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 Post subject: Toronto Wolfpack defies logic
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:56 pm 
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You would think that a Transatlantic team would crumble under the constant flying between Canada and the UK???

But in the WP case they played all their away matches more or less at the start of the season and all their home matches at the end of the season.

So in actual fact only the part time UK teams have faced the Transatlantic journies and associated Visa problems that accepting the WP into a Northern England based sport brings with it.

For all my many pet hates about the Catalans their away record has suffered over the years with bi-weekly round trips from Perpignan, but rightly so if they want to be in the League but it appears that Toronto haven’t faced the same challenges. After all a lot of their players are England based then jet off to Canada.

Now after winning the Championship with an in built advantage of the fixtures being crooked in their favour what happens in the middle 8’s. Surely the league won’t allow them to play 4 straight in Canada followed by 3 straight in the UK when two Superleague Teams and two championship teams for the second time face long flights the week after and week before a home match back in the UK?

This would again give them a massive advantage over their opponents. It will be interesting to see what the RFL do about scheduling the fixtures for the middle 8’s.

If they get promoted will they be allowed to carry this fixture pattern into the Superleague? It would amaze me if the Superleague chairman allow this as its tantamount to the Turkey’s voting to keep Xmas.

I would have no problem in Huddersfield getting relegated and replaced by Leigh, Halifax, Featherstone or even Toulouse but not a team without Canadians because how’s that expansion espeicially with the fixture pattern they have been allowed to adapt.

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 Post subject: Re: Toronto Wolfpack defies logic
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:18 pm 
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I heard a rumour from someone associated with the club that if Toronto get promoted, a number of Super League teams will turn round and refuse to travel to play them

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 Post subject: Re: Toronto Wolfpack defies logic
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:28 pm 
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fartown since 1961 wrote:You would think that a Transatlantic team would crumble under the constant flying between Canada and the UK???

But in the WP case they played all their away matches more or less at the start of the season and all their home matches at the end of the season.

So in actual fact only the part time UK teams have faced the Transatlantic journies and associated Visa problems that accepting the WP into a Northern England based sport brings with it.

For all my many pet hates about the Catalans their away record has suffered over the years with bi-weekly round trips from Perpignan, but rightly so if they want to be in the League but it appears that Toronto haven’t faced the same challenges. After all a lot of their players are England based then jet off to Canada.

Now after winning the Championship with an in built advantage of the fixtures being crooked in their favour what happens in the middle 8’s. Surely the league won’t allow them to play 4 straight in Canada followed by 3 straight in the UK when two Superleague Teams and two championship teams for the second time face long flights the week after and week before a home match back in the UK?

This would again give them a massive advantage over their opponents. It will be interesting to see what the RFL do about scheduling the fixtures for the middle 8’s.

If they get promoted will they be allowed to carry this fixture pattern into the Superleague? It would amaze me if the Superleague chairman allow this as its tantamount to the Turkey’s voting to keep Xmas.

I would have no problem in Huddersfield getting relegated and replaced by Leigh, Halifax, Featherstone or even Toulouse but not a team without Canadians because how’s that expansion espeicially with the fixture pattern they have been allowed to adapt.
Good post but I will be surprised if the powers that be don't bend over backwards to accommadate the Wolfpack just as the did the Catalan.I would have no problem if the WP were made up with a majority of Canucks and would have the same quota of overseas players on their playing squad.Having said that they are a handy side.

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 Post subject: Re: Toronto Wolfpack defies logic
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:52 pm 
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Don't think we need to be worrying about what the RFL will do or won't do, They are effectively a spent force with regards who's in or out of S league.
Going forward it is Mr Lenehan and Co who will be deciding who is in S league and who isn't.
Rugby league is dying on it's feet financially , The only thing keeping it afloat is SKY through S League and SL needs to up it's game to stave off a reduction in the TV contract and needs every penny it can lay it's hands on, Hence the plan to cut the game below SL level adrift and let it fend for it'self.
The system is safe till 2021 then it's all change , although there may be some changes to the structure at the end of this season.
Myself i don't see Toronto being allowed into superleague after 2021 unless they can deliver some sort of money spinning TV deal with them ( not heard of anything yet ) Their inclusion will just put clubs costs up as well as other complications , so there will be even less money.
It's going to be interesting, and i suspect Mr Lenehan and co have forgotten more about business than the RFL have ever known, and make no mistake It is about business, So It's just my opinion but i think there will have to be some financial benefit to Toronto being in SL for it to happen, but maybe i have missed something.
The ideal would be to have 5/6 teams over there with a TV deal but i think that's some years down the line " if it ever happens " I am sorry to say Union is slowly killing us off, They are already taking steps to counter the Wolfpack i'm told.

