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Posted by little wayne69 on Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:12 pm
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JEAN CAPDOUZE wrote:
I would hope that we will soon see the return of franchising, with a Super League team from London and at least one of the other big cities mentioned above, as this would greatly help this process of grass roots development of talent.

Do they still have grass roots rugby in Chorley mon ami?.
Posted by Freddie Miller. on Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:27 am
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Dally wrote:
I agree that both those teams performed badly. But, they had many players who were far better than thei4 current equivalents. For, example 1979 included Eric Hughes, John Woods, John Holmes, Roger Millward, George Fairbairn, David Topliss, Steve Norton, George Nicholls, Mick Adams, Doug Laughton, etc. Even 1984, a weaker squad in my opinion, included Mick Burke, Keith Mumby, Schofield, Hanley, Tony Myler, etc - players head and shoulders above anyone in our current back line.


Would have loved Roger the Dodger in the 1979 squad but sadly he wasn't out here. Holmes 2 games and Topliss 1 game played at 6 in the Ashes Test series. The 1984 squad disappointed in losing 3-0 following the previous 3-0 loss by the 1979 squad with both squads full of talent as you point out but we only scored 5 tries in 6 Tests in the 2 series. For me particularly disappointing as I had seen GB win here in 1970 and had never seen GB beaten 3-0 before, both here and in England
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Posted by LeedsLurch on Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:36 am
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Bennet to end his tenure on the conclusion of this tour
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Posted by Fantastic Mr Catpiss on Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:36 pm
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Wilde 3 wrote:
Sinfield's comments on Bennett's contract scare me slightly:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/50367304

""Look at this series and the players that are missing," he added. "There's Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Burgess, James Roby, Luke Gale, Kallum Watkins, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival."

Is he deluded!!??

SOL - Soon to retiire
SB - Medically retires
Roby - Although for me a better option than Hodgson, is close to the end of his career
Gale - Hasn't played for 2 years
Watkins - has never recovered from injury.

I will give him the other 2, as well as people like Tom Johnstone, Manfredi etc.

Sounds like he might get a deal to the World Cup due to his last performance in getting to the final.


dont give him percival, he would never have played him
Posted by Fishermanscap on Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:11 pm
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Seth wrote:
It's the worst super league has been so it would figure.


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Posted by Dally on Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:08 pm
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Freddie Miller. wrote:
Would have loved Roger the Dodger in the 1979 squad but sadly he wasn't out here. Holmes 2 games and Topliss 1 game played at 6 in the Ashes Test series. The 1984 squad disappointed in losing 3-0 following the previous 3-0 loss by the 1979 squad with both squads full of talent as you point out but we only scored 5 tries in 6 Tests in the 2 series. For me particularly disappointing as I had seen GB win here in 1970 and had never seen GB beaten 3-0 before, both here and in England

Roger was in the tour squad but replaced by Dave Topliss due to injury. Indeed the 1979 tour was blighted by injuries and there were several replacements.
Posted by Freddie Miller. on Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:33 am
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Dally wrote:
Roger was in the tour squad but replaced by Dave Topliss due to injury. Indeed the 1979 tour was blighted by injuries and there were several replacements.


Loved watching Roger Millward when he came out here. In the Ashes winning series in 1970 he missed the first match in Brisbane when we were hammered but played in the next 2 winning games to clinch the series. In 1974 he played in the first 2 and won in the second being selected on the wing. Reserve in the third which we lost.
In 1976 in the English close season he came for a spell at Cronulla playing a dozen or so matches. I was supporting Cronulla at the time and saw all the games he played in.
Posted by Biff Tannen on Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:37 pm
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Redvee69 wrote:
The early 80's were pretty woefull


I was just going to post the same!
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Posted by JEAN CAPDOUZE on Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:50 am
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little wayne69 wrote:
Do they still have grass roots rugby in Chorley mon ami?.


I wouldn't know because I don't live in Chorley and I never have.

You should redirect your question to Catalans star Samuel Tomkins, or one of his brothers. They were all raised in Chorley.
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Posted by Fishermanscap on Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:52 am
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For heavens sake the players are not the issue the Coach is and always was.

Bennett is the master of club RL, where he turns out well drilled sides that take few risks and grind out wins. That’s not to say they have no flair because they do but it’s comes off the back of those disciplines mentioned above.

International RL simply doesn’t work that way, there simply isn’t the time. I’m not suggesting all caution is thrown to the winds but a compromise Isco needed and that’s something Bennett simply can’t manage.

We don’t have the players Tonga has to go totally off the cuff but we can do far better than this. At this level the ego that is Bennett is out of his depth he just doesn’t know it.
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