.
Scrums (union) when done properly is a great thing IMO 1700kgs trying to outmanuvere each other. The intricacies to front row play are incredible IMO, and far more subtle then any flashy backline move/slight of hand etc.
The first "International Origin" game about to kick off. England play a team made of the non-Poms playing in the Super League. Dunno if it's got much interest down under.
Some big names in the Exiles: Buderus, Fitzgibbon, Thomas Leulaui and Pat Richards amongst them. Matt King was due to play, but his Missus has gone in to labour.
Will give us a stiffer test than the French anyway.
Exiles got up, I hear?
I was on a train back from Nottingham.
The Welsh Super League experiment is over then. From the BBC.
The old "heartlands versus expansion" debate will run and run, I guess. Pleased Widnes are back tho; proper league team in a proper league town.
From the BBC.
No more or less English than Shontayne Hape, I suppose. Just seems faintly embarrassing that we select a bloke who was playing against England for the Exiles as recently as June.
Chase must be going well to get selected ahead of Widdop. Kid had a fantastic season, and is learning from some of the best players going around.
From the BBC:
England's Four Nations Series squad:
Carl Ablett (Leeds), Ryan Bailey (Leeds), Tom Briscoe (Hull), Garreth Carvell (Warrington), Rangi Chase (Castleford), Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield), Gareth Ellis (Wests Tigers), James Graham (St Helens), Ryan Hall (Leeds), Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers), Ben Jones-Bishop (Leeds), Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Michael McIlorum (Wigan), Adrian Morley (Warrington), Jamie Peacock (Leeds, capt), Jack Reed (Brisbane), James Roby (St Helens), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds), Sam Tomkins (Wigan), Ben Westwood (Warrington), Gareth Widdop (Melbourne), Jon Wilkin (St Helens), Kirk Yeaman (Hull).
No Burgess, Burrows, O'Loughlin or Joel Tomkins. Think we'll struggle.
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