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 Post subject: Re: Toronto Wolfpack defies logic
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:28 pm 
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toronto in the middle 8's will play home and away like the rest of the clubs not in blocks like they have been doing during the season as far as im aware!






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 Post subject: Re: Toronto Wolfpack defies logic
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:26 pm 
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Only matters for this year.

It’s Interesting that at least one team played Toronto away with less than 17 players due to visa issues prior to travel - so how does that not skew results?

Im not sure what you say will work brearley I would imagine, for the same reason, visa issues- Toronto will have to play all their middle 8 games over here- as surely there won’t be time to sort out visas for teams to travel- they can take a few weeks to sort.






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 Post subject: Re: Toronto Wolfpack defies logic
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:39 pm 
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What a whiny pathetic thread.

If we are good enough we stay up as we are in a competition with 8 other teams 4 of whom will definitely stay in SL.

Issues to do with the weather the fixtures visas etc is rubbish.

I would love Toronto to come up and one of the consistently failing SL heartland teams to go down.

The game needs a boost and expansion to N America is as good a way as getting it as possible






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 Post subject: Re: Toronto Wolfpack defies logic
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:43 pm 
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Durham Giant wrote:What a whiny pathetic thread.

If we are good enough we stay up as we are in a competition with 8 other teams 4 of whom will definitely stay in SL.

Issues to do with the weather the fixtures visas etc is rubbish.

I would love Toronto to come up and one of the consistently failing SL heartland teams to go down.

The game needs a boost and expansion to N America is as good a way as getting it as possible


Yep- let’s stick another nail In The coffin of the game over here :USTUPID:






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 Post subject: Re: Toronto Wolfpack defies logic
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:01 pm 
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Durham Giant wrote:What a whiny pathetic thread.

If we are good enough we stay up as we are in a competition with 8 other teams 4 of whom will definitely stay in SL.

Issues to do with the weather the fixtures visas etc is rubbish.

I would love Toronto to come up and one of the consistently failing SL heartland teams to go down.

The game needs a boost and expansion to N America is as good a way as getting it as possible


A boost with another team where the space behind the goals is empty ??

Where everyone says Huddersfield only got 4,500 on a Thursday night ??

Add Toulouse and that makes at least three of them in a season.

Check my facts Durham and you’ll find they are correct.

Toronto bring absolutely zilch to the game there will never be a league there just another mouth to feed from our paupers pot of Sky money.

Loads of ex NRL no youth no local and the minute the Canadians get fed up zap they will be gone....

If this is the RL’s business plan then god help Rugby League as every penny that goes to Canada is lost to our game over here.

I have loved rugby league because of the cameraderie the ability to travel around and watch my team the game isn’t big enough to go abroad and cetainly can’t afford it sorry Durham but if you agree with this master plan you are ‘bloody thick’

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 Post subject: Re: Toronto Wolfpack defies logic
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:47 pm 
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One team across the Atlantic is a complete waste of everyone's time, I would be absolutely amazed if the ESL entertained it after 2021 unless they can deliver a TV deal that brings in enough cash to warrant their inclusion.

The RFL has been trying to expand this game for over a hundred years, there are probably more failed clubs than there are still playing it, 9 out of 10 league fans care nothing for expansion, nothing for Australia or beating them, They are happy , in fact, want the game to stay a M62 sport so they can trundle down the road to a match without much hassle.

The ironic thing is that most of these clubs will be gone soon as it's looking at the moment, because the ESL is going to cut them adrift so in no time at all they will be right back where the whole game was ( on it's last gasp, with only Wigan ever winning anything ) before Sky came along.

The alternative is to keep funding the lower leagues at the expense of the quality of S League, and almost certainly a drop in Sky's funding. The sad truth is that League is a very minor sport with dwindling support and an International game that isn't worth diddly, So why would anyone bother about where games are going to be played, In the grand scheme of things it matters not, We shall either win enough games or we wont.

